How to Tie a Pratt Knot or Shelby Knot

The Pratt Knot, also called the Shelby Knot, was invented by Jerry Pratt, who had been wearing his tie with a Pratt knot for many years before it became popularized by TV personality Don Shelby. Mr. Shelby, who would wear his necktie with a Pratt knot while delivering the evening news looked good day in and day out and quickly had many men seeking instructions on how to tie the Pratt knot. Once you learn how to tie the Pratt knot you will come to appreciate its symmetry and that it is simple to tie. The Pratt knot is medium sized, symmetrical knot to be worn with medium and wide collar shirt openings. Quick to tie and good looking the Pratt knot uses less tie length than the Half-Windsor knot, which make it excellent for tall men.

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1. To tie the Pratt Knot, place the necktie around your neck with the inside of your necktie, the side with the label, facing OUTWARD, ie. backward.  Place it the wide end of the necktie in your right hand and the narrow end of the necktie in your left hand.

2. Cross wide end of the tie under the narrow end and end with the wide end of the necktie on your left side.

3. Continue by bringing the wide end of the tie up and over the narrow end and down through the loop around your neck, finishing with on wide end of the necktie on the left side.

4. Next cross the wide end of the tie in front of the narrow end from left to right, ending on the right.

5. Now come under and up through the neck loop and down through the loop made by previous crossing the wide end of the tie completed in step 4.

6. Tighten carefully and snug the tie up to collar.