How to Tie a Van Wijk Tie Knot

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How to Tie a Van Wijk Tie Knot
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If you're looking for an interesting tie knot that isn't too complicated, try the Van Wijk knot. It's subtle, yet still fun and classy. You can wear it for a party or in the office, making it a good all-round tie knot option.

Length
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Length

You'll need a lot of fabric from the wide end, so the narrow end should only reach to about the third or fourth button on your shirt.

Go Across
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Go Across

Pull the wide end across the narrow end.

Around the Back
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Around the Back

Wrap the wide end around the back of the narrow end.

Making the Loop
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Making the Loop

From this step on you will wrap the wide end around the narrow end a couple of times, but you need to make room for the loop where you will thread the end through in the final steps. Place your right index finger (or left if you find that easier) over the area where the knot will be and leave enough room to pull the end through later.

Wrap Around a Second Time
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Wrap Around a Second Time

Go around your finger once more.

Third Lap Around
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Third Lap Around

Go around your finger another time (three laps total if you count the first one in slide 3).

Through the Big Loop
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Through the Big Loop

Bring the wide end up through the big loop around your neck.

Through the Small Loop
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Through the Small Loop

Thread the wide end through the small loop where your finger is.

Pull and Adjust
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Pull and Adjust

Pull the wide end until the knot is the right size and use the small end to adjust the length.

All Done
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All Done

If the narrow end is too short to reach the loop on the back of the wide end (which is very likely to happen with this knot) you'll have to get creative with making sure the narrow end doesn't slip out to the side. A safety pin, scotch tape or using a magnetic tie are all good solutions.

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