Have you ever wanted to tie your own necktie without asking for help? You will. And the company that will bring it to you is AT&T.
Many people have asked me how to tie a necktie, and most (if not all) of them have internet access. I thought people might appreciate a set of instructions for tying neckties.
There are a great many ways to tie a necktie (I've heard of three). You're reading instructions for the four-in-hand knot. Others are the Windsor and Double Windsor.
The pictures here were taken on a Silicon Graphics O2 workstation with it's standard camera. I didn't take a lot of time on it, so some of the images are a little bit out of focus, but I think you can still tell what's going on.
All of the pictures have been flipped horizontally to make them look as if they were in a mirror. Imagine me standing next to you in the mirror, then watch what I do, and do it yourself. Many people tie neckties in mirrors. (It's a good thing I don't need one because the video feedback from the O2 camera is not a mirror image!)
I'm right handed. I will occaisionally mention which hand to use for a task. You can tie a mirror image of this knot, and it will look just fine, but to do so, you must use the other hand. When I tie a tie, I use my right hand for manipulating the tie, and my left hand for holding things in place. In most of these pictures, I'm just holding something in place (and using the other hand to take a picture).
Do not expect to tie a perfect knot on the first try. The first time I went through these pictures, I wound up with the wide end too high and the narrow end too low. If you've never tied a necktie before, you may have trouble with the knot concepts or holding things just right as you tie the knot. Try it and be patient. If at first you don't succeed, try and try again.
Questions? Comments? Send them to me: firstname.lastname@example.org
This site is free, and I don't figure I could find a way to charge money for it, but if you've got your tie on straight, and if
you want to help, here's an easy way you can donate $5 to offset the costs of running the site. (FYI, hosting is about $60/year and I received $15 between August 2002 and May 2003.) Thanks for stopping by!|