How to Tie a Tie: It’s Knot Difficult With This Guide

A tie expert (yeah, really!) shows us how to tie three different knots.

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Knowing how to tie a tie has become something of a lost art. But despite the rise of casual attire, there are still times when knowing how to tie a tie comes in handy, which is why we asked Brent Murrell, creative director for Ties.com, to show us how to tie three of his favorite knots.

How to Tie a Half-Windsor
“The half-windsor is somewhere in between the slim four-in-hand and the bulky double-windsor [both of which we’ll touch on below],” Murrell says. It’s tough to go wrong with this knot.

Step #1: Begin with the large end of the tie on your right-hand side and the small end on your left-hand side (again, this end should sit just above your belly button).
Step #2: Place the large end over the small end (to your left-hand side).
Step #3: Loop the large end under the small end (to your right-hand side).
Step #4: Bring the large end up and over the neck loop.
Step #5: Bring the large end down through the neck loop, then to the left.
Step #6: Bring the large end across your chest (or, to your right-hand side).
Step #7: Bring the large end up through the inside of the loop around your neck.
Step #8: Bring the large end down through the front loop you’ve just created.
Step #9: Tighten the knot by pulling down on the large end, and adjust as necessary.

How to Tie a Double-Windsor
“The double-windsor is a large traditional knot,” Murrell notes. It’s arguably the fanciest of the three knots listed here.

Step #1: Begin with the large end of the tie on your right-hand side and the small end on your left-hand side (once again, this end should sit just above your belly button).
Step #2: Place the large end over the small end (to your left-hand side).
Step #3: Bring the large end up through the inside of the loop around your neck.
Step #4: Bring the large end down to your left-hand side.
Step #5: Loop the large end around the back of the small end (to your right-hand side).
Step #6: Bring the large end over the front of the neck loop.
Step #7: Bring the large end down through the inside of the loop around your neck, then to your right-hand side.
Step #8: Bring the large end across your chest, over the small end.
Step #9: Bring the large end through the neck loop from underneath.
Step #10: Bring the large end down through the front loop you’ve just made.
Step #11: Tighten the knot by pulling down on the large end, and adjust as necessary.

How to Tie a Four-In-Hand
“The four-in-hand is a small, modern knot,” Murrell explains, adding that it’s also probably the easiest knot to tie.

Step #1: Begin with the large end of the tie on your right-hand side and the small end on your left-hand side (this end should sit just above your belly button).
Step #2: Place the large end over the small end (to your left-hand side).
Step #3: Loop the large end under the small end (to your right-hand side).
Step #4: Loop the large end across your chest — again, over the small end.
Step #5: Bring the large end up through the inside of the loop around your neck.
Step #6: Bring the large end down through the front loop you’ve just created.
Step #7: Tighten the knot by pulling down on the large end, and adjust as necessary.

“Keep your movements tight throughout the tying process, otherwise you’ll have to tighten the entire thing at the end, which can lead to a wonky knot,” Murrell adds. “When your tie is tied correctly, the end should hang between the top and bottom of your belt. If it’s doesn’t, you need to re-tie it.”

Trust us, knowing how to tie a tie will come in handy — even if only for job interviews.