If you want something a bit different from the four-in-hand, the pratt is an excellent option. It is another simple, simple to master knot. The pratt knot differs from other knots in that you begin tying it with the tie inside out.
Because it fits in well in both formal and semi-formal contexts, the pratt is truly a master of all crafts.
Now that you've been given the go-ahead, it's time to try it out. At the very least, you should have something that resembles a pratt knot if you carefully follow these instructions.
Always choose a beautiful tie; avoid wearing ones that are tacky.
With the clean side towards your body and the seam side exposed, knot the scarf around your neck. the larger end should be on your right and the smaller end to your left.
Your neck is now covered by the tie; adjust it so the smaller end is 6 to 10 inches long and the larger end is several feet long.
Bring the larger end under the smaller end and to the left of it. Your right hand should be used to pinch the point where the two ends meet.
Grab the larger end that is now hanging and run it through the center gap with your left hand, leaving it dangling on the left side.
Now, wrap it from left to right around the tie knot (and your hand that is squeezing the knot) in front of you. Right now, the smaller end is next to the huge end.
Now pass your hand below, up, and through the space between your neck and the tie knot.
The wrap you just made around the tie knot is now complete. Run the large end down it.
Then, tighten the tie by drawing down on the large end of the tie while maintaining the knot, and raise the knot toward your neck by pressing down on the tiny end of the tie while supporting it with your other hand.
See? Not terrible at all, that! Although the pratt isn't the most difficult knot out there, practice makes perfect. You may learn how to tie the half windsor knot once you have mastered the pratt knot.
Pratt knots are adaptable and suitable for a variety of settings, from a laid-back cocktail party to a more formal business conference. It's popular among tie wearers of all levels since it's a reasonably simple knot to grasp. The pratt is a knot that every guy should have in their toolbox, whether they are experienced or novice knotters.
The Windsor knot and the less well-known nicky are both modified by the pratt technique. It creates a medium-thick, symmetrical knot when made properly.
The pratt fits guys with medium-sized faces best since it is a medium-sized knot. For taller men or ties with shorter ties, it is an excellent alternative to other knots like the windsor since it requires less length.
In particular, button-down and spread collars go well with the pratt when it comes to shirt collars.
In contrast to the more extensive histories of other knot types, the pratt knot's history is very recent. Jerry Pratt, a worker of the US Chamber of Commerce, is credited with the "invention" of the pratt. Before it gained popularity in the 1980s, Pratt wore the knot that carries his name for around 20 years.
When renowned TV news anchorman Don Shelby wore the knot on broadcast, it made a breakthrough. He was first wrongly credited as having invented the knot, leading some people to continue calling it the Shelby knot.
Actually, Milanese tailors had been using a knot resembling the Pratt since the 1920s, mainly because it's simple to tie on a mannequin.