Monday, January 17, 2011

How to tie a Chef's Neckerchief

It's no wonder that the Navy has its own instructions for how to tie a neckerchief, because in this instance, it looks far more like a cravat. And unlike anything worn by chefs or scouts, it's a thin piece of fabric much more like a short necktie than the square of a handkerchief or bandana. The basic tying method involves first laying the neckerchief under the collar and adjusting so that the right end (A) is about two inches longer than the left (B).
  1. Cross A over B directly under the point of your shirt's V.
  2. Pull A up and over toward the left and cross over B, forming a loop.
  3. Then pull it up through the loop.
  4. Tie a square knot (if you don't remember what this is - it's basically just tying a shoelace knot one on top of the other), making sure that the top of the knot is even with the bottom of the shirt's V.
The ends must be the same length. Don't worry if it doesn't look right the first few times. This sort of tying takes some practice to get right.

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