How-To: A different way to tie a scarf

First of all, remember how less than a month ago I was afraid of scarves and avoided them, and the first time I wore one was a HUGE DEAL? Look at me. Now I’m wearing scarfs on my lazy days and writing tutorial posts. Cheers.

Anyway, a few of you have commented on the funky way I tie scarves. I’ll tell you right away that I didn’t come up with it on my own — my roommate showed me, and an old lady at a mall kiosk showed her. But it’s pretty cool looking, and deceptively easy. Ready to learn?

This is what the final tie looks like. Step-by-step instructions after the cut.

  • The beginning is the basic step you’ve been doing for ages. Fold the scarf in half, then put it around your neck with the loop on one side, the ends on the other.

  • Pull one —just one!— of  the loose ends through the loop.
  • Twist the loop below the first end to form another, smaller loop. I know, it makes little to no sense in words, but the picture should help.
  • Pull the second end through the new loop.
  • Tighten as needed. I’ve found that it looks best if you wear it pretty close up near your neck.

Ta dah! An interestingly-tied scarf that will impress people and fool them into thinking you’re a scarf master. Hope the directions made sense!

Side note: Color Rotation friends, I know today was supposed to be green, but I had nowhere to go so I saved my cute green outfit for another day and wore my lame orange today instead. I will be skipping the next orange day. Such a rule breaker.

UPDATE: I just learned, several months after posting this, that this is called a figure-eight knot, and it’s actually a pretty common one. Who knew?


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Colleen McCloskey
    Mar 28, 2011 @ 20:34:59

    Saturday I wore brown because I was exhausted and I couldn’t remember what color I was on the rotation. Last time around I didn’t cheat at all. Last time if I stayed in PJs all day I made those PJs match the color. OK last time I did cheat once. I was so sick and I counted the covers that I was wearing as my color for the day.


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