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Crochet Basketweave Face Mask

Updated on April 28, 2020
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Moira has been crocheting since she was 14 years old. She loves experimenting with small crochet projects.

I have long wanted to crochet this pattern but I get confused when I reach Row 3. This was the time when I only have access to a written pattern. Thank God for the internet!

Now I've written a pattern for a face mask using the challenging basketweave pattern.

THE TIME HAS come to start covering your face... The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommends all citizens voluntarily wear a cloth face mask for essential trips out of the house to... most places.

— Medea Giordano and Jeffrey Van Camp, Wired

Light colored cotton yarns will make stains visible, prompting you to change your crochet face mask often.

Material and Tools

Material

  1. Cotton yarn

Tools

  1. 3.5mm crochet hook is used on this pattern but you can other sizes depending on you skill
  2. Needle
  3. Scissors

American Crochet Terminology

Abbreviation
Meaning
Remarks
ch
Chain
 
sk
Skip
 
st
Stitch
 
sc
Single crochet
 
hdc
Half double crochet
 
dc
Double crochet
 
sl st
Slip stitch
 
FC
Foundation chain
 
bptr
Backpost treble crochet
Complete stitch around the back post of stitch indicated
fptr
Frontpost treble crochet
Complete stitch around the front post of stitch indicated
dctog
Double crochet together
The indicated stitches together. Ex. 3dctog - holding back the last loop of all the stitches, make first stitch of space indicated (2 loops on hook), make second stitch into the stitch or space indicated (3 loops on hook), make the third stitch (4 loops on hook). Yarn over, pull through all 4 loops on hook.

Pattern Notes

The basketweave pattern usually uses front-post and back-post dc's in groups of three (3) with an effective height of an hdc.

However, this pattern uses tr's in groups of four (4) so that the stitches will have an effective height of a dc.

The video below shows this pattern being worked in dc's in groups of four (4) with a chain in between each group. This is to give you an idea how to work the front-post and back-post tr if you're new to it.

Adjusting the Pattern

To lengthen or shorten the width of the pattern, add or subtract 4 ch's in the foundation chain. This will become 4 dc's in the later rows.

To lengthen or shorten the length, repeat Row 3-6 as needed.

Written Pattern

Foundation Chain (FC): Ch 39.

Row 1: Sk 1 ch, 15 sc, 3 hdc, (4 dc in same st) 2x, 3 hdc, 15 sc.

Row 2: Ch 1, 4 sc, 4 hdc, 28 dc, 4 hdc, 4 sc.

Row 3: Ch 1, 4 dc, 4 hdc, 4 bptr, [4 fptr, 4 bptr] 3x, 4 hdc, 4 sc.

Row 4: Repeat Row 3.

Row 5: Ch 1, 4 dc, 4 hdc, 4 fptr, [4 bptr, 4 fptr] 3x, 4 hdc, 4 sc.

Row 6: Repeat Row 5.

Row 7-10: Repeat Row 3-6.

Row 11-12: Repeat Row 3-4.

Row 13: Ch 1, 15 sc, 3 hdc, (4dctog) 2x, 3 hdc, 15 sc.

Working the ear handles:

Ch 23, sl st all stitches of FC,

ch 23, sl st all stitches of Row 14,

25 sc in ch-23 sp, sl st all stitches of FC,

25 sc in ch-23 sp, sl st all stitches of Row 14.

Weave in loose ends.

Adding a Filter Insert

A filter insert increases the protection of a DIY mask. Watch the following video at 7:00-9:00 to see how it's done.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Moira Durano-Abesmo

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