The four-in-hand knot is a method of tying a necktie. Also known as a "simple knot" or "schoolboy knot," the four-in-hand is believed to be the most popular method of tying men's neckties, due to its simplicity.
The four-in-hand knot creates a small, slightly asymmetrical knot, best worn with a narrow-spread collar. The knotted tie hangs vertically, similar to a business suit tie. It can be fastened with a tie tack and should be worn with a spread collar.
While the four-in-hand knot is the most common method for tying men's neckwear, it is less formal than other styles, and therefore, is not appropriate for every occasion (but it'll do just fine for most).
For other methods of knotting men's neckties, see: Half-Windsor Knot, Windsor Knot.
Why is it called a "Four-in-Hand" Knot?
The name comes from a coach being drawn by four horses in two teams, driven in tandem by a single person.
Young men adopted the sport, organized into clubs, and adopted the professional coachman's tie as a mark of distinction. Some reports state that carriage drivers tied their reins with a four-in-hand knot, while others claim that the carriage drivers wore their scarves in the manner of a four-in-hand, but the most likely etymology, is that members of the Four-in-Hand Club in London began to wear the neckwear, making it fashionable.
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