A Pratt knot is one of the many unique styles that you can opt for when tying a necktie. Also known as a Shelby knot or a Pratt-Shelby knot, it creates a neat, symmetrical look that is somewhat between Four in Hand knot and the Half Windsor knot in size. 

Although it requires a certain level of expertise, a little effort into the job can do wonders. We bring to you the simplest of techniques to assist beginners in following it step by step. Give it a try and I promise you won’t regret it. Good luck, mates!

Step-1 Stand in front of the mirror and adjust your necktie so that the wide end comes on the right side and the narrow end on the left side, with the wide end hanging 12 inches below the narrow end. The point of importance is that your necktie should be placed inside out at this stage. 

Step-2 Unlike in other knots, the wide end is crossed beneath the narrow end (from right to left) in the Pratt knot.

Step-3 With a small loop formed between the tie and collar, bring the wide end around this loop and make it emerge from under the narrow end. 

Step-4 Pull the knot down and tighten a little bit. 

Step-5 Overlap the wide end over the narrow end and hold it on the right side. 

Step-6 The wide end is then again pulled up and behind the loop. 

Step-7 Pull the wide end down through the knot in front.

Step-8 Tighten it gently so that the knot lies in contact with the collar, positioned in the center near the top button. 

Great! You did it well. To become a real expert, all you need to do is try it out a few times and you’ll be as good as a professional. 

Gear up your look this season with a classy necktie that compliments your suit. In fact, make your necktie a mandatory element of your everyday attire and you’ll see how it boosts up your overall countenance. You’d definitely feel an aura of confidence around you and besides, who doesn’t want to look genteel?

The Pratt knot was first created by an employee of US Chamber of Commerce, Jerry Pratt, who later taught the style to a television reporter, Don Shelby, and this is how the modern name of this knot was formulated.  

Pratt knot attracted great attention from the fashion aficionados who loved it for its trim precision and tidiness. Its uniqueness lies in the fact that it is one of the few knots that are tied inside out, hence it might be considered as a variant of Nicky Knot which is a self-releasing Pratt knot. 

It is a suitable choice for majority of events ranging from office meetings to casual gatherings because of its fairly wide size and clean look. It takes up less fabric without compromising the shape, making it suitable to be worn with shorter ties made up of light to medium fabric. The denser the fabric, the more voluminous the end result. It is the best choice for tall men but should always be worn with wide spread collars. 

A collar pin or collar bar is definitely not an option when choosing the Pratt knot. The advantage lies in the fact that this knot goes well with almost all dress shirts. The only thing which makes it look imperfect is the back of the narrow end which faces up and needs to be well-concealed behind the wide end of the tie. But apart from that, it is a great asset to every man’s tie knot portfolio.