Four In Hand
In the popularity stakes, the four in hand knot is by far the most widely used across the world. This popularity stems from mainly the elegant design and the element of class added to the wearer of the four in hand tie. Decorative neckties have been around since the 17th Century, and you can find out more about the history of the necktie in our article here.
The modern necktie was born out of the invention of the four in hand knot, but became very popular during the industrial revolution because of the fact that the common man of the time needed to look presentable as well as ensure all day comfort. Additionally, because this would be an outfit for the working man, he didn’t want to spend too long getting ready, and the four in hand knot was a very quick one to put together. It was easy to tie and comfortable, and also looked good in both casual and formal environments. The four in hand was established as a stylish as well as a practical knot when the staff of a popular London gentleman’s club called the Four In Hand started to tie their ties with this knot. Word spread and soon it was cemented as not only a practical knot, but a fashionable one too.
Being such a simple knot to learn, it’s usually one of the first things that secondary school children are made to learn, since commonly secondary schools use ties as a part of their uniform.