Now that the CDC is leaning toward asking us all in the US to wear a mask, I thought I share a crochet version here.
It seems that the consensus is; even a little protective barrier is better than none.
I lined my mask with 3 layers of fabric. 2 cotton fabric with a felt fabric in the middle. If you don’t have felt fabric then lined it with any tightly woven fabric you have
I made two sizes, both of them fit me well. One gives me more side coverage than the other. The brown one fits my 12 years old daughter well.
Yarn weight: DK weight
Pictured multi color:: Sugar’n cream, Calypso Twists color
Pictured brown color: Ice Cotton Bamboo
Hook size: 3.5 mm
Cotton & felt fabric for lining
Needle for sewing the lining to the mask
1 stitch marker
Instruction for smaller size (pictured in brown)
Row 1: 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, 1 sc in each ch, ch 1 turn (15 sc)
Row 2 -4: 1 sc in each ch, ch 1 turn (15 sc)
Row 5 (increase row):
1 sc in each 7 sts, 3 sc in next st. Put a stitch marker on the 2nd stitch (middle st of the 3sc increase), 1 sc in each of the next 7 sts, ch 1 turn (17 sc)
Row 6: 1 sc in each sts ch 1 turn. When you reach the marked stitch, remove the marker put 1 sc in that stitch then replace the maker on the sc just made (17 sc)
Row 7 as row 5 (19sc)
Row 8 as row 6 (19 sc)
Row 9 as row 5 (21 sc)
Row 10 as row 6 (21 sc)
Row 11 as row 5 (23 sc)
Row 12- 24: sc row as row 6 (23sc). Remove marker
Row 25 (decrease row): 1 sc in each 10 sts, sc3tog the next 3 sts, 1 sc in each next 10 sts, ch 1 turn (21 sts)
Row 26: 1 sc in each st, ch 1 turn (21 sts)
Row 27 (decrease row): 1 sc in each 9 sts, sc3tog the next 3 sts, 1 sc in each next 9 sts, ch 1 turn (19 sts)
Row 28: 1 sc in each st, ch 1 turn (19 sts)
Row 29: 1 sc in each 8 sts, 1 sc3tog the next 3 sts, 1 sc in each next 8 sts, ch 1 turn (17 sts)
Row 30: 1 sc in each st, ch 1 turn (17 sts)
Row 31: 1 sc in each 7 sts, 1 sc3tog the next 3 sts, 1 sc in each next 7 sts (15 sts)
Row 31-33: 1 sc in each st (15 sts) do not fasten off
Work border and make straps
Continue on the long side and put 1 sc in each sc of the long side
sl.st into the 1st stitch of the short side, ch 30, sk to the last stitch of the short side sl.st in that stitch
continue on the other long side, work 1 sc in each sc to end of long side.
sl.st. in 1st stitch of short side, ch 30, sk to last st of the short side, sl.st. in that stitch. fasten off
Put the face mask on a paper. Trace and cut to make a template.
Use the template to cut fabric. Cut 3
Layer this way: cotton, felt fabric, cotton
I placed the lining on the crochet piece then steamed iron to fold neatly the edges of the lining. This make sewing the fabric to the crochet piece much easier, and it gives a neat finish.
Instruction for larger size (pictured in multicolor)
2 row of sc (15 sc)
Increase until you have 27st (same as the small size alternate between sc increase row and sc row)
Worked 14 rows of sc
Decrease until you have 15 sts, work 1 extra row of sc
Work border as the small size, ch 15 for each strap