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  • Writer's pictureLucy Duffy

Crocheted hair scrunchie tutorial

Updated: Sep 21, 2023

Are you looking for a crochet project that will enable you to make something useful whilst using up any oddments of yarn you might have in your stash, regardless of yarn weight? Great, then this post is just what you need!

Crocheted hair scrunchies & the yarn used to make them.

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This free crochet tutorial will take you step by step through making your very own crocheted hair scrunchies, using only basic crochet stitches & whatever yarn you have to hand. Ready? Let's get started.


Why make a crochet hair scrunchie?

There are a number of good reasons for making a hair scrunchie with crochet.

Firstly, they're snag-free - if you have ever snagged your hair with a "snag free" hair elastic, then you'll know how it can bring tears to your eyes. Done right, a crocheted hair scrunchie will stop those painful snags from happening.

Secondly, they're pretty. This speaks for itself really, you can choose any colour you like (or that your stash has) & make them as simple or elaborate as you like.

Thirdly, they're useful. You make as many as you like & always have one to hand when you need to tie your hair up.

Fourth, they make great gifts for young & old.

Fifth, they give you a way to use up odd bits of left over yarn from any other projects!

If you can think of any other reasons for making crochet hair scrunchies, why not leave a comment in the section at the bottom of the page 😊

Which stitches do you need to know?

This tutorial is written using UK crochet terms & to follow it you will need to know how to: chain (ch), slip stitch (sl st), double crochet (dc), treble crochet (tr) & double treble crochet (dtr).

Don't panic if any of these stitches are unfamiliar to you as I will guide you through each step with photo's.

What materials do you need?

A yarn cake of gold yarn & a orange crochet hook.


This pattern is written using UK Terms. Tension is not critical.

To begin, pull the end of your yarn through the hair elastic & create a slip knot.

Gold yarn being crocheted around a hair booble.

Next, secure the yarn to the hair elastic with a slip stitch. Place your hook over the hair elastic & pick up the yarn & then pull the yarn through the slip knot on your hook.

Now, work 1 double crochet stitch around the hair elastic.

A collage of three images showing gold yarn being crocheted around a hair bobble.

Put your hook under the hair elastic, grab the yarn with the end of your hook, pull it through the hair elastic so that you have 2 loops on your hook. Now, grab the yarn over the hair elastic & pull it through both loops on your hook. You will now have 1 loop on your hook again & that is your first double crochet complete.

Continue to work double crochet stitches all the way around the hair elastic, until none of it remains visible & then use a slip stitch to join the stitch you just worked to the first slip stitch.

A trio of images showing a hair bobble being encased by gold yarn using crochet.

You could just finish here if all you wanted to do was cover the hair elastic but if it's a scrunchie you want, then we will now start to work the stitches that create the "scrunchie effect".

The pattern for the second round will be, treble crochet, double treble, treble into each double crochet from the first round.

For each treble crochet, you will need to start by grabbing the yarn with your hook (yarn over), next, insert your hook through the top 2 strands over the double crochet from the round before, yarn over again, pull your hook back through the double crochet stitch.

You will now have 3 loops on your hook. Yarn over again & pull through 2 of the loops on your hook, you will be left with 2 loops on your hook. Yarn over once more & pull through both loops on your hook. This completes the treble crochet stitch.

A collage of five images showing various stages of gold yarn being crocheted around a hair bobble to create a scrunchie.

Next, you need to complete a double treble crochet, this is similar to the treble crochet but with 1 extra yarn over as follow. Start by yarning over twice, next insert hook through the same double crochet stitch as last time, yarn over once, pull back through the double crochet stitch.

You will now have 4 loops on your hook. Yarn over & pull through 2 loops (3 loops left on hook). Yarn over again & pull through 2 loops (2 loops left on hook). Yarn over again & pull through the last 2 loops on hook. This completes the double treble crochet stitch.

Repeat the treble crochet stitch into the same double crochet stitch from round 1 - all 3 stitches worked into just 1 double crochet stitch.

Continue to work those 3 stitches into each of the double crochet stitches from round 1.

A collage of four images showing the progression of a hair bobble being used to create a crocheted hair scrunchie.

Once you have worked all the way around, slip stitch to the top of the first stitch. Cut the yarn, leaving a yarn tail of about 10cm. Pull the yarn tail through the loop on your hook & weave the yarn tail into the scrunchie.

A collage of four images showing the progression of a hair bobble being used to create a crocheted hair scrunchie.

And that's it. One scrunchie completed. Why not try experimenting with different yarn types & hook sizes for different looks.

Four crocheted hair scrunchies, each made with a different yarn. One gold, one teal, one purple & one grey.

I really hope you've enjoyed using this free pattern & would love to see your versions. Don't forget to tag me if you post your version on social media. You can comment below to let me know how you found it. 😊

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