Monday, March 31, 2008

Tying a Wild Rag Knot Buckaroo-Style

One of the most common referrals to this website concerns tying wild rag knots. I have discussed this process in posts like these, but since the topic is so popular, I decided it was time for a how-to. So, in eight steps, here is your buckaroo knot tutorial. (It's actually only four steps, but I've included some intermediate stuff for clarity.)

I've used a yellow/navy combination to make it clear which side is which. We will make two loops from these sides -- the yellow loop will be the small loop, and the navy loop will be the large loop. Also, these are left-handed steps, so if you're a righty, you might want to mirror these.

Step 1: Grasp both sides with your thumbs, leaving your fingers free to do the tying.

Step 2: Cross over your right hand and make a fairly tight loop around your left index finger. This is the "small loop".

Step 3: Grasp the loose side of the rag with your right hand and pull it in front of the same finger.

Step 4: Pull that side under and behind the finger, over the top of the other side, forming the "large loop".

Step 5: Pull the small loop through the large loop, keeping both ends tight with the thumbs.

Step 6: Push the end in your right hand through the small loop.

Step 7: Continue pulling it through the loop.

Step 8: Tighten. Try to get your ends straighter than mine.

It might take some practice, but once you get it, you'll not soon forget. Don't forget -- silk knots best. These two rags are pure silk pieces from Jingle Bobs, and they get a lot of use!


  1. It took me a few tries, but now I've got it. Thanks for the tutorial!

  2. First couple of tries, not good, then it worked and it's a great looking knot. Thanks for posting on the web!

  3. I tried several other sites to learn this and this is the only one that worked for me. Thank you!

  4. Hey thanks this made it really easy to fallow!

  5. my daughter was able to do it on the first try whereas i failed. it look cool. thanks! :)

  6. Your blog keeps getting better and better! Your older articles are not as good as newer ones you have a lot more creativity and originality now keep it up!