One-Hour Crochet Face Masks: A Treasury of Stitch Patterns
There's plenty of stitches I would love to try but I just don't have anything functional to use them for. Because face masks are a necessity now to slow down virus transmission, I finally have the practicality I require to try these stitch patterns.
After studying some basic patterns for a crochet mask, I made several of my own. The main difference of my pattern from others is its allowance for the chin and nose.
This article includes the following:
- Links to my free crochet mask pattern
- How to adjust the pattern
- Ear handle designs
- How to place a filter insert
- Crochet face mask care
I took about an hour to crochet these face masks. You can take more or less time depending on your yarn weight and skill.
Gallery of My One-Hour Face Masks
Explore Different Stitches
I love everything I crochet. I want people to appreciate them. Making face masks for stitch samplers is just perfect.
Solid Stitch Patterns Treasury
Some of these are my favorites like the Starbust, Shell and Moss stitch. Others I've always been interested in but just never had the opportunity to use. I hope you like them.
- Crochet Starbust Face Mask
If you're bored with basic stitches, here's a fun pattern to try using Catherine wheels or starbust stitch
- Crochet Shells Face Mask
Crochet a face mask using solid shell stitches with this free crochet pattern
- Crochet Basketweave Face Mask
Crochet a textured face mask with the basketweave pattern
Adjusting the Pattern
The foundation chain can be increased or decreased.
The later rows can have more or less repetitions of the stitch or the hdc's and sc's can be adjusted.
Ear Handle Designs
This is good for heavier yarn weights. For lighter yarn weights, this will hurt your ears after awhile.
Chain and Sc's
If working with lighter yarn weights, its better to work sc's into a chain space. A thicker ear handle will protect your ears if you have to wear your mask for long periods.
Chainless sc's results in an ear handle whose thickness is in between the first two designs.
Adding a length of chains and sc at the center of the ear handle will allow your crochet face mask to be used by persons with different sizes. My young children can use my face masks. I prefer this design because it removes the tension from your ears too.
Adjustable Ear Handle
Lining the Mask with a Filter Insert
Crocheted face masks have large holes that makes it easy for the virus to get through. Adding a filter insert to a crochet face mask increases it effectiveness.
Research shows that quilter's cotton works best because it has smaller holes and it's breathable.
However if you don't have access to quilter's cotton, any cotton cloth will do.
How to Place a Filter Insert
I found three ways to to install a filter insert to a crocheted face mask. The first one is the quick way while the second requires sewing but will result into a more comfortable use. The third one is to crochet the filter insert but that would make the mask warmer. Choose your way.
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Crochet Face Mask Care
Caring for crochet face masks is just like caring for any crochet wearable. It is painful to have to throw your crochet work just because it wasn't laundered properly.
If you're new to crochet, these tips will help you.
- Use mild detergent to protect the colors of your yarn.
- Handwash only. Don't wring the crochet face mask. Otherwise your crochet work might get deformed.
- Do not use fabric conditioner. It will be too hard on your nose.
- Remove excess water by pressing the crocheted work in a towel to keep your face mask from sagging/deforming due to the water's weight.
- Do not hang in direct sunlight to protect the colors of your yarn.