One thing I never even dreamed I would be making, but unfortunately are now a thing of the world with Covid-19 – Crochet Ear Savers or “Mask Mates”
I’ve made a lot of these over lockdown for key workers, friends and family too.
But never wrote up the pattern (Sound familiar).
But with masks being made mandatory for a lot of people outside of the home, I’ve been asked a few times by friends what pattern I use to make my ear savers.
They are great for people with hearing aids too! As they still wear their hearing aids – but stay safe at the same time.
Sizing – you can make them smaller (if your mask is too loose) or bigger (if it’s too tight) too.
So here you go. Please saved the Pin below for later ??
Tips for Crochet Ear Savers
Use the right hook for your yarn as stated on the ball band.
For longer or shorter ones – chain more or less (smaller = 17, larger 21 or x-large 23)
Buttons should be at least 2cm in diameter
Buttons should be plastic (so they can be washed)
Don’t sew your ends in – use these to sew the buttons on
Use cotton not acrylic yarn – it doesn’t stretch, and can be safely washed at 60 degrees C
If you want to pin this for later please use the picture below
Pattern – USA terms
ch – chain
HDC – Hald Double crochet
sc – Single crochet
SS – Slip stitch
2cm or bigger buttons x 2
To start making an Mask Mate
In the 2nd ch from the hook make 1 sc, 1 sc in the next 16 ch, 3 sc in the end chain. Turn and work back along the ch, making 1 sc in each of the next 17 sts, 2 sc in the final chain. SS to join.
ch 2, 1 HDC in the base of the chain. 1 HDC in next 17st along. 2 HDC in each of the next 3 sts, 1 HDC in next 17st, 2 HDC in each of the last 2 sts from the previous round. ss to join. Fasten off leaving a long end for sewing the buttons on.
Using your tails, sew on the buttons. You will need to move your yarn for the end where you’ve fastened off, just make a small stitch to move this to the end of the first row.
You don’t have to make them all one colour too.
There you go – stay safe everyone.