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One-Hour Crochet Face Masks: A Treasury of Stitch Patterns

Moira has been crocheting since she was 14 years old. She loves experimenting with small crochet projects.

There's plenty of stitches I would love to try but I just don't have anything functional to use them for. Because face masks are a necessity now to slow down virus transmission, I finally have the practicality I require to try these stitch patterns.

After studying some basic patterns for a crochet mask, I made several of my own. The main difference of my pattern from others is its allowance for the chin and nose.

This article includes the following:

  • Links to my free crochet mask pattern
  • How to adjust the pattern
  • Ear handle designs
  • How to place a filter insert
  • Crochet face mask care
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I took about an hour to crochet these face masks. You can take more or less time depending on your yarn weight and skill.

Gallery of My One-Hour Face Masks

Solid Stitch Patterns Treasury

Some of these are my favorites like the Starbust, Shell and Moss stitch. Others I've always been interested in but just never had the opportunity to use. I hope you like them.

Adjusting the Pattern

The foundation chain can be increased or decreased.

The later rows can have more or less repetitions of the stitch or the hdc's and sc's can be adjusted.


Ear Handle Designs

Design Remarks

Chain Only

This is good for heavier yarn weights. For lighter yarn weights, this will hurt your ears after awhile.

Chain and Sc's

If working with lighter yarn weights, its better to work sc's into a chain space. A thicker ear handle will protect your ears if you have to wear your mask for long periods.

Chainless Sc's

Chainless sc's results in an ear handle whose thickness is in between the first two designs.

Adjustable

Adding a length of chains and sc at the center of the ear handle will allow your crochet face mask to be used by persons with different sizes. My young children can use my face masks. I prefer this design because it removes the tension from your ears too.

Adjustable Ear Handle

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Lining the Mask with a Filter Insert

Crocheted face masks have large holes that makes it easy for the virus to get through. Adding a filter insert to a crochet face mask increases it effectiveness.

Research shows that quilter's cotton works best because it has smaller holes and it's breathable.

However if you don't have access to quilter's cotton, any cotton cloth will do.

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Crochet Face Mask Care

Caring for crochet face masks is just like caring for any crochet wearable. It is painful to have to throw your crochet work just because it wasn't laundered properly.

If you're new to crochet, these tips will help you.

  1. Use mild detergent to protect the colors of your yarn.
  2. Handwash only. Don't wring the crochet face mask. Otherwise your crochet work might get deformed.
  3. Do not use fabric conditioner. It will be too hard on your nose.
  4. Remove excess water by pressing the crocheted work in a towel to keep your face mask from sagging/deforming due to the water's weight.
  5. Do not hang in direct sunlight to protect the colors of your yarn.


Keep Safe and Wear a Crochet Face Mask

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Comments

Moira Durano-Abesmo (author) from Sagay, Camiguin, Philippines on April 28, 2020:

You're welcome! With the government touting about face masks everyday, this seems to be the most logical step for me.

Moira Durano-Abesmo (author) from Sagay, Camiguin, Philippines on April 28, 2020:

Thank you. I'm so excited to try different stitches.

Mitara N from South Africa on April 28, 2020:

A brilliant idea, I have seen many different masks during this course, but yours look fantastic and trendy.

Thank you for sharing

Nell Rose from England on April 28, 2020:

Hi, that is such a great idea! I love the patterns and different colors. And of course, the fact that there is space to put in a filler.