Free Crochet Pattern: Sea Anemone Scrunchie

By Claire Golden – 4 Comments

Scrunchies are regaining their popularity, which makes me happy because they’re such a fun accessory. It’s a great way to spice up a plain ponytail or bun, and it’s a perfect stash-buster for those tiny balls of yarn. I made this scrunchie with some leftover purple yarn and the finished result reminds me of a sea anemone. Try it out and add some ruffly flair to your hair!

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Finished Size: Scrunchie measures approximately 4 1/2″ (11.5 cm) in diameter

Light Weight Yarn in 2 colors (approximately 30 yards of each)
Crochet Hook D (3.25 mm)
Ponytail holder approximately 2″ in diameter
crochet yarn size 3

12 dc = 2″
6 rows = 2″
Gauge Swatch: 2″w x 2″h (5 cm x 5 cm) ch 14
Row 1: dc in third ch from hook and in each ch across: 12 dc
Row 2 – 6: ch 2, turn, dc in each dc across: 12 dc
Finish off.

Note: Gauge is unimportant for this pattern; what matters is that the first round of stitches fills up the ponytail holder with a bit of ruffle. You can modify this pattern to work with bigger or smaller ponytail holders by adjusting the starting number of stitches. Just make sure it’s an even number.

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Crochet Pattern: Sea Anemone Scrunchie
Round 1: with color A, join yarn with a standing double crochet around the ponytail holder (note: the tutorial demonstrates a standing single crochet, but the principle is the same). 99 dc around the ponytail holder. (To work around the ponytail holder, simply insert your hook under it and complete the stitch as normal.) Sl st in first dc: 100 dc
Round 2: change to color B, ch 6 (counts as 1 dc and 3 ch), skip first 2 dc, dc in next dc, *ch 3, skip next dc, dc in next dc, repeat from * around, skip last dc, sl st in beginning ch-3: 50 dc, 50 ch-spaces
Round 3: ch 2, (dc, ch 1) 3 times in each ch-space around, sl st to first dc: 150 ch-spaces
Round 4: change to color A, ch 1, 3 sc in each ch-space around, sl st in first sc: 450 sc
Finish off and weave in ends.

Need help while crocheting? Feel free to leave a comment below and I’m happy to help!

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  1. Ellen Pilch says:

    That looks like a nice piece- quick too.

  2. Amy says:

    Too cute, Claire! I’d love for scrunchies to come back.

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