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Half-Windsor knot

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The half-Windsor knot is a way of tying a necktie. It is considered a simpler version of the Windsor knot, and gives a neat, triangular knot. The size of this knot falls in between the four-in-hand and the Windsor knots. It works particularly well with lighter fabrics.


To tie the half-Windsor, place the tie around your neck and cross the broad end of the tie in front of the narrow end. Fold the broad end behind the narrow end and bring it forward on the opposite side. The left and right sides of the narrow end, and the inside of the loop around your neck, form a triangle. Continue folding the tie over the sides of this triangle, rotating around the triangle in one direction. The sixth fold should bring the broad end up over the top of the knot from behind; push the end down through the loop in front of the knot between the fourth and fifth folds, work out any wrinkles, and pull the knot tight. If the tie is unbalanced, untie the knot and try again giving yourself more or less length to work with.

According to The 85 Ways to Tie a Tie (Thomas Fink and Yong Mao), the knot is tied

  • Li Ro Ci Lo Ri Co T (knot 7)

with a common variation being

  • Li Ro Ci Ro Li Co T (knot 8).

See also

  • Windsor knot - a more symmetric and substantially bulkier knot

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