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  • How to tie a tie | The Half Windsor Knot
  • Terry Arsenault

How to tie a tie | The Half Windsor Knot

How to tie a tie | The Half Windsor Knot

How to tie a tie: The Half Windsor Knot

 Tying a Tie!

There are literally hundreds of methods to tie a necktie. There are many styles and shapes of knots. All of these styles produce variations in sizes and shapes giving different designs while tying s knot of necktie. Some of the most popular knots would be Full Windsor or Double Windsor, Half Windsor or Single Windsor, Four-in-hand, or ­Pratt Knot.

What’s the ‘Windsor’ part?

 The name is said to be derived from the style statement of Duke of Windsor. Although, it is likely that knot which bears the name ‘Windsor’ is invented by his father, George the Fifth. In 1930, Duke visited United States; his style statement was widely appreciated and adopted throughout the country. Though the knot got its name, Duke of Windsor personally used the Four-in-Hand knot. The Windsor part is used for two different knots, Full and Half, as discussed earlier. Let’s see the method of tying a Half Windsor or Single Windsor knot.

 Half Windsor Knot

 Half Windsor knot is bigger in size than the four-in-hand knot and pratt knot. Yet, it smaller than the Full Windsor knot. Half Windsor knot is derived from its full version. This method of tying produces a neat and triangular knot. The knot suits well with light and medium weight fabrics.

 How to tie this Half-Windsor Knot?

Let’s begin to tie this knot. Here are the step-by-step instructions for tying a good Half-Windsor Knot to your necktie.

Start with the wide end of the tie on the right and the small end on the left. Depending on your height and the length & thickness of your tie, the tip of the small end should rest slightly above your belly-button. Only move the wide end.

  1. Wide end over the small end to the left.
  2. Under the small end and to the right.
  3. Up to the center, towards neck loop.
  4. Through the neck loop and to the left.
  5. Across the front, over to the right.
  6. Up into the neck loop from underneath.
  7. Down through the loop you've just created in the front.
  8. Tighten the knot by pulling down on the wide end.
  9. Slide the knot up & adjust.

And Bingo! You have a Half Windsor Knot tied. The skill of tying this knot improves over a period of time and when you learn it, do pass it on to others who seek help tying one.

  • Terry Arsenault

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