The Half-Windsor
Credit: Photograph by Huckleberry McQueen

If a Four-in-Hand is too small and a Windsor is too big, there's always the Half-Windsor. This lightweight version of a Windsor still has a substantial, symmetrical shape, but it's streamlined with fewer folds and has a less bulky profile. Because of its medium size, the Half-Windsor is a great knot for all occasions since it pairs nicely with any size shirt collar.


  1. Start with the wide end on your right side, about 12 inches longer than the narrow end.
  2. Cross the wide end over the narrow end to your left, and bring it back behind the narrow end to your right.
  3. Take the wide end up over the front of the knot and down through the loop behind the knot and to your right.
  4. Bring the wide end around to the front, over the narrow end from right to left.
  5. Move the wide end up through the back of the loop, pulling all of the tie's length up.
  6. Bring the wide end down through the front of the knot. Adjust for desired tightness.