The Pratt knot
The Pratt knot – also known as the Shelby Knot – is a symmetric tie knot with an average size. It is larger than the four-in-hand knot and smaller than the half-Windsor knot. It does not look too wide or too narrow. The Pratt knot looks neat and is suitable for most shirts and occasions. The drawback is that the back of the narrow end of the necktie faces up, which does not look good if it is not well hidden behind the wide end.
- Start with the wide end on your right. Extend it about 30 cm below the narrow end of your necktie
- Cross the wide end under the narrow end
- Bring the wide end over the loop around the neck
- Pull the wide end under to complete the loop around the neck and tighten a bit
- Bring the wide end over the narrow end moving from right to left
- Bring the wide end up towards the neck loop
- Put the wide end through the knot at the front of the tie
- Tighten and straighten up the tie. Draw up to the collar and you are now ready for the day.