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Windsor Tie Knot

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Windsor Knot Tying ()
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Windsor Knot Tying

Pass the long end over and around the short end. Continue behind the short end and wrap around the opposite side. Cross in front, pull up and forward by the neck, and then down under itself. Pull the long end to tighten the knot, then the short end to make snug against the neck.

Windsor Tie Knot Details

Orientation: The animation is presented as though the wearer were seeing his own reflection.

Origin: Ashley does not describe either of the Windsor Knots. The name was created in honor of the Duke of Windsor although he preferred a Four-in-Hand himself. However, he employed heavier material to obtain a satisfactory appearance.

Name: This knot is properly called the "Windsor". However, to distinguish it from the "Half Windsor" it has sometimes been called the "Full" Windsor.

Structure: The Windsor is bulky and symmetrical because the long end is wrapped around both sides before it is used to form the final knot. There are at least four variations; the version chosen for the animation is one of the more common.

Advantages: Makes a larger and more symmetrical knot. Also, for the version shown here, when the short end is pulled out, the knot does not require untying, it just falls apart – a pleasant surprise for this more complicated knot.

Disadvantages: It is more difficult to tie and uses more material than the Four-in-Hand, the Pratt (Shelby) or the Half Windsor. The Windsor is less suitable for shorter ties.

Disclaimer: Any activity that involves ropes is potentially hazardous. Lives may be at risk - possibly your own. Considerable attention and effort have been made to ensure that these descriptions are accurate. However, many critical factors cannot be controlled, including: the choice of materials; the age, size, and condition of ropes; and the accuracy with which these descriptions have been followed. No responsibility is accepted for incidents arising from the use of this material.

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