Square Silk Scarf: Classic Knots

Square Silk Scarf Loops and Knots

Scarves are magic. They can transform any outfit, add stylish flair to any look, and offer us an easy and elegant way to exercise our fashion freedom rights and find a style all our own!

Classic Loop

With its easy casual style, the Classic Loop looks great with a T-shirt and jeans. It’s also perfect to cover a V-neck for a different look or for sun protection.

Fold your silk scarf into a triangle: With the triangle pointing down your chest, cross the ends at the back of your neck and pull them forward to rest on your chest.

IIf the scarf has a symmetrical design relying on a repetitive pattern that is the same in every quarter of the scarf, this loop will end up looking nondescript and banal.  However with Heartbreak Salon scarves that always feature an organic and asymetrical distribution of design elements and color, this becomes a great tie, bringing together contrasting or complementary colors and swirls of imagery from different quarters of the scarf.

This knot is typically associated with an image of a stylish Parisienne, flawlessly put together and bold in her choice of colors and accessories. It is one of the less common classic scarf knots.

Classic Parisian Faux Bow

Fold your scarf into a thin band: You can hide the edges inside the fold.

Cross the ends over each other.

Tie a double knot.

Fluff the ends of the scarf to display the color combinations or design elements that work best with your outfit.

Magic Loop

This knot can look sophisticated or sporty depending on your outfit. Knots like this work best with scarves that have color gradations and no monotonous symmetry. Palace Affair scarves tied in this way turn into necklaces, displaying gorgeous color combinations and unique graphic elements occurring in different areas of the scarf.

Fold your scarf on the bias into a narrow band.

Wrap the scarf around your neck one time with ends resting on your chest.

Loosen the scarf, and pull up the middle section of one of the ends to form a loop.

Pass the opposite end of the scarf through this loop.

Turn the knot to look smooth and pretty. Voila! Silk scarves are magic! They can turn a good outfit into a memorable one.

The Surrey

The Surrey is a perfect cold-season silk indoors-to-outdoors scarf tie. You can tuck it under a sweater for extra warmth and wear it under a coat. In addition to being one of the most iconic scarf ties, this style is your ultimate sun protection tool. It's also a terrific way to add a frilly blousy accent to a simple sweater or T-shirt neckline.

Fold your square scarf in half to form a triangle, and wrap it around your neck in a classic loop.

Bring the ends to the front over the triangle, and tie a simple square knot over your throat. Loosen and fluff it up to display interesting design elements and color combinations. You can also pull the middle section of the triangle from underneath the knot and cover it.


This distinctive and ultra-feminine style works for either a casual or a professional look.  Combined with a blazer it projects a crisp, put-together image, while if you match it with a low-neckline top, it will look romantic and girly. It is wonderful for adding a soft sophisticated touch to chunky cable-knit sweaters or denim jackets.

Fold your scarf on the bias (diagonally) into a thin band.

Tie a bow in front.

Fluff the bow and adjust the ends to the desired length. You can also experiment to display this or that design element or color combination on the top of the knot. Again, this knot will lack definition and depth with scarves featuring a repetitive pattern.


A perfect way to add a small patterned accent to a solid color top.

With your scarf folded on the bias into a narrow band, tie a square knot in the middle of the band.

Wrap the scarf around your neck, and tie it in the back.

Adjust the knot to display design elements found in the center or close to the center of your scarf.

Chain Knot

Fold your silk scarf on the bias into a narrow band. Bring the scarf over your shoulders so that the ends hang evenly in front.

Cross the ends over each other twice in the same direction.

Take the ends and tie them behind your neck, leaving the tips falling down your back.

The European Loop

Quick and easy, this slip knot results in a stylish look of effortless chic, when you have to run out of the house to start your busy day with no extra seconds for even a Half Windsor (forget the Full one!)

Fold the scarf on a bias into a narrow band, then fold it in half.

Wrap the scarf around your neck so that you have two ends on one side and the loop on the other side.

Pass the ends through the loop, and pull to snug.

Four-in-Hand Knot and a Classic Ascot

This knot is one of the classic men's necktie knots. It's different from the Half Windsor and Full Windsor knots in that the longer end of your tie/scarf goes over the loop which is around your neck only one time. In a Half Windsor it goes over the loop two times, and in a Full Windsor three times. Because square scarves, even when folded on the bias, are shorter and thicker than neckties, this lighter knot version works much better than a Half or Full Windsor. 

Start with your square silk scarf folded on the diagonal into a narrow band. Drape the scarf over your shoulders, one end longer than the other. Hold the shorter end in place, and wrap the longer end around it as shown.

Now press the forming knot to your chest with your fingers, and wrap the longer end covering your fingers.

Pull the end through the loop that goes around your neck and thread it down into the loop you just created over the knot.

Pull down from below to tighten, and adjust the ends. If you skip this last step and let the longer end hang on top of the knot, you will have a classic Ascot - great to wear under your shirt.

Choker Style

This is a great look when worn under an open stand-up collared jacket or under a shirt. It's also perfect to wear with lower-cut necklines, when you  don't want the scarf to interfere with the shape of your neckline.

Drape your folded-on-the-bias scarf around your neck and tie two knots in front.

Wrap the scarf ends behind the neck, tie them there and tuck the ends under the loop of the scarf.

Adjust the front knot: You can make it tighter or looser, and turn it to feature interesting design elements. 

The Montmartre

The Montmartre knot is a casual style commonly worn with simple tops. It’s great for softening a less-rounded shape such as a bateau neckline.

Start with the bias fold.Position the center of the scarf on your throat and wrap the ends around, so that they cross behind your neck and come back to the front.

Tie the ends into a knot and twist one of the ends around the loop one more time to double-knot it. Let the ends hand casually and position the knot off-center.

The French Loop

Start with the European loop.

Pull one of the ends from the loop.

Thread it back into the loop in the direction opposite to the other end.

Position this knot to the side of your neck.

Fanned Ascot

Pleat your square silk scarf with an accordion fold.

Place it around your neck and flip one end of the scarf over the other. We can’t use the traditional Ascot knot for this style: Because the scarf has a straight fold, it is much shorter than scarves folded on a bias.

Tighten the scarf and fan out the pleats.


Fold your square scarf on a bias, put it around your neck and make a double knot.

Twist the ends together to create a coil.

Wrap the coil into a bun on the side of your neck.

Tuck the ends of the scarf in the back of the rosette.

The Statement Necklace

Fold your scarf into a narrow band and drape your scarf around your neck: The ends will hang evenly in front.

Tie one knot on your chest to create a loop. Wrap the loose ends around the loop moving upwards and covering the loop.

Once the ends have been twisted around the loop, tie each end to the loop and hide the knots.