Knots for Hope

Audrey Hepburn once said, “I believe that tomorrow is another day, and I believe in miracles.” Audrey died of appendix cancer at age 63, but her words live on. Here at Scarves Dot Net, we too believe in miracles. That’s why we’re committed to serving the cancer community.

Knots for Hope is a place of inspiration for those affected by cancer. It’s our wish that our resources on how to tie a head scarf will help women who have experienced hair loss feel confident and beautiful. We hope our stories reassure patients and their loved ones that they are not alone.

Most importantly, our goal is to support cancer research so that we can put an end to this disease. Read our stories, join our conversation, and start knotting for hope!

Watch our step-by-step how to tie a head scarf tutorials
Read, print, save, and share these easy-to-follow instructions
Meet the bloggers affected by cancer who inspire us every day
Find support and information from these websites and blogs
Read our stories about how cancer has personally affected us and why we care


  • Reply K. Collins March 15, 2018 at 8:08 am

    Here we are 2018 and your scarf tying tutorials are still helpful. I don’t have hair loss from breast cancer like the others on this list…but recently had brain surgery #crainiotomy due to a #raredisease. It’s in my left frontal lobe and extremely tender. The incision is like a question mark from in front of my ear, curving to where my hair part would be on the top of my head and forward. Anything tight, heavy or with the ends going across that is painful. I tried a silk scarf – tada! Works great…but the knot slips and it gradually falls off. Still looking for the right style for me…thank you for your blog!

  • Reply Iris October 29, 2016 at 5:17 am

    omg this site has given me such comfort and hope! Like most of these women I too have started chemo [diagnosed with triple negative breast ca] and “was so sure I could handle loosing my hair”until it started to happen. My beautiful supportive daughter gave me all her beautiful scarves,thinking I had time to practice I put them away,UNTILL TODAY!! THANKS TO THIS SITE, I WILL LOOK FORWARD TO WEARING MY SCARVES WITH PRIDE!!

  • Reply Diane August May 17, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    Hi I have breast cancer in Feb. 23 2016 I had both breast removed and now I started Chemo. I only had one treatment so far and my hair has started to fall out .I do have a wig but I don’t wear it all the time when I’m at home I just wear scarfs. I don not have many so I would like to learn how to tie them . I like you site and I site and I just tried my first scarf thanks for being here.

  • Reply Loredana February 23, 2016 at 7:28 pm

    Hello there.

    I’m new to breast cancer since I have just been diagnosed with it a month ago. I’m in good spirits and positive that I’m going to beat this beast, but my hair has started to fall, so I need to start practicing my head scarfing skills. I’m angry because I’m losing my hair. One thing was knowing that I might lose it, but one thing is actually seeing it. I have to thank my sweet husband who’s been near me the whole time for find your site.
    Thank you for giving us the chance to look good no matter what.
    Loredana from China.

  • Reply Linda Harding February 1, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    Thank you for your tutorials and suggestions. I am new to breast cancer and chemo. My hair was my best feature in in my 60’s. I always thought the head scarfs were so much prettier than trying to match a wig to my former hair. I am grateful to all the Cancer Warriors out there!

  • Reply Aidan January 5, 2016 at 6:38 pm

    I don’t have cancer, nor do I have a personal connection to anyone who does, but I do have hair loss due to trichotillomania. The head scarf knots that I have learned on this website have been so helpful, and I don’t have to feel so ashamed anymore! I can walk around with a variety of beautiful scarf styles without people seeing my bald spots. Thank you so much! I hope you have a nice day!

  • Reply Lin December 18, 2015 at 4:18 am

    Hi my daughter found this site and sent me a link and it very useful.
    I had breast cancer 13 years ago that was successfully treated with a mastectomy, Radio and Chemo therapy. Chemo was mild and although my hair went very thin it did not fall out and gradually recovered to its precancerous state. Never recovered its previous thickness or curliness though. Then in August this year a routine mammogram showed I had breast cancer again in the other breast. Plus signs are that it is an unrelated cancer and caught early, down side is I have to have cancer treatment again! So far lumpectomy ok but tests showed cancer in a couple of nodes in my armpit. I was given a choice of having chemo or not but when the oncologist says you may benefit you don’t really have a choice. Have to have a different chemo this time and told I would loose my hair, oddly it dis not seem to matter as much this time. I had my first chemo in November and started to watch for signs of my hair falling out, it is different for everyone apparently so no one could give me much info on what to expect. A few days before I was due for my second dose, it was a Saturday and I noticed hair in the wash basin as I cleaned my teeth I showed my husband and ran my fingers through my hair, more fell into the sink, it had started. By Sunday more was falling out and I could pull handfuls out easily (not that I did this much). I had bought a hat in preparation and needed to wear it by Monday as the hair loss was becoming noticeable. By Wednesday I only had a few very ugly tufts so I cut these off and looked like I had a crew cut. Today, Friday I only have a bit of stubble left. This is my story so far and I hope someone finds it useful, I have always believed that fear of the unknown is the worst so if this helps to make it less scary for someone who has been told they are going to loose their hair with treatment then great. I’m sure it does very from person to person though, so it may not happen exactly like this for you. Anyway i’m off to practice tying the loverly scarf my daughter has sent me, now all I have to do is choose which style to try first!

  • Reply Sarah June 16, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    Hi, I was diagnosed with Acute Myloid Leukemia 2 months ago. My hair started to fall out fast because of aggressive chemo. I knew I didn’t want to wear wigs but I did love scarves and wraps. This website is amazing in all it’s glory! I am going out with my mom tonight before I go back into the hospital. I needed some cute styles for scarves. This site popped up! I’m so happy it did, I just did the criss cross style and my best friend said it was über cute! So thank you for raising my confidence by allowing me to tie scarves in cute styles!

  • Reply Rose January 22, 2015 at 11:10 pm

    I stumbled upon this website looking for scarves to wear after my hair started falling off due to chemotherapy. I have triple negative breast cancer and needed to start chemo right away. I was scared of the diagnosis, the chemo, and now the hair falling but through the variety and beauty of the scarves I feel like I will be excited to try different ones on and make a fashion statement while I’m at it. Anything to make a girl feel special while going through this horrible ordeal.

    • Reply JHW March 16, 2015 at 8:36 am

      I am going through the exact same thing and even same type of cancer. My hair just started to fall out yesterday. Which scarves did you purchase and which ways to tie it did you find the easiest.

  • Reply Kendra January 9, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    This website is such an inspiration. Its amazing to see such strength in people affected by cancer. Please keep doing such a great job with your site.


  • Reply Claire November 4, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    I’m really glad I found this resource. My mum was diagnosed with breast cancer and has recently undergone a full mastectomy. There were no warning signs and she went in for a regular mammogram screening that was 6 months over due. Ironically had she had the screening when she was supposed to the cancer would not have been picked up. It was very aggressive and had already spread to the auxiliary lymph nodes. She is about to start chemotherapy and my sisters and I are sourcing vintage silk scarves for her to tie around her head – this resource will be a fantastic one for her to use. I will be printing out a few of the instructions and giving them to her with the scarves.

    • Reply Scarves Dot Net November 5, 2014 at 4:51 pm

      Thank you for sharing your story with us! We wish your mum and your family all the best during this difficult time. We’re so glad to be able to provide resources to help. Let us know how it all goes and what your mum’s favorite style is to wear! :)

  • Reply Christine December 28, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    Hello! I am so excited to have found you! I have just been diagnosed with thyroid cancer and will have surgery soon. I am so happy to find your beautiful scarves and the blog post about scarf tying. This will be a lifesaver as I wait for my scar to heal and diminish over time. Thank you for your commitment and caring of cancer patients. It really is so true that no one fights alone. Hugs to you all…

    • Reply admin December 30, 2013 at 10:00 am

      Hi Christine! We are so sorry to hear about your diagnosis and hope this resource helps. We are sending lots of hugs and prayers your way, and admire your bravery and strength every step of the way! Xoxo :)

  • Reply DORIS PATTISON September 3, 2013 at 12:47 am


    • Reply admin September 10, 2013 at 4:03 pm

      Hi Doris! We have a few vest-like scarf-tying tutorials here:

      Hopefully one of these resembles the look you’d like. Thank you for reaching out and take care! :)

      • Reply admin September 10, 2013 at 5:04 pm

        Just a few more tutorials you might fancy, too! :)

  • Reply Stella August 9, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    I love your website and every Christmas I give my family your beautiful scarves. My sister has been diagnosed with colon asnd liver cancer and I am going to download your instructions for her. So far she had gone through 11 sessions of cvhemo and thanks to God she has not have loss of hair or any major side affects. But her battle is not over I will pass your website to my other family members so we ALL can join in and keep her uplifted.
    Thank You

    • Reply admin August 9, 2013 at 1:38 pm

      Hi Stella! We are thrilled to hear that our scarves are a favorable Christmas gift for your family every year — thank you for thinking of us! And we are so touched by your sister’s story. We are keeping your sister and your family in our thoughts and prayers always, and hope that our resource helps keep everyone’s spirits lifted! Xoxo

  • Reply Jessica R. April 24, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    I am so excited I found this site. My mom just found out that she had Triple Negative Breast Cancer, and she has to start chemo right away. Because we all just found out last week and the tumor has already double in size. She has to do treatment once a week for months, so we are getting ready for the long haul. Her words “I’m not scared of the cancer, I’m scared of the pain”. Hearing my mom say that broke me, she is a very strong person, like all of us rarely ever see her cry, she is not scared of anything. The Doctor said that she would loose her hair by the second week of chemo, she already has very thin hair. Scarves were the first thing I thought of, to make sure she never gets down about herself. I told her that I would get her all colors and styles. I am still trying to get my emotions and thoughts in order. I just had my baby girl last month, and I hate that she is going to have a hard time being with her her first year. This site is definitely going on my favorites. <3

    • Reply admin April 24, 2013 at 5:23 pm

      Hi Jessica! Thank you so much for reaching out to us! We are so happy you find our resource helpful, and we wish you, your mom, and your family the best. You are all in our thoughts and prayers! Xoxo

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