How To: The classic four in hand knot

“A well tied tie is the first serious step in life. ” – Oscar Wilde

Summer is almost here, and with it comes interviews and networking opportunities. So, I decided it would be a good time to demonstrate how to tie the the classic four in hand tie knot. This is by far the easiest of all the different knots out there, but that does not make it any less appropriate or stylish.

Th four in hand conveys a practical, can-do attitude. It is a widely used knot that is hailed for its versatility and straightforward appearance. I personally enjoy using this knot because it is the first one taught to me by dad several years ago, and it has never let me down. I also enjoy the look of it when done correctly.

The Steps:

  1. Bring the long end across the short end.
  2. Pass the long end behind the short end.
  3. Bring the long end across the front.
  4. Bring long end up through the center loop you just created.
  5. Pull long end down through the loop.
  6. Tighten and bring up to your neck.
  7. Make center dimple.

If you got it on the first try, I commend you. However, if you were like me when I first learned how to do this properly, you most likely came out with some strange monstrosity of fabric. Tying a tie properly is like any other good thing in life– it takes practice and patience. If you stay at it, you’ll be glad you did.


Until next time gents,

the clean cut guy

P.S. If you would like to see an older, more sangfroid man show you how to tie this particular knot, visit Brooks Brother’s youtube page, or check out the video down below.


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