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How To Tie A Pratt Knot

The Pratt Knot, also known as the Shelby knot, is named after Jerry Pratt who wore this exact same knot style to his job at the US Chamber of Commerce for 30 years. That's dedication! The knot became popularised when he told a well-known news reporter, Don Shelby, on live TV that he'd been wearing his ties poorly on air. The Pratt Knot was printed in the New York Times the next day and it became an overnight sensation in the US. The Pratt Knot is a tidy and clean tie knot that makes a perfect choice for formal occasions. Wear the Pratt Knot with light to medium weight fabrics for the best take. 

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Pratt Knot tying steps

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  1. Place the tie around your neck with the underside facing outwards. Place the wide end on the right and the skinny end on the left. Position the wide end lower than the skinny end.
  2. Cross the wide end underneath the skinny end towards the left.
  3. Fold it up through the neck loop and then pass it down to the left side.
  4. Cross it over the skinny end towards the right.
  5. Fold it up through the neck loop from underneath.
  6. Pass it down through the loop you’ve created in the knot.
  7. Pull down on the wide end to fasten the knot and then slide it up towards your neck.
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ABOUT THIS KNOT

The Pratt Knot was a personal secret of Jerry Pratt until he told Don Shelby on live TV that he'd been wearing his ties poorly on air. The Pratt Knot was printed in the New York Times the next day and became a global sensation! Well done, Jerry.

Pratt Knot Styling Tips

The medium size of the Pratt Knot makes it a versatile knot to pair with a wide variety of collars. It makes a subtle statement so you're free to go bold with prints and colours when choosing the right tie. The knot is versatile enough to wear to work, as well as social engagements in the evening.

Pressure Points for the Pratt Knot

It's imperative to begin with the wide end substantially lower than the skinny end. If the wide end isn't given enough length at the beginning of the process, the finished tie length will be too short.
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