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How to make a Tie Knot

“SIMPLE” TIE KNOT: the practical one

There are different ways to tie your necktie, but the most used is undoubtedly those that English people call “Four-in-hand”, that is a four simple movements knot. The result is a small knot, that creates on its low part a kind of pretty “dimple”, that gives the tie an elegant fold. Since its final volume is small, we suggest you to choose it with wide ties. The steps are easy to follow:

 

Put you tie around your collar and cross the wide side (“gamba”) with the narrow side (“gambetta”) putting on top the wide side.

Pass the wide side around behind the narrow side;

So, you have created a loop in which afterwards you will insert the wide side and complete the knot;

Take the wide side towards the collar, passing below the narrow side and put it through the loop you have just created;

Softly pull the wide part to tie the knot, until it adheres to the first button of your shirt. In an ideally perfect way, the two tie extremities should have the same length, almost arriving to your belt.

“HALF WINDSOR” TIE KNOT: the refined one

A really famous knot is the so-called “Half-Windsor”. Contrary to what you probably think, the Windsor Duke hasn’t invented this kind of tie knot. He just contributed to start this fashion in the 30’s of the last century. In Italy we called it “scappino”, from a Turin ties firm that explained how to tie this kind of knot in a brochure, before the II World War. This “royal” knot has the quality to give relevance to particularly narrow ties, since it creates a bit more volume.

These are the steps you have to follow to make a “half Windsor” tie knot:

  1. Put you tie around your collar and cross the wide side (“gamba”) with the narrow side (“gambetta”), putting on top the wide side.
  2. Let the wide side slide below the narrow side, taking the former towards the collar;
  3. Create a loop by passing the wide side around behind the narrow side;
  4. Take the wide side towards the collar, passing below the narrow side;
  5. Put it through the loop you have just created;
  6. Softly pull the wide part to tie the knot, until it adheres to the first button of your shirt. In an ideally perfect way, the two tie extremities should have the same length, almost arriving to your belt.

“DOUBLE WINDSOR” TIE KNOT: the polished one

The “Double Windsor” knot differs from the “Half Windsor” one for a bigger volume, because of its double rolling.It’s the big events knot. It’s particularly recommended for a 3 pieces suit and one of the most difficult to make. It requires a lot of experience:

These are the steps you have to follow:

  1. Put you tie around your collar and cross the wide side (“gamba”) with the narrow side (“gambetta”) putting on top the wide side.
  2. Let the wide side slide below the narrow side, taking the wide side towards the collar;
  3. Take the wide side forward and on the same side of the narrow side. Take the wide side behind the narrow side, towards the opposite side;
  4. Take the wide side towards the collar and let the wide side pass around behind the narrow side;
  5. Take the wide side frontward and cross the two parts. Afterwards, let the wide side slip below the narrow side, taking the wide side towards the collar;
  6. Put the wide side through the loop you have just created;
  7. Softly pull the wide part to tie the knot, until it adheres to the first button of your shirt. . In an ideally perfect way, the two tie extremities should have the same length, almost arriving to your belt.

“PRINCE ALBERT” TIE KNOT OR "DOUBLE KNOT": the original one

As the name reminds us, this knot derives from the simple knot, but with a further passage; it’s recommended for narrow, thin and soft ties on long collar tips shirts. It is used, above all, by short men, since it allows to adapt the tie length to their height, thanks to the double knot. It’s also called “Prince Albert”: original, but not bizarre.

The steps are pretty simple:

  1. Put you tie around your collar and cross the wide side (“gamba”) with the narrow side (“gambetta”) putting on top the wide side
  2. Roll the wide side around the narrow side, towards the inside;
  3. Repeat the latter step, taking the wide side below the narrow side, towards the collar;
  4. Put it through the loop and pull it downwards;
  5. Softly pull the wide part to tie the knot, until it adheres to the first button of your shirt. In an ideally perfect way, the two tie extremities should have the same length, almost arriving to your belt.

“KENT" TIE KNOT: the refined one

The “Kent knot”, or “Small Knot”, is a simple knot variation, the simplest after the “Simple Knot”. It’s less voluminous and is not adaptable to all the collars and ties. Indeed, it is recommended for wide ties: in this case, an elaborated knot would be too big. It’s also recommended for tall men: having less knots, the tie gains 6 cm in length.

These are the steps you have to follow:

  1. Put the tie around your collar and lightly bend the wide side (the “gamba”), until the rear part is visible;
  2. Cross wide and narrow side (the “gambetta), putting the narrow side on top;
  3. Roll the wide side around the narrow side and take it towards the collar, passing below the narrow side;
  4. Put the wide side through the loop you’ve just created;
  5. Softly pull the wide part to tie the knot, until it adheres to the first button of your shirt. In an ideally perfect way, the two tie extremities should have the same length, almost arriving to your belt.

“PRATT KNOT": the sporting one

The “Pratt Knot” was invented by Jerry Pratt, a US chamber of commerce employee, who had used this knot for about twenty years. Then, Don Shelby, a TV personality, used it on his shows and made it famous. Afterwards, the press wrongly gave to Shelby the invention credits. This knot doesn’t require many steps to be made, is adaptable to not very long ties and open collar shirts. Although this knot and the “simple” one are very similar, the Pratt’s one produces a symmetric knot:

These are the steps you have to follow:

  1. Put the tie around the collar, with the rear in view and with the wide part on the left;
  2. Roll the wide part around the narrow part, creating a loop;
  3. Pull the wide side to tighten the knot;
  4. Take the wide side ahead of the narrow side and afterwards towards the collar, passing below the narrow side;
  5. Put the wide side through the loop you’ve created;
  6. Softly pull the wide part to tie the knot, until it adheres to the first button of your shirt.
 
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