Learn how to make cute crochet hair scrunchies with this free easy pattern that’s perfect for beginners. Trendy 90’s style scrunchies are great to make for handmade gifts or to sell at craft fairs. They work up really quickly, too!
Keep reading to learn how to crochet a classic chunky scrunchie that’s fun and easy to make!
Learn How to Make a Crochet Scrunchie
Have you ever thought about crocheting your own hair accessories? If you want to hand a little handmade flair to your wardrobe, try this easy DIY hair scrunchie pattern.
It’s the perfect crochet pattern for beginners, too. These crochet scrunchies work up quickly with one simple stitch. If you can make a half double crochet, you can make these scrunchies!
Materials for Crochet Scrunchies
You don’t need much to make these fun homemade scrunchies. In fact, since you only need a little ball of yarn for each scrunchie, this pattern is a perfect stash-buster!
To get started, gather your supplies:
- 1 “ouchless” style hair elastic. I like to use strong hair ties without metal crimps. Any metal or knot can snag the yarn as you crochet, so it’s much easier to buy a pack of the “ouchless” style.
- A small ball of worsted weight yarn. I like worsted weight for this pattern because the thicker weight means you can crochet a fluffy scrunchie even faster! But, you can definitely use a thinner DK yarn if you prefer — you’ll just need to adjust the stitch count.
- A “J” 6mm size crochet hook, or whatever size crochet hook is appropriate your skein of yarn.
- A blunt tapestry needle to sew in the ends.
How to Make Crochet Scrunchies
There are a bunch of different ways to make a crochet scrunchie, depending on the look or style of scrunchie you are trying to create.
For this pattern, I really wanted a plush, fluffy scrunchie with a lot of volume, so I chose to crochet in the round around an elastic hair tie.
This creates a tube of crochet fabric around the hair tie, which gives you lots of ruffles and volume.
To start the scrunchie, chain 10, and join with a slip stitch. OR, if you know how to do foundation half double crochet, you can make 10 FHDC. (It’s my preference to start with foundation half double crochet, so that’s what you’ll see in the pictures.)
Then, working in a spiral pattern, make half double crochet stitches around the hair tie, forming a tube of fabric.
Free Crochet Scrunchie Pattern
Once you’ve got your 10 stitch tube established, keep working around and around in spiral rows.
My most important tip is to keep crocheting around even after the two ends of your tube meet. In order to get that full, chunky, 90’s style scrunchie, you’ll want to make as many rows of HDC as you can.
Yes, it gets a bit fiddly to maneuver your hook the more rounds of HDC you make. But, the more rounds you make, the more volume you’ll get in your finished scrunchie.
When you are happy with the level of volume in your scrunchie, it’s time to seam the ends of your tube together.
(For my scrunchie, I made 36 rows, and that seemed about right. Depending on the size of your particular hair tie, you might make a few more or a few less.)
To finish your scrunchie, cut your yarn and leave a long tail. Use a blunt tapestry needle to sew the two ends of the tube together. Then, use the same needle to weave in the ends of the yarn.
(If you’re worried about your scrunchie coming apart, it’s okay to put a little knot in there. You won’t be able to see it with all the ruffles.)
And there you go. You’ve got a cute, chunky scrunchie to wear on your wrist or in your hair.
These scrunchies are so fun to make, you can easily whip up a batch to give to family and friends. They make a great handmade gift that you can make, even at the last minute.
And, these scrunchies are a great item to make and sell at craft fairs and flea markets. They don’t take a lot of time to make, and they are a popular, trendy product.
- worsted weight yarn
- With worsted weight yarn and a J crochet hook, chain 10. Being careful not to twist, place the chain around a hair tie, and join with a slip stitch to form the beginning of a tube.
- Working in spiral rows, make 36 rows of half double crochet. (Make more or fewer rows depending on the size of your hair tie.)
- Cut yarn, leaving a long tail. Use the yarn tail and a blunt tapestry needle to seam together the two ends of the tube. Weave in the ends.
If you like, you can also start with 10 FHDC instead of the 10 chain stitches.
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Sarah lives and works in North Carolina with her husband and young kids.