Tying one on

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When I was in high school, I wore a tie every day. Despite that, I never knew more than one way to tie a tie. The Windsor knot was what I learned from my dad.
If a tie was too short or long, I was out of luck. I didn't know there were several ways to tie the neck decoration.
Many years later while renting an apartment from the owner of a men's clothing store, I was asked what kind of knot I had used on a tie, I had no answer.
Mr. Snyder then provided me with a printout he kept at the counter that listed the Windsor, Half-Windsor, Pratt, and (my favorite) the four-in-hand knot.
I kept that printout on my bathroom mirror through five years and three apartments before it was lost to moisture.
Over time, I devolved back to a single knot, the trusty four-in-hand. Recently when faced with the need for another knot, I didn't have to rely on Mr. Snyder. The miracle of the Web puts more tie-tying information in our hands than we know what to do with.
I have found that tie-a-tie.net has a pretty complete collection of pictures, print and video explaining the basic knots, tips and tricks for the care and preservation of your ties, a calculator for figuring the best tie length for you, and even advice on dressing for a job interview.