There are over 100 ways to tie a necktie but the Windsor Knot is the most popular of all. You may have heard of the knot being called the Full Windsor also as Double Windsor, even just the plain old Windsor. The windsor knot, compared to other methods, produces a wide symmetrical triangular knot. The knot is best used with a wide collar or spread collar.
A bit of history on the knot
The knot is said to have originated from the Duke of Windsor but likely invented by his father George V.
The Duke of Windsor visited the United States in the 1930's, his stylish fashion sense was quickly adopted and spread throughout the Country.
The name was created in honor of the Duke of Windsor although he preferred a Four-in-Hand himself. However, he employed heavier material to obtain a satisfactory appearance. The Windsor steps were designed using a thinner material which made the knot appear similar to the appearance of the thicker fabric used by the Duke of Windsor to produce the knot.
Here are the steps:
1. Grab your tie, place the wider side on your left shoulder.
2. Then cross the wide end over the narrow end.
3. Bring the wide end up through the loop between the collar and your tie.
4. Down to the left.
5. Around the back of the small end to the right.
6. Up to the center, towards neck loop.
7. Through the neck loop and down to the right.
8. cross over the front to the left.
9. Bring the tie up into the neck loop from underneath.
10. Down through the loop you've just created in the front.
11. Tighten the knot by pulling down on the wide end. Slide the knot up & adjust.
Congratulations, you now have a Full Windsor knot tied. The Windsor knot is the foundation to learning how to tie multiple versions of stylish knots. Enjoy your Windsor knot and I hope you pass your skill forward to teaching someone in the future how to tie the full windsor knot.