It’s really quite simple. Over, around, under, up and through. That’s pretty much how you do it. Tie a four in hand knot that is. And really, aside from a bow tie knot that is the only tie knot a man need know. The half Windsor and full Windsor are the inferior brothers of the four in hand. Some gents prefer the larger and more symmetrical knot they provide. To that I shrug with indifference. For there is nothing on a mans body that is symmetrical. One foot is larger, one shoulder is higher, hair does not sit evenly; you get the point. The face is not even truly symmetrical. Given this apparent lack of symmetry, wouldn’t it make sense that the knot also not be symmetrical? Logic and consistency would say yes.
Enter the venerable four in hand. Signified by its elegant lack of symmetry and supreme simplicity. It has never done a man wrong. Blood on the collar optional.