8 Crochet Face Mask Patterns
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DIY face masks are in high demand. If you haven't been able to find masks to purchase and can't sew, then crochet may be of help to you during times of need.
We've compiled a few of our favorite masks to crochet for this collection of 8 Crochet Face Mask Patterns. Find a few pretty but utilitarian mask options or fashionable and stylish face masks that you'll enjoy putting on every time it's needed.
When it comes to making your own mask protection, fabric masks are preferred because they do not have holes. However, crochet masks, especially with a filter pocket or fabric layers are the next best thing. Plus, these masks can be reused when the weather gets chilly.
So, take a look at the collection of DIY masks below and choose which one works the best for your skill level (though nearly all of these are beginner-friendly). There's even a few for children specifically.
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As a bonus to this list of crochet mouth masks, we're also sharing a few crochet ear savers. These fast little patterns help to keep the elastic from hurting the mask wearer's ears with prolonged wear.
Many crocheters are making masks and ear savers for charity or hospitals, along with their friends and family.
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.
What is the best yarn weight for face masks?
The best yarn weights for crocheted face masks is weight 3 which is light/DK or weight 4, which is medium/worsted weight/Aran. You don't want it too thick or too thin, which is why sticking to a light or medium weight yarn is best.
CDC Face Covering Information PDFs
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.
UPDATE 2/2021: From the CDC, "During January 2021, CDC conducted experimental simulations using pliable elastomeric source and receiver headforms to assess the extent to which two modifications to medical procedure masks:
1) wearing a cloth mask over a medical procedure mask (double masking) and 2) knotting the ear loops of a medical procedure mask where they attach to the mask’s edges and then tucking in and flattening the extra material close to the face (knotted and tucked masks), could improve the fit of these masks and reduce the receiver’s exposure to an aerosol of simulated respiratory droplet particles of the size considered most important for transmitting SARS-CoV-2." Learn more here.
DIY Face Mask
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Simple Face Mask
Crochet Face Mask Pattern
From our friends at FaveCrafts! This full exclusive pattern includes a basic and easy-to-understand crocheted face mask pattern that may help slow the spread of COVID-19 to others. Again, it's recommended to layer with another mask or liner.
PLUS! Crochet Face Mask Covering
Give your beautiful handmade projects to someone who will appreciate the thought and love that goes into your work, use up your yarn stash, and declutter your space as well.
Learn more about crochet charities here: Crocheting for Charity (What to Know in 2021)
BONUS! Crochet Ear Savers
Ear savers are must-haves for healthcare workers who are wearing masks for long periods of time. Whether you're crocheting a mask or not, making these quick accessories is a helpful gift for anyone with a mask that includes elastic loops. Below, we're sharing three of our favorite styles of ear savers so you can choose which you want to make.
Check out this extra Free Crochet Ear Saver Pattern!
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Krista Childers is the Senior Content Editor for AllFreeCrochet. She has a passion for creative writing and trying every craft at least once. Find more of her work here: Krista Childers
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