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How to Tie a Tie: Four-in-Hand Knot


The Four-in-Hand is considered the most versatile tie knot. Acceptable when used with any type collar, but best suited for a straight, tab or button down.

Use the simple instructions below to tie a Four-in-Hand knot.

(when looking in a mirror)

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Step One: Start with the wide end of the tie on your right, extended about 12 inches below narrow end.

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Step Two: Cross the wide end over the narrow, then again under the narrow.

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Step Three: Continue around, passing the wide end across in front of the narrow once more.

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Step Four: Pass the wide end under the knot and up through the loop between the knot and your neck.

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Step Five: Hold the front of the knot open slightly with your index finger to create a loop in the knot. Pass the wide end down through the knot in the loop that you've just created in front.
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Step Six:

Remove your finger and tighten the knot carefully. Draw the knot tight by holding the narrow end of the tie and sliding the knot up snug to your collar.

Other Knots: Learn how to tie a Windsor knot Learn how to tie a Half Windsor knot
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