Looking for a special tie knot? Try the Pratt!

Although simple knots are very popular, if you are in a hurry or if you don’t have much practice tying ties, there is another variant which is quick and easy to tie and will give your outfit an elegant touch. Learn more about the Pratt knot and how to tie it.

The names of tie knots derive very often from their origins or, like in the case of the Pratt, from their inventors. We are not talking about the famous comic artist Hugo Pratt, but an employee of the Chamber of Commerce of the United States!
Man adjusting his tie
For twenty years, Jerry Pratt tied his knot every day in this way and no one really took notice until the TV presenter Don Shelby discovered the knot and began in the 80s, to tie his tie with this technique for his TV show. For this reason the Pratt is today also often called Shelby.

So how do you tie the Pratt? Follow these simple steps for a perfect tie knot:

  • Place the tie inside out around your neck. The narrow end should be on the right.
  • Cross the narrow end over the wide end.
  • Pass the wide end over and under the narrow end. Pull the loop down and tighten.
  • Pass the wide end to the right over the narrow end.
  • Pull the wide end up, behind the loop and bring the wide end through the knot.
  • Now tighten the tie carefully and check the length – Done!

As you can see, the Pratt can be tied easily and quickly. It is basically a simple knot, but with an additional first step. The Pratt is a voluminous, symmetrical knot. Use the technique with a silk tie as it may appear too voluminous with thicker fabrics. The Pratt is best combined with business suits and is particularly nice for skinny ties.

Small Vellutino - brown & beige

Small Vellutino – brown & beige

Skinny tie-7cm-black

Skinny tie-7cm-black

Deluxe Tie Claret

Deluxe Tie Claret