It's an unusual time - with new opportunities to help others! One of the things I have done is make Quick Crochet Ear Savers for friends who have to wear masks all day, to make it as comfortable as possible. There are lots of patterns for these out there - they are quite simple! - but I thought I'd share how I did it, to help as many as possible.
Disclaimer: Materials provided by Yarnspirations and Clover USA; this post includes affiliate links.
How to Use Ear Savers
Basically, an ear saver is a strip of fabric - cloth, crochet, or knit - with buttons at each end. You put the saver behind the head, and wrap the elastic mask straps around the buttons, rather than your ears.
This takes the strain off the back of the ears, and can make the mask fit a bit tighter too! They are not a "medical" device. But they do need to be washed just like any cloth mask or reusable personal protective equipment you use. So make sure you pick a washable yarn and buttons!
Quick Crochet Ear Savers
US - G, 4.0 mm - Clover Amour
Red Heart Scrubby Smoothie (100% cotton, worsted weight) - a few yards each
2 ¾" or 1" buttons - purchased at JOANN
Sewing Needle and Coats All-Purpose Thread
Size: Approximately 5.5" long
Helpful Links and Tutorials
FHDC 19, hdc 2 in the base of the last st, hdc in the bottom 2 loops of the remaining 18 sts, hdc again in the bottom of the first st; join and break.
Weave in ends. Sew a button on each end.
Quick Crochet Ear Savers Video Tutorial
Stay safe all. Feel free to share this with anyone who needs it!
THE FINE PRINT
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