Instructions on how to tie a bow tie are avaialble at Tie.com, as well as at the websites The Tie Bar and Black Tie Guide. Although bow tie styles differ somewhat, all ties use the same basic knot.
Tie.com specializes in information on knots for various kinds of neckwear. The basic bow tie knot is similar to the common shoe lace knot or gift bow, with the loose ends hidden behind the loops. The Tie Bar website includes a video and illustrations to help viewers understand the process. The Black Tie Guide includes text instructions, as well as information on the different tie styles. While butterfly, batwing, and pointed-end ties all use the same knot, they differ somewhat in where the tie is folded to create the distinct tie loops or wings.