Four-in-hand knot with a Dimple Every Time

I have had quite a few requests for me to demonstrate how I knot my tie. Well this week I relented. I took a video as I got ready for work last week. There are two things that I want to note about this video. The first is that I exaggerated the way in which I ensure a dimple in my tie during the recording, I do this by pinching the tie between my thumb and middle finger while using my index finger to shape the dimple. This second is something that I only learned after watching the video myself which is my four-in-hand knot form could use some work.

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Jerrod Swanton is a simple man interested in simple, classic, and traditional style.

8 Comments on "Four-in-hand knot with a Dimple Every Time"

  1. NCJack says:

    I discovered, by accident and rather late in life, that if I stuffed the middle of the large blade into the loop and pulled down and through while tightening it automatically dimpled almost every time.

    • NCJack says:

      By “stuff the middle”, I meant fold the blade tip back to the collar, then put the fold through, then pull/tighten

  2. David says:

    Where is the shirt from? Nice collar roll 🙂

  3. Roger C. Russell II says:

    Good job on the video. It is very clear to view. However, being left handed I have the hardest time following any knot tying directions. This is not my first rodeo! I think you have to from the South to use that saying.

  4. Wilkens says:

    I too would like to know what kind of OCBD that is, looks great

  5. oxford cloth button down says:

    Thanks everyone. The OCBD is an old Lands End Original Oxford.

  6. Hollywood Argyle says:

    I noticed (in a previous post) that you wear a small shirt (14.5-32). Although I wear the next size up (15-33), I can almost never use a four-in-hand knot because I’m too short for it to work. For me, a four-in-hand knot leaves too much tie, so that either the blade, tail, or both hang far below my belt line. (Only a few of my vintage ties, and some of my knit ties, are short enough for a four-in-hand to be practical.)

    Perhaps you’re much taller than I (5′ 7″), but I still have to wonder: how do you make a four-in-hand knot work for you?

  7. Gaba says:

    I have found the dimple is mostly a result of fabric of tie and tie width.

    Cheap, thin silk ties that are 2.5 inches wide are very difficult to get a dimple on first attempt.

    Thicker wider ties are more willing.

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