Helping Out During the Pandemic
Updated: Jun 2
This is day 21 of the Corona Virus pandemic and we are all in self isolation. During this time, I have been approached by nurses to make some relief items. Below you will find a pattern that is a headband where they can loop their surgical masks' ear loops behind their head instead of around the ears to provide them relief. I made these using 100% cotton yarn and sew buttons onto the end. My recommendation on yarn would be Lily Sugar n' Cream Cotton or Bernat Handicrafter Cotton.
Ch = Chain
Inc = Increase
InvDec = Invisible Decrease
Sc = Single Crochet
Dc = Double Crochet
Slst = Slip stitch
St = Stitch
F/O = Fasten off
[repeat everything within brackets]
Materials & Info Yarn:
Headband Ear Loop Holder (3.5 mm crochet hook):
Ch 20. Hdc into second loop from hook. Hdc all remaining sts except for the last st. 3 Hdc into last stitch. Hdc across on the other side of the chain (like how you would work the bottom of a baby's bootie). 3 Hdc into the last st. Slst into the first st and F/O.
In addition -- I have also been crocheting face masks. These face masks are recommended by the CDC (Canadian disease Center) to be used for the general public in addition to social distancing. I used acrylic yarn worsted weight with a 3.5 mm hook. You may use different yarn, and perhaps go with cotton!
Row 1: Ch29
Row 2: Sl st into 2nd ch from hook and into the next st. Sc in the next 4 sts. Hdc into the next 16 sts. Sc in the next 4 sts. Sl st into the last two sts. (28)
Row 3: Turn and repeat, working in back loops only.
Row 4: Repeat Row 3 six more times (or until the piece measures 5" or 12.5 cm -- depending on your gauge) continuing...
Ear loop: Ch 25. Sl st into the first row, first ch. F/O. Repeat on the other side.
Line the inside of your mask and sew it into place. I used cloth liners and put at least 5 pieces together to make it 5 ply.
Instead of sewing it into place, I used snap buttons to snap it into place so the liner can be washed and dried, or replaced altogether.
I hope you've enjoyed this pattern. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to leave it in the comments below.
UPDATE: now that the weather is getting warmer, these crochet masks makes area little difficult to breathe in. As a result, there is another type of masks that you can make with lighter fabric - like sewing. Check out this DIY sewing mask tutorial on how you can make your own. If you are interested to buy some fabric masks - you can check out some of my designs, now available for purchase on my Etsy Store.