Do you need to learn how to tie a tie quickly and easily? Or, you are interested in different types of knots to find ways to vary your look. ?
Zoom on the most chic ways to wear a tie and tutorials on how to adopt them
Today we take care of telling you what the different knots you can try on a tie are called. More precisely, we have selected 8 knots which all vary in shape and level of difficulty. To complete the file, we will also show you how to make a bow tie.
Below, you will see a tie knot tutorial for each of them in photos. For those who prefer to see the instructions on video, we also have a small visual for each of the nodes. We will also tell you what are the characteristics of each node and what our difficulty rating is..
Here is the list of nodes that we will consider:
- the simple knot, also called oriental;
- the Four in Hand node;
- the Windsor or Full Windsor way;
- the Half Windsor or Demi Windsor;
- the Pratt knot, also known as Shelby;
- the Kelvin way;
- the Balthus knot;
- the knot says Prince Albert;
- and, finally, the bow tie.
Simple or oriental tie knot tutorial
Our first tie knot tutorial is about a simple knot. It is also called “oriental” or “small knot”. It is considered the easiest and fastest to do because it is done in just a few steps. As for the name “oriental knot”, it comes from the fact that this way of wearing a tie is rather popular in Asian countries, such as China..
What characterizes this knot? It is compact, classic and slightly asymmetrical. It is particularly suitable for people of medium to tall height. The size of the knot itself is medium and it is regarded as the easiest of all knot types which makes it ideal for beginners..
This type of bow will also appeal to those who like a slightly vintage, 1940s-style look. The downside is that it is not usually worn with a skinny style tie. If you like this kind of tie, you would need to find another kind of knot !
Simple tie knot tutorial in 6 steps
This simple knot is made in 6 consecutive steps. In the first picture you can see how to place the tie, steps 2 and 3 showing how to arrange its large end. Continuing with steps 4 and 5, you will tie the knot itself. Picture n ° 6 shows you how the final result should look.
Here is a tutorial of this simple tie knot in video:
Four in Hand tie knot tutorial
Our second tie-knot tutorial is about the Four in Hand. It is named after a popular club that existed in the 19th century. Today it is widely used because it is quite simple to make and it is very versatile. For this reason, many people who do not want to learn several types of knots, rely on the Four in Hand.
The size of the node itself is small to medium. It is slightly asymmetrical and they come undone easily. On the difficulty side, we give it a rating of 1 out of 5.
The Four in Hand tie knot is chic and elegant. It’s as popular as the Windsor knots we’re talking about just below. What is more, this type of tie knot is very functional. You can adopt it without problem with any type of costume and also for an official dinner.
How to tie a Four in Hand tie knot
To wear your tie with a Four in Hand, follow this knot tutorial in 7 steps. On picture # 1; you can see how to lay out the tie to begin with. Pictures 2 to 4 show you the steps to take before creating the knot itself. Pictures 5 and 6 show you how to slide the large end of the tie to secure the knot. The final result can be seen in image n ° 7.
Here is a video that shows you how to tie the Four in Hand knot.
Windsor or Full Windsor tie knot tutorial
This way of wearing the tie takes its name from Duke Windsor (then the later King Edward). For the record, it’s interesting that the current Duke of Windsor does not wear this type of bow. He wears the Four in Hand which is adjusted to his liking for rather thick ties and for wide and triangular knots..
The Windsor knot is said to be an invention that aims to emulate this look. If you like to try on a variety of tie knots, you will surely come across a variation or two of the Windsor. These variants do not have different names, they are all called Windsor knots..
What characterizes this knot? It is symmetrical and is distinguished by its triangular shape. Compared to the other nodes seen above, it is larger. On the difficulty side, we give it a 2 out of 5 rating.
How to tie a Windsor or Full Windsor tie knot
This type of knot is made in 11 steps. To learn how to do this, you would therefore need to have a little patience. !
Start by arranging the tie as shown in picture # 1. Then repeat the actions shown in pictures 3 to 6 to prepare to tie the knot itself. Continue with pictures n ° 7 to 8, you are almost there! Finally, tie the knot as shown in pictures 9 and 10. You should get a result like the one shown in picture 11.
Follow this tie-knot tutorial video to make the Windsor.
Half Windsor or Demi Windsor tie knot tutorial
After the Windsor (or Full Windsor), let’s see how to do the Half Windsor or Demi Windsor. This is another type of knot that is considered very elegant and very versatile. Contrary to what you might think, the Demi Windsor is not the same as what you will get by following the Full Windsor tutorial halfway..
This knot is medium in size and quite symmetrical in appearance. When done correctly, the Demi Windsor is quite sizeable in size. You can adopt it with medium and thin ties. On the difficulty side, we give it a 3 out of 5 rating.
How to tie a Half Windsor or Demi Windsor tie knot
To wear the Half Windsor, you can learn how to tie this knot by following the tutorial below. Picture # 1 shows you how to place the tie in the starting position. Continue with steps 2-4 to create a solid base for your Demi Windsor knot. Then, you only have a few steps left to do the Half Windsor. Image 9 shows the final result.
You can see a video tutorial to do the Half Windsor just below.
Pratt or Shelby tie knot tutorial
We continue our round of tie knots with the Pratt. This way of wearing the tie was named after Jerry Pratt, who invented it. Jerry Pratt was a member of the United States Chamber of Commerce. Its invention was made famous on television in 1989. It was also given its name Shelby knot, with pictures of the correct gestures to remake the Pratt in the newspapers..
The Pratt or Shelby knot is medium in size. It is symmetrical, just like the Four in Hand and the Demi Windsor. On the difficulty side, we give it a score of 3 out of 5.
How to tie a Pratt or Shelby tie knot
To copy the Pratt, you would have to go through 8 consecutive steps. At first, start with the position shown in picture # 1. Continue with steps 2 to 5 to create the base. The knot itself is to be made according to instructions 6 to 7. Take a look at picture 8 to compare your Pratt to the desired result !
Here is a tutorial on how to tie the Pratt tie knot in video:
Kelvin tie knot tutorial
Let’s continue with another tie knot tutorial with a personal name: the Kelvin. It is named after Lord Kelvin, who was also a 19th century physicist and mathematician who died in 1907. He invented the Kelvin knot by taking the simple knot as a starting point. Unlike the latter, the result is a knot similar to the Four in Hand, larger and with a more defined silhouette..
The size of this knot is medium and it is rather symmetrical. Regarding the difficulty, we give it a 3 out of 5.
How to tie a Kelvin tie knot
The Kelvin is done in 8 consecutive steps. To start, place the tie by copying picture # 1. Then, to make the base, follow steps 2 to 5. The knot itself will be finished with steps 6 to 7. For the result, take a good look at image # 8.
If you prefer a video tutorial, you can view the one just below:
Balthus tie knot tutorial
The Balthus is another stylish way to wear a tie. Imagined in 1930 by Balthasar Klossowski, the Franco-Polish artist, it makes it possible to obtain a very large knot, considerably larger than that of the Windsor.
This is a very symmetrical knot, with a difficulty rating of 4 out of 5. The complexity also explains the fact that the knot is very important but that the tie itself becomes shorter (due to the number of steps in the tutorial).
How to tie a Balthus tie knot
This tutorial is carried out in 12 consecutive steps. For the starting point, see picture 1. Steps 2 through 9 get you the base, and pictures 10 through 11 show the knot. For the result, look at illustration # 12.
Here is the video tutorial for the Balthus knot:
Prince Albert tie knot tutorial
Another interesting tie knot is the one named after Prince Albert, the husband of Queen Victoria of England. Prince Albert is actually a variation of another knot that bears the name of the Queen herself. This knot is somewhat asymmetrical and larger than the Four in Hand. It should be worn tight to keep its elegant and chic appearance.
Prince Albert’s height is medium to large. Plus, it’s not the easiest knot out there, so don’t expect to get it right the first time. On the difficulty side, we give it a score of 3 out of 5.
How to tie a Prince Albert tie knot
Prince Albert is to be completed in 9 consecutive stages. The starting position is shown in picture 1. The gestures to create the base are shown in pictures 2 to 6. For the knot itself, closely follow the indications of pictures 7 and 8. In picture n ° 9, you can see the final result..
Of course, we also found a video tutorial for this tie knot. You can view it at the bottom:
Tutorial for making a bow tie
Finally, we also suggest you learn how to make a bow tie. This one is a tie version. Historically, there have been times when the bow tie was just as popular, if not more common, than the tie. This was the case in the 19th century, for example. The end of the 20th and the beginning of the 21st century also saw the increasing popularity of this type of knot. In addition, it is a classic solution for very official occasions. If you like wearing classic ties, we also recommend that you take a look at the tutorial below. It will be just as useful to you !
The bow tie that is done correctly should give a very symmetrical result. As for the difficulty, it is given a rating of 4 out of 5. This means that the tutorial is rather difficult and that a little practice may be necessary to achieve the ideal result..
How to tie a bow tie
The bow tie we are offering you today is made with a 10-step tutorial. The starting position is shown in picture 1. Pictures n ° 2 to 4 allow you to see how to create the base. Once you have completed these steps, go to pictures 5 through 8 for the knot itself. Do not forget to tighten it well, as illustrated in step 9. For the final result, see n ° 10.
If you prefer a video tutorial, you can view the bow tie tutorial just below: