How to Tie a Fancy Braid

May 29, 2014 by Miscellaneous

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? Our beautiful Pastel Scarves (like the one in the video) are perfect for the fancy braid.

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

sidewalk ready scarf[image source] Love her paisley green scarf? We’ve got several pashmina’s 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!

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  • Reply huafu June 16, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    Thank you for sharing

  • Reply Stacy May 30, 2015 at 9:46 am

    I love this one!!! Thank you so much!

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  • Reply Tutor December 2, 2014 at 5:04 am

    Good idea to know how to tie different scarfs in different ways. Thanks

  • Reply Linda DeChow November 10, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    PS: to make it easy, just remember that the end you have in your hand is the end the other end goes around and then under the loop. So, hold one end, taking the other end, around under and over the loop, then this becomes end you hold and, repeat, around under and over the loop, then again, around under and over the loop, etc. Once I got the rhythm, it was easy. Hope this helps.

  • Reply Linda DeChow November 10, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    I watched this a couple of times and finally realized how easy it is!!! I was just trying to make it hard, silly me. XO I loved this as a head scarf, btw. I just tied it while around my neck, making sure it was the right size to slip over my head, and made the braid. Now I can’t stop making them they are so cute. Thanks so much.

  • Reply Lynn January 22, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    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!

    • Reply admin January 28, 2014 at 5:55 pm

      We are obsessed with the braided knot! So happy you’re sporting it. ;) Have a good day, Lynn!

  • Reply Barbara February 20, 2013 at 12:20 am

    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.

    • Reply admin February 20, 2013 at 2:25 pm

      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!

  • Reply MAGGIE MOODY February 18, 2013 at 3:10 am

    Yes…I love this!!!

  • Reply Mia February 15, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    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 :-))

    • Reply admin February 15, 2013 at 11:25 pm

      We love it, too, Mia! The fancy braid is perfect for every scarf occasion :)

  • Reply Lori Kaylor January 12, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    Thank you for this idea. It’s a challenge to find different ways to tie these cool scarves.

  • Reply joe smith January 2, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    Super cute!!!!!!

  • Reply Bobbie November 1, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    Really great idea but I think you should go through the steps slower I got really confused.

    • Reply admin November 5, 2012 at 3:50 pm

      Hi Bobbie! We apologize if the video is a little confusing. Please let us know if there’s anything we can help clarify!

    • Reply Lisa December 2, 2012 at 1:16 am

      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.

      • Reply admin December 10, 2012 at 4:17 pm

        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.

  • Reply Joanie September 27, 2012 at 3:34 am

    Oh My Stinkin’ Heck! This is so cute! Love it!

  • Reply Nash Breeze September 25, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    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! :)

  • Reply Kelly K. August 3, 2012 at 4:23 am

    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!!!

  • Reply JB June 21, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    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!

  • Reply Nuala June 20, 2012 at 11:06 am

    This is a really cool technique! So glad I found this site, I will pounce on my scarves as soon as I get home!

  • Reply Nanthale Collins May 19, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    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!!!

  • Reply Christina April 5, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    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.

  • Reply Lisa @ Organized Chaos March 27, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    I lOVE this fancy braided scarf…it’s such a nice and different way to wear my scarves! :) Thanks for the great tute!

  • Reply Robin W February 21, 2012 at 4:36 am

    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……

  • Reply Jen H. February 17, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    Love the braided scarf ideas. Thanks so much for this!

  • Reply Julie M February 16, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    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!

  • Reply Jill A. Collins February 13, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    I’ve always wanted to know how to make these knots. Thank you so much!

  • Reply Clancy Harrison February 8, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    This is so helpful! I am always looking for ways to tie my scarves! Thanks.

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