How to Wear a Crocheted Scarf

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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