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Easy Ear Savers for Face Masks (Free Crochet Pattern + Video Tutorial)

Dear fellow crocheters,

If you're looking for a way to help our frontline workers during this crazy time through the magic of crochet, you can do so by making these EAR SAVERS!

Ear savers are super functional tools to help protect the ears from chafing when wearing a medical face mask. These are a great item to donate to hospitals, health centers, grocery stores, and the like to show our support.  Make one today for a nurse, doctor, healthcare provider, medical professional, grocery store worker, and other frontline workers!


The awesome thing about this DIY project is that it can be completed in about 7-8 minutes, depending on how quickly you sew those buttons on. ;)  Who doesn't love a project that takes under 10 minutes?

To add on to that, the PDF pattern is FREE to download if you want a printable copy, PLUS I have a complete video tutorial of the step-by-step instructions for this beginner crochet pattern.  Scroll down for both.

If you like this design of mine, you can check out the other free patterns that I share on my blog!

You can also PIN it for later!


Free Crochet Pattern

Copyright Notice -- © 2020 Sweet Softies (www.sweetsofties.com). You have permission to sell finished products made from this pattern, but you must credit Sweet Softies as the owner/creator of this pattern by linking to my website (www.sweetsofties.com) or Facebook page (www.facebook.com/SweetSofties). No wholesale. You may not copy, alter, or sell my patterns in part or in whole in any way. My patterns may not be used in teaching online classes. My patterns may be used in teaching in-person classes ONLY with written consent from me. You may link to this pattern but you may not copy any part of the pattern instructions on other websites.

This 10-minute Ear Savers pattern is a quick and easy DIY project that you can craft in less than 10 minutes for our frontline workers!  Make one for a nurse, doctor, health provider, grocery store worker, and others who need to wear face masks on the regular.

You are more than welcome to use my free crochet pattern for charity purposes.The length of your Ear Savers can also be easily adjustable by adding or decreasing stitches in your starting chain.  Your tension and use of a larger or smaller hook can also affect the finished size.

This pattern includes instructions to guide you through the entire process with photo references and a link to the free video tutorial on the Sweet Softies Youtube Channel (www.youtube.com/SweetSofties).

  • Length: 5 inches (12.7 centimeters)

  • ★☆☆☆☆  Beginner 

Stitches/Terms Used (US Terminology):
  • FO: fasten off 
  • Ch: chain
  • Sl st: slip stitch
  • Hdc: half double crochet

  • Medium weight 4 yarn (Recommended: cotton yarn to prevent stretch)
  • 5mm crochet hook
  • Two buttons (Recommended: at least 3/4” to 1” large to prevent mask straps from slipping)  
  • Yarn needle
  • Scissors


1. Ch 18.

2. Insert a hdc in the 3rd ch from the hook.

3. Hdc across in the next 14 ch.

4. Insert 5 hdc in the last ch.  This will bring you around to the other side of the chain, with a row of unworked loops.

5. Hdc across the 14 sts on this opposite side.

6. Insert 4 hdc in the last ch.

7. Join with a sl st to the very first hdc that you had made.

8. Fasten off with a long yarn tail for sewing the button on.  Sew a button to each end of the ear saver, and you are done!


 Want a printable copy of this pattern?  Check it out below!

If you enjoyed this free project and would like to support my work, you can make a donation!  Any amount is greatly appreciated and will go directly towards the yarn and supplies I use to keep creating new designs!


Prefer following along to a video tutorial?  Check out my step-by-step tutorial below, to guide you through the process from start to finish.

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If you made this project and would like to share photos, I'd absolutely love to see!  Here are links for sharing your finished creation:

As always, you are more than welcome to SHARE this post with any fellow crocheters who'd like to try this pattern!  Thank you for reading, and I wish you all a wonderful day! 

Best wishes,