Friday, June 19, 2020

Ear Saver Mask Buddy


It's official. Masks are the new normal. If you are a health care worker, safety or city employee, or working in any other industry requiring staff to wear masks during an entire shift, then you understand why an ear saver may become your new favorite crocheted accessory. 

I'm a teacher and a mom to two boys, and we do not yet know what school and classrooms will look like come August when school resumes. But one thing is certain: if masks are part of the new school uniform, you can bet my boys will use the mask buddies!

Size Medium pictured here.

This simple, quick crochet project works up super fast and easy. I've created the pattern instructions for three different sizes, in hopes that one of them will fit your needs and protect the back of your ears from being rubbed by the elastic straps found on most common face masks. #staysafe #wearthemask

Sizes: Small, Medium, Large, X-Large

Skill Level: Easy

Worsted or cotton yarn (Caron Cakes pictured)
Tapestry needle

Hook size: I/5.50 mm 
(Adjust your hook according to yarn weight.)

CH = chain
SC = single crochet
HDC = half double crochet
JOIN = sl st to first stitch of round
RND = round
SL ST = slip stitch
SP = space
4 hdc = 1" across 
2 rows = 1" height 

Start first stitch in the same space as starting chain. 
This pattern is worked in the round, joining to the first stitch at end of each round.
You could use just about any weight of yarn, and adjust your hook size accordingly. 

Size Guide: 
Small: 10+2
Medium: 15+2
Large: 20+2
X-Large: 25+2

Chain: 10+2 (Use the size guide above for your starting chain. Follow and adjust pattern accordingly.)
Rnd 1: hdc in 3rd chain from hook, hdc 8 (13/18/23), 5hdc in last chain, turn piece to hdc 8 (13/18/23) down the opposite side, 4 hdc in last chain space, join to first hdc of round, ch 1. (26 sts)
Rnd 2: sc in same space as chain 1, sc 11 (16/21/26) across, 2 sc in next space, sc 1, 2 sc in next space, sc 11 (16/21/26) down the opposite side, 2 sc in next space, sc 1, 2 sc in next space, join to first sc of round 2. (32 sts)
Break yarn, leave tail to sew on button.

Sew buttons to each end of oval shape. (I used 3/4" buttons on ear savers pictured here.)
Instead of wrapping elastic straps around ear, wrap around each button on your new comfy ear saver!


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