It took a couple more years before I really got into it still, and another year later I learned crochet through youtube as well!
So here I am, still an amateur, and now I've come up with my own pattern that I would like to share. This is the sole reason this blog is being created. This whole pattern on ravelry thing isn't working well right now, so this is the easiest way for me to get the pattern up! (Here's the ravelry link anyway! Opens in a new window. [It just links back here]. -Ravelry Page- )
I created a hat for my daughter to go with her new doctors kit. I ended up wanting to do a doctors face mask as well. I found a knit pattern online, but really preferred to crochet it instead. But, no crochet pattern that I could find. So I free-handed it! It has been a while since I made it and I finally wrote the pattern down while making a second one, for pictures.
I hope at least one person can find this useful! And I hope it's as clear and easy as I intended it to be. If you find any mistakes or have any suggestions for this pattern, please do not hesitate to comment or contact me in some way!
H/8 – 5.00mm Hook
(Younger than 5, I suggest a smaller hook for a better fit)
Red Heart Super Saver is what I used in the pictures (white), but I recommend Cotton yarn for comfort and breathability (used this for the blue one).
This is very easy to make. The stitches used.
Chain, SC, Slip Stitch.
To shape the mask, I tried using short rows – usually seen in knitting, and it worked out quite well!
*Optional: I did this in my pictures. Ch the stitches for your strap in addition to the 20 the pattern starts with. (See end of pattern) You will have chain stitches unworked, and at the end of the pattern you can slip stitch into the first chain stitch. One of your straps will be done and attached, and you just have to attach a chain to the opposite side for the second strap.
|I chained 40. Ear strap (ch20) + pattern ch20.|
(Working bottom upward.)
1) In second ch from hook, SC. SC across. (19sts)
2) Ch1, turn. SC 17.
3) Ch1, turn. SC 15.
|After row 14, and from 15 - ch1 turn.|
15) Ch1, turn. SC 11. As previous rows, using unworked stitches.
16) Ch1, turn. SC 19. As previous rows, using unworked stitches.
17) Ch 1 turn. SC 19.
(Scroll on for more pictures of the work in progress)
|Row 15, stitch #8|
On my original (blue in pictures), I did 17 chains. This was a little tight on me (adult female) but just a little bit loose on my 5 year old. Still fit both of us decently enough! On my sample for this pattern (white one) I did 20 ch and it was more comfortable but still snug. With use it will stretch and loosen just a hair.
Size is fairly universal otherwise.
Both of these masks were made the same size, except for the length of the ear straps.
|Row 16, sts #12|
|Row 17 completed, slip stitch to first chain.|
|Attaching a slip knot for ear strap #2|
|Slip stitch to top corner|
|Completed! (Just weave in these ends!)|
|This mask has ch 17 straps|
|This mask is ch 20 straps!|