How To Tie The Saint Andrew Knot


St. Andrew Knot was named after one of the biggest saints of Christian faith, Saint Andrew. He was among the twelve disciples of Jesus and was crucified on a diagonal X-shaped cross

The St. Andrew knot is essentially one of the easiest knots out there; less time consuming and simple to execute. Here we teach you how to tie a St. Andrew Knot with utmost precision. Just follow the steps carefully and you’ll be good to go.

Step-1 Wear the necktie around your collar such that the wide end is on your left side while the narrow end hangs on the right side. The seam should face outward. 

Step-2 Adjust the position of the wide end so that its tip is about three inches lower than the desired final position. Roughly speaking, the initial position of the wide end should be around the belt’s buckle. 

Step-3 Bring the narrow end over the wide end, overlapping both the ends under the chin area. Three regions would be formed: left, right and center region.

Step-4 Wrap the wide end in front of the knot by bringing it from right to left. By this stage, the narrow end would be facing downwards and the wide end would be in the left region.

Step-5 Continue wrapping the wide end around the narrow end, looping it around the back of the narrow end and making it emerge from the right side. At this stage, your seam would be facing outwards.  

Step-6 Bring the wide end upwards from the front of the knot and tuck it in the loop behind the knot. Bring it down the loop such that both the ends are now facing downward, one behind another with the seam inside out.

Step-7 Bring the wide end to the left region from behind the narrow end.  The seam would still be facing outwards.

Step-8 Wrap the wide end horizontally around the front of the knot from left to right. This will form a horizontal loop in front of the knot.

Step-9 With the seam facing inward, bring the wide end upwards from beneath the loop of the collar and tuck it in the horizontal loop formed in the previous step. 

Step-10 Pull the wide end all the way down through the loop. You may create a dimple at this stage if you wish.

Step-11 Tighten the knot by pulling downward at the narrow end and pushing the knot against the collar. 

Step-12 Ensure that the knot is positioned at the center of the collar and give it a little tug to further tighten it properly. 

Step-13 To untie, pull on the tail end of the knot to untangle the whole thing. 

This knot was named after one of the biggest saints of Christian faith, Saint Andrew. He was among the twelve disciples of Jesus and was crucified on a diagonal X-shaped cross. If you recall, the overlapping of both the ends of the necktie in the first step resembles an X shape and hence the name of this knot.

Although belonging to the class of narrow tie knots, St. Andrew knot is a medium sized knot with little bulk and almost no symmetry. It is self-releasing as well which makes it one of the simplest options in the lot. The only drawback is its asymmetrical shape which inclines the interest of men towards Windsor knot and Pratt knot. However, it is the most popular option in the British community. 

St Andrew knot looks good with point collars and button-down collars because of its suitable size and is a favorable option for both formal and informal gatherings.  It suits almost every facial cut and physique, a factor highly responsible for its immense popularity. Fashion aficionados consider this knot to be stylish and religious simultaneously. 

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