This knot produces a small, narrow tie head with a severe asymmetrical slant (for a small, symmetrical knot, see the Pratt knot). The four-in-hand is best suited for narrow collars, but can be stylishly worn with a wider collar to show some of the tie around the neck.
- Hang the tie around your neck. The wide end of the tie should be on your right side, the narrow end at your left. Extend the wide end a foot below the narrow end.
- Cross the wide end over the narrow end.
- Wrap the wide end behind the narrow end.
- Cross over the narrow end again. We are making a ‘bridge’, here, for the tie to cross under later. Tuck a couple of your fingers in here to keep it from flattening, so we can get the tie in here.
- Pull the wide end up through the loop at your neck. It is going to flop in your face, but I’m sure you’ll manage.
- Bend the wide end down and tuck it through the ‘bridge’ that we made before.
- Pull the tie taut by sliding the knot. Before you draw the knot up, pinch the top of the wide end to create a dimple on the front of the tie.
Four-in-hand necktie examples: