Wild rags have to be the most versatile accessory in Western fashion. You can take one solid colored scarf, tie it five different ways, and have five completely different looks. And, if you're wearing a Fringe Scarf, the design allows for even more looks with unique details in each corner (check out the Boots line) or unique designs in each quadrant (like the Dotz collection).
The square knot (also known as the Buckaroo Knot) is a classic cowboy knot that may seem tricky at first, but the finished knot will add a hint of elegance to to your overall look. For this how to, we will be using the Rusty Dot scarf. This scarf is beautiful; a classic print that will really let the square knot shine.
To start this tie, leave the right tail slightly longer than the right. (if you want the tails even on the finished knot, it may take some trial and error to find the right beginning lengths)
Wrap the left tail over your left index and middle fingers and pinch the tail in between your left thumb and index finger. Make sure the thumb is on top. This creates a "hole" for the tails to go through later on.
Join the right tail in this hold by bringing it underneath the left. When looking down at your hold, the left tail should be on top of the right with the tops of the tails in opposite directions from where they started.
Using your right hand, bring the right tail around the top of your thumb, behind the mid section of your scarf tails, and back to the original side it began on. Keep a hold of this tail, but adjust your hand if need be.
While holding the right tail, bring it over the left tail and to right side of the "hole" opening we created earlier by pinching it between the left index and middle fingers. Don't pull it through yet.
This step may take some practice. Carefully pull your left two fingers out of the "hold" bringing the right tail with it. Gently pull the two scarf tails in equal pressure to keep the square appearance of the knot. You may have to make some adjustments to the scarf sections at the top of the knot.
There you have it! Use the square knot the next time you wear a wild rag and you will look like a seasoned veteran. While any scarf can be tied using the square knot, we think classic prints like Snakebit, Palo Duro, or our Executive Cowboy series really puts the knot in the spotlight.