How To Tie Scarves: Satin, Silk, Knit Scarf and More

Get Tips for Tying a Neck Scarf

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There are many different types of scarves and many ways they can all be tied. The main types include: The Long Knit, The Short Knit, The Long Silk or Satin, The Square Silk or Satin, The Extra Wide Fabric and The Fur Scarf.

There are tons of different ways to wear a scarf and therefore you should learn how to tie them. These tips will help you tie your neck scarf. Here are the steps:

  1. The Long Knit (6 feet or more). This can be worn in two ways. The first way is to place the middle of the scarf at your neck. Begin wrapping the two sides hanging down around you neck over and over, alternating sides each time. It is important to make sure you wrap it close to your neck one time and then very loose the next to you get several layers and levels hanging around you.

    The second way to tie it is to fold the scarf in half, then place the new middle on your neck. Take the two ends and tie them in a loose knot around your neck.

  2. The Short Knit (Less than 6 feet). The first way to wear this is to fold the scarf in half and place the new middle at your neck. Put your hand in the loop created by the fold and pull the other two loose ends through this. Pull it as tight as you like.

    The second way is to hang the full length of the scarf around your neck with one side hanging down about one foot more than the other, then take the long end and cross it over your neck, tossing it behind you and over the opposite shoulder.

  3. The Long Silk or Satin. This looks best either tied in a loose knot or tied like a traditional tie. To tie it like a tie, place it around your neck with one side hanging down longer than the other. Hold the short end straight out and wrap the long end across it. Then bring the long end around the back of the short one and then around again (making two loops). The second time you go around, keep your finger inside the loop and form an opening. Now, as you bring the scarf around the back for the second time, stop and bring it up through the V shape now formed by the two sides just below your chin. After you bring it up and through this V, bring it down through the opening held by your finger. Pull it completely through and tighten the knot. You can adjust the placement of the knot by pulling on what was the short end until both sides are equal.
  4. The Square Silk or Satin. This type of neck scarf can be tied by pulling the two opposite corners tight until it forms a long narrow band of fabric. Also, this type could be simply tied in a knot with its two opposite corners. Place the knot at the back of your neck and have the triangular shape of fabric formed hang below your chin loosely.
  5. Extra Wide Fabric. These scarves are most often seen in Europe and may include a fringe. They are often a wrinkly type of soft fabric and are about 4 feet long and 3 feet wide when completely unfolded. To learn how to tie these, start by placing the middle of the scarf at the back of your neck with the two unfolded ends hanging on either side of you. Pull each end across you and around your neck to create a loose bunch of fabric hanging on your upper chest, pull it a little tighter and tuck the ends in to have a voluminous bunch of cloth at your neck.

Now you know how to tie a scarf. Once you've learned the different ways to wear one, you'll be displaying your fashion sense in no time.

 

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