If you're like me and don't know how to tie a necktie without
some prompting from somebody else, you know how it feels
what it's like not knowing a basic skill (well, basic for some).
who is usually clad in a T-shirt and jeans I lose
practise and forget pretty easily.
This knot is called the Four-In-Hand. Since it's the only one I know,
I use it all the time. For today's
etiquette, it is acceptable for most
occasions, but not the most formal of events (in those cases, you'll
probably have a bow tie with a tuxedo).
Note: When I say "over" I mean farther away from your chest.
Also Note: These pictures are what someone else would see when
if they watched you tie the necktie. This knot
works both ways so if you do it backwards, nobody's going to notice.
Yet another note: I am the first to admit that I draw badly. The
illustrations are not exactly what you'll see when you do it
- Place the tie around your neck so both ends are "pointing"
down and that the wide side is on your left. The wide end
should be lower than the narrow end.
- Make an X near your neck. The wide end should be over
the narrow end.
- Pinch the crossing point between your thumb and 2 fingers with
your left hand. Your fingers and thumb should be pointing straight
- Circle the wide end 360 degrees clockwise (looking down) over
your thumb and fingers, but don't put it through the "V".
- Now, bring the wide end up through the V from behind.
- Push the wide end though the space occupied by the fingers.
- Now, you'll have to pull it tight and adjust it, If the
narrow end is longer than the wide end, then you'll have to
start over. The wide end shouldn't go down any farther than
your belt (when standing).
- Now, you'll have to keep repeating these instructions until
you get it right. Don't worry though, you'll soon get better
There! That wasn't too hard! If you don't think you'll remember
these instructions, you should print this web page out, and
somehow attach it to your tie rack (or wherever you keep your
ties) so you'll have them for later.
1. I read this in a pamphlet I got somewhere about how to dress
up for job interviews and other job related events.
© 1997-1999 James Terhune
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