How to Tie a Four in Hand Knot

by Johan Mengesha

Overview

There are several tie knots out there to try, such as the Windsor knot, Eldredge knot and Balthus knot. If you're just starting to learn how to tie a tie you should stick to a basic knot, and the four-in-hand knot is about as basic as they come. If you only learn one tie knot, this is a good choice.

Get the Length Right

Make sure the wide end of your tie is longer than the narrow end. You might have to experiment depending on how tall you are, but the narrow end should normally end a few inches above your belly button.

Wide Over Narrow

Pull the wide end across the narrow end.

Around the Back

Wrap the wide end around the back of the narrow end and across the front once more.

Come Up From the Back

Pull the wide end up through the back of the knot in the space between your neck and the knot.

Thread Through the Loop

Pull the wide end through the front of the knot by making a small loop with your fingers.

Pull and Tighten

Gently pull down on the short end while moving the knot up towards your collar.

Adjust

Adjust as needed and make sure the wide end comes down to your belt buckle, but not past it.

Photo Credits

  • Dave Johnson

About the Author

Johan Mengesha is a senior manager of eHow in Santa Monica, Calif. Mengesha has written for print and online media outlets since 2003 and has a journalism degree from Cal State Northridge. Published work has appeared in the "Los Angeles Daily News," the "Daily Sundial" and the "African Tribune."