The DOUBLE REVERSE FOUR-IN-HAND using a P JOHNSON Black Grenadine.
1. Put the tie around the neck, underside facing up and then the first move is to pass the large blade under the small blade (hence ‘REVERSE’), that way when it’s wrapped around the small blade it is brought back to it’s front side facing out.
2. Wrap the large blade around twice (hence ‘DOUBLE’). You can use your fingers to hold the two loops that you’ve created open if you find it easier.
3. Then pass the large blade, tip first through the two loops you’ve created. It might require a bit of adjustment as you pull it through. It also work best when you achieve one or two small folds or furrows feeding into the knot.
4. Tighten the knot. When doing so you’ll need to tease the outer loop down a bit as you go, otherwise it will pull awkwardly. It needs to be tightened pretty firmly to reduce its size and to recover enough length. Bingo.
It’ll create varied looks and some subtle asymmetry and allows the knot to have good three-dimensionality and flourish on the neck. It exposes some of the smaller blade and looks natural and shows off the quality of the tie.
It takes some practice and works best if you start with a generous amount of the large blade. Everyone will tie it differently and that is a great thing, it’s a malleable knot in this sense. Not for everyone perhaps but it tends to work with plenty of collars and face shapes and works beautifully on knitted ties, soaking up some excess length.
Ties are designed to (hopefully) be beautiful things and need knots that best show their inherent qualities. It’s just a piece of silk (or other cloth) folded with some inlay and is fundamentality their to divide and decorate the chest and complete and harmonise/set-off an outfit. So if the knot is too mute or dull the outfit will collapse with it. Different knots say different things and need ultimately to be an extension of the wearers character, like all clothing.