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Yesterday I uploaded a flowery ear saver and I was so happy with how it turned out that I decided to make another free pattern. I realised the buttons could be used as eyes and came up with this really simple owl pattern. It’s another small project which will only take a few minutes to work up. Not only do they look great but these little ear savers alleviate the soreness caused by surgical face masks.

I’ve used Hayfield Bonus DK yarn for this one but you can use any DK weight yarn you have (this is a great way to use some scrap yarn you have leftover). The buttons I used are roughly half an inch in diameter. However, the size of the buttons shouldn’t matter too much so you can use any.

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White, brown and yellow DK yarn

2 buttons



4mm hook


US Terms

ch – chain

sl st – slip stitch

sc – single crochet

hdc  half double crochet

dc – double crochet

trc – treble crochet

Inc – 2 single crochet in same stitch

Back strap 

Using brown yarn ch 15, trc in 4th ch and all remaining chs, 6 trc in final ch. DO NOT TURN, continue working down the opposite side of the chain. Trc in every ch, 5 trc in final ch, sl st with 1st st.

Fasten off


Round 1:  Using white yarn 6 sc into a magic ring. (6)

Round 2: 6 inc (12)

Round 3: *1 sc, inc* Repeat to end of round, sl st with 1st sc of round (18)

Fasten off


In yellow yarn ch 5, sc in 2nd ch from hook, hdc, dc, trc.

Fasten off


Sew the eyes onto each end of the strap then add the buttons to the centre of the eyes and sew the beak on in the middle. Finally, weave in the ends.


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