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I’ve noticed a few crochet and knitting patterns for these face mask ear savers popping up recently and thought I’d have a go at making one myself. If you haven’t seen them before, they’re used to ease discomforted caused by surgical face masks. They sit at the back of the head and the straps of the mask hook around the buttons instead of your ears.

This is really quick project, you could easily have these finished in under half an hour. It’s also a great way to use up some scrap yarn as you only need a really small amount. I’ve used a DK weight yarn (Hayfield Bonus DK) and a 4 mm hook but you could definitely use a different weight yarn and the appropriate hook size.

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Two different colours of DK yarn

2 buttons






US Terms

ch – chain

sl st – slip stitch

dc – double crochet

trc – treble crochet

Back strap 

Ch 25

Row 1: dc in 3rd ch and all remaining chs, ch 3, turn.

Row 2: dc across

Fasten off


Create a magic circle, *ch 3, 3 tr, ch 3, sl st into middle of circle* repeat 4 more times.

Fasten off, do not completely close the magic circle, it should only be slightly smaller than your buttons.


Sew the flowers onto each end of the strap then add the buttons to the centre of the flowers Finally, weave in ends.


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