How to Tie a Four-in-Hand Knot

Known as the simple knot or schoolboy knot, the four-in-hand knot is known for its simplicity and versatility. Its name is thought to be derived from the 19th century London club called, the Four-in-Hand Club. The four-in-hand knot is on the narrow side, notably asymmetric, and appropriate for most, but not all occasions. If there is a knot to learn the four-in-hand knot is the one.

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  • Start with the wide end of the tie on the right and the small end on the left. Begin with the small end slightly above your belly-button (will vary depending on your height and the length & thickness of your tie). Only move the active (wide) end.
  •  Wide end over the small end to the left
  •  Under the small end and to the right
  •  Across the front and to the left
  •  Up into the neck loop from underneath
  •  Down through the loop you’ve just made in the front
  •  Tighten the knot by pulling down on the wide end. Slide the knot up & adjust.


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