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Wednesday, 11 January 2017

FUN CURLY WURLIES or SCRUNCHIES FOR HAIR

crochet scrunchies

crochet scrunchies


FUN CURLY WURLIES or SCRUNCHIES FOR HAIR
( #Blogaday 11/365 )

I am going to attend a wedding shortly and I thought that I’d take a little gift for the niece of the bride.  That young thing has been the ‘princess’ of the house all along, and on the wedding day, someone is going to steal her thunder.. so thought I’d add a little rainbow there for her ;)

I battled between this title and ‘fun wiggly squigglies for the hair’ for this blog... and curly wurlies won .. LOL ;)

Materials used : Today I’ve used some of our lovely Indian Oswal Cashmilon 4-ply yarns with a 4 mm crochet hook 

Abbreviations used :
fsc : Foundation single crochet                                 dc : Double crochet
ch : chain                                                                   ch-sp : chain space
sp : space                                                                   rep : Repeat
  

Stitches used :
fsc : Foundation Single Crochet : To refresh your skill on the fsc, please view this superb video by Tamara Kelly at the link  http://www.mooglyblog.com/foundation-single-crochet-fsc/

Hdc : Half Double Crochet : yo, insert hk into st ; yo (3 lps on hk), yo, draw through all 3 lps.  One hdc made.

Foundation half double crochet : A really lovely way to start a foundation row of chainless double crochet.  This unique way of starting makes your project even https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90iUfQ-_1IM

Chainless dc start : Instead of the usual start with ch 2 or ch 3, I’d like to introduce this lovely new way of starting a dc row.  Do take a look at this self-explanatory super video http://www.mooglyblog.com/chainless-starting-double-crochet/
In case you are unhappy with this start, or do not like it, do continue with the usual ch-2 or ch-3 start.  However, all instructions will be given assuming that you are using the chainless dc start.

Here is a sizing chart for general head sizing :
 
How to join the two ends of your work : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUGb9pIcsXE



Instructions using U.S terminology
Curly wurly 1

crochet scrunchy

crochet scrunchy


I just made a lovely beanie with some lovely squiggly wiggly stuff off the top of the beanie, and thought that this would be a superb addition to a rubber band. 
What do you need ?
One rubber band ; bits of yarn (as multicolored as you can get) and a 4 mm crochet hook (or a hk for the yarn size you’re using)

This first curly wurly scrunchy is made with a long chain that you start with and then work sc (or hdc) all the way down.  Changing the number of sts you work in each chain gives it a nice spiral squiggly wiggly finish, and it is so simple, that you’ll have a laugh making these up.  They make up really fast, can be made to any length and with any yarn.  So come along and see how we get this done.
Oh, as this is just a 2 row instruction, I am just going to write it out as a paragraph.

Attach the yarn securely to the rubber band to start, and then we’ll work a chain of say 27-30 sts from it.  The number of stitches does not matter.
 You decide on how long you want your squiggly wiggly and work that many chain.
Note :  Remember that you need to weave in the start bit of yarn into the chain, so that when you work your sc, you will have the ends neatly secured and reduce the amount of glue you’d need to fasten ends for a neat finish.  ;)

At the end of the chain, turn and work 3 sc in the 2nd ch from hk ; (2 sc in the next ch ; 3 sc in the next ch) ; rep (to) all the way down to the end. Check Note*
When you reach the rubber band, work one sc going around the rubber band to secure your yarn and then fasten off.
Note*Altering the number of sts you work in each ch is what makes your spirals.  So if you’re working with a thicker yarn, you could work in 2 sts and 1 st alternating (as against 3 sts and 2 sts mentioned above) and still get a spiral. So play with the number of stitches and watch your spiral grow.

Now before you fasten off decide if you are going to use this color again for the next spiral .. if yes, you could keep the yarn, and work it once again after you’ve added another color.  So you then work the second color and slip your 1st color along (like you would do when using 2 colors regularly), and after you work Color 2, you could switch Color 1 in again.
You could also fasten off Color 1, add in the next color yarn and keep going, probably returning to a color you’ve used before. The only worry with this is that you will have a lot more ends to weave in and glue neatly away.. but these are not crucial to the pattern, so go ahead .. create and be different!

Finally, once you’ve made one squiggly wiggle, you’ll know what length you have with the number of stitches you’ve started with, so just play with the number of stitches and get different lengths – and they’ll look totally adorable when they bob atop your lil girls head .. a rainbow flurry of colour!


Curly wurly 2

crochet scrunchy

crochet scrunchy


For the next pattern, I used this free flower scrunchie pattern from Meladora’s blog at http://www.meladorascreations.com/crocheted-flower-petal-scrunchie-free-crochet-pattern/  and this is the cute inspiration 



I followed this pattern as per the instructions, but when I worked my project, I did one extra row.  So the 1st row is just sc all around the rubber band till it is neatly covered.  The number of sc does not matter.  I then worked the petals around a few of the sc and thought that I needed MORE petals.. which meant that I needed more sc.  So I ripped out the petals I’d made and added one more round of sc, increasing sc every few sts.  There is no specific order or requirement on how many you need to increase. I just decided to throw in an extra sc every 3rd or 4th st, without counting.  As it is, when you make your petals, you work two petals per sc.
So before you rush off, here’s what you could do.  Count that first round of sc that you have worked to cover your rubber band, and multiply by 2.  This will be the number of petals you have around… and then you can decide if you want to increase the sc in that first cover round itself.  Of course, you could follow my (mistake) beaten path and work a few petals, see if you think the squiggly wiggly madness is good enough, and then decide on your next course of action too ;)  After all, the creativity and fun of an end product is in this madness .. so have fun and spread smiles.

Curly wurly 3

crochet scrunchy

crochet scrunchy


For my final creation, I used this free pattern for a scrunchie from
http://www.crochetandknitting.net/crochet-pattern/knitting-patterns/extra-full-dbl-sided-ruffled-scrunchie/  and inspired by this photograph



I have added a photo tutorial as well as a You-tube video here to (hopefully) get you to understand how I worked this scrunchie.

I personally think that the multicolor yarn has added to the ooh-effect for this pattern, but I also think this lovely pattern will look fabulous no matter which yarn used.  Before I go any further, let me reiterate that this is not my pattern and I have added a video only to make it simpler for me to remember what I did with this creation .. and if it helps someone else along as well, then Yaay!

OK, so for this final pattern, I am not sure if I have done exactly what the designer intended, but I like what I have ended up with.  I could be right and this is what the designer intended, in which case Yaay! And if I have made something different, then Yaay for you as you have two patterns with this one link. J


I started with the magic circle per pattern (trc + ch 1)

I worked 9 trc in the 1st trc (after sl-st and going down to the end of the 1st trc)

This is the next trc.  On the right you can see the 9 trc worked on the 1st st, and then I have grabbed that 2nd trc of Round 2.

I have now worked 2 trc on that 2nd st (yes, confusing because all of them are trc, but the 9 trc are now being worked around the trc of the 1st round.  See?)

I have now completed the trc around the back, and here you can see the front part of the 9 trc and the second set of trc being worked from around the back - making this long 18-trc set look like a wing.

For the 2nd ruffle, grab the next trc around the back, and turning your hook and project, work 9 trc from around the back to the top (and then front)

I have completed the 9 trc for the 2nd ruffle around the back, and now work 9 trc around the front of the next trc.

and here are two completed ruffles.  So basically start working your trc for 1st ruffle, go around the top and onto the back to complete one ruffle.  Start the next ruffle around the back, work around the top and front to complete the next ruffle and so on.  Sounds complicated, but you need to just pick up your hook and work it!

and here's a quick You-tube video at https://youtu.be/Oas63RaJ65I


So I worked the magic circle and then the trc ; ch 1 all around.  
I then turned my work 90˚ and worked along the trc as instructed.  For the 1st trc, we work down to the end of the st (closest to the rubber band, so to say), and work back up to the end of the scrunchie, working 9 trc in each vertical bar of the trc.  Then I worked the other part of the stitch around the back of the scrunchie, picking up the next trc that logically comes to your left.
So basically, you are working to the left, as we always do – and working 9 trc in one trc along one side till you reach the end, flipping around and working the next 9 trc along the next trc to the left.  18 trc therefore create one beautiful flap or petal of this pattern. 
This is why the designer said at the start that you need an even number of trc, because each petal or ruffle has two parts along 2 trc.  Got it?

Once I got this figured, I marveled at the imagination of the designer who has thought this through, but I do wish there was a video link.. so here’s what I have done to make my creation.  I hope this works for you too.

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