3,5mm circular needles, with a 40cm cable (or longer if you use magic loop). You can also use straight needles, but there will be an additional sewing step.
Scrap yarn (about 12-15g of DK ). You can also use any other weigh if you use another needle size.
A hair tie (about 6-8cm diameter)
A tapestry needle
Optional: a crochet to cast (provisional cast on), or to sew the sides.
Optional: additional needles to cast off if you chose a provisional cast on
2 – Cast on your knitted scrunchie
To begin with, you must cast on 80 stitches (or enough stitches to go around your 40cm circular needle and join in the round). Th advantage of 80 is that it is a multiple of 2, 4 and 8, so you have many possibilities to choose your favorite stitch patterns! And if you need an odd number, just cast on 81 stitches 😉
You can cast on with the method of your choice. I will present here two different ways : the classic cast on and the provisional cast on.
It is the most basic and simple way to start a knitted scrunchie. It is easy but you might need to sew the ends.
You have to use a contrasting color yarn for the cast on, and then you start knitting directly on the stitches created.
3 – Knit your favorite stitch pattern
Now that we have cast on 80 stitches (or the amount you might need), it is time to actually knit the scrunchie !
You can choose the stitch patterns you prefer, even though I suggest not to choose lace stitches through which the hair tie might be visible. Also, before choosing the pattern don’t forget that the inside of the « donut » will be squished.
If you have cast on 80 stitches, you can choose any stitch pattern that is a repetition of 2, 4 or 8 stitches! If not, you can easily adapt the number of stitches to the pattern of your choice.
Then, for a « classical sized » knitted scrunchie, you will need to knit your stitch pattern for about8cm (3 inches). You can adapt this to the length of your choice.
Below are a few example of stitch patterns you could use.
Stockinette: an unavoidable classic!
Circular needles: Knit all stitches.
Straight needles: Knit one row, then purl the next row. Repeat these 2 rows.
Stop at about 8cm (or your desired length).
Seed stitch: for a nice textured knitted scrunchie
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