How to Tie a Pratt Knot

How to Tie a Pratt Knot

The Pratt knot is unusual in that its starting position is reverse side out. It uses less length than the half-Windsor or Windsor knots, and so is well suited to shorter ties or taller men. Unlike the four-in-hand knot, the Pratt method produces a symmetrical knot. It is of medium thickness.  It is also known as the Shelby knot and the Pratt-Shelby. Pratt knot tying is easy with our step by step tutorial.

How to Tie a Pratt knot:

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  1. Flip the tie upside down. The Pratt Shelby actually starts with the seam facing outward.
  2. Cross the wide end under the narrow end.
  3. Up to the center, towards neck loop and through the neck loop and down to the left.
  4. Flip the wider end over the small end
  5. Bring the wide end back up through the loop between your tie and collar. 
  6. Now slip the wide end through the loop that you created.
  7. Tighten knot and center with both hands. Tip: make sure to pull the wide end down while you’re pulling up on the part of the wide end that went up through the hole between your neck and the necktie
  8. Done


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