Make Sweet Knots with Tie Assistant

Price: $.99

Tie Assistant: iPhone Written App Review

Tie Assistant iPhone App Review

Reviewed by Valerie Lauer

Next time you’re called up on to don a tie, don’t go running to YouTube for a boring tutorial. Why not give the new Tie Assistant iPhone app from V Island Lab a go? This slick production’s a whole other ball game when it comes to that classic neck adornment. Our iPhone app review’s got all the dirt on the knots.


Tie Assistant gives you step-by-step instructions for creating the knot of your dreams. From the simple Kent, to the ridiculously complex Cavendish. There are 17 knot tutorials in all, in addition to the two we’ve mentioned the app features the Four-in-Hand knot, Double Windsor, Half Windsor, Oriental, Pratt, Kelvin, Saint Andrew, Manhattan, Plattsburgh, Diagonal, Onassis, Atlantic, Baltus, Hannover and Cross knot.

While some of those knots sound familiar, even the dapperest Dan might find a new trick or two from this comprehensive list of knots. And it looks like new versions of the app will include new knots, so Tie Assistant is only going to get better.

Each knot has a description, usually including whether or not it includes laddering, info about the appropriate occasion for a given tie style and the level of difficulty. Some of these knots are seriously difficult, but a cool step-by-step picture tutorial for each simplifies ties into simple moves.

At least, that’s the theory. At the end of the day becoming a master tie tier take practice. With this app on your side you’re bound to get better if you put in the time. If this app had some extras, like video examples or audio instructions, we might be tempted to give it a higher score.

Layout & Design:

Tie Assistant iPhone App Review

Tie Assistant

Despite all the detailed content, Tie Assistant is an extremely streamlined app. The app’s main page is a list of ties, with images of the completed looks. Think of it as your own personal tie closet, just on your iPhone. Each step-by-step walk through includes an info section with a few extra details about the tie style you’re contemplating.

The tutorials are photographic, not written out, and you can scroll through them with a swipe of your finger or by tapping the app’s arrow keys.

Ok, so there’s nothing fabulous or stylish about the app. But c’mon, it’s better than watching a long video you have to pause and backup. We’re convinced that getting stylish is much easier with the Tie Assistant app.

Overall Value:

The phenomenal cosmic power of tying 17 different types of knots around your neck can be your’s for the low price of $.99. That’s a heck of a deal folks. Is it worth it? Yes. We doubt there’s a better app at that price out there with this much detail (though we found a comparable one that cost $5! That’s insane!). Needless to say we suggest this app’s for you stylish lads and lassies who are looking for a complete mobile tie tying resource.

Tie Assisant iPhone App QR Code

Tie Assistant



Tie Assistant iPhone app requires iOS 4.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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