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Four-in-Hand Tie Knot, Step-by-Step Animation

Four-in-Hand Knot Tying

Pass the long end over the short, then behind, and then across in front again. Bring the long end up and forwards by the neck and down under itself. Pull the long end to tighten the knot, then the short end to make snug against the neck.
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Four-in-Hand Tie Knot Details

Orientation: The animation is presented as though the wearer were seeing his own reflection.

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Origin: Ashley describes the Four-in-Hand Necktie knot (ABOK # 2407, p 384) . He links the name to a "horsy background". The long ends are supposed to resemble the reins of a "four horse carriage". Hence, four-in-hand. It is probably the most commonly used necktie knot.

Structure: Although they look remarkably different, the Four-in-Hand and the Buntline Hitch have identical structures.

Advantages: Simplicity and speed – which is why so many parents teach it to their children. Also, when the short end is pulled out, the knot does not require untying, it just falls apart.

Disadvantages: Makes an asymmetrical knot.

Disclaimer: Any activity that involves ropes is potentially hazardous. Lives may be at risk - possibly your own. Considerable attention and effort have been made to ensure that these descriptions are accurate. However, many critical factors cannot be controlled, including: the choice of materials; the age, size, and condition of ropes; and the accuracy with which these descriptions have been followed. No responsibility is accepted for incidents arising from the use of this material.

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