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Tying a tie | Step-By-Step Guide

Updated on June 7, 2014


Don't know how to tie a tie?

Want to learn how to tie a tie, the simple way?

Tying a tie can be really easy task.

This hub is meant as a step-by step guide on some of the basic tie knots.

Here you will find videos and instructions on how to tie a tie with 3 different tie knots, that will suit any occasion.The necktie knots present here are the :

  • Four in Hand knot
  • Half Windsor knot
  • Full Windsor knot

Just choose a necktie you like, and that looks elegant with the suit and shirt you are wearing.

Then is a matter of choosing the proper knot to go with it...

...and follow the instructions below.


You'll need some neckties, for your "Tying a tie" training...

Four In Hand Knot

The Four in Hand Knot is a narrow asymmetrical, and somewhat more discreet tie knot. It works best with a standard button-down dress shirt. It is a knot best suited for a heavy fabric and wider necktie.

Your necktie wide end should be on the right, and extend about 12 inches below the narrow end on the left.

  • Cross the wide end of the necktie over the narrow end.
  • Turn the wide end back passing it underneath the necktie narrow end.
  • Next bring the tie wider end back over in front of the narrow end again.
  • Then, the wide end is brought up and through the loop you made around your neck.
  • Holding the front of the knot with your index finger make it looser and bring the wide end down through the front loop.
  • At last, after removing your finger, carefully tighten the knot up to the collar by holding the narrow end and sliding the knot up. That is it, so tying a tie isn't so hard.

Half Windsor Knot

The Half Windsor Knot, is triangular and symmetrical tie knot that can be used with any dress shirt. This knot works best with neckties made from a light to medium fabric, and not to wide.

Your necktie wide end should be on the right, and extend about 12 inches below the narrow end on the left, then just follow this steps:

  • Cross the wide end of the necktie over the narrow end.
  • Turn the wide end back passing it underneath the necktie narrow end.
  • Next bring the tie wider end back over in front of the narrow end again.
  • Then bring the wide end up and through the loop and to the right.
  • Bring the wide end around front, over the narrow end from right to left.
  • Now, bring the wide end up and through the loop around your neck.
  • Then, bring the wide end down through the knot in front, tightening the knot carefully and draw it up to the collar.

Full Windsor Knot

The Windsor Knot is a large, triangular and symmetric necktie knot. It gives a sense of confidence, and would therefore be your knot of choice for presentations, job interviews, courtroom appearances etc. It is best suited for wide collar shirts and standard to long ties, made out of lightweight fabric .

Your necktie wide end should be on the right, and extend about 12 inches below the narrow end on the left.

  • Cross the wide end of the necktie over the narrow end.
  • Now just bring the tie wide end up through the loop between the shirt collar and your tie.
  • Then bring the wide end back down.
  • Pull the tie wide end passing it underneath the narrow end and to the right, back through the loop and to the right again so that the wide end is inside out.
  • Bring the tie wide end across the front and from right to left.
  • Now pull the wide end of the tie up through the loop again.
  • Bring the wide end down through the knot in front. Use both hands to carefully tighten the knot and draw it up to the collar.

I hope that now, after reading this hub and seeing the videos, tying a tie is no longer a hard thing to do. If you enjoyed reading this hub and found it interesting you can vote it up, you can also share it with your friends.

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      Three-Legged Dog 

      7 years ago from USA

      Or you can do what my husband does and just buy a zip-up tie. :) Useful hub, though! Thanks!

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