How to Make Scarves by Tying Yarn Together

By Sarah Clark ; Updated September 15, 2017

Things Needed

  • Bulky-weight yarn
  • Scissors
  • Straight pins
  • Small piece of foam board
Tie knots in a decorative pattern to make an attractive scarf.

Knitting and crocheting are two common ways to craft scarves. However, tying a series of knots using bulky yarn is an alternative way to create a scarf. The knot pattern forms a decorative design while the yarn's thickness has the potential to keep your neck protected and warm. Try knotting your own scarf if you want to make your own accessories but lack the knitting or crocheting knowledge to do so. Or, if you are already familiar with crafting, knot a scarf as a new way of expressing your creativity.

Cut the yarn with scissors into 12 strands of equal length. Each strand should measure one and a half times the scarf's finished length.

Separate the yarn strands into four groups, with three strands per group.

Lay out the four groups side by side. Tie the first and second yarn groups together with a square knot, about 6 inches in from the end. Tie the third and fourth groups together the same way. Secure the knotted sections to the piece of foam board with straight pins. Continue to keep the four groups laid out separate from each other.

Tie the second and third groups together about 1 inch down from the previous set of knots.

Tie the first and second groups and the third and fourth groups together about 1 inch down from the previous knot.

Repeat Steps 4 and 5 until 6 inches of unworked yarn remain, making sure to end with Step 5.

Trim the yarn ends to an even length.

About the Author

Sarah Clark has been writing since 1997, with work appearing in Northern Arizona University's "Student Life Organization Newsletter." She holds a B.A. in anthropology with a minor in art history from Northern Arizona University.