How to Tie a Wild Rag

Simple knot, buckaroo knot, windsor knot or more, try tying a wild rag with these step-by-step instructions.

Wild rags are a versatile accessory that can be worn on any occasion. Journal photo.

If you’re reading this blog and don’t know what a wild rag is, I’m just going to go ahead and say you’re welcome. You’ve now been introduced to the most useful, yet beautiful, accessory item.

In the old days, wild rags were used to keep men and women warm and the dust out of their nose and mouth when they were working outside with cattle or whatever the day threw at them.  Now, they are still used for that same reason, but they are more often considered a fashion accessory.  

If you want to learn more about how to tie a basic knot, or learn about some new knots to add to your repertoire, keep on reading! 

1. Simple Knot  

 If you’re a beginner, this is the best place to start.

2. Buckaroo Knot


A more complicated type of knot is the square knot, so if you’re down for a challenge then this tutorial will teach you how!

3. Windsor Knot

 For a more fun knot, this video by Amanda Stinemetze teaches you how to create a perfect Windsor knot.

4. Wild Rags Different Ways


In this article, the model shows different ways to wear a wild rag that aren’t just around your neck. So if you want to change it up now and again, take some tips from this article!

Remember, you can add to the knots by adding wild rag slides like these photos demonstrate.




While you’re at it, go check out our roundup of wild rags that we’re absolutely in love with from last fall about wild rags!