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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Scrunchies [2]: Crochet around hair elastic ties and make crocheted mini roses to your scrunchies.

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Scrunchies have been one of my favorite item to crochet. They are perfect to manage my various scrap yarn, yet easy and quick to make. Furthermore, no serious counting during the making. It is great a gift and sell well too!
A while ago, I had been lost on Pinterest looking for ideas for my scrunchies, but things I found was the 'old school' one and the other seem too complicated.
I wanted to add flowers to my scrunchies, and there is no one..

I have made dozens scrunchies with spirals, beads and my favorites edging patterns here. And now I want to go further, creating another creative scrunchies I can make!
So here it is...
I do not have any video tutorial for this, but I really hope the pictures and words can be easy enough for you to follow.

Materials needed to make scrunchies are:

1. Two skeins of yarn. One for the roses (pink), and the other (green) to make the leaves background. Actually, we can pick any colors, even we can do the roses and the background in the same color, but here I make them in contrast color because it is going to be a lot easier for me to explain.
2. A scissor.
3. Crochet hook. I used 2.5 mm.
4. Tapestry needle.
5. A hair tie. 

1. Basic stitch.

First thing in  scrunchie making is wrapping the hair tie. In my first tutorial of scrunchies here, I used bigger crochet hook and double the yarn in the purpose of covering the hair tie as quick as possible. For now, we will do two things together, wrapping the hair tie and make roses. 

The beginning.

# make a knot just like as we start to crochet, and chain around the hair tie 5 times.
I used hair tie that has diameter around 4 cm, for this size of hair tie we are going to add 8-10 roses on the top.

I strongly suggest to use 100% acrylic yarn to crochet the roses. Soft cotton is not sturdy enough to maintain the shape and ended up like curly edging. Earlier, I tried to add more roses (like 18 roses for the hair tie using cotton). It is still pretty, but too curly and hard to be recognized as rose's shape. Lets have a look how I crochet around the hair ties and start making roses.
This picture depicts the knot to begin 5 first chains to cover the hair tie.
It is similar to usual chaining, but aims to covering hair tie and making backbone  for the roses.

2. Making the roses.

# After the knot was made, continue to chain 5 times around the hair tie (see picture below).

# Chain 7 times upward to make the rose's petals foundation chains.

# Do half double crochet at the third chain from edge.
# Add more 2 half double crochet at the same chain.

# Then chain twice.

# Slip stitch at the same chain. Now we have our first rose petal done.

# To start the second petal on the next foundation chain, start with slip stitch, followed by chain twice, 3 times half double crochet, chain twice again then slip stitch on exactly same foundation chain where the second petal was made. Repeat these step to make third and fourth rose petals on next following chains.

# Once we have 4 petals, then do slip stitch into the second petal's foundation chain. This step will create 1 centre petal which is surrounded by other 3 petals we had made.

# Then chain 2.

# Chain 5 times again around the hair tie.

# Repeat the steps of rose petal making and the 5 times chaining around hate tie until we have 8 roses. At the last rose, after chaining 2 chains, do slip stitch to the first start chain.

# When it is finished, we will have 8 roses and 8 sets of 5 chains around the hair tie. Then fasten off, and cut the yarn.

3. Making leaves or background.

For the background, basically we can do anything you like. It could be using leave pattern, edging, or even just covering hair tie, and leave it as if.
Notice that there are holes or uncovered parts between the roses we can see from the back? There background or leaves should be placed.
Let's cover it!

Leafy background

* Change yarn to green and make knot.
Do 5 chains around hair tie at the empty/uncovered gap on the hair tie. I recommend to do it at the same point where we start making the roses earlier.

* After 5 chains filling the gap, then chain 10 upward.

* Then slip stitch into the middle of pink 5 chains around hair tie.

* Chain 7 times up upward.

* Then make the leaf following this pattern.
after we have 7 basic leaf foundation chains, continue creating the leaf following this pattern.
1. Chain 1
2. Half double crochet/hdc (US term)
3. Double crochet/dc (US term)
4. Treble crochet/tc (US term)
5. Double crochet/dc (US term)
6. Half double crochet/hdc (US term)
7. Slip stitch (shown by black dot on the picture below)
When it is finished we can see one side of the leaf had been created.

Continue making the other side of the leaf by repeating the same pattern.

* Fold the leaf, and go to the back of it. Chain 1, slip stich at any back bone-leaf you can find. Do it 4 to 5 times until you reach the end of the leaf.

* Then chain 10 upward.

* Slip stitch in the empty gap, and start chain 5 again to fill it and covering the hair tie. Continue working on the gap and create the leaves until you cover all the hair tie.

When it is finished, we should have 8 flowers and 8 leaves.

This scrunchies made with combination of milk cotton(shocking pink) for the flowers and 100%cotton  for the background( navy blue). The roses are not really sturdy but still pretty tho.

The flowers of this scrunchies was made using acrylic, but the background is not leafy motif.
I am so excited to share another scrunchies I created with all of you!
And if you all find any difficulties regarding to this, feel free to contact me or just drop comments.
I am thinking to prepare like pdf file for all subscribers who wants to print it and keep it in their folders. Just comments, subscribe and leave your e-mail if you wish the file.

Earlier in this post I suggest to make the roses using 100% acrylic than cotton. But then I found lion brand 24/7 cotton yarn which is able to maintain the roses shape! And guess what, it turns out very beautiful. Let the picture do the justice. For this project I used 2 crochet hooks, 4.5 mm to crochet the roses, and 2.5 mm for the leafy background.
Have fun ladies!