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6 Crochet Ear Saver Patterns

Protect ears when wearing masks for long periods of time. Use your skills to work up crochet ear savers to wear with face masks.

Updated September 11, 2020
5 Crochet Ear Saver Patterns

Ear savers (aka ear protectors or mask mates) are helpful for anyone who is wearing a face mask for hours on end.

Not only can elastic and other straps cause pain, but it can lead to infection if the skin is broken and not tended to.

These simple little accessories allow the elastic loops meant to go around the ears to go around the buttons on these crochet pieces instead. How creative! Not to mention that these patterns are fantastic scrap and stashbusters.

This collection of 6 Crochet Ear Saver Patterns includes several different designs and styles so you can choose your favorite. Many people have been making these for hospital and other essential workers as a way to say thanks and provide a little bit of relief.

Whether you're making a few for your family, friends, or to donate, you will find these free ear protector patterns to be just what you need.

PLUS! Find a few masks, headbands, other accessories, and a few helpful resources on this page, including this video right below that show you how to add embellishments to a crochet project using a button.

Crochet Ear Savers

From the designer: "Meet the most useful thing you might come across today: crochet ear savers! My venture into crochet ear savers came about when my good friend was lamenting on Facebook at how uncomfortable the mask she had to wear at the hospital was on her poor ears. I felt bad for her and for my husband too. There are several ear saving solutions out there, but of course, a crochet version spoke to my heart! So quick and fun to make out of scraps and most importantly they make mask-wearing so much more comfortable!"

Image shows a gray background and three ear savers in three colors: green, yellow, and blue.

Easy Ear Savers For Face Masks

From the designer: "This 10-minute Ear Savers pattern is a quick and easy DIY project that you can craft in less than 10 minutes for our frontline workers! Make one for a nurse, doctor, health provider, grocery store worker, and others who need to wear face masks on the regular. You are more than welcome to use my free crochet pattern for charity purposes. The PDF pattern includes instructions to guide you through the entire process with photo references and a link to the free video tutorial on the Sweet Softies Youtube Channel."

Image shows the back of a woman's head with a light green crochet ear saver holding elastic loops of a mask.

Tunisian Mask Mates / Ear Savers

From the designer: "A mask mate or an ear saver is an accessory that can be used with a face mask to prevent sore ears. Prolonged use of a face mask with elastic bands that go over the ears can make the ears very sore. There are a lot of health care workers who could benefit from using these mask mates because they have to wear such masks on a daily basis for long hours. These mask mates are made up of 100% cotton and are washable. They require a small amount of yarn and 2 buttons and are really quick to make!"

Image shows five different crochet ear savers (mask mates) piled upon one another.

Face Mask Ear Protector

From the designer: "During this hard time when everyone have to wear face masks I suggest making matching Crochet Face Mask Ear Saver that will help to avoid rushes and irritation behind ears. This is a good gift and 10 minute project for essential workers and other frontiers that support us today. The overall level of this Free crochet Ear protector strand is for total beginner and as a bonus you will find short video tutorial with step by step explanation."

Image shows two mask mates in pink and purple on a light background. Each has two teddy bear buttons on each end.

Crochet Face Mask Adapter With Or Without Buttons

Courtesy of FaveCrafts! From the designer: "Quick and simple Crochet Face Mask Adapter even if you don't have buttons in the house. This ear protector strap for face mask is a very easy project you can make in a few minutes and you can donate them to those who need them the most and show your support. I will show you how to make your own yarn buttons the easy way. Make as many ear protectors as you like and spread the love."

Image shows a wood background with four ear protectors in yellow. Two have crocheted yellow circles on the ends and two have black buttons on the ends. hands are holding one of the pieces.

Plarn Ear Savers

From the designer: "I have been trying to use up my existing yarn stash, rather than buying new yarn. One of the things in my yarn stash is a collection of plastic shopping bags that have holes in them, and are just waiting to be turned into plarn (AKA plastic yarn), and crocheted with."

Plarn Ear Savers

Looking for crochet mask patterns? Our collection of 6 Crochet Face Mask Patterns has you covered!

Editorial Notes: In settings where face masks are not available, healthcare professionals (HCP) might use homemade masks (e.g., bandana, scarf) for care of patients with COVID-19 as a last resort. However, homemade masks are not considered personal protective equipment (PPE), since their capability to protect HCP is unknown. Caution should be exercised when considering this option.

Homemade masks should ideally be used in combination with a face shield that covers the entire front (that extends to the chin or below) and sides of the face.

We are simply providing options for those looking but want to make it clear that this will not prevent you from spreading or contracting any viruses. It's up to you whether or not you want to wear a mask. We do suggest staying inside and away from others as much as possible during these troubling times. See right below for vital information from the CDC.
 

CDC Face Covering Information PDFs

For additional helpful information about masks, the CDC has provided three free PDFs concerning face coverings. Between these three charts, learn about face coverings compared to other types of masks, when and how to wear coverings, the do's and don'ts, and how to interact with others during a pandemic. Click the button below to download.
 

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