If you are learning how to tie a Windsor knot, then this article will explain it to you in detail. It is one of the most important tying knots in all of Western tying and is required in every country that uses the Merchant Navy. In fact, if you do not know how to tie a Windsor knot, then you probably shouldn’t be sailing at all.
The basic idea behind how to tie a Windsor knot is to start with two evenly spaced lines, both of equal length and width, which run parallel to the bow of the boat. Then, tie a small piece of dark line (the narrow end of the line) between the two points, like a V. Then tie another line, the second line is wider than the first. The first line is called the base. The second line is called the accent.
Now, this is how it looks: To start, place your hand behind the bow, with your thumb pointing down the string, and your new tie in the front. Now wrap your arm around the neck loop, using your thumb to hold onto the line at the new loop, and pull your new tie through the small gap at the neck loop. Once you have done this, slip your wrist under the new bow string, and wrap your free arm, slowly bringing the two strings up to the same height.
When learning how to tie a Windsor knot, it is best to start with a few simple exercises to warm up your arm before attempting the real knot. These exercises are simple enough to do anywhere, even while at work or other awkward areas. What you want to do is wrap your arm as wide as possible, then do a few quick twirls, allowing each swirl to form a full loop. This gives you the opportunity to get a better idea of what happens when you actually pull the two strings together. It also makes you aware of how the thin part of the windor knot is formed, which will help you identify problems if you find that some of the strands slip when you pull them tight.
The next exercise for learning how to tie a Windsor knot is very similar but less strenuous. You simply repeat the previous exercise but this time you want to be able to pull the two strings at different angles. Pull both strings parallel to the ground, being careful not to break the horizontal part of the loop. As before, slip your wrist underneath the thin line and bring both lines up to the same height. If the ends of the tie knot are closer together, this will allow them to more easily snap together.
The final step to learning how to tie a Windsor knot is to bring both lines up to your eye level. If they do not reach it is fine, just look down and remember that you need to keep the new tie snug against the current strand. Put your mark on the knot, somewhere where you can easily see it. Then take your new neck loop and pull it through the new mark. This should form a loop that goes around the entire circumference of your wrist. You can now put the end of your wrist into the new windor knot and secure it with a knot wrench.
The fourth exercise for learning how to tie a Windsor knot is very similar to the third but this time use the other three fingers. Bring the two lines together to form a small circle, then grip the sides with your thumb and two forefingers. Use your two fingers to lift the top and pull it diagonally, then move the bottom under the same pattern. It should resemble a diamond shape.
Lastly, the last step in learning how to tie a four-in-hand knot is to wrap your arm with a strip of rubber band and hold it against the new tie. Gently pull the rubber band down and firmly tighten it around the line. Tighten the grip until you are almost tearing the fabric, then give it a slight stretch and hold for a few seconds before releasing. At this point, you are ready to let your mind wander and have fun tying the perfect knot! Good luck and happy learning!