DIY Crocheted Scrunchies

Whether you call them hair elastics or hair ties, you can add some uniqueness to them by making them into a hair scrunchy. You’ve probably used these helpful hair tamers before if you have longer hair and because scrunchies aren’t as tight they cause less headaches and aren’t as damaging to hair when taking them out.

Apparently the functional fashion statement known as the scrunchy is making a come back after dropping in popularity in the early 2000’s. I think I missed that memo though because…I love scrunchies and never stopped using them. Anyway, along with their useful hair holding capabilities wearing them on your wrist has also come back into style. Where was I? So, this project is a great way to show off your crochet habit or give a stylish gift.

There are lots of options for decoration on this easy and fast crochet project. Everything from yarn type to the stitch used is completely up to you for these DIY crocheted scrunchies. You can even make them match a shirt or dress that never matches anything.

This tutorial will be showing three patterns for different methods of covering a hair elastic. You can of course make the elastic yourself, I however will be using a pre-made one and crocheting over/around it.

Specialty yarn scrunchy

The amount of specialty yarns out there these day is incredible and this smaller project is a great opportunity to use some! Velvet yarn has been a very popular specialty yarn for the crocheted scrunchy, another throwback to the 80’s/90’s. Honestly any yarn will work here with this method, I think that specialty yarn looks particularly good, it’s a simpler pattern so even hard to see yarns will work. You could easily play with colors here by using variegated or self striping yarns.


  • Yarn
    • I’m using Bernat velvet in navy
  • Crochet hook
    • Im using an J/6mm hook
  • Snips
  • A yarn or tapestry needle
  • A hair elastic

Step 1. Take your hair elastic that fits your hair type and make single crochets around it until you cover it completely, mine took 41 single crochets.

Make sure you stretch the elastic out as you crochet and that you can easily expand in between your fingers.

Step 2. Chain up 2, make 2 double crochets in each of the single crochet from the previous row. This will give the scrunchy that wavy, scrunched up quality.

Tube scrunchy

This one is a little more time consuming but definitely worth it for the classic looking scrunchy. You can use just about any yarn you want for this, but unless you’re used to working with them, I wouldn’t use faux fur or eyelash yarn. Cotton, velvet, variegated, chunky, the sky is the limit they will all work for this method.


  • Cotton yarn (4) crafters secret spring time
  • H/5 mm hook
  • snip
  • yarn needle

Step 1. chain 10, or measure about 2 1/2 inches, take your hair elastic and slip stitch to the first chain around the elastic.

Step 2. From here you will be working in the round. Chain 1, make a single crochet in the same stitch and continue to make single crochets in each stitch. There should be 10 stitches per row, or however many you chained at the start.

Step 3. Repeat the pattern in step 2 until you have completely covered the elastic, 29 for mine, and add about 20 rows more, or until you are happy with how scrunched up it is.

Mine was 58 rows not including the foundation row.

Snip the tail leaving enough to sew the ends together.

Tip: Make sure the tube is long enough to comfortably expand the elastic, otherwise it won’t be functional.

Beaded lotus scrunchy

Last but certainly not least we have a beaded scrunchy and it is certainly not the ones you might remember from the 90’s with a bunch of rattle prone pony beads. This one has a lotus flower look with beautiful beads stitched in.


  • Worsted weight yarn
    • I’m using Red Heart with love in berry red
  • Crochet hook size G/
  • Beads with a hole large enough for your yarn
  • Snips
  • Yarn or tapestry needle
  • Hair elastic
  • A needle or crochet hook that can fit through the bead

Step 1. Thread your beads on to your yarn, I would plan for at least 50 beads, as the amount of loops varies based on your gauge and the size of your elastic.

Tip: Thread as many beads as you can, but if you don’t have enough you can do every other loop with a bead instead.

Step 2. Take a hair elastic that fits your hair type and make single crochets around it until you cover it completely. Slip stitch the last stitch to the first single crochet to complete the row.

Make sure you stretch the elastic out as you crochet and that you can easily expand in between your fingers.

Step 3. Chain 8, then slip stitch into the next single crochet, chain 8, then slip stitch to the next single crochet.

Repeat this for the entire row. Slip stitch your last stitch into the single crochet with your first.

Tip: Count each loop when you’re done with step 3, if you do not have enough beads for each loop, then do every other loop. Make a picot on the loops in between. (Chain 3 where you would normally put the bead, slip stitch to the first chain and continue as normal)

Step 4. Make 3 single crochets around the first chain loop, followed by 1 half double crochet, and 2 double crochets. Bring a bead up, slip stitch around the bead, then make 2 double crochets, 1 half double crochet, and 3 single crochets.

Step 5. Single crochet to the next loop and repeat the pattern with each loop. When you come to the last stitch, slip stitch into the first single crochet on the first loop.

Step 6. Snip the tail and pull the loop until it comes loose. Secure the last stitch with the tail, then weave the tail through to secure the tail, snip the end. You’re done!

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Let me know if you are going to try any of these and which one is your favorite in the comments! (I think mine is the beaded one)I’d love you hear from you.🦉😊

This pattern was created by me and can be used and tweaked for personal use, please do not sell my pattern on any platform, feel free to share this pattern. This is licensed under CC BY- NC-SA

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