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How To Tie A Four In Hand Knot, Our Guide!

Our guides will help you master the three most common knots when tying a tie!

When it comes to tying your necktie there are lots of knots to choose from but this blog concentrates on the three most common and arguably essential knots that every man should master!

In this self-tie guide, we will have step-by-step guides for the following knots, perfect for those looking to master wearing ties for the first time!

  • Four-In-Hand
  • Half-Windsor
  • Windsor or Full-Windsor

    When it comes to neckties not all knots indeed are the same, and each comes with pro's and con's, once you master the not so dark art of tieing your tie, you will no doubt want to try some more adventurous knots like our customer below sporting a stunning Eldredge knot!

    Revive CEO Cornel Sampson Sporting An Eldredge Tie

    Revive CEO Cornel Sampson Sporting An Eldredge Tie

    But for now let's get on with the job at hand and teach you the first of three knots, the Four-In-Hand knot!

    How to tie a Four-In Hand Knot Necktie

    Video Guide

    Quick Guide

    How to tie a four in hand knot quick quide

    One of the most popular knots (especially amongst beginner and casual tie wearers) is the Four-In-Hand knot, its beautifully simple, versatile, and easy to tie, the result when perfected can be great, giving you a slender tight knot with reasonable symmetry, it's often said that everyone knows this knot and you can get through life only learning this style, so it makes it an obvious choice to kick this guide off!

    Step 1

    How to tie a four in hand knot - Guide Stage 1

    Hang the tie loosely around your neck, with the wide end on the right as the above image, as a rough guide this should sit slightly above the navel, and the smaller thin end will fall slightly below the breast pocket level (imaginary if there isn't one) on a shirt.
    Take a moment to remove any ripples or folds in the tie, especially around the back of the neck so the tie sits comfortably around the collar.

    Step 2
    How to tie a four in hand knot - Guide Stage 2

    Now we need to take the wide end of the tie and place it over the shorter (thin end).

    Step 3
    How to tie a four in hand knot - Guide Stage 1

    You might remember this bit from school, we're going to go around the slim part of the tie, taking the wide end, and going behind the slim end, back toward the right.

    Step 4
    How to tie a four in hand knot - Guide Stage 4

    We're now going to complete the loop by moving the wide end fully over the front of the narrow end back towards the left. 

    Simply put, step 3 under, step 4 over!

    Step 5
    How to tie a four in hand knot - Guide Stage 5

    We now need to take the wide end of the tie and bring it up behind the newly formed loop from the underside.

    Step 6

    How to tie a four in hand knot - Guide Stage 6

    We are now going to take the wide end and pull it through the new loop.

    Simply put in steps 5 and 6 it is under over and through!

    Step 7
    How to tie a four in hand knot - Guide Stage 7

    The knot is now formed, you can adjust the positioning and tighten the knot by pulling down the wide end, and sliding the knot up to adjust the position.

    Step 8 - Complete

    How to tie a four in hand knot - Guide Complete

    Hopefully, you found this easy enough and are ready to try something a little more adventurous?

    If not, then don't worry, you can take the tie off, pull the knot to the end of the narrow end and start again. It just takes a little bit of practice and each and every necktie is truly unique!

    Are you ready to learn a new knot? Then check out our second guide in this series How To Tie A Half Windsor Knot!

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