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 crochet pattern. We’ll be crocheting in continuous rounds to upgrade a regular ouchless hair elastic.
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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 crochet scrunchie.
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How to Crochet a Hair Scrunchie
There are three main ways to crochet a hair scrunchie, and for each one you’ll need an “ouchless” hair elastic. You can crochet directly onto the elastic (like in my Blanket Yarn Hair Scrunchie pattern), you can crochet a rectangle and sew it over the hair elastic, or you can crochet a tube around the elastic.
Today, we’ll be crocheting a half-double crochet tube around our hair elastic. When you crochet a hair scrunchie this way, you won’t be able to see the elastic at all, even when you stretch out your scrunchie.
Crochet Hair Scrunchie 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.
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Supplies / Materials
- 50 – 55 yards of Brava worsted (I used Marina and Dove Heather)
- or 50 – 55 yards of your favorite #4 worsted weight yarn
- J 6.0 mm crochet hook
- 1 “ouchless” hair elastic (I used these)
- Tapestry needle
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
- ch – chain
- sl st – slip stitch
- hdc – half-double crochet
- weaving in ends
- continuous rounds
NOTE: This pattern uses US crochet terminology.
Beginner Crochet Hair Scrunchie – Video Tutorial
I’ve got a YouTube video tutorial for the crochet hair scrunchies, to help you along.
Easy Crochet Hair Scrunchie Pattern
ch 9, fold over a no-metal hair elastic, join with sl st
ROUND 1: ch 1, hdc around (9)
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.
That’s all, y’all! If you’re looking for more beginner-friendly crochet projects, check out all the free pattern round-ups from the Newbie Series: