How to Wear a Crocheted Scarf

Nov 18, 2010

I fell madly in love with scarves just over a year ago while shopping with a friend one night after work. We spotted a salesperson who had a scarf elegantly knotted around her neck. Something about the way she wore that scarf, not simply as a neck warmer but as a beautiful accessory, enchanted me. I bought a plaid scarf on the spot and asked her to show me how she had knotted her own. (It was a deceptively simple four-in-hand knot, described below).

I am now crocheting my own collection of fashionable scarves, some with lacy patterns for wearing indoors and some with denser, cozier patterns which I frequently pair with my wool coat.

My favorite thing about scarves is their incredible versatility. I read somewhere that there are at least 75 different ways to tie a scarf! Scarves can make you look or feel elegant, warm, sassy, or professional. I've gathered several of the scarves from the Interweave Crochet Accessories 2010 issue to illustrate 5 ways of wearing a scarf.

Nina's Beaded Scarf, designed by Lana Holden, is worked in an open-stitch pattern with a sock-weight merino superwash. This combination creates beautiful drape and works well with the slip knot and the four-in-hand.


The Slip Knot

The slip knot looks great with or without a jacket. Fold the scarf in half and wrap it around your neck. Insert the ends of the scarf through the loop of the scarf. Move the loop toward your neck.

That's it! This method highlights the beautiful stitch pattern of the scarf.


The Four-in-Hand

The four-in-hand is very similar to the slip knot. Fold the scarf in half and wrap it around your neck. Now instead of pulling both ends through the loop, pull only one end through. Now twist the loop 180 degrees. Pull the second end through the loop. Tighten the knot loosely around your neck.

This knot showcases the elegant knot and texture of the scarf.


Sarah Barbour's Maria's Scarf is created by joining motifs as you go. The wool/alpaca blend yarn makes a stiffer fabric, allowing the lacy motifs to hold their shape.


The Modified Ascot Wrap

The modified ascot wrap works well both under a coat or jacket or on its own. I love this look--it makes me think of a lacy tie. Simply lay the scarf around your neck. Wrap one end over the top of the other; then pull that same end up along your neck and through the loop you just created.


The Loose Wrap

Probably one of the most traditional ways of wearing a scarf, the loose wrap looks great with just about any scarf or outfit. Simply lay the scarf around your neck, and wrap both ends back to the front.

Now choose your favorite scarf pattern from the Interweave Crochet Accessories 2010 issue. Scarves make great travel projects for your upcoming holiday travel, of course, and fantastic gifts.

When your scarf is finished, play with different ways of wearing it. Then start your next scarf!

Best wishes,

P.S. Visit my blog for pictures and information on wearing Carmen's Jazz Scarf.



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CosmicBabe. wrote
on Nov 18, 2010 8:30 AM

I bought that issue yesterday, and have been spending a lot of time drooling over the many projects I intend to make from it -- definitely money well-spent! And thank you for the various ways to wear a scarf, I will try them all out!

on Nov 18, 2010 3:00 PM

Many women tie their husband’s ties because they do a better job of it. The Four-In-Hand knot is the same knot used to tie the traditional men’s tie. I think trying to write out the instructions, or even trying to convey the steps in photos is a bear of a job. You didn’t mention when you said to fold the scarf in half whether you meant length wise or width wise. It appears to me you are folding it in half in the same way as you did for the slip knot. That seems to further complicate the knot. It is quite possible I’m bring dense here and just not understanding the photos. That’s OK; I’ve been dense before and will be undoubtedly again. I think, however, that learning the knot without the added complication of the step where it looks like your right hand is in a sling i.e. folding the scarf in half, might make it easier to learn. I learned to tie the knot from a depiction, much like drawn pictures of crochet stitches, in my Cub Scout Handbook. Since I have given away every scarf I have ever made, I couldn’t try to duplicate the knot as you have shown it. There are many sites on the web that teach the knot, but as we all know, seeing it done in real 3 dimensional time is the best way to learn some things, at least for many of us.

janetmarston wrote
on Nov 18, 2010 3:01 PM

great info - thanks!

NoodlesMM wrote
on Nov 18, 2010 4:16 PM

I love the way you showed exactly how to "knot" the scarfs with pictures!!! I've always wondered how my friends did that!!!! Thanks so much for the easy instructions!

CarlyShayne wrote
on Nov 19, 2010 1:34 AM

Thanks so much for the four-in-hand directions Toni - we are fast approaching summer in Australia, but I whipped out a few of my favourite scarves and gave it a try - just fabulous! I can see why the salesperson's scarfing caught your eye. Now I just have to wait another 6 months until it's cold enough to wear a thick scarf - or maybe I should just try making some summer-weight scarves... Thanks - Carly

Justine wrote
on Nov 19, 2010 1:29 PM

I really like this article because I've been wanting to learn new ways to tie my scarves for this season. The four-in-hand knot is awesome! I also thought the directions were a little bit tricky to figure out but playing around with it just now I discovered you can't really go wrong. I'm not sure which version I did was the proper four-in-hand knot but every variation looked great.

on Nov 26, 2010 12:35 AM

Thanks for information!!

lambiepie wrote
on Nov 29, 2010 5:09 PM

They all look really nice, thank you!:)

Sheargirl wrote
on Sep 29, 2011 3:05 PM

How do you recommend wearing a ruffled scarf?

Toni Rexroat wrote
on Sep 29, 2011 3:18 PM

Hi Sheargirl,

Depending on how much ruffle you want near your face, you can wear a ruffle scarf almost any way you would an normal scarf. I would try it in all of the ways mentioned above with the exception of the four-in-hand. That knot is too complicated and doesn't work with the ruffles.

The slip knot works great with a slightly ruffled scarf as does the modified ascot wrap. Both of these can create too big of a ruffle near your face if you have a really full scarf.

The elegant simple wrap works with just about any scarf.

Just have fun playing with different styles in front of a mirror and decide which you like best. It may also change with different outfits.

Good luck!