I always use scrunchies to tie my hair. But when I looked up free crochet scrunchies patterns, most of them are done by anchoring the stitches on the hair elastic. Since I crochet plarn exclusively, working stitches this way means breaking of stitches before I get bored with my scrunchies!
Finally, I realized that if I enclose the hair elastic in a round diamond mesh, that should do the trick for me. The diamond mesh will stretch together with the hair elastic - PERFECT! All my sisters and friends are getting one diamond mesh scrunchies this Christmas. I'm sure they'd be able to use it.
Why don't you make one for yourself and/or your loved ones?
Materials and Tools
- yarn (I used 1-cm single-strand softened plarn from a large plastic bag)
- garter (I used 3/4-in black garter because we Asians have black hair, it won't be noticeable once worn)
- sewing thread same color as yarn.
- crochet hook 2 sizes down from the suggested size for your yarn (I used #7 steel hook)
- tapestry needle
- sewing needle
Keep the tension tight/compact because the mesh will be under a lot of stress and stretch. You don't want it to break on you.
- ch - chain
- sl st - slip stitch
- sk - skip
- sp - space
- dtr - double treble crochet
This will be a combination of crochet and sewing instructions and will be divided into three major parts.
STEP 1: Crocheting the Round Diamond Mesh
Foundation Ring: Ch 24, sl st to form ring. Turn.
R1: [Ch 8, sk 8 ch, sl st] 2x, ch 3, sk 8 ch, dtr. Turn.
R2: [Ch 8, sl st in ch-8 sp] 2x, ch 3, dtr in dtr-ch-3 sp. Turn.
Repeat R2 40x or until you have a stretched length of 16 in.
STEP 2: Inserting the Garter Inside the Mesh
Cut a 6-in length of garter.
Stitch the edges of the garter to keep them from raveling.
Pass the garter inside the diamond mesh.
Overlap 1/2 in to have a circle with 5-in circumference
Stitch the sides and the center too.
STEP 3: Closing the Diamond Mesh
To join the the diamond mesh [ch 4, sl st in adjacent 8-ch sp on the foundation ring, ch 4, sl st in 8-ch sp of previous round] 3x.
Weave in ends along the dtr's. Sew the end in place.
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- Methods of Making Plarn
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Comments Make ME Happy!
Moira Durano-Abesmo (author) from Sagay, Camiguin, Philippines on October 15, 2012:
Yes, I've tried yarn. But acrylic yarn just doesn't feel right for me. I like cotton yarns.
kg on October 13, 2012:
do you even use yarn
Barbara Badder from USA on May 25, 2012:
I'm sharing this on my crochet group. It is a perfect summertime project.
Moira Durano-Abesmo (author) from Sagay, Camiguin, Philippines on January 17, 2012:
I'm happy to see your comments in my patterns!
Helena Reimer on January 15, 2012:
I love your idea!
htodd from United States on October 16, 2011:
Thanks for the great post..nice
Moira Durano-Abesmo (author) from Sagay, Camiguin, Philippines on September 29, 2011:
That would be great! I'm honored you thought about going back to crochet because of this pattern.
Laur from Chicago, IL on September 29, 2011:
What a great idea....I use to crochet years ago, just the simple stitch, but it worked for what I wanted to do.
Maybe I'll get back into it this fall!!
Moira Durano-Abesmo (author) from Sagay, Camiguin, Philippines on September 21, 2011:
Really? You haven't seen garters in ages? They're so common here. I hope your friends will love the scrunchies.
PWalker281 on September 21, 2011:
My hair isn't long enough to wear one, but I have many friends who would love receiving something like this for Christmas. Thanks for posting the pattern! Don't know where I would find garters though. Haven't seen those in ages! Rated up and useful.