How to Tie a Fancy Braid

With our arsenal of 37 Ways to Tie a Scarf (plus more and more ways), the Scarves Dot Net girls are pretty savvy when it comes to scarf knots. So when we find a new knot that we’ve never seen, we get excited — like noisemaker, confetti, and balloons excited.

The other week as I was catching up on my favorite bloggers, I ran across Kayley from Sidewalk Ready looking chic (as always) with a super fancy-looking scarf knot around her neck. Stacie and I got to the bottom of this and dubbed the scarf “fancy braid.” Sometimes life calls for a fancy scarf, so we made this little video to help you get get the look too:

Easy peasey, right? The zebra print scarf in the video is the perfect length and width for the fancy braid.

Here’s Kayley looking very pretty in her fancy braided scarf:

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Love her paisley green scarf? We’ve got a pashmina similar to hers.

I’ve also been rocking a fancy braided scarf lately:

how to braid a scarfThe heart scarf I’m wearing would be a perfect Valentine’s Day accessory!

fancy braid scarf

So go get fancy, and let us know if you try out this new knot!

29 thoughts on “How to Tie a Fancy Braid

  1. This would have really helped me out this morning! I was all dressed, but then exchanged my scarf for a necklace because it just didn’t look “right.” This knot would have fixed the problem!

  2. As a scarf hoarder, I have always admired women who not only hoard scarves but USE THEM and know how to wear them. Thanks for a great tutorial! Now I know what to do……

  3. I am in LOVE with your tutorials and I am trying out this as my first one. The video just made it SO easy to understand. I fumbled a couple of times and then BOOM I figured out exactly how to get it look awesome. (Hint: the direction in which you start your single tie “matters.”) LOVE IT!!!!! Hoping I’ll impress my cool awesome friend tonight.

  4. I love scarves and people always say I have great prints but was getting sick of just draping. THANK YOU so much for this. I feel like I have found the jack pot of scarf ware. AWSOME tutorial. Cant wait to wear my fancy braid scarf today!!!

  5. Awesome tutorial! I’m always looking for new ways to wear scarves, and this braided style looks great. It wasn’t that hard to do either!

  6. Got some new scarves a couple weeks ago, but hv not worn them because I could not make them look “summery” enough for the season. Started searching the Internet for ways to tie a scarf in the summer and came across this. My scarf looks beautiful after tying in the fancy braid style. Had to watch the video a couple times but once I figured it out it was sooo easy. Can’t wait to wear it tomorrow to work. Thanks a bunch!!!

  7. I really like this tutorial a lot.. I tried it with a longer orange scarf and the result was really nice.. Thanks a lot for the tutorial.. and the ideas! :)

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    • I agree. I couldn’t figure out what to do at all based on this video! Just saying go over and back up through is not clear directions for what to do. Also, you do the step really fast, which makes it hard to clearly see what was done. I watched it multiple times but can not see what it is that you did to do the braid which is the whole point of watching a video on this.

      • Hi Lisa, I’m so sorry for the confusion! I tried to explain it a little better below — it’s one of those knots that’s a bit tricky to put into words! We’re currently working on new videos for this knot.

        When “braiding” the scarf, after you make your initial loop (as if you were tying the initial loop in your shoe laces before tying a bow), your two sides of your scarf are basically criss-crossed. The side of the scarf that is on top of the criss cross is the side you initially keep stationary as you begin braiding the scarf. You start by taking the other side of the scarf, and wrapping it over the front of the stationary end of the scarf. Then you bring it through the underneath loop around your neck, and back over the loop of your scarf. You continue, alternating which side of the scarf you bring over the other, back under the scarf loop, and through to its original position, like you would with strands of a braid. The process continues: over the scarf, under the loop, back through to start again — alternating sides as you go.

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  10. The fancy braid has become my faaaavvorite way to tie a scarf. It has become my signature. Works well with pashminas as well as light weight scarves. So eye catching yet so easy to do (even though I have to lay it out on a surface to braid it :-))

  11. I agree with Lisa regarding the video….too fast so I had to watch it several times, but finally got it. It would help if you had step-by-step still shots (with close-ups) with the explanation underneath like I’ve seen on other scarf tying instructions. Once you get the hang of it, though, it is really cool.

    • Hi Barbara! Thank you so much for your suggestions! You are a mind reader — we are in the midst of launching our new How To Tie a Scarf videos for this spring, including an easier-to-follow video for the Fancy Braid. :) We apologize for any confusion!

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  13. Many of my coworkers are into scarves but they just do the same old draping. I can’t wait to show off this new braided knot. It looks awesome with a solid color scarf as well. It took me a few tries to get it but once you figure it out …. its amazingly easy!

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