How To Tie The Four-In-Hand Knot
- Loop the tie around your collar. Thick end on the left, 3-4 inches lower than the thin end.
- Cross the thick end in front of the thin end.
- Wrap the thick end around behind the thin end and cross horizontally from right to left.
- Bring the thick end horizontally across the front of the knot from right to left. Slip a finger beneath this horizontal band.
- Turn the tip of the thick end upward and in, sliding it beneath the loop around your neck.
- Feed the thick end down through the loop you’ve held open with your finger.
- Pull the thick end all the way through the loop and snug the knot down tightly.
- Tighten the knot by holding it gently in one hand and tugging on the thin end with the other.
The four in hand knot is one of the most popular necktie knots for beginners learning how to tie a tie. Not only is it easy to learn, but it's also one of the oldest – British horsemen are said to have invented it to tie scarves while holding the reins of four horses in the other hand.
This knot requires less of the tie’s length, making it a great choice for tall men trying to tie a regular length tie.
The narrower shape is perfect for narrow spread collars and button-down collar dress shirts.