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Tunisian Mask Mates / Ear Savers – Free Pattern!!

A mask mate or an ear saver is an accessory that can be used with a face mask to prevent sore ears. Prolonged use of a face mask with elastic bands that go over the ears can make the ears very sore. There are a lot of health care workers who could benefit from using these mask mates because they have to wear such masks on a daily basis for long hours. These mask mates are made up of 100% cotton and are washable. They require a small amount of yarn and 2 buttons and are really quick to make!

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What you will need (with clickable affiliate links)

  1. Yarn: Worsted weight cotton yarn – a few yards
  2. Hook: 5.5 mm Tunisian crochet hook
  3. 2 large buttons (I recommend using buttons of diameter 3/4” or larger)
  4. Scissors
  5. Measuring Tape
  6. Tapestry needle to weave in tails

Experience level



Gauge is not important in this project. To adjust length you can add / remove stitches in the foundation row as needed.


You can find my stitch guide with all the abbreviations here.


Length: ~5” (?cms)

Width: ~1.5” (?cms)


Photo and video (left and right handed) tutorials for Tunisian crochet stitches and techniques used in this pattern:

  1. How to make the Foundation Row
  2. Tunisian Simple Stitch
  3. How to change color at the beginning of the reverse pass
  4. How to Bind Off

How to make these mask mates – Follow along tutorial (Right handed)

How to make these mask mates – Follow along tutorial (Left handed)

Pattern notes

  1. This pattern is written in US terms.
  2. To make multicolored mask mates, alternate rows can be made in different colors OR the reverse pass can be made in a different color than the forward pass.


Foundation Row: Chain 22. Make the foundation row stitches in the back loops of the chain.
Rows 1 & 2: fs, tss across, ls
Last Row: Repeat Rows 1.

This row is the same as other rows except that you will make a slip stitch every time you pick up a loop on your hook. There will be no reverse pass for this row.

Cut yarn and weave in one end. The other end can be used to attach a button.

Finally, attach the buttons on both sides using a tapestry needle.


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Wednesday 12th of January 2022

Your video was super helpful! I slowed it down just a little to get the binding off - that was new to me - and figured it out with just a couple of replays. Thank you!


Wednesday 12th of January 2022

@Cayti, I am so glad that my tutorial was helpful!

Eileen Cooke

Saturday 20th of March 2021

I can't begin to tell you what a great job you did on all the tutorials you made for this project! It really is so easy and just a worthwhile, satisfactory endeavor this has been. Thank you so much for all your work and for such a great pattern. So looking forward to following you, so, yes, I have subscribed. Thank you again


Saturday 20th of March 2021

@Eileen Cooke, I am so glad that you like my tutorials and that you enjoyed working with this pattern :)