Beginner Hair Scrunchie – Free Crochet Pattern and Video

Channel your inner 90s kid with a beginner hair scrunchie, crocheted entirely of half-double crochet stitches. This free pattern features a video tutorial and is perfect for beginners!

How many hair scrunchies did you have when you were growing up? Whether it was a little or a lot, now’s your chance to make your own! Channel your inner 80s/90s child and put your half-double crochet skills to the test with this beginner hair scrunchie pattern. We’ll be crocheting in continuous rounds to upgrade a regular ouchless hair elastic.

arm with teal and grey hair scrunchies and text, "how to crochet hair scrunchie - beginner crochet pattern from you should craft"

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This is Day 13 of the Newbie Series, and this is one of my favorite patterns of the whole month. It’s super chill — no need to worry about row-counting or stitch markers, just space out and crochet until you’re happy with the amount of “scrunch” in your scrunchie.

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The Tools

Today, we’re using our worsted weight acrylic yarn and a J 6.0 mm hook. This helps our scrunchie work up quickly.

I love Brava worsted from WeCrochet because it’s soft, durable, and washes well. Unlike most wool yarns, acrylics like Brava can be washed AND dried. Depending on how often you wash your hair, you might end up needing to wash your hair scrunchies. Personally, I wear scrunchies when my hair is dirty or when I’m working out.

Brava is inexpensive (just $2.49 for 100 grams / 218 yards!) and you can get about four hair scrunchies out of one ball. Plus, they have tons of colors. I used Marina and Dove Heather for my samples.

Share your Hair Scrunchies!

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Supplies / Materials

NOTE: My friends at WeCrochet provided the supplies for the Newbie Series.

Size / Gauge

Gauge doesn’t matter for this project.

Finished scrunchies are approximately 5 inches in diameter.

Abbreviations / Techniques

NOTE: This pattern uses US crochet terminology.

Beginner Hair Scrunchie – Video Tutorial

Beginner Hair Scrunchie – Pattern

ch 9, fold over a no-metal hair elastic, join with sl st

ROUND 1: ch 1, hdc around (9)

step-by-step photo collage demonstrating how to crochet a beginner hair scrunchie using hdc

ROUND 2: hdc on top of first stitch from round one, hdc around (9)

ROUNDS 3 ~ 56 (or whenever you want to stop): hdc around, working in continuous rounds

Trim yarn, leaving a tail of ~10 inches, seam to start and weave in ends. Adjust the scrunching to cover your seam.