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Crochet Shells 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.

The plethora of crochet face masks out now mostly features basic stitches. However, face masks are going to be a necessity and we can't stay basic forever.

Try crocheting a face mask using solid shell stitches. This will be a more practical sampler than a washcloth under the pandemic episode of our history.

This pattern includes:

  • Tools and material
  • Written pattern
  • Recommended video for sewing a filter insert

Have fun!

Wear cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

— Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Material and Tools


  1. Cotton yarn


  1. 3.5-mm hook
  2. Needle
  3. Scissors

A light colored yarn will make stains visible and encourage you to change it often for better protection.

American Crochet Terminology

Single crochet
Half-double crochet
Double crochet
sl st
Slip stitch
Foundation Chain
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.

Shell Stitch

The following video will give you an idea how to crochet the shell stitches.

The shell stitch is such a lovely pattern in such lovely yarn.

Written Pattern

Foundation Chain (FC): Ch 40.

Row 1: Sk 1 ch, 17 sc, hdc, (3 dc in same st) 3x, hdc, 17 sc.

Row 2: Ch 1, 4 sc, 3 hdc, [sc, sk 2 sts, (5 dc in same st)] 5x, sc, 3 hdc, 4 sc.

Row 3: Ch 1, 4 sc, 3 hdc, 3dc in sc, [sc in middle dc of 5-dc group 5 dc in sc] 5x, sc in middle dc of 5-dc group, 3 dc in sc, 3 hdc, 4 sc.

Row 4: Ch 1, 4 sc, 3 hdc, sc in dc, [5 dc in sc, sc in middle dc of 5-dc group] 5x, sc in sc, 3 dc in 3dctog, 3 hdc, 4sc.

Row 5: Ch 1, 4 sc, 3 hdc, [sc, ch 2, 5dctog, ch 3] 5x, sc, 3 hdc, 4 sc.

Row 6-13: Repeat Row 2-5. Work the 5dc groups of Row 2 on the sc's.

Row 14: Ch 1, 17 sc, hdc, (3dctog) 3x, hdc, 17 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.

The following video shows how to line the mask with a filter insert. Watch it at 7:00 - 9:00.

Keep Safe and Wear a Crochet Face Mask

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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