|This is NOT the Bayeux tapestry! It's just a very simple knot...|
This scarf knot has been receiving a lot of attention in the blog world recently; I saw a NINE step instruction diagram/hieroglyphic on how to tie it! Rest assured, it's not at all complicated - it's really just a clove-hitch knot, which any self-respecting boy scout could tie blindfolded. So in the interest of beautifying the scarf world, I'm going to tell you how to tie this knot, in five steps, in less than one minute, without a mirror.
1. Arrange the scarf with the two ends hanging down in the front - the left side reaching to about your waist, and the right end (now fondly called the long end) to your right.
2. Cross the long end under the short end across your chest. You are now finished with the short end.
3. Toss the longer end over your left shoulder. Where the scarf comes up over your left shoulder blade, grab it with your left hand in a sort of overhand fist, as if you're going to punch yourself in the left jaw.
4. Reach around the back of your head with your right hand and grab the long end. Pull it around the back of your neck, to the front, past your right ear.
5. Take the (now rather shorter) long end and pull it across the front of your body, and tuck it through the gap that is currently being maintained by your left knuckles. Adjust all squishy parts to suit.
That's it. Short over long, grab, wrap, tuck.
Simplicity and ease are an essential part of elegance. Scarf tying that's a cross between origami and gymnastics does not qualify, nor is it really necessary!