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This crochet ear saver pattern is both pretty and practical! It features a crochet braided stitch and is quick to work up.
This past spring many things changed as the world grappled with the outbreak of the Covid-19 virus. Many, like myself found that, very suddenly, their work situation and work spaces changed.
In Ontario, Canada, as libraries were shut down across the province, those librarians, technicians and assistants were given the option of being re appointed in local long term care homes and the need for assistance there had grown with the pandemic.
So as a librarian assistant, after finishing my maternity leave, I started working at one of the long term care homes in my community as a screener for COVID-19. This meant that I would be wearing a mask for extended periods of time during my shifts, and I was not alone! All the staff at the long term care homes and in many other work places across the province now require that their employees wear masks.
These masks can take a toll on your ears as I learned very quickly. Wanting to be more comfortable during my shifts, I decided to design myself a quick but pretty ear saver pattern. This is the pattern I’m going to share with you today!
These crochet ear savers feature a braided crochet stitch that is worked using puff stitches. I made them out of Patons Grace Yarn by Yarnspirations which is a 100% mercerized cotton yarn. This makes them soft and less likely to irritate when worn against your skin.
Wearing your Crochet Ear Saver:
They are slightly long than other ear savers, designed to sit just slightly behind your ears. This means that they are going to keep your mask snug around your face, but not pull it too tight.
There are two ways that I like to wear mine. The first is up higher on my head set over a pony tail:
The second way is just below my hair line on the back of my neck:
I’ve found both ways very comfortable!
The Pattern PDF:
The crochet pattern will be written out in full followed by a video tutorial. If you would like to add this pattern to your library or purchase an ad free PDF, you may do so from either my Etsy or Ravelry Shop linked below:
Thank you so much for stopping by! And until next time, happy crocheting!
Crochet Ear Savers Pattern:
Skill Level: Intermediate
Gauge: 10 puff stitches x 8 rows = 4 inches
Finished Size: Approximately 1.25 x 7 inches.
Yarn: Patons Grace® (100% Mercerized Cotton; 1.75 oz, 50 g; 136 yds, 125 m). Light Weight (3). You will need approximately 30 yards.
Hook: Size 4/E (3.5 mm) hook.
Notions: Yarn Needle, two buttons.
Stitches and Abbreviations:
Ch – Chain
Dc – Double Crochet
Puff St – Puff Stitch ([yo, insert hook into the st indicated, yo and draw up a loop] five times. Yo and draw through all loops on your hook)
Rpt – Repeat
Sc – Single Crochet
Sk – Skip
Sl st – Slip stitch
Yo – Yarn over
- Pattern is written in American English terms.
- Pattern is worked in rows lengthwise.
- Ch 1 at beg of row does not count as stitch.
- Ch 3 at beg of row counts as a dc, ch 1.
- Weave in ends as needed.
Free Crochet Pattern:
Row 1: Sc in the 2nd ch from hook and in each across; turn. (33 Sts)
Row 2: Ch 4, sk the next st, * dc in the next st, ch 1, now working back into the previous skipped st and around the post of the previous dc post work a puff st, ch 1, sk the next st; rpt from * across to the final 2 sts, dc in the final st. Turn. (15 puff sts)
Row 3: Ch 4, sk the next ch sp and puff st, * dc into the next ch sp, ch 1, puff st into the previous ch-1 sp working over the post of the previous dc, ch 1, sk the next puff st; rpt from * across, dc into the 3rd ch of starting ch-4. Turn. (15 puff sts)
Row 4: Ch 1, sc in the 1st st, * sc in the next ch-1 sp, sc the next puff st; rpt from * across, sc in the ch-4 sp, sc in the 3rd ch of the starting ch-4. (33 sc)
Fasten off. Weave in ends. Attach buttons to both ends.