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Scarf Tying (4293)

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Double wrap

1. Center the scarf on
top of your head. Then
move it down onto the
forehead--wherever it
feels comfortable.
Most often your
eyebrows should show.

2. Grab both ends & cross in
back of head at neck, covering

3. Keeping one end fairly
taut, start to twist the other
end. While twisting the end
of the scarf, bring it over the
top of your head, around &
down the other side to the

4. Tuck the end in where
the twist started. Then
twist the other end,
wrapping it in front of the
piece already there. Bring
it around to the back and
tuck the end in.

5. Make sure both ends are
tucked in securely. Wrap as tight
as is comfortable. You want it
fairly snug.

Single wrap with knot

For scarves not
long enough for
double wrap, you
can do a knot.

1. Place the scarf
on your head with
one end much
longer than the

2. Cross the two ends at the
back of your neck.

3. Keeping the short end
fairly taut, start twisting and
wrapping the long end. Bring it
up and around the other side,
just above your ear. Then twist
and wrap the short end just
enough to meet the long end.

4. Tie the two ends in a knot. Then
just tuck the ends under the wrap or
under the knot so that they stay in.

The knot is about all you
can do with large square
scarves, since they are not
usually long enough for a
double wrap.

Scarf size

The best shape for scarf
tying is oblong.

For double wrap: 14" wide x 66" - 72" long.
For single wrap: 14" wide x 36" long.
Or, try a large square
scarf, 1 yard x 1 yard.
To make it oblong,
fold in 2 opposite
corners toward each


The best fabric for scarves is stretch cotton or other cotton
material. Shiny fabric is often too slippery. Experiment. Try
different kinds. You may want to buy fabric and make your
own oblong scarves.

Winter tip

You may want to wear a hat along with the scarf. The back
of the neck tends to get cold with just a scarf.

With special thanks to Cris Walton

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