Hair Scrunchies – Free Knitting Pattern

While still experimenting with baby yarn, I was inundated with requests for a hair scrunchie knitting pattern….. okay…. I had a request for one πŸ˜‚. Honestly I thought there would be a lot out there, but I didn’t find any that I felt like I could recommend. So here is my take on them.

These are awesome gifts, especially as stocking stuffers or for back to school season in spirit colours. (And they use so little yarn, it’s a great stash buster… as I’m moving in 2 months, I need those πŸ˜‚). I recommend cotton or bamboo because I find them nicer on my hair.

You will need:

  • DK (8ply) cotton or bamboo yarn
  • 4mm knitting needles
  • Thin elastic (“hat” elastic works the best)
  • Darling needle
  • Scissors

Cast on 160 stitches. (This will feel like an eternity)

Row 1: knit

Row 2: knit 2 together over whole row (80 stitches remain)

Row 3: knit

Row 4: knit 2 together over whole row (40 stitches remain)

Row 5-8: knit

Cut the yarn with a 20cm yarn tail remaining.

Cut a length of elastic long enough to go around your wrist comfortably twice. Thread this through the eye of a darning needle. Slip all the stitches onto the elastic carefully, then pass the needle through the stitches again. The elastic should now be in a circle shape, passing through each stitch twice. Tie the elastic in a tight knot.

Using the yarn tail, stitch up the 2 sides to turn the scrunchie into a neat circle. Darn in your tails.

You can change colours and create a rainbow effect as well. If you have super thick hair, start with 200 stitches. If making for a small child, drop to 120 stitches, and eliminate rows 7-8 completely.


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