Free Knitted Hair Scrunchie Pattern

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Making a knit scrunchie using this free pattern is a lot of fun, and surprisingly easy to do. In this tutorial, we are going to walk through the step-by-step process of how you can make this easy knit scrunchie pattern in a few simple steps. I am very excited to show you how!

holding the knit scrunchie

Making a knitted scrunchie is a simple project that is great if you are new to knitting or are just looking for a quick and easy project. Plus, it is a great hair accessory that you can enjoy making to go in your own messy bun or is the perfect gift idea. 

When you are making knitting projects, you likely have leftover yarn that you aren’t sure what to do with. Making a knit scrunchie is the perfect way to use up the leftover yarn because you don’t need much for this project!

When following this free knitting pattern, there are a few different types of knit stitches that you might choose to use. Let’s take a look at the different knitting stitches you might enjoy using to make a knit scrunchie.

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The concept of making a knit scrunchie is the same, no matter what stitch pattern you decide to use. There are several different knit stitches that you might enjoy.

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    Types Of Knit Stitches

    Stockinette: an unavoidable classic!

    The first, and easiest knit stitch pattern to use is the garter stitch. This is when you use the knit stitch for every stitch and every row. 

    The first pattern option is the stocking stitch, also known as the stockinette stitch. This is when you make alternating rows, using either the knit or purl stitch. That way, you have all one side of the knitted fabric with the appearance of the purl stitch and the other side with the knit stitch.

    Seed stitch: for a nice textured knitted scrunchie

    There are other easy knit stitch patterns that you could also use, simply by adding in the purl stitch. If you aren’t sure how to make a purl stitch in knitting, make sure to check out my tutorial to learn how to purl stitch

    When you know how to make a purl stitch, you can choose to use several different purl knitting patterns, simply by combining the purl stitch and the knit stitch to make up several different knitted fabric patterns.

    Another stitch option is the seed stitch. The seed stitch is made by alternating your knit and purl stitches. For example, the first stitch will be to knit one, then purl one, repeating these stitches across. Then the next row is made by making a purl stitch into the knit stitch, and a knit stitch into the purl stitch from the previous row. This is known as the seed stitch pattern.

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    The Moss Stitch: a beautiful choice

    Still, another pattern option that you might enjoy making for a knitted scrunchie is to make the moss stitch. This is made by casting on an even number of stitches. Then making a knit one, purl one stitches across the first two rows. Then the second two rows, you purl one and knit one across the row. Making the moss pattern is a fun way to mix things up with your knitted scrunchies.

    Broken rib stitch: Easy and different

    Finally, you might also enjoy making the rib knit stitch as your knit pattern used to make this knitted scrunchie. This is made by alternating your knit stitch, and purl stitch, in your desired number stitch combination.

    Now it’s time to start the patterns!

    Now, let’s jump into the step-by-step instructions to make a simple knit scrunchie. Keep in mind, the concept of making a scrunchie is the same, no matter what type of knitting stitch you decide to use. 

    Knit Scrunchie Pattern Using Straight Needles

    Materials Needed:

    A hair tie or hair elastic depending on your preference

    Knitting needles

    A tapestry needle or yarn needle 

    Yarn

    Scissors

    How to Make a Knit Scrunchie

    Step 1: Cast on Stitches

    Making sure to leave an extra long tail to work with, cast on 90 stitches

    Step 2: Knit the Scrunchie Fabric

    Garter Stitch Scrunchie

    Make a knit stitch in each stitch across the row. Turn and repeat making the knit stitches until the knit fabric measures approximately 2 – 3 inches wide, depending on how wide you want the scrunchie to be. 

    Tip: Keep in mind the width of the scrunchie will be half as wide as the knit fabric is before you fold and finish it off.

    how to knit a scrunchie

    Stocking Stitch Scrunchie 

    Row 1: Into the cast-on stitches, make a knit stitch in each stitch across. Turn the work. 

    Row 2: In each knit stitch make a purl stitch across the row. 

    Repeat rows one and two alternating until the knit fabric measures 2 – 3 inches wide, depending on your preference.

    measuring the knit fabric for scrunchie
    measuring the scrunchie length

    Step 3: Assemble the Knit Scrunchie 

    When the knit fabric of the scrunchie is your desired width, cast off the stitches.

    Using Elastic

    Fold the fabric in half, so that the right sides are facing out. Stitch across the top side to bring the scrunchie together. Make sure to sew in every stitch, and make sure that the stitches match up as you go. 

    Then pull the elastic through the open ends. Tie or sew the elastic ends together, at your desired length. Then use a yarn needle to sew the two ends together.

    fold the scrunchie to sew
    finishing the knit scrunchie

    Using a Hair Tie

    Fold the fabric in half around the elastic band. Thread a tapestry or yarn needle with yarn and sew the edges together so that the stitches on the long side match up. Be careful to sew each stitch across the top. Then sew the ends together, around the elastic hair tie. Finish off and weave in the ends.

    Knit Scrunchies PDF Pattern

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    Please keep in mind, that this PDF is intended for your personal use only, and is not for commercial distribution under any circumstances. 

    Tips and Tricks for Knit Scrunchies

    The Amount of Yarn

    When knitting scrunchies, you don’t need a large amount of yarn, even if you are making a large scrunchie. You can use whatever scrap yarn you have on hand. A baby yarn or medium worsted-weight yarn would be great for this project.

    Different Yarn Types

    There are several different types of yarn to choose from when making a knitted scrunchie. If you want more of an elegant finish, then you might enjoy using Bernat velvet yarn, as a cozy yarn choice. Another great option is to use 100% cotton yarn.

    Should I use Straight or Circular Needles?

    It’s entirely up to your preference if you should use straight or circular needles. Both of these will get the job done.

    Other Stitch Options

    The Kitchener Stitch. If you want to use the Kitchener stitch to finish off the knitted scrunchie, this stitch is a good way to stitch the knitted fabric together as you remove it from the knitting needles. It also makes sure you catch every stitch as you go. If you are feeling adventurous, this is a very nice way to finish off your knitted scrunchies. 

    Provisional Cast On. The provisional cast-on allows you to knit from both sides of a project’s starting point. To make this you will need a crochet hook, and a crochet chain to get your project started. It is not necessary to get this complicated when making a knitted scrunchie.

    How many stitches do you cast on for a scrunchie?

    Typically, when you are knitting a scrunchie, you will want to cast on approximately 80 to 90 stitches. You can add more or less if you prefer, however, you will want to make sure you have an even number of stitches for most knitting stitch patterns to work out.

    finished knit scrunchie

    Free Knit Scrunchies Pattern

    Now your creative ideas for making a knitted ponytail holder can become a reality! I hope that you have enjoyed this knit scrunchie pattern for free! Make sure to give it a try and let me know what you think about it! 

    Thank you so much for stopping by! 

    If you would like to make a crochet version of these scrunchies, make sure to check out my free pattern for crochet scrunchies, and also learn how to sew scrunchies! Plus, be sure to check out more FREE knitting patterns and tutorials!

    Now that you know How to Knit a Scrunchie, it’s time for you to give it a try! 

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    Knit Scrunchie Pattern Free

    Materials

    • A hair tie or hair elastic depending on your preference
    • Knitting needles
    • A tapestry needle or yarn needle
    • Yarn
    • Scissors

    Instructions

    Step 1: Cast on Stitches

    • Making sure to leave an extra long tail to work with, cast on 90 stitches

    Step 2: Knit the Scrunchie Fabric

      Garter Stitch Scrunchie

      • Make a knit stitch in each stitch across the row. Turn and repeat making the knit stitches until the knit fabric measures approximately 2 – 3 inches wide, depending on how wide you want the scrunchie to be.
      • Tip: Keep in mind the width of the scrunchie will be half as wide as the knit fabric is before you fold and finish it off.

      Stocking Stitch Scrunchie

      • Row 1: Into the cast-on stitches, make a knit stitch in each stitch across. Turn the work.
      • Row 2: In each knit stitch make a purl stitch across the row.
      • Repeat rows one and two alternating until the knit fabric measures 2 – 3 inches wide, depending on your preference.

      Step 3: Assemble the Knit Scrunchie

      • When the knit fabric of the scrunchie is your desired width, cast off the stitches.

      Using Elastic

      • Fold the fabric in half, so that the right sides are facing out. Stitch across the top side to bring the scrunchie together. Make sure to sew in every stitch, and make sure that the stitches match up as you go.
      • Then pull the elastic through the open ends. Tie or sew the elastic ends together, at your desired length. Then use a yarn needle to sew the two ends together.

      Using a Hair Tie

      • Fold the fabric in half around the elastic band. Thread a tapestry or yarn needle with yarn and sew the edges together so that the stitches on the long side match up. Be careful to sew each stitch across the top. Then sew the ends together, around the elastic hair tie. Finish off and weave in the ends.

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