Instructions for Tying Scarves

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Instructions for Tying Scarves
Knit and pashmina scarves are best for cold weather, while silk scarves are more fashionable. (Scarf image by Welt from

Scarves are a versatile accessory. Not only can they keep the cold away in the winter, but they also add colour and flair to an outfit. Long rectangular scarfs are recommended because they can be used in almost every scarf-tying fashion. With a bit of patience and practice, anyone can master the art of tying scarves.

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  1. 1

    Tie a scarf as a belt. To create a belt, wrap a long rectangular scarf around your waist, crossing the ends at your back then bringing them back to the front. Tie the loose ends into a bow, tuck the ends back into the knot, bow or weave the ends into the belt.

  2. 2

    Tie a scarf as a bow tie. Lay the scarf across the neck and tie it into a knot. Then, tie a bow as you would tie your shoes. Tighten or loosen the bow tie as desired.

  3. 3

    Tie a scarf as a head wrap. Wrap the scarf over your head and tie it at the nape of the neck into a knot, letting the ends hang loosely. Or, wrap the scarf over your head, cross the ends at the nape, then wrap them towards the crown. Tie the ends into a bow or knot. For a hood style, drape the scarf over your head, around your neck, and tie the ends of the scarf into a knot.

  4. 4

    Tie a scarf for winter. Fold the scarf in half, drape around the neck, pull the ends through the loop and tighten as desired. You can also wrap the scarf around your neck so one end is shorter than the other, and then wrap the longer end all the way around your neck and around the shorter end, pulling it up and through until tight.

  5. 5

    You can also do a variation of a square knot. Wrap the scarf around your neck so the ends hang down your back, and then pull both ends forward, wrap them all the way around your neck and tie one end through the other.

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