2009 Project: Learn to tie a double (or full) windsor

And to tie that windsor really well. Here’s what I’m learning from:

Haven’t actually attempted it with an actual tie yet.1 I figure I’ll watch the vid several times first. Observe. Then try.

When I get it right I’ll post evidence here.2

  1. That’s too many “actually”s, isn’t it? Whatever. []
  2. You can read lack of evidence here (by the end of this year) as an admission of failure. []


  1. chrisbarnes on #

    An excellent project. A tip, if I may? The full windsor uses a fair bit of the tie material in the knot. Now, when wearing a tie I like it to just reach my belt buckle (any shorter looks a bit dicky, I think). So as a tall bloke, I need a reasonably long tie. But alas, most ties these days aren’t made long enough to do that AND have enough left to do a full windsor. Your mileage may vary, of course.

    Also fun is to learning to tie a bow tie. I can still remember how to do that… I think…

  2. Liz on #

    I learnt to tie a half windsor at school when my uniform had a tie, and then my Dad taught me a full windsor and how to do a bow tie. They have been useful skills to know. It’s always good to be able to say “Let me help you with that, I know how” – I’ve met some interesting people that way!!

  3. Linley on #

    My husband started rocking the full windsor a couple of years ago. Now anything else just looks wimpy.

    Good luck!

  4. Tim on #

    I learned how to do the full windsor when I was in high school (not all that long ago) and now I just really can’t do anything else. I’m so used to it that anything else feels and looks weird.

  5. Eric Luper on #

    I’ve actually devised a way to tie my tie that requires less material, winds up with a bit of a smaller knot and is still nice and triangular like a full Windsor.

    I call it the Luper knot. Maybe I’ll post a YouTube video for you soon!

  6. Nicholas Waller on #

    I can remember realising I didn’t know how to tie a tie on my first morning at boarding school. The kind of knot I do now is Luperesque, being still triangular yet smaller, and I can do it (just tried) but wouldn’t know how to explain it. I don’t much like ties anyway, but I don’t like the full-fat Windsor, nor the tight asymmetrical kind of knot.

    Terry Pratchett can get by doing most things, but his struggling repeatedly and frustratedly, even angrily, with the spatial problems of tie-tying was the most obvious manifestation of the advance of his form of Alzheimer’s in his recent 2-part documentary on the subject, along with his growing lack of ability at copying the diagrams in his diagnostic tests.

  7. Joey-la on #

    Please film yourself if you do manage to tie the winsor knot – I know I’ll never be able to!

    I wish you massive amounts of luck on your endevor!

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