Handmade Charm: Hair Scrunchies – Free Crochet Pattern

Crochet hair scrunchies are a trendy and versatile accessory that can add a touch of charm to your hairstyles while keeping your hair in place. These delightful little creations are not only fashionable but also incredibly easy to make. Whether you’re a seasoned crochet enthusiast or a beginner looking for a fun project, this article will guide you through a simple and free crochet pattern to create your very own hair scrunchies.

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Materials you’ll need to crochet hair scrunchies

Before we dive into the pattern, gather the following materials:

  1. Yarn: Choose a soft, medium-weight yarn in your favorite color. Cotton or acrylic yarn works well for hair scrunchies.
  2. Crochet Hook: Opt for a crochet hook that matches your chosen yarn’s recommended hook size. A 4mm or 5mm hook is usually suitable.
  3. Elastic Hair Ties: These will be the core of your scrunchies, ensuring they stay securely in your hair. My suggestion is to use stronger, good quality ties, which will last longer. I used these ones – Cotton Hair Elastic Multicolored Hair Bands.
  4. Scissors: For cutting yarn and elastic.
  5. Tapestry Needle: To weave in loose ends.

Which yarn to use?

When choosing the yarn for your crochet hair scrunchies, it’s essential to consider both aesthetics and functionality. Opt for a soft, medium-weight yarn that feels comfortable against your hair. I have used 1 skein of Bella Chenille yarn 100g=120m. Cotton and acrylic yarns are also popular choices, as they are not only easy to work with but also durable and low-maintenance. Additionally, cotton yarn provides a breathable option that’s great for warmer weather, while acrylic yarn offers a wide range of vibrant colors to match your style. Ultimately, your yarn selection can make a significant difference in the look and feel of your finished scrunchies, so don’t hesitate to explore different textures and shades to create the perfect accessory for your hair.

The amount of yarn you’ll need for your crochet hair scrunchies can vary depending on the size and thickness you desire, as well as the specific yarn you choose. However, as a rough estimate, you can typically create one hair scrunchie with approximately 10-20 grams (0.35-0.7 ounces) of medium-weight yarn.

To be more precise, consider the following factors:

  1. Size of the Scrunchie: Smaller scrunchies with fewer rounds of crochet will require less yarn, while larger, thicker scrunchies will need more.
  2. Yarn Thickness: Different yarns have varying thicknesses, so you may need more or less yarn depending on the brand and type of yarn you select.
  3. Tension: Your individual crochet tension can also affect the amount of yarn used. If you crochet more tightly, you may need slightly less yarn, and if you crochet more loosely, you may require a bit more.

To ensure you have enough yarn for all scrunchies you plan to make, it’s a good idea to have an extra skein or ball of your chosen yarn on hand. This way, you won’t run out of yarn mid-project and can complete your hair scrunchies without any interruptions. See our article Where to Buy Yarn: A Comprehensive Guide.


Gauge is not crucial for this project, but it will affect the size and stretchiness of your scrunchie. Simply ensure that your stitches are tight enough that they don’t look loose around the elastic.

Stitches used

  • SLST – slip stitch
  •  Ch – chain
  • SC – single crochet
  • DC – double crochet

Hair Scrunchies Crochet Pattern

Round 1

Create a slip knot and place it on your hook. You will make SC around hair tie until you have as many stitches as will fit. The more stitches the more bulky your scrunchie will be!

This round should be closed with a slip stitch.

Round 2

Ch 2, one DC into the same stitch, 2 DC in every stitch till the end. SLST to join.

Round 3

Ch2, one DC in every stitch till the end. SLST to join.


Ch1. Cut the yarn and pull it through the loop. Wave in the yarn end.

All done!

Customizing Your Scrunchies

Feel free to add your flair to this basic pattern. Here are a few ideas:

  • Use variegated yarn for a multicolored effect without changing yarns.
  • Add beads or a decorative edge in a contrasting color.
  • Use glittery or metallic yarn for a festive look.

Video tutorial

Check our video tutorial on how to make elastic scrunchies on our YouTube channel.


Crochet hair scrunchies are a fun way to practice your crochet skills while making something practical and pretty. They are quick to work up, which makes them perfect for craft fairs or last-minute gifts. With this free pattern, you can start your own collection of handmade scrunchies tailored to your style.

As you work on this project, remember that the beauty of handmade items lies in their uniqueness. So don’t worry if each scrunchie looks a little different; these variations are what make them special. Grab your hook and yarn, and let’s bring some handmade charm to your hairstyles!

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