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Buckaroo Scarf Knot
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Also called a Four-Square Buckaroo Knot

Buckaroos in the Great Basin country of Nevada, Idaho, and Oregon have always worn “wild rags” or neckerchiefs to keep out the cold winds.  Buckaroos prefer their wild rags to be 30”x 30” or 34”x 34” or even larger silk squares.  The scarves come in all colors and patterns.

Wild rags are most often made of real silk because silk is the most absorbent of all natural fibers and naturally wicks away moisture.  It is warmer than wool in the winter and softens with wear.

"Cowboy Bob" Lemen from Minnesota cautions about knotted scarves: "It makes a very pretty knot, but should never, ever, be worn in an actual 'cowboy' situation!"  His point being any hard knot will not loosen and if a rider is "hung-up" by the scarf on a saddle horn or other piece of equipment, they could choke to death.  The same goes for any gear that a rider wears or has on their saddle.  Always be aware of the very real danger of being hung up and of being dragged.

To tie the wild rag in traditional buckaroo style use the following steps:

Drape the scarf around your neck, then grasp opposite ends of the scarf, one in each hand. 

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. 

The right scarf end wraps around the front of the left from front to back being sure to go under the loose left end. 

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.  

Tighten the square and there you have it, the 4 square buckaroo knot.
Below we have it one more time from a different view.

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Larry Bute, chronicler of the buckaroo, illustrates the knot below in a detail taken from his illustration Cowboy Knots.



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