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Elephant Ear Saver Crochet Pattern

elephant ear saver

With so many of us wearing face masks when we venture out of our homes, people are beginning to realize how truly uncomfortable they are. Many people are making ear savers (also called mask mates) by crocheting, sewing, and even 3D printing plastic ones. Since I have had elephants on the brain lately, I made this cute little buddy to wear for my next grocery trip.

Materials:

  • ½ oz. cotton worsted yarn
  • Size G (4.0 mm) crochet hook
  • Yarn needle
  • 2 googly eyes (sew-on preferred)
  • Two 1” buttons
  • Adhesive-backed felt

Directions:

Row 1: Ch 13, sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across (12 hdc).

Rows 2-4: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st. Ch 5 at the end of Row 4.

Row 5: Sc in 2nd ch, sc in next 3 ch, sc in next 12 sts, work 4 chainless foundation sc (20 sc).

Rows 6-7: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st.

Row 8: Ch 1, turn, sl st in first 6 sts, sc in next 8 sts, leave remaining 6 sts unworked.

Rows 9-11: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st.

Rows 12-13: Ch 1, turn, dec, sc across to last 2 sts, dec (6 sc at end of Row 13).

Row 14: Dec both ends (4 sc).

Row 15: Dec twice across top of head, then turn to work one rnd of sc around the entire piece with 2 sc in each corner. Join with sl st in first sc. Fasten off.

Trunk:

Rnd 1: Ch 2 (or magic circle), 6 sc in 2nd ch.

Rnds 2-5: Sc in each st. Work in continuous rnds throughout. At end of Rnd 5, join with sl st. Fasten off. Sew trunk to middle of face.

Ears (Make 2):

Row 1: Ch 2, 4 sc in 2nd ch from hook.

Row 2: Ch 1, turn, 2 sc in each st (8 hdc).

Row 3: Ch 1, turn, *2 sc in next st, sc in next st,* repeat 3 times (12 hdc).

Fold top of ear down to Row 1 (center) and sew in place. Sew top half of one ear to each side of head, leaving bottom half dangling.

Place elephant on felt and mark around the edges. Cut out felt shape slightly smaller than the marked line. Stick felt to back of elephant, trimming edges as needed to fit.

Sew or glue on eyes. Sew buttons to ends of arms. Weave in all ends.

PDF download available at My Fingers Fly.

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For more elephant crochet patterns, including my latest release, please visit My Fingers Fly. Miles the Jazzy Elephant

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So many crafters have been sewing masks in an attempt to keep up with the demand. If you’ve neglected yourself while sewing for others, here’s a cute yarnicorn neck gaiter for you. Yarnicorn Neck Gaiter 

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With Mother’s Day coming up, the Yarnicorn is also available on t-shirts, coffee mugs, totes, and phone cases to delight your fiber artist mother.

Please stay safe, especially with some communities beginning to open businesses. Of course, we’re all excited at the prospect of yarn shops opening again! Take care.

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Face Masks

We have entered a new normal where a trip to the grocery store involves gearing up with gloves, face masks, and antibacterial wipes. Once the country opens up again, it will likely take a long time for everything to get back to normal. Even then, face masks will likely be worn by many on any foray outside their homes.

I realize that crocheted face masks do not provide optimal protection, and I have tried to increase their efficiency by sewing cloth to the back with a pocket to insert a filter. Until the supply of surgical masks catch up to the demand, I am using my homemade masks when I absolutely have to leave my home.

The flame is a fun design, and the good thing is that it’s a forgiving chart. Flames dance around and change shape, so making a mistake on the color chart won’t even be noticed!

Flame Face Mask Pattern

Materials:

I Love This Cotton yarn:

1/3 oz. black

1/4 oz. yellow

1/4 oz. red

Size G (4.0 mm) crochet hook

Yarn needle

Sewing thread

Small piece of woven fabric for lining

Directions:

Row 1: With black yarn, ch 14, sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across (13 sc).

Rows 2-5: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st.

Row 6: Ch 1, turn, work according to chart with the following increases: *sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat twice, 2 sc in next st (17 sc).

Rows 7-13: Ch 1, turn, work in sc, changing colors according to chart.

Row 14: Ch 1, turn, work according to chart with the following increases: *sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st,* repeat 3 times, sc in next st (21 sc).

Rows 15-20: Ch 1, turn, work in sc, changing colors according to chart.

Row 21: Ch 1, turn, work according to chart with the following decreases: *dec, sc in next 3 sts,* repeat 2 times, dec (17 sc).

Rows 22-27: Ch 1, turn, work in sc, changing colors according to chart.

Row 28: Ch 1, turn, with black yarn, *sc in 2 sts, dec,* repeat 3 times, sc in next st (13 sc).

Rows 29-32: Ch 1, turn, with black yarn, sc in each st.

Edging: Ch 1, turn, sc in each st with 2 sc in last st. Turn to work along top edge. Working in row ends, 4 sc, 8 hdc, 6 dc, 8 hdc, 4 sc. Turn to work in unused loops of starting ch, 2 sc in 1st ch, sc across with 2 sc in last ch. Turn to work along bottom edge. Working in row ends, 4 sc, 8 hdc, 6 dc, 8 hdc, 4 sc. Ch 28 for ear strap (bottom corner), sl st in top corner. Fasten off. Attach yarn at top corner of opposite side, ch 28, sl st in bottom corner. Fasten off.

Weave in all ends.

Cut one piece of woven fabric according to pattern below.

face mask lining

masks lining (2)

Serge or zigzag edges of lining. Pin in place on inside of crocheted mask. Sew in place along top, one side, and bottom. Leave one side free to insert filter.

NOTE: This mask is not approved for use as anti-viral personal protective equipment, but rather falls into the category of homemade masks that are described by the CDC as suitable for use during severe resource limitations. From the CDC:

“HCP use of homemade masks: In settings where facemasks are not available, HCP might use homemade masks (e.g., bandana, scarf) for care of patients with COVID-19 as a last resort. However, homemade masks are not considered PPE, since their capability to protect HCP is unknown. Caution should be exercised when considering this option. Homemade masks should ideally be used in combination with a face shield that covers the entire front (that extends to the chin or below) and sides of the face.”

Please be careful and stay safe!

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