How To Tie A Four In Hand

Debrett’s and Bicester Village “Guide to British Style” bring you a step by step guide on how to tie a four-in-hand knot. This knot is also known as the schoolboy knot or a simple knot perfect for everyday workwear.

Historically it was rumoured that carriage drivers used to use this type of knot to tie their reins with once they had reached their destination. It was also rumoured that members of the Four-in-Hand Club in London began to wear the neckwear, bringing this method of knot fashionable.

To date it is one of the most universal methods of knot, being quite narrow knot it works well with different types of materials, in particular skinny ties.


1. Drape tie around the neck

2. Pull the wide end down below the belt line

3. Wide end over the short end to form a cross 

4. Bring the wide end underneath and to the left

5. Place the wide end around over the front of the cross

6. Bring the wide end up through the hole at the neck

7. Feed the tip of the tie through the front of the loop

8. Pull the wide end down

9. Pinch the knot at the bottom and then adjust!

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How to tie a four in hand