To conclude our series on how to tie knots, I will show you how to tie a Small Knot, Prince Albert knot, and of course the Bow Tie! The bow tie has seen a surge in popularity as of late…it is no longer reserved for gentlemen’s clubs and penguin tuxedos! Give your ties the day off and try experimenting with bow ties by choosing fun patterns, designs, and colors (mix and match or find a reversible one like the one pictured) and combining it with an equally energetic button up to create a more casual and cool look that makes bow ties more everyday (and all-age) appropriate.
As an alternative to the Four-in-hand Knot, this one is also compact (hence the name!) and simple which makes it useful when tying wide and/or thick ties (eg. woven silk) and/or paired with a close-fitting collar.
Step 1: Twist wide end so the seam shows and then cross the narrow end over the wide end.
Step 2: Fold the wide end over narrow end.
Step 3: Pull wide end up through back of the loop.
Step 4: Pass wide end under the top layer of the knot, then pull the wide end all the way through.
Step 5: And voila! Easy as 1-2-3 (and 4-5..!).
PRINCE ALBERT KNOT:
This is also a very compact knot but it achieves a sleek and polished look. This knot compliments shirts with long collars and works best with narrower ties in soft fabrics.
Step 1: Begin by passing the wide end over and back behind the narrow end.
Step 2: Pass wide end back over narrow end.
Step 3: Wrap wide end around narrow end for a second time.
Step 4: Repeat step 2 by bringing wide end back over narrow end
Step 5: Pass wide end behind the knot and through the loop around your neck
Step 6: Pull wide end underneath the outer layer of knot. Tighten and adjust.
The bow tie dates back to the Prussian wars of the 17th century when Croatian mercenaries walked the streets of Paris in brightly colored scarves to hold together the opening of their shirts. This caught the attention of the French upper class who then began wearing scarves tied in creative ways ~ and the bow tie was born!
Step 1: Adjust the length of the bow tie to fit your neck (this may take some experimenting to find what works for you) and hang one end lower than the other by about 1.5 inches.
Step 2: Cross longer end over shorter end.
Step 3: Pass long end up through loop and tightly cinch (if your bow tie is too loose at the end, it is because of this step).
Step 4: Make front bow by folding over the shorter end. Hold up with index finger.
Step 5: Take long end and hang down the middle of the front bow.
Step 6: Wrap long end around the middle of the front bow and bring up through back loop.
Step 7: Fold over the front bow and pinch and slightly pull it away from you to see the gap that is formed between the knot and front bow. Grab the hanging end at the top point (closest to the neck) and nudge it through the gap, then release your hands.
Step 8: Hold the bow at both folded ends and pull carefully to tighten the knot.
The bow tie is the trickiest to tie so do not get discouraged if it takes you a few tries.
Hopefully this series will shed some new light on an otherwise mundane Monday! Let me know if anyone takes notice and email me with any pictures!