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


  1. The double-brested suit-jacket should have side vents!

  2. Thank you Jack for your suggestion!

  3. This is a classic illustration. But it doesn’t address the method of creating the equally classic “dimple” just below the knot.. Pray, tell, how does one create the dimple?

  4. Thanks for the great question! You can create a dimple by pinching the edge of the tie to create a “W” shape at the base of the tie knot right before you finish the knot at your neck. This can be done with any type of knot, however we prefer the Four in Hand.

    There is a video demonstration available at this link.

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  6. I have noticed in the catalogs that a Full Windsor or Half Windsor is used on spread collar shirts. What knot is used on Button down, snap tab, and straight collar shirts shown it your catalogs? Thank you for your time and answer in advance.

  7. Allen, thank you for your question! We use a Four-In-Hand Knot for straight collars, button down collars, eyelet collars and button and snap tab collars.

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