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Four in Hand

The Four in Hand is a simple but popular way to tie a necktie. To read more on this necktie knot please click this link.

The four in hand is a popular method of tying a necktie. Another common name for this knot is the simple knot or the schoolboy knot. Due to its simplicity the four in hand knot is considered to be the most popular method of tying a tie; though it should be noted that the four in hand is not considered to be the simplest tie knot (the small knot has this distinction).

Although the exact origins of the name four in hand are not definitively proven, most people believe that the Four-in-Hand got it's name from British horsemen who used this knot towards the end of the 19th century to tie their scarves with one hand while holding the reigns of four horses in the other. Others believe that the Four in Hand dates back to the Four in Hand Club in London where members began tying their neckties in this fashion thus spreading the knot's popularity. Interestingly, the four in hand knot was also called the buntline hitch and was used by sailors from the 16th to 19th centuries for rigging their ships.

To read more on this tie knot and to learn how it is done, you may also want to visit our guide on How to Tie a Four in Hand Knot.