Updated: Oct 19, 2019
You may have heard this already, but scrunchies are back and they're sweeping the craft fair world!!
If you've come here with the hopes of saving yourself the trouble of making a scrunchie and just want to buy one, I have them listed for sale here.
There are so many tutorials out there that show how to create crocheted scrunchies, but few that show how to KNIT scrunchies. Also, a quick note to say, I am not a knitter. I have a knitting machine (which I know some people think is cheating...sorry). But, I have confidence that any skilled knitter could adapt my knitting machine tutorial into an actual knitting tutorial. 😉
So let's just get right to it! ☺️
First off, let me just say, I consider this a tutorial, not a pattern, because since it is done on a machine, how much can it really be a pattern if you're essentially just following assembly instructions for the thing that the machine makes, ya know? 🤔
Knit Velvet Scrunchie Tutorial
Machine I use: Addi Express King Knitting Machine (46 needles)
Any similar-sized circular knitting machine should work just fine, too, but this is the one I have.
Velvet Yarn: Bernat Velvet or Lion Brand Yarn Vel-Luxe are the kind I have used, but again, any yarn you want to use should work similarly. Other types of yarn should work, too, just so long as your machine can handle it; it doesn't have to be velvet.
Hair Ties: I have used a couple of different types of hair ties, and it's completely personal preference as to which type you use. These are the ones I've been using lately.
Yarn Needle: This will be necessary to sew the scrunchie closed and weave in the ends. This is the kind that I use.
Waste Yarn: You'll need several yards of a contrasting yarn to cast on and off. This can be any yarn that works well with your machine.
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Here's how to create these scrunchies:
1. With your machine in circular knitting mode, cast on with waste yarn for 4 or 5 rounds.
2. Add in your velvet yarn, and continue knitting in the round for 18 rounds. You can do fewer rounds for a less bulky scrunchie. I’ve done as few as 10 rounds and still had great results, but 18 is my preference.
3. Once you’ve reached 18 rounds, cut your working yarn about 4 feet long and drop the long tail in the center of the machine. Add in your waste yarn.
4. Work another 4 or 5 rounds with the waste yarn.
5. Cast off. You can just crank away on the machine until the piece falls off, or you can use the tail of your waste yarn and a yarn needle to pick each stitch off the machine so no stitches are dropped…it’s up to you.
6. Now that the work is off of the machine, flip the tube you’ve created so the wrong side of the knitting is out.
7. Put your hair tie around the tube and position it toward the center.
8. Put the long tail you’ve left into your yarn needle and sew the two ends of the tube together. This encloses the hair tie into the knitting with the right side out. Be careful to just sew the velvet yarn and not the waste yarn, as we'll remove that later.
9. Once you’ve seamed all the way around, tie the two ends of your working yarn into a knot and weave in the ends.
10. Remove your waste yarn.
Your scrunchie is now complete!! 🥳
I'm hoping to create a video tutorial soon, and I'll update this post when that video goes up on my YouTube channel. Until then, let me know if you have any questions about how I've created these scrunchies!
If you do make some scrunchies from this tutorial, I'd love for you to tag me on Instagram or Facebook: @CraftilyConcocted and/or use the hashtag craftilyconcocted ☺️
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