Basic Crochet Stitches 

[If you’re completely new to crochet, you are highly recommend to watch the following tutorials on the basic crochet technique and stitches.]

The 4 basic crochet stitches we’ll be using: chain, single crochet, slip stitch and double crochet. 

 

Chain: 

  • Most crochet pieces start off with chaining, which is essentially creating a foundation for your stitches. 
  • To chain, we first create a slip knot and fasten it to our hook.
  • Next we do a yarn over and pull through the loop on the hook.
  • LINK TO SLIP KNOT AND CHAIN TUTORIAL:

 

Single Crochet (sc): 

  • To single crochet, we insert our hook through a stitch (it can be either both loops on the stitch that form a “V’ shape, or just 1 of the loops)
  • And then we grab the yarn and pull it through to form 2 loops on the hook. 
  • Next we yarn over and pull through both loops to form a single crochet. 
  • LINK TO SINGLE CROCHET TUTORIAL:

 

Slip Stitch (sl st): 

  • A slip stitch is like a single crochet, just without the yarn over. 
  • To slip stitch, we insert our hook through the stitch, and then we grab the yarn and pull through to form 2 loops on the hook. 
  • Next we take the 1st loop on the hook and pull in through the 2nd loop - this forms a slip stitch.
  • LINK TO SLIP STITCH TUTORIAL: 

 

Double Crochet (dc): 

  • Double crochet is essentially a double of a single crochet - it creates a taller stitch that has more stretch. 
  • To double crochet, we first do a yarn over, and then we insert the hook through a stitch.
  • And then we grab the yarn and pull it through to form 3 loops on the hook. 
  • Next we yarn over and pull through the first 2 loops on the hook. 
  • And then we yarn over again and pull through the last 2 loops on the hook to form a double crochet. 
  • LINK TO DOUBLE CROCHET TUTORIAL: 

 

 

HOW TO CROCHET A SCRUNCHIE


To crochet this scrunchie, we’ll be using: chain, slip stitch (sl st), single crochet (sc) and double crochet (dc).

Materials Needed: 

    • 4.5mm hook
    • 1 skein of milk cotton yarn
    • 3 thin hair elastics
    • Darning needle
    • Scissors

 

ROW 1: Single Crochet around the hair Elastics

Steps: 

  1. Slip knot and fasten your yarn to your hook
  2. Grab 3 thin hair elastics from the kit
    - Or if you prefer, you can use 1 thick hair elastic of your choice
    - Using 3 thin elastics will allow the scrunchie to maintain a good stretch whilst preventing breakage!
  3. Insert your hook through the elastics, grab the yarn and pull through to form 2 loops on your hook
  4. Yarn over and pull through both loops to form your single crochet (sc)
  5. Continue to sc around the elastics till you reach the 1st stitch
  6. Slip stitch (sl st) into the 1st stitch to end off the 1st row

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ROW 2: Increasing Double Crochets

Steps:

  1. To start the 2nd row, chain 2
  2. Next, we’ll need to put 3 double crochets (dc) into each stitch made from the 1st row of sc
    - To do so, yarn over and insert your hook through the 1st stitch, grab the yarn and pull through, you should have 3 loops on your hook
    - Yarn over and pull through the first 2 loops, yarn over again and pull through the last 2 loops to form your dc
    - Do 2 more dc in the same stitch, and repeat this set of 3 dc for all remaining stitches
  3. When you reach the end, sl st back into the 1st stitch to end off the 2nd row

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ROW 3: Adding A Row of Single Crochets (OPTIONAL)

Steps:

  1. If you are satisfied with your scrunchie after row 2, you can end off there and skip this 3rd row
  2. But if you’d like an even fluffier scrunchie, you can continue on with this 3rd row of sc
  3. Simply start this row with a chain 1, and add 1 sc into each stitch till you reach the end
  4. sl st into the 1st stitch to end off this 3rd row

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FINISHING THE SCRUNCHIE

Steps:

  1. To finish your work, cut off your yarn, but leave a little excess for weaving in
  2. With your darning needle, weave the ends through a few stitches, back and forth so that it’s secure
  3. Do the same with the yarn from the start of our scrunchie
  4. Snip off the remaining excess and you’re all done!

     
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    About ForFelise

    ForFelise.co is owned by Amanda, who's been running this crochet business since Circuit Breaker in 2020. Her vision for this brand is to grow into a sustainable fashion label and to create pieces inspired by her adventures from travelling in a van. Check out some of her beautiful creations over on her Instagram - @forfelise.co ✨