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How to Tie a Scarf into a Simple French Knot

Ooh la la! What’s more chic than following the fashions of gay Paree?


  • Step 1: Spread scarf Spread large square scarf on a flat surface in the shape of a diamond.
  • Step 2: Bring up bottom point Bring bottom point toward top point, placing it a little above the middle of the scarf.
  • Step 3: Bring top point down Fold the scarf again, this time bringing the top point down to the straight, closed end of the scarf.
  • Step 4: Fold bottom edge Fold the bottom edge over so that it is now directly in line with the scarf points on the left and right.
  • Step 5: Fold top edge Fold the top edge down to the newly-formed bottom edge.
  • Step 6: Fold entire scarf Fold the entire scarf again, lengthwise.
  • Step 7: Hold scarf against neck Hold the scarf against the front of your neck.
  • TIP: If you have a scarf that's too small to work with, tie it around your favorite handbag.
  • Step 8: Wrap scarf Wrap the scarf around your neck, looping at the back. Keep the sections adjacent to one another, not on top.
  • Step 9: Knot ends Bring the ends back to the front and knot.
  • Step 10: Rotate scarf Rotate the scarf gently until the knot is at the side of your neck.
  • Step 11: Knot again Secure with another knot.
  • FACT: Before 1900, scarves were used exclusively as head coverings, not fashion accessories.

You Will Need

  • A large square scarf
  • A flat surface

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