A few of EG’s favorites from Dark Knot Learn how to tie-a-tie using the popular Pratt Knot (also known as the Shelby knot). The Pratt knot — named after Jeremy Pratt, an employee of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce — is a fairly new knot. To tie the Pratt Knot, select a necktie of your choice and stand in front of a mirror. The Pratt knot (also referred to as a Shelby knot) is quite a simple tie knot which is quick and easy to learn.Once tied, the knot is symmetrical and wider than your go-to four in hand knot which is great if you’re wearing a spread collar and want to get your tie noticed!. STEP 1. Pratt Knot (Shelby Knot) Step-by-Step Guide. Elegant and gentleman-like, this knot is wide, but not as wide as the Windsor knot. Unlike the four-in-hand knot, the Pratt method produces a symmetrical knot. Should I tie my tie with the 'half-windsor' or the 'pratt/shelby' knot. The Pratt knot is versatile, elegant and of a medium size, between the Four-in-Hand Knot and the Half Windsor Knot. The Pratt Knot — also known as the Shelby Knot — is tidy and fairly wide, yet not as wide as the Windsor Knot. whereas the half-windsor is an easier knot with a proper title. semi-spread, Pratt knot (click to see tie) However, given that this facial profile fits in between that of a round face and an angular / slim face, one is more free to wear a Four In Hand or Half Windsor knot with a medium spread collar, or a Half Windsor / Full Windsor knot with a full spread collar! KNOT SIZE 3/5 SYMMETRY 4/5 DIFFICULTY 3/5 INVERTED TAIL The Pratt Knot (Shelby Knot) Tying Instructions. I want a knot that makes an impression, but more importantly, I want a knot that is proportional to the sweater vest; one that isn't too large. How to tie a Pratt knot. The Pratt knot looks great with a skinny tie. Added to that is that the double windsor knot is slightly more complicated to tie than the sissy four-in-hand knot. It is well suited for any dress shirt and somewhat wider neckties made from light to medium fabrics. However the other name for this tie knot is Shelby. The double windsor knot is like the Texas of tie knots. Pratt Knot – Jerry Pratt is credited for this type of tie knot. It uses less length than the half-Windsor or Windsor knots, and so is well suited to shorter ties or taller men. The windsor knot is already the “Full” knot. The Windsor knot is also known as Full Windsor, or Double Windsor in order to be further distinguished from its half-Windsor counterpart. Wide end is kept below the narrow end. On Monday I am going to an event and I will be wearing a sweater vest with a white dress shirt. It’s the sartorial equivalent of putting truck nuts on that big pickup truck you don’t really need. This knot is semi wide types (less wide than Windsor knot) and one needs to turn the tie in outward direction before starting the procedure. It gets its name from the Duke of Windsor, or more precisely, King Edward VIII. The Pratt knot is unusual in that its starting position is 'reverse side out', like the Nicky knot, a self-releasing variant of the Pratt. Pratt Knot Step-by-Step Instructions.