The buckaroo knot scarf is a favorite of cowboys and cowgirls. With the resurgence and rise of pop music artists mixing a blend of country and southern rock, this look is being seen more. Buckaroo is the American word for the Spanish word vaquero. Vaquero was used in the early days of California expansion by the Spanish to describe their cowboys and herdsmen. Vaca means cow in Spanish. The scarf performs many functions for the cowboy. It is often pulled over the nose and mouth to cut down the choking effects of trail dust. It is employed as a cover for a spooked horses eyes. Also used as a hobble, as a hat tie down in windy weather, as a washcloth and towel, as a bandage, tourniquet, napkin, water filter, pot holder, flag, and temporary repair for saddle or bridle.
Flash forward to modern day fashion runways. inspiration for fashion is all around us. Fashion houses pull from all eras to keep things exciting for a fashion divas. I really recommend this buckaroo knot for silk or sheer scarves. I see the buckaroo knot worn often closer to the neck but I think it would look very fashionable as well hanging lower towards the bosom.
Step 1: Begin with a folded oblong or a bias-band folded square scarf. Drape the scarf around your neck, then grasp opposite ends of the scarf, one in each hand.
Step2: Wrap the scarf once around one or two fingers of your left hand, from over front to back and back over the fingers with the end hanging down and loose.
Step3: The right scarf end wraps around the front of the left from front to back being sure to go under the loose left end.
Step4: The right scarf end then comes forward around from the back, and loops over the loose left end, and through the loop made by the fingers of your left hand, from right to left.
Step5: Tighten the square, and there it is the 4-square buckaroo knot