Bloom’s Creative Corner with Pernille Soeholm

As I found myself stuck in the third round of isolation, I was determined to make the most out of the period. Not only for my sanity but also purely for my well being. I somehow had the need to feel accomplished in one way or another. Isolation does weird things to your brain, I’m telling you. I bet anyone who has gone through isolation can relate. 

Credit: Pernille Soeholm

Anyhow, I decided it was time to pick up a new skill; crocheting. Many years ago I had tried to take up knitting which was an extremely short-lived hobby as neither my patience nor my ten thumbs were collaborating. Therefore, if I could manage to learn how to crochet in this period, I would be thrilled. Fast-forward a couple of months; I’m crocheting cloths, coasters and other various wee projects. Who would’ve thought?  

Whether you’re brand new to crocheting or already the king of the castle, these scrunchies are a fun, wee project to get started on. And with Christmas around the corner, they work excellently as little presents too. It’s easy, quick and small hiccups can easily be hidden and forgotten. Interested? Let’s get started! 

What you need:

  • Yarn
  • Crochet hook 
  • Scissor
  • Needle (for weaving in ends)

NOTE: Make sure to match the crochet hook with the right size of yarn. The yarn will say what sized hook you should use, so no need to eyeball it. For the scrunchies featured here, I have used organic cotton and acrylic yarn with a crochet hook size 3 and 4 respectively. Although acrylic makes wonderful scrunchies, it is a synthetic yarn made from plastic, so I would highly suggest using either recycled acrylic or natural yarns instead. 

credit: Pernille Soeholm

This pattern has two variations, one smaller scrunchie and one larger. Depending on the yarn you use, the size will vary and you can therefore pick and choose whichever pattern suits the yarn and your hair the most.

How to:

  1. Make a slipknot.
  2. Insert the hook into the hair tie and make a double crochet to attach. Continue doing double crochets all around the hair tie. Make sure to push the stitches together so they cover the hair tie completely. The more you do, the wigglier the scrunchie will be. Finish the round with a slipstitch.
  3. Now do three chain stitches. Then do two treble crochets in the same stitch. Afterwards, do three treble crochets in every stitch. Continue all the way around the hair tie and finish with a slipstitch. 
  4. VARIATIONS: The next step will vary depending on if you do a small or a big scrunchie. For the small scrunchie, do one double crochet in every stitch around the hair tie. Fasten off and weave in ends. For the big scrunchie, repeat step three except this time only do two treble crochets in every stitch. Fasten off and weave in ends.
  5. And voila, one wonderful scrunchie!   

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