Ear Savers

Ear savers for NHS workers, for use with surgical masksCrocheted Ear Savers

A band to be worn with Surgical Masks to stop ears getting sore.

5” x 2″ or 12cm x 5.5cm

EDIT: I have seen photos of them in use, and the nurse who I made them for says they are just the right length for her. 

US terms


Ch        chain               dc        double crochet

St         stitch

Materialsear saving bands to be worn with surgical masks


These can be made in any yarn that can be washed at 60 degrees in a washing machine.

Stylecraft Special DK says 40 degrees on the label, but I made a blanket for my Mum out of SSDK, she is in a Care Home. The blanket has been washed many times at 60 degrees, and although the yarn has become thinner and less fluffy,  it is holding up well 4 years later.

I used oddments of Stylecraft Special DK: Matador, Turquoise, Fiesta and Sunshine.

Approximately 4gms for each band.oddments

Hook : 4.5mm

2 buttons, 1″ diameter


Ch14 for the foundation chain.

Round 1

Dc in the third ch from the hookphoto tutorial

work 10 more dcs into the sts of the foundation chain.

Work 7 dcs into the last st to form the rounded endphoto tutorial, crochet, ear savers

10 dcs into the loops at the base of the foundation chain.

bands to be worn with surgical masks

Work 2 dcs into the last loop

Picking up two loops at the end, work 3 dcs into these loops.


Join with a slip st. into the stitch indicated by the needle

slip st to join

Round 2

Ch2, work dc into the same st.

ear bands tutorial

10 dcs

2 dcs into each of the next 7sts

10 dcs

photo tutorial, ear band

2dcs into the next 6 sts. Join with a slip st.

Alternatively add another colour

tutorial for ear savers

Round 3

Ch 1, crab st around. After the last st, cut the thread, pull through and sew in to join.

crab stitch edge

crab stitch edge, photo tutorial

Sew in the ends and sew buttons on.

ear savers for use with surgical mask, crochet pattern

A great little project for using up some of my stash.

I have made these for the daughter of a friend of mine who is a nurse in our local hospital.  When I asked her what colour she would like she said ‘oh anything bright’.

I hope these hit the spot!



20 responses to “Ear Savers

  1. Pingback: I Made a Mask! – Rainbow Junkie

  2. Going Batty in Wales

    My daughter has been making these for some of her friends (and their friends and colleagues too). She reckons the threading ends in and stitching on buttons is what takes the time! She is onto making masks now.

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  3. These will be so appreciated!

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  4. Thank u for posting the instructions. It’s very clear. This is perfect for those leftover yarn balls. My daughter works in health field. She’ll love this. 😊


  5. I think it’s a great idea to make anything that’ll increase the comfort of wearing something that’s so important to keep them safe.

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  6. Murtagh's Meadow

    What a great idea

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  7. So good of you to have jumped right on this for your friend! 😘😘

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  8. Wonderful! Bright and soft, a winning combination. I’m sure you’ve seen pictures of the red, raw faces of nurses and doctors who have been wearing their masks for far too long. It comforts me to know there are people like you out there trying to make things better for them.

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  9. Thank you for your creativity and generosity.

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  10. Great idea for those who have to wear a mask all day long.

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