How to Tie Square Knots

We’ll start off with a simple, yet versatile knot - the square knot - which will enable you to create a crisp, contemporary look.

Have you seen women wearing a dress or jumpsuit tied with a stylish-looking knot? They’ve probably caught your eye because knots create dimension, accentuate a woman’s figure and add some personal style. If you like the overall look a knot creates, but aren’t exactly sure how to tie one, then you’re in the right place.

When you know how to tie a pretty knot on a dress, jumpsuit or other garment’s belt or sash, you won’t have to resort to tying a bulky - and sometimes uncomfortable - bow. Since square knots lie flat, they create a sophisticated, polished look. Find out how to tie a square knot with our instructions and videos below and you’ll soon be a pro at making them.

Step-By-Step Instructions for How to Tie a Square Knot

  1. Begin by holding the left tie in your left hand and the right tie in your right hand.
  2. Cross the left tie over the right tie.
  3. Bring the end of the left tie back up through the center to form the first part of the knot.
  4. Pull the ties to tighten them, bringing them closer to the body while still allowing a little slack for movement.
  5. Hold the right tie in your right hand and the left tie in your left hand. This time, cross the right tie over the left tie.
  6. Bring the right tie back under the left tie and pull it through the loop and out the left side.
  7. Pull the ends to tighten the knot being careful not to make it too tight as this will crush the nice square in the middle.
  8. Smooth out the center of the tie by tugging the edges of the square knot.
  9. Position both ties to fall from the bottom corners of the square knot.

Front View of Tying a Square Knot

Top View of Tying a Square Knot

The key when tying a square knot is to remember: left over right, right over left. Note that the knot will also work if you do it as right over left, left over right.

Now that you know how to tie a square knot, you’ll be happy that you have another option aside from a bow to create a modern and stylish look. Be sure to explore our fabulous selection of dresses and jumpsuits to add a few new pieces to your wardrobe that will quickly become favorites.

3 comments on How to Tie Square Knots
  • Meiko
    MeikoApril 05, 2021

    The video went a bit too fast for me to keep up. I work better seeing visually than reading instructions- which weren’t that easy to understand. Maybe I’m stupid, but the instructions were rather confusing until I watched the video. Even then, the words made no sense. The video, if able, would be better slowed.

  • Anne K
    Anne KJanuary 27, 2021

    I was doing a craft that required the fabric be tied in a square knot. I think I learned in Girl Scouts but forgot. Thanks for a simple video- nailed it!

  • Michaela-Anne
    Michaela-AnneOctober 27, 2020

    Your square knot instructions are fantastic!!!
    Exactly what I was looking for.
    Thank you so very much. 😊

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