In just a few short minutes of crocheting in front of the TV and you can have new hair ties!
Being little and quick, these designs don’t use much yarn (woo!)
Skills required are nothing fancy. You really just need to be able to put a stitch or two into another stitch – and have the fine motor skills to grip an elastic hair tie and hold the yarn around it and somehow manage to keep the tension (stitches the same size and looking neat).
Stitches to know: chain, single crochet (begin with no additional loops on the crochet hook), half double crochet (1 extra loop), treble crochet (2 extra loops) and slip stitch (drop-it-like-it’s-hot stitch). Crochet stitches help
FYI: I tested them and, yes, they stretch just fine to work as hair ties once complete! 😉
- Yarn 4-8ply
- Crochet hook 3-4mm (depending on thickness of yarn, how tight/loose you want to crochet)
- Hair ties (I used thin elastics)
Swirly Tails Scrunchie
To make this hair tie you will go around the hair tie once, single stitching around it – before getting to the end you create the swirls.
This is the green hair tie in the photo. I used 3.5mm crochet hook and thin, fluffy yarn.
Tie a loop and place on crochet hook. I like to use a slip knot because I can make the loop, put the hook through and then tighten it.
Attach and cover hair tie by wrapping the stitches around it: Single crochet about 55 stitches around the hair tie. Stitching above the hair tie, pull yarn under the hair tie and complete the single crochets over the top of the hair tie.
Make swirly tails: Chain the length you want your swirly tail to be (e.g. I did 10, 15, & 20). Skip last chain and do 2 x single crochets into each chain along back down to the hair tie (i.e. 10 ch = 18 sc (skipped the last chain!).Single crochet onto hair tie.
2 x repeat swirly tails. Slip stitch into first single crochet and tie off.
Change it up: You can add more than 3 swirly tails, just reduce the number of single crochet stitches on the hair tie.
Short of yarn? Change up the colours of the swirls and hair tie single crochets.
This hair tie takes 2 rows: 1 row of single stitch and 1 row of creating petals with single, half double and treble stitches.
This is the blue, flower inspired hair tie in the photo. I used a 3.5mm hook with 8 ply yarn.
Tie a loop and place loop on crochet hook.
Attach and cover hair tie by wrapping it in the stitches: Crochet 60 single stitches around the hair tie. Crocheting above the hair tie, pull yarn under the hair tie and complete the single crochets over the top of the hair tie.
Slip stitch into first single crochet to finish the round. Chain 1.
Make a petal using the next 6 stitches: There will be 2 stitches in each single crochet. In the first single crochet: 1 single crochet, then 1 half double crochet. In next 3 single crochets, 2 x treble crochets. In fifth crochet: 1 half double crochet, then 1 single crochet. In sixth single crochet, 1 single crochet (just 1!).
9 x repeat petal step (i.e. you will have 10 petals). Slip stitch into start of first petal and tie off.
Change it up: You could sew on beads around the outside of the petal to add some extra bling.
Short of yarn? Make the single crochet first row and each petal a different colour!