How to Tie a Tie – Easy Step-by-Step Instructions for 4 Basic Tie Knots

The tie is an accessory that can dress up a smart-casual outfit some more. It will take you up a notch in the fashion department whether you wear it with a full suit or just a shirt.

Some jobs will require you to wear a tie, and this is probably what puts people off the idea of wearing one in casual environments, but it has an even greater effect when worn casually, because so few of us do this. There are many different styles of casual ties that are great for wearing on a night out or on a first date.

But first you have to know how to tie one.

At some point we all will be required to wear a tie, whether it’s for a wedding, a job or for a night out . But how do you tie a tie? To answer that question, I’ve drawn up these step-by-step instructions to four relatively easy tie knots to help you.

But first, here are six types of tie that I recommend every guy has in his wardrobe. After these, we’ll get into the instructions.

Recommended Ties


Burgundy Tie

The Tie Bar

Grey Tie

The Tie Bar

Polka Dot Tie

The Tie Bar

Repp Striped Tie

The Tie Bar

Patterned Tie

The Tie Bar

How to Tie a Tie: 4 Easy Ways

First here’s an overview. After, I will break each one down.

The Four-in-Hand Knot

First up is the Four-in-Hand knot, because it’s the easiest to learn. It’s a small, slightly asymmetrical knot that is best suited for narrow collars. This is the knot that is most appropriate for casual situations, since it doesn’t look like you spent too much time in front of the mirror meticulously tying it. It looks like you just quickly put on a tie before you went out the door, almost as an afterthought. Also, if you’re ever in a hurry, this is the knot to know.

Four-in-Hand Tie Knot Instructions
Four-in-Hand Tie Knot Instructions
  1. Begin by crossing the wide end over the narrow end.
  2. Fold the wide end underneath the narrow end.
  3. Pass the wide end horizontally over the narrow end again.
  4. Take the wide end up and through the loop around your neck.
  5. Take the wide end through the knot in front. Proceed to tighten the knot and pull it up to your collar.

 

Half Windsor

The Half Windsor is an easier version of the traditional Full Windsor knot. Once you have become proficient in this one, it will be a piece of cake learning the latter. One might say it’s a bit of a stepping stone to the real deal, but that doesn’t disqualify it as a great knot in its own right. While it’s more modest than it’s full counterpart, it’s equally formal, so I don’t advise you to wear it casually. It’s much better suited for the office environment.

Half Windsor Tie Knot Instructions
Half Windsor Tie Knot Instructions
  1. Begin by crossing the wide end over the narrow end.
  2. Fold the wide end underneath the narrow end.
  3. Pull the wide end up.
  4. Take the wide end back down through the loop.
  5. Move the wide end horizontally over the narrow end.
  6. Take the wide end up through the loop.
  7. Pull the wide end through the knot in front. Proceed to tighten the knot and pull it up to your collar.

Full Windsor Tie Knot

The Full Windsor tie knot is best used for formal occasions. You shouldn’t wear this one casually. It’s a thick, wide, triangular knot that’s completely symmetrical. It’s best suited for shirts with a wide spread collar. This one should be reserved for weddings, presentations and important business meetings.

Full Windsor Tie Knot Instructions
Full Windsor Tie Knot Instructions
  1. Begin by crossing the wide end over the narrow end.
  2. Take the wide end back through the loop around your neck.
  3. Take the wide end over the narrow end in the same direction you crossed it at step 1.
  4. Fold the wide end underneath the narrow end.
  5. Take the wide end up…
  6. And back through the loop in the same direction as step 4.
  7. Fold the wide end horizontally over the narrow end.
  8. Bring the wide end up through the loop once more, like you did in step 2.
  9. Pull the wide end through the knot.

Pratt knot

This is the one that’s suitable for any occasion; formal,  casual or business casual. The Pratt knot is neither as wide as the Windsor or as narrow as the Four-in-Hand and thus pairs well with most dress shirts. It’s a symmetrical knot, but it’s a lot looser to wear than the Windsor. This multi-purpose knot is great to wear to work, and afterwards you can loosen it up for a more casual look when you go out to get a drink with your colleagues. Read the instructions well, as this one starts out a bit different than the previous two.

Pratt Tie Know Instructions
Pratt Tie Knot Instructions
  1. Begin by crossing the wide end under the narrow end, while the tie hangs inside out around your neck.
  2. Pull the wide end up over the narrow end.
  3. Take the wide end down through the loop and tighten the knot.
  4. Move the wide end horizontally over the narrow end.
  5. Pull the wide end back up through the  loop.
  6. Pull the wide end through the knot in front. Proceed to tighten the knot and pull it up to your collar.

Conclusion

It’s important for men to learn these four basic knots themselves.  Just use these four easy step-by-step instructions on tying a tie and practice them.

It’s really not that hard. You just need to get the hang of it.

  • catherine says:

    I need a tie with gold stripes and navy

  • dhtehhytgju says:

    it was great:) i used it to dress up as hermione

  • Bob says:

    This is not helpful

  • Nao says:

    Thanks for the tip mate, the Half Windsor Tie Knot was so awesome, I felt really confident in it.

  • RAFIDH says:

    SO THANK FOR THE WEBSITE FOR HELPING ME TO ATTEND THE FUNCTION WITH GOOD TIE KNOT

  • ajis fresh says:

    this was great good illustrations i used the full Windsor knot.

    • Brad Anbro says:

      I used this knot, also. I used to use it weekly, when I went to church on a regular basis but that’s been awhile and I had to again look at the illustration!

  • Jerry says:

    Thanks. Had to do it for a prom! #Excited

  • Runescape/Purple 0wnz says:

    Shut up Zezima, you’re still a noob and nobody likes you, its the whole reason why you quit Runescape in the first place, ill be in world 2 edgeville if you wanna 1vs1 me in the wild.

  • Runescape/Zezima says:

    My tying level is now 99.

  • Jon Snow says:

    What is this mad magic, and how did you learn it?

  • Jon Snow says:

    What is this mad magic, and how did you learn it?

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  • Ms. Quinda says:

    Truly grateful, I’m a single mother of four boys and the tie was always a challenge but this week my twin boys dress for JROTC (9th graders) and they have their mother prepared to walk them through the process… Thank you!!

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  • Scott says:

    Way too confusing I got lost at the first step for all of these

  • Kausar says:

    wow.. Thanks very very helpful … :) :)

  • s.gomathi sankar says:

    Very nice

  • A.K says:

    Thanks bro it really helped me a lot .

  • comfort says:

    thanks a lot i have really learnt a lot fron this

  • Scott says:

    OMG! I can finally tie a full Windsor!

  • Feng says:

    This help me!

  • Yonnie says:

    This was awesome!

  • bhie:-) says:

    thank your for guiding with me on how to use necktie:-) I like this tipps…

  • Kshatriya aditya says:

    Yeah ideas i tried them all. ?

  • Dharmendra Liya says:

    Thank you Very Much guide me for wearing a tie.

  • Vicky says:

    Thank you very much for the instructions. I can now easily get ready for any occasion in just some few steps…

  • Mr.M says:

    Very easy steps .Thanks.Very helpful to all those who dont know how to make tie.

  • naeem pathan says:

    thanks.its really helpful. thanks for those great tips.

  • Kenneth says:

    Am glad to be expert in this cos I v been longing for it but I got this link today and master it today.i appreciate u sir…God bless u.

  • Mukund Raj says:

    thanks it’s really helpful.

  • ndapandula says:

    thnxs i wear i tie at schl and have to learn thnxs so much

  • cool says:

    it was very helpful fir me as i learne d it in few minitues in the morning

  • Abhishek says:

    Lastly i have perfect tei maker

  • prakash khawshi says:

    Fine….thanks

  • Md Bahar says:

    fine.thanx

  • Elias dzuwa says:

    thanks alot my freind was mocking me every day a asked him to tie a tie for me. once again thanx alot

  • Pyush sharma says:

    thank I will do 1 2 3 4 and 5 and I got it

  • gift says:

    thank u so much bcos in church we knot tie cos im a chorister and my friend who use to do it 4 me is now insulting me

  • Aishwarrya Civakumar says:

    Know finally I can were my school prefect tie

  • Aishwarrya Civakumar says:

    After looking at the instraction only I can were my school prefect tie and that makes me happy!!!!!!!!

  • hashan says:

    It’s vry useful for me.thanks

  • KC says:

    Wow!!! Like 1 2 3.. Thanks alot.

  • Vicky says:

    Wao it’s so easy
    I can make tie now

  • Bless Trega Jesus says:

    Tank u very much tis morning for educating me abt necktie wearing,am very grateful

  • Ana says:

    wow … this was really helpfull… thanx :)

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  • Shop72 says:

    thank you for providing those great tips on knotting a ties – really liked the tip on The Fourin Hand Knot

    thanks
    Shop72

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