The four in hand tie knot

The four in hand necktie knot is one of the easiest tie knots to learn. For that reason it is also often called the “simple” tie knot. Even though it is a tie knot that is easy to tie, it is still a very fashionable and popular tie knot that looks especially great with a particular type of necktie design and pattern.

The four in hand knot carries a lot of tradition. It dates back to the 18th century, London. Of all the tie knots commonly used today it is the oldest one. British coachmen used to wear a scarf around their neck to protect themselves from the wind and rain. The typical British carriage used to drawn by four horses, and often times the coachmen had to wrap their scarf around their necks with only one hand while steering the carriage with the other. Hence, this tie knot got the name the “Four in Hand”. Its practicality combined with the good look made the FIH knot one of the most popular tie knots, and is still widely used today.

  1. Flip up your shirt collar, close the top button, and take the tie around your neck so that the narrow end hangs down on your left side.
  2. Now, take the wider end with your right hand, place it over the narrow end, and wrap it around the back to the front of the tie.
  3. Take the broad end and wrap it behind the part of the tie that is on your right collar. Don’t tighten tie tie knot yet, but keep a little loop at the front of the tie knot.
  4. Take the wide end of the tie and pull it through the loop. While doing this hold the tie in place by holding the narrow part of the tie with your other hand. Keep a little tension on the narrow end of the tie.
  5. Tighten the knot, flip down your shirt collar, and adjust the tie knot so it is centered between your collars.

The four in hand tie knot

Tying a Prince Albert tie knot

Are you currently tying a Four in Hand necktie knot, and sometimes wish the knot were a little larger? Then the Prince Albert knot might be the perfect tie knot to tie for you. The Prince Albert knot is quite similar to the FIH tie knot. What makes this tie knot larger is a second wrapping of the wide part of the necktie around the narrow end. For that reason some people call this knot also the “Double Simple tie knot”.

The Prince Albert tie knot is a great knot for thin neckties. If you are currently tying your ties and the knot is too small, then try this type of knot. Shorter men also find liking in this type of knot. If you are currently tying your tie and it hangs too long, then try this type of knot. The second wrapping will take more the tie’s length, making it hang shorter.

  1. Just like with every tie knot, flip up your shirt collar and place the tie around your neck. Make sure that the wide part of the tie hangs lower than the shorter end. This will ensure that the tie will end at the right length – near the center of your belt buckle.
  2. Take the wide end of the tie and wrap it once around the narrow end. Slightly pull it a little tight.
  3. Repeat step number 2, but don’t pull it tight this time. Instead create a loop that is needed to finish the tie knot.
  4. The final step of the Prince Albert knot is almost identical with the Four in Hand necktie knot. Take the wide end of the tie and pull it through the loop you created in the last step. Then slightly pull it tight, flip down your shirt’s collar, and center

Tying a Prince Albert necktie knot

Kent tie knot

The Kent tie knot is another small tie knot. Just like the Four in Hand tie knot, it only takes one wrapping of the wider part of the tie around the knot. Less of the ties lengths is used when tying this type of necktie knot, which will give the tie an extra 2-3 inches. Just like the FIH knot, the Kent knot is often times chosen by tall men that are tying a regular length tie. If you are tall and want to tie larger tie knots, then we recommend extra long ties. At cheap neckties we offer a wide range of XL neckties.

What is the difference between the FIH knot and the Kent knot? Although both tie knots are small, the Kent knot is more triangular, while the FIH necktie knot has a longer shape. This is because the Kent knot is started by wrapping the wide part of the tie from behind, and then around the narrow part. As a result only a single layer will be at the front of the knot.

  1. Flip up your shirt collar and put the tie around your neck so that he wide part hangs down on your left side. Then twist the wide part of the tie by 180 degrees (simple turn the tie over once). This is important because we start this tie knot going first behind the narrow part.
  2. Cross the narrow part of the tie from behind with the wider part of the necktie.
  3. Now, take the wide part and wrap it around the front of the narrow part of the tie.
  4. Wrap the tie around the part coming from your right collar. Don’t tighten the tie to much, but create a loop in front of the knot. Then take the wide part of the tie and pull it through the loop.




Kent tie knot

Tying a half Windsor tie knot

There are two kinds of Windsor knots: The full Windsor, or also called double Windsor, and its smaller brother, the half Windsor tie knot. As the name suggests, the half Windsor is much smaller since the tie is only wrapped once around the narrow end. Of all the smaller tie knots, the half Windsor tie knot is the largest, and also the most symmetrical one. So if you like a slightly more triangular looking knot, and are wearing a shirt with a narrow collar spread, then the half Windsor is a perfect choice.

  1. As with every tie knot, flip up your shirt color and put the tie around your neck. For the half Windsor the wide part of the tie should hang down on your left side. Then cross the narrow end of the necktie with the wide part. Most ties have a little seam near the narrow end. For most men this is a good indicator to find the right length.
  2. Pull the wide end of the tie around the part on your right side of the collar. Pull it behind the tie and back to the front.
  3. Pull it slightly and wrap the wide part of the tie around the narrow part. To keep the tie in place hold the narrow part with your other hand. Again, pull it slightly tight.
  4. In this step we are creating the final loop for the tie knot. Pull the wide part of the necktie behind the tie and back around to the front side of the narrow part. Then, pull the wide end of the necktie around the part located on your right side near your collar. Don’t pull it tight, but make sure you have a loop on the front.
  5. Pull the wide end through the loop and slightly tighten the knot.
  6. Adjust the tie knot so it is centered between your collars. Flip down your collar and give the knot a fail touch to make it perfect. You are done!

Tying a half Windsor tie knot

Tying a double Windsor tie knot

Some people call this popular necktie knot “double Windsor knot”. Others call it a “full Windsor knot”. Then others again simply call it “the Windsor knot”. This popular tie knot was named after the Duke of Windsor. Their large and symmetrical triangular looks make this tie knot so popular.

  1. As with every tie knot, flip up your shirt collars and place the tie around your neck. Since the double Windsor knot is a larger tie knot, it will require two wrappings when making the knot. With this in mind, make sure to leave a little extra length for the wider part of the tie. Take the wide part of the tie and place it over the narrow end. As a tip: hold down the narrow end and the unfinished knot with one hand at all times. This will ensure the knot stays in shape.
  2. Just like you would do when tying a half Windsor tie knot, wrap the wide part around the part of the tie that is on your right side of your collar. Pull it slightly tight and hold it down with your other hand to make sure it stays in place.
  3. Then take the wide side of the tie with your other hand and pull it back behind the narrow part. Again pull it slightly tight.
  4. What makes the double Windsor larger and more symmetrical than the smaller full Windsor is done in this step. Take the wide end of the tie and pull it over the part of the tie that comes from your left collar. Pull it over and around the tie and pull it slightly tight. Now, let’s create the loop needed to tighten the tie knot. Take the wide end of the tie, pull it over the narrow end and back through the part of the tie that comes from your left collar. Don’t tighten the tie this time, but keep the loop open with your other hand, that are the same time keeps the knot in place.
  5. Take the wide part of the tie and pull it through the loop.
  6. Slowly pull the Windsor tight.
  7. Tighten the Windsor tie knot and flip down your collars. Tying a double Windsor knot takes a little bit of practice. The most common mistake done when tying a full Windsor tie knot is done in the 4th step. Often times the narrow end of the tie will slide to one side and is visible from the front.

Tying a double Windsor tie knot


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