How to Tie a Windsor Knot the Right Way

Double Windsor Tie Knot
Windsor Tie Knot
Full Windsor Ties Knot
(All three titles are used to identify this tie knot)

The Double Windsor Tie Knot has always been considered the most traditional of all the tie knots. It is regal, symmetrical, larger than life look and is very conventional in its appeal. It is a full bodied tie knot that lets you know you’re wearing it and yet it won’t get you in trouble with anyone.

You would be expected to turn up wearing one of these at a job interview, a business meeting, an important occasion and especially when you’re trying to gain credibility in the “Dog eat dog” world of high finance. Master this Necktie Knot and you’re well on your way to becoming a master of industry.

Step 1 – Tying a Windsor Knot

Double Windsor Tie Knot - Step One1
As with most tie knots, we start out with the larger
(LG) end over the smaller (SM) end.
At this stage you
should decide how much of the smaller length you
want showing. More – if you have a smaller neck and
don’t require as much length to get a good finished
product. Less – if you have a larger neck and need
to stretch every inch out of your tie to get the final
length correct. Don’t panic! It’s not rocket science,
you can always start again, and you probably will,
many times, until you get a feel for the right starting length.

Step 2 – Tying a Windsor Knot

Double Windsor Tie Knot - Step Two

2. Now we fold the larger end behind the smaller
end and up through the noose. We are going to make
a loop around the small end.

Step 3 – Tying a Windsor Knot

Double Windsor Tie Knot - Step Three

3. Once we’ve gotten the larger end through the noose,
we bring it back down, across front and tighten that
loop we’ve just made around the smaller end. So far,
so good. We are going to be doing the same over the other side.

Step 4 – Tying a Windsor Knot

Double Windsor Tie Knot - Step Four

4. Fold the larger end behind everything we’ve done
and across to the other side in preparation to make
that other loop we need to make.

Step 5 – Tying a Windsor Knot

Double Windsor Tie Knot - Step Five

5. Throw the larger end up over the front, through
the loop and down again to make that second loop
around the noose.

Step 6 – Tying a Windsor Knot

Double Windsor Tie Knot - Step Six

6. Pull that loop tight. As you can see we have made
two almost identical loops around the noose. In some
places this tie knot is called a ‘Bison’ knot because
it resembles the horns of a Bison.

Step 7 – Tying a Windsor Knot

Double Windsor Tie Knot - Step Seven

7. Bring the large end around the front to form the
face of the tie knot which covers up all our wonderful
handiwork so far.

Step 8 – Tying a Windsor Knot

Double Windsor Tie Knot - Step Eight

8. Again we bring the larger end behind and up
through the noose for our final approach.

Step 9 – Tying a Windsor Knot

Double Windsor Tie Knot - Step Nine

9. Then we bring the larger end down behind our
show piece in the front and tighten carefully. It’s at
this point we can start to form the fashionable
dimple as we carefully pull the knot tighter.

Step 10: Last Step – Tying a Windsor Knot

Double Windsor Tie Knot - Step Ten - Last step

Congratulations! You are now the proud owner of
your very own Double Windsor Tie Knot. Treat
this tie knot with respect young man (anyone under 100)
and it will be your constant companion through the
most important occasions of your life.