Looking for an elegant and classic tie knot? Then the four in Hand is a perfect choice. It is one of the oldest ways to tie a men’s necktie and, perfect for the man new to wearing ties, it is also one of the easiest. Below are our detailed instructions on tying a Four in Hand tie knot.



Four in Hand Instructions:

  1. As you do with most tie knots, lay the necktie with the stitching facing towards you around your neck. The wide end of the tie should hang much lower than the narrow end.
  2. Place the wide end over the narrow end and hold in place with two fingers.
  3. Wrap the wide end all the way around the narrow end as shown in illustration #3. Do not pull tight but create a loop on top the unfinished knot.
  4. Pull the wide end in between the tie and your neck and then pull through the loop you created in the previous step.
  5. Slightly pull the knot tight, center the knot, and flip down the shirt’s collars.

History of the Four in Hand knot:

The four in Hand is the oldest of all the modern tie knots. It was invented during the 1880s in England. According to the story the four in Hand knot was created by British horseman that tied their scarves with one hand whole holding the reigns of four Horses in the other – hence the name “Four in Hand”. Since then the four in Hand has become a popular way to tie a necktie all over the world. Because this knot is so easy it is typically the first tie knot men attempt to tie.

How to Match the Four in Hand knot:

The four in Hand has a slightly longish and narrow shape. It looks best when worn with narrow to medium spread collars. It is also the perfect tie knot for button down collared dress shirts. The best neckties for the four in Hand knot are solid colored ties, British Regimental ties, as well as thicker silk ties that are paired with a narrow or medium spread collars.

Because the four in Hand is a smaller knot, it takes much less of the tie’s length to tie. It is therefore an excellent tie knot for big and tall men that want to wear a regular length tie. If you are above 6 foot 3 inches and still have trouble to tie the necktie to the right length, despite tying a four in Hand, then we suggest you look into our selection of Extra Long TiesNeckties that are especially made with the big and tall man in mind.