Free Knit Scrunchies Pattern – Update

These are my favorite knit scrunchies patterns

Knit in 3 styles with 3 of my favorite yarns for scrunchies!

You may have seen my other post with my free knit scrunchies patterns using Caron Pantone X Bamboo yarn. That post uses the same scrunchies pattern as these the only difference is I made some updates to how I stitch the seam and I added a suggested length for each scrunchie instead of a row count. By knitting these to a desired length instead of by row will make it easier to use different yarns. Since posting those patterns I have been playing around with different types of yarns to knit my scrunchies with and I have stumbled across 3 natural fiber yarns that I simply love to use on my knit scrunchies.

The above image shows my Sage Scrunchie knit in each of the different yarns, as you can see each has a bit of a different look to it depending on the yarn used.

The patterns themselves also have very distinct looks as the image below shows all 3 patterns knit using the same yarn.

Gemma, Sage and Wanda Scrunchies knit using Lion Brand Yarn Wool-Ease

Now it’s time to start the patterns!


Terms for all 3 patterns

In all 3 of these patterns you will knit in the round using knit and purl stitches only.

Materials: 

This pattern works with size 3 and 4 yarns – light weight worsted and worsted weight yarns work best for this.

Yarn used in images: Lion Brand Yarn Wool-Ease, Loops & Threads Yarn Creme Cotton and Coastal Cotton

Size 7 (4.5mm) Circular Needle with a 16” Cable

Elastic Hair Ties

Scissors

Darning Needle

Locking Stitch Markers

Written in US Terms


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Knit Scrunchies PDF Pattern


THE GEMMA SCRUNCHIE

This scrunchie uses the garter stitch knit in the round

Cast on any number of stitches between 80 and 90, place a stitch marker then join in the round, be sure not to twist the stitches. I like to use a long tail cast on method, if you plan to use the long tail cast on be sure to start with 60-70 inches of yarn for the long tail.


Round 1: Knit all stitches to end.

Round 2: Purl all stitches to end.

Repeat rounds 1 & 2 until work measures 2” – 2.5” or to desired length.

Once you have knit rounds 1 & 2 to the desired length, bind-off using a stretchy bind-off. Cut yarn leaving a long tail, about 2 1/2 times the length of the work (about 40″ or more) you will need a long tail for stitching the seam.

Bunch up your work and place hair tie around work. This scrunchie doesn’t have a wrong or right side, place the hair tie, then add locking stitch markers to hold the work in place.

Stitch seam together using a  whip stitch. When stitching this scrunchies seam you will insert your needle into the outer loops from the cast on edge and the bind off edge. The seam on this scrunchie is nearly invisible.

Detailed pictures for stitching the seam can be found in the PDF version of this pattern. At the end of this post you can find some additional tips for stitching the seam and working the pattern.


THE SAGE SCRUNCHIE

This scrunchie has the stockinette stitch as the right side.

The off white Lion Brand Wool-Ease Scrunchie pictured above were knit to 3” before stitching the seam. The coral colored scrunchie in Crème Cotton was knit to 2.5” before stitching the seam.

Cast on any number of stitches between 80 and 90, place a stitch marker and join in the round, be sure not to twist the stitches. I like to use a long tail cast on method, if you plan to use the long tail cast on be sure to start with 60-70 inches of yarn for the long tail.

Knit until work measures 2.5” – 3” or to desired length. I knit this style scrunchie a little longer because the stitch is a bit more condensed than with the Gemma Scrunchie.

Once you have knit to the desired length, bind-off using a stretchy bind-off. Cut yarn leaving a long tail, about 2 1/2 times the length of the work (about 40″ or more).

Bunch up your work and place hair tie around work. This scrunchie has two different looking sides, make sure the wrong side is showing before you put the hair tie around your work, place the hair tie, then add locking stitch markers to hold the work in place.

Stitch seam together using a  whip stitch. When stitching this scrunchies seam you will insert your needle into the outer loops from the cast on edge and the bind off edge. The seam on this scrunchie is not invisible but it lays in such a way that it gives a really nice finished edge and allows for a good stretch for the scrunchie, making it ideal for use.

Detailed pictures for stitching the seam can be found in the PDF version of this pattern. At the end of this post you can find tips for stitching the seam.


THE WANDA SCRUNCHIE

This scrunchie has the wrong side of stockinette stitch as the right side.

The above scrunchies were all knit to 2.5” before I stitched the seam.

Follow the instructions for the Sage Scrunchie up to the desired length.

Once you have knit to the desired length, bind-off using a stretchy bind-off. Cut yarn leaving a long tail, about 2 1/2 times the length of the work (about 40″ or more).

Bunch up your work and place hair tie around work. This scrunchie has two different looking sides, make sure the side that is known as the right side is showing before you put the hair tie around your work, for this style you want the wrong side of stockinette stitch to be the outside or right side of the finished scrunchie. Place the hair tie, then add locking stitch markers to hold the work in place.

Stitch seam together using a method that I don’t know the name…it is pretty much the crochet mattress stitch, but you will insert your needle into the outer loop from the cast on edge and the inside loop of your bind off edge. The seam on this scrunchie is pretty much invisible and really gives this scrunchie a very nice seamless finish.

Detailed pictures for stitching the seam can be found in the PDF version of this pattern. 


Seaming Tips

There are a few different techniques for sewing the scrunchies together, I am going to share 2 methods with you for setting up the work to start stitching the seam. 

Method 1

The first method is to put the hair tie around the middle of the scrunchie, use a few locking stitch markers to hold the scrunchie in place and begin stitching along the seam. This method works great for non slippery yarns like Wool-Ease and the cotton yarns used here. I like to use a different method for slicker yarns.


Method 2
If you are using a slicker yarn like the Caron Pantone X Bamboo Yarn I find that stretching the scrunchie over a board or book with the hair tie stretched over the middle works better, as the slicker yarns seem to slip out of the hair tie when using the other method.

Stretch over something that is wide enough to fit the elastic band like a book. I used a small 9″ dry erase board that I had at the house, I bought it at Office Depot.

Slip the knitted work so that the appropriate side is showing, then stretch the elastic band over the work. Fold the work up so that the bind off edge and the cast off edges meet. Then begin stitching using the appropriate stitch for the pattern.


When stitching the seam I like to use different methods for each style scrunchie. I find that depending on the stitch used in the pattern a different seaming method might be necessary. Please see each pattern for the suggested seaming method.

Here are a few additional tips:

  • Before starting, give your elastic hair tie a really good stretch. I always test out each hair tie to make sure the seam doesn’t break.
  • You can use any cast on method but I would recommend using a long-tail cast on as that is what I have found works the best when finding the loop to stitch your seam. When casting on use about 40” of yarn for the long tail cast on method.
  • When binding off your work use a stretchy bind off, this way the finished edge will match with your cast on edge and have a similar amount of stretch.
  • When cutting the yarn when you are finished, make sure to leave a long tail for stitching the seam, you don’t want to run out of yarn.
  • When stitching the seam, keep your stitches tight but not so tight that the seam doesn’t stretch with the rest of your work, since this is a scrunchie you need to have some wiggle room in your work, a seam that is too tight will end up messing up the overall stretch of the finished scrunchie.
  • Locking stitch markers help out tremendously when using method one for stitching your seam, though you could also use safety pins.
  • Use a blunt tipped darning needle or yarn needle when stitching the seam, if your needle is too pointy you may have difficulty with splitting the strands of the yarn when trying to stitch the seam.

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Happy Making, Savla


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