Friday, 7 January 2011

Scarf Necklace - How To

Over on TPF I recently wore my Gloria Soli as a necklace which I plaited. 

Since then the lovely ladies on TPF have asked me for instructions on how to do the plait/braid.  It is a bit difficult to show but I hope you get the idea - if you can plait/braid normally then you should be OK with a scarf -you may need to practice it a little bit until it looks right. 

Remember you need 3 tails to plait with so they are made up of the 2 tails of the scarf PLUS the bit of the scarf that goes around the back of your neck so you kind of plait onto that piece as you will see in the pictures.

1. Fold scarf in the "Basic Fold"

2. Then the easiest way to do this is to put the scarf around your neck and make a single knot tight enough that you can then pull the scarf off over your head so you can plait it more easily - if you can manage to do it with the scarf on you then that is even better and you will get a longer length of plait, but you may need to be a contortionist to do that or have a friend plait it for you.  Try to get the tails of equal length.

3. Get your 3 "tails" and start to plait/braid:-

Note how you use the round bit that goes around the neck as the 3rd tail to plait with.

4. Pull the tails tight and carry on plaiting/braiding......

5. Until you run out of tails.

6. Tidy the ends of the tails by tying a tiny knot on what will be the underside of the necklace and tuck any length into the plait folds if you need to.  You can just make out the knot here at the bottom on the left.

7. The finished article - you should now be able to slip this back over your head to make your scarf necklace - unless you are really clever and managed to plait it while the scarf was round your neck!  I have not got that knack yet!!
Hope that helps!  Good Luck dear Scarfies!


  1. Simone from Singapore7 January 2011 at 11:23

    You are THE BEST!!! Thank you so much for the instructions -- they are very clear. Now, I'm off to play! (BY the way, I'm still drooling over your FABULOUS Gloria Soli)

  2. Wow, that´s really nice! Thank you for taking the time to make this tutorial!! It looks great and you make it seem so easy!

    Off to try it myself!

    Kind regards,


  3. My pleasure Simone & Frederike glad you like! Have fun playing. SAx

  4. There's another way that I learned that is basically a chain stitch knot. I think yours is fabulous, though!

  5. Brilliant! Thanks SA... I'll give this a try.

    Hope it's a wonderful weekend for you.