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How to Style a Long Scarf

Let's throw it waaaaaaay back to 2015 when I was eight months pregnant with my son AND had just finished up filming for my very first pre-recorded class for *Skillshare, Crochet Basics: From Skein to Scarf.


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After I finished taking the pictures I'm going to share with you here today for this scarf tying tutorial? My water broke.

Yup! Putting together this tutorial to supplement my Skillshare class was the very last thing I did before my son was born! I was actually attempting to lie down for a nap. That didn't happen, lol.

Now that you've got THAT lovely little nugget of a story, it's time for the actual tutorial!


As a crochet designer and teacher, I get to play with lots of scarves in all sorts of different styles, widths, and lengths. My very favorite type of scarf is a nice, long one that I can experiment with fun ways to knot and wear!


So let's have a look at my very favorite way to style a crocheted scarf.


Smiling woman wearing a bright pink shirt and holding up a gray scarf in a U shape in front of her.

I don' t know if this particular method of knotting a scarf has a name, or even where I first learned it because I've certainly seen similar methods when perusing scarf tying tutorials, but I haven't seen anything recently that's quite the same.


I've had a lot of people ask me about how I do it, though, so here we go!


Step 1: begin by draping the scarf over your shoulders backwards and more or less centered.


A smiling woman wearing a bright pink shirt with a light gray scarf draped over her shoulders backwards, leaving a U shape draped down in front.
Drape scarf over your shoulders backwards and approximately centered.

Step 2: cross the ends in the back and then bring them forward over your shoulders.


A smiling woman wearing a bright pink shirt holding up the ends of a light gray scarf wrapped once around her neck, crossing in the back.
Cross ends in the back behind your neck and then bring them forward over your shoulders on opposite sides.

Step 3: give the loop in the center a half twist from right to left.


Woman in a bright pink shirt with her hand inside the front loop of her scarf, twisting it once and holding it open.
Insert your hand from top to bottom through the open loop and twist it one time.

Smiling woman wearing a pink shirt holding open the loop of a light gray scarf after crossing it one time.
The loop should have one crossover below your neck with the loop open at the bottom.

Step 4: pull the end on your left side (as you look down at it) down through the loop.


Smiling woman in bright pink shirt holding up one end of a light gray scarf.
Pick up the left end of your scarf (as you look down at it) - it will go OVER the loop.

Woman wearing a bright pink shirt placing one end of her light gray scarf down through the open loop of it.
Pull the end of the scarf DOWN through the open loop.

Step 5: pull the end on your right side up through the loop.


Woman wearing a bright pink scarf holding up one end of her light gray scarf which is half tied at this point.
Pick up the right end of your scarf (as you look down at it) - it will go UNDER and UP through the loop.

Woman wearing a bright pink scarf and pulling the end of her light gray scarf up through the open loop.
Pull the end of the scarf UP through the open loop.

This creates a square knot!


Smiling woman wearing a bright pink shirt and holding the ends of her light gray scarf after finishing tying the knot.
Pull on your ends to snug the knot up or pull down around your neck to open it up a little wider.

Step 6: snug it up as much or as little as you like and et voilà!


Smiling woman wearing a bright pink shirt, blue and white patterned pants, a light gray scarf knotted on her chest, and a dark gray jean jacket.

I hope you enjoy this fun little knot as much as I do and if you need to see this process in motion to understand exactly how it works I have good news! I did a livestream over in the Facebook group here a while back, and you can now watch it below!



Did you know the Simple Textures Scarf is one of my free patterns that's available right here on my website?


It's also the final project featured in my Crochet Basics: From Skein to Scarf class! Do you already have a Skillshare membership? *Start watching here! Prefer to enroll in classes a la carte AND get that sweet sweet video content searchability feature? I got you! It's coming so soooooon!!


So what do you think? Should I keep these old pictures, ha ha? Or should I take some new ones??

Let me know if you test this out with one of your own scarves, too! You can tag me on social @crochetcetera or pop on over to the Facebook group to share there.


Happy scarf wearing, y'all!

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