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How to Tie Your My Favorite Pal Necktie

Whether it's going to church or preparing for an important business meeting, having a perfectly tied tie is vital to looking your best. All our boy's neckties and infant ties come pre-tied, including zippered neckties and bow ties, but our matching men's sizes come in normal untied styles.

Our instructions and diagrams below will get you started on finding the perfect knot. When the tying is completed, the long, wide end should reach to your belt buckle. Ties are usually darker than collared shirts and should be no wider than your suit's lapel. Take care to arrange the "dimple" just below the knot so it lies symmetrically. When you're finished wearing your tie, carefully untie it by reversing the method you used to tie it. Then, hang it on a rack. When traveling, roll ties carefully.

Types of Tie Knots and How to Tie Them with Ease

Four in Hand Knot:

Four-in hand tie knots are among the easiest to do well, and they are quite common because of it. These knots are simply but can be asymmetrical.

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1. While standing before a mirror, put the tie around your neck with the wide end in your right hand.

Learn how to tie the four in hand knot.

2. Next, wrap the right end all the way around the skinny end counter-clockwise until the pointed end is toward your left side 180 degrees.

Learn the four in hand knot.

3. It should look like this.

4. Next, pull that end up and underneath the rest of the tie.

Knowing how to tie a Windsor knot is valuable.

5. Slide the wide end down through the top layer of the knot of tie and adjust.

 

Half Windsor Knot:

This knot is almost as common as the four-in-hand, but differs in that it is more symmetrical and bulkier.

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1. Stand in the mirror with the wide end of the tie on your right side.

2. Wrap the wide end counter-clockwise all the way around the front of the skinny end until you can see the back side of the tie pointed to your right.

3. Wrap that wide end up and over the knot with the front side showing.

4. Pull the wide end under the full knot, again pointed to the right with the back side showing.

This is a bulky and symmetrical knot.

5. Wrap the wide end around the front of the knot clockwise until it's pointed left and the front side shows.

Check out My Favorite Pal's handy tutorial on tying neckties.

6. Pull the wide end up and around the back of the knot

7. Pull the wide end down and through the knot, under one layer of fabric. Adjust.

 

Full Windsor Knot:

The Full Windsor creates a larger knot than the Half Windsor and is considered more formal. These are ideal for thin, summery ties or suits with larger lapels and shirt collars.

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1. With the wide end on your right and the skinny end around your neck to the left, wrap the wide end across the front of the skinny end.

2. Instead of finishing the loop, pull the wide end up and behind the skinny end such that the back side of the wide end is showing.

3. Pull that end across the front of the knot, pointed slightly to the left with the front side showing.

4. Wrap that wide end behind the skinny end counter-clockwise until the back end shows and the point is toward your right.

5. Pull the wide end up and over the knot, pointed upward.

Here's how to tie a full Windsor knot.

6. Pull the wide end around and under the right side of the knot so the backside is showing, pointed to your right.

7. Wrap the wide end around the front clockwise.

8. Pull the side end up behind the knot.

9. Pull the front of the tie through the top layer of the knot and adjust.

 

Shell, Pratt or Shelby Knot

This midsized knot is relatively easy to tie and lays symmetrically. It has a wide range of applications and less bulk than the Half Windsor.

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1. Begin with the tie inside out around your neck, with the wide end on your right.

2. Wrap the wide end behind the skinny end and up.

My Favorite Pal has tutorials for tying a shell, prat or shelby knot.

3. Pull the wide end through the knot and tighten, such that both backsides of the tie are showing.

A shell knot is symmetrical and easy to tie.

4. Wrap the wide end counter-clockwise in front of the knot until the front side is showing and the knot is pointed to your right.

5. Pull the wide end up behind the knot.

6. Pull that end through the front layer of the knot and tighten.