How to Crochet Ear Savers for Face Masks – Free Pattern

Learn how to crochet ear savers for face masks with this easy step-by-step tutorial. Even beginners will be able to make DIY ear savers in less than 10 minutes. They’re perfect for donating to essential workers or anyone who has to wear a face mask for extended periods of time.

three types of ear savers for face masks

If you wear a face mask for extended periods of time, you might have noticed they can irritate the backs of your ears. The elastic ear loops that hold the mask in place can chafe delicate skin, leading to irritation.

Luckily, it’s easy to prevent sore ears by wearing a face mask with one of these easy crochet ear savers.

Don’t know how to crochet? You might be interested in one of these other ear saver patterns instead!

Materials

Here are the supplies you’ll need for this project.

  • worsted weight yarn. I chose Lily Sugar’n Cream cotton yarn for this project because I wanted the ear savers to be washable and durable.
  • size G 4.0mm crochet hook. I sized down for this project because I wanted a tight fabric that wouldn’t stretch out over time.
  • two buttons, larger than 1/2 inch
  • needle and thread, to sew on the buttons
  • yarn needle, to sew in the ends
  • stitch markers, if desired
  • ruler or tape measure, if desired
three types of diy ear savers

Ear Saver Crochet Pattern

Difficulty: Beginner to Easy

Finished Size: 5″ long by 1.5″ wide.

Remember, the finished item will stretch a bit with wear.

To make the ear saver longer or shorter, add or subtract stitches from the starting chain. For each inch you’d like to add to the finished size, add 4 stitches to the starting chain.

Stitches and Abbreviations

  • st/sts – stitch/stitches
  • ch – chain
  • sc – single crochet
  • hdc – half double crochet

Instructions

chain of ear saver pattern

Ch 18.

Round 1: Make 2 hdc into the 3rd st from the hook. Work 14 hdc. Make 4 hdc into the last ch st.

Turn the piece 180 degrees to work around the opposite side of the chain. (Rotate it, don’t flip it to the wrong side.)

Work 14 hdc. Make 2 hdc in the last ch. Join to the top of the first hdc with a sl st.

Round 1 in easy crochet ear saver pattern

Round 2: Ch 1. Make 2 sc into the same st. Make 2 sc into the next st. Work 14 sc. Make 2 sc into each of the next 4 sts. Work 14 sc. Make 2 sc into each of the next 2 sts. Join to the top of the first sc with a slip st.

Cut yarn and fasten off. Weave in ends.

If you have buttons with large holes that will accommodate the worsted weight yarn, you could use the yarn ends to sew in the buttons.

round 2 in crochet pattern for ear saver

More likely, however, you will need to use regular sewing thread to sew on the buttons to each end. Make several passes with the needle and thread to ensure the buttons are sewed on securely.

crochet mask ear saver

Other Ways to Make Ear Savers

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Crochet Ear Savers

Crochet Ear Savers

Yield: 1
Active Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Learn how to crochet ear savers for face masks with this easy step-by-step tutorial. Even beginners will be able to make DIY ear savers in less than 10 minutes. They're perfect for donating to essential workers or anyone who has to wear a face mask for extended periods of time.

Materials

  • worsted weight yarn, like Lily Sugar'n Cream cotton yarn
  • two buttons, larger than 1/2 inch

Tools

  • size G 4.0mm crochet hook
  • needle and thread, to sew on the buttons
  • yarn needle, to sew in the ends
  • stitch markers, if desired
  • ruler or tape measure, if desired

Instructions

  1. Ch 18.
  2. Round 1: Make 2 hdc into the 3rd st from the hook. Work 14 hdc. Make 4 hdc into the last ch st. Turn the piece 180 degrees to work around the opposite side of the chain. (Rotate it, don’t flip it to the wrong side.) Work 14 hdc. Make 2 hdc in the last ch. Join to the top of the first hdc with a sl st.
  3. Round 2: Ch 1. Make 2 sc into the same st. Make 2 sc into the next st. Work 14 sc. Make 2 sc into each of the next 4 sts. Work 14 sc. Make 2 sc into each of the next 2 sts. Join to the top of the first sc with a slip st.
  4. Cut yarn and fasten off. Weave in ends.
  5. Use a regular sewing thread to sew on the buttons to each end. If you have buttons with large holes that will accommodate the worsted weight yarn, you could use the yarn ends to sew in the buttons.

Notes

Stitch Abbreviations

  • st/sts – stitch/stitches
  • ch – chain
  • sc – single crochet
  • hdc – half double crochet

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6 thoughts on “How to Crochet Ear Savers for Face Masks – Free Pattern”

  1. Would this ear saver fit only adults, or can it be used for children too? I’m trying to figure out a way for my 4-year-old to be more comfortable with his mask around the ears, so this crochet project looks very interesting to me

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    • I designed this to fit adults, but I think you can easily adapt it for children. Is he going to use a kid-sized mask with elastic ear loops? What I would do is have him wear the mask and pull back the ear loops so you can see how long you want the finished piece to measure. Then, you can subtract stitches from the starting chain to get the right size.

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