Crochet Mask Helpers Two Ways, Free Crochet Pattern + Video

Mask Helpers are a great way to keep elastic off of the ears to reduce soreness after wearing face masks for a long period of time.  Easy to stitch crochet strips have a button on either side to hook the elastic mask loops on.  This pattern and video has two versions of the helpers…a vertically stitched “stretchy” version and a horizontally stitched “sturdy” version.  A great project to make for personal use, but also consider donating them as well!

Want a little help? There’s a full video tutorial below too! 

Crochet Mask Helpers Two Ways

By Jennifer Dickerson

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Also, be sure to check out my Headband Mask Helper pattern too!


  • I (5.5 mm) crochet hook 
  • Cotton dishcloth yarn (I used Scrubby Smoothie from Red Heart in the “Brite Pink” colorway)
  • Tapestry Needle 
  • Scissors 
  • Tape Measure
  • 2 buttons


  • 5 inches long
  • 1-1.5 inches inches wide

Instructions for “stretchy” (vertically stitched) mask helper:

Chain 6

Row 1: Work a sc in the 2nd ch from the hook.  Work a sc in each ch across.

Row 2: Ch 1 and turn.  Work a sc in each st across.

Repeat row 2 for approximately 5 inches or desired length.

Instructions for “sturdy” (horizontally stitched) mask helper:

Chain 18

Row 1: Work a sc in the 2nd ch from the hook.  Work a sc in each ch across.

Row 2: Ch 1 and turn.  Ch 1 and turn.  Work a sc in each st across.

Rows 3-5: repeat row 2.

Finishing + Assembly (both versions):

Fasten off and weave in ends.  With matching piece of yarn, sew buttons to each end of the helper as shown. 

© Jennifer Dickerson 2020

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28 thoughts on “Crochet Mask Helpers Two Ways, Free Crochet Pattern + Video

  1. Can I give a small pointer, instead of cutting the tails off the ear savers, dont weave them. Keep them attached n use that yarn to put on your buttons n then cut the rest.

  2. Love them! Just one question: what size buttons did you use? I did not see where it mentions size or am I missing it? Thank you for sharing your patterns & your talent – much appreciated. These are great! Love that there is two choices or able to make two different versions – versatility is great.

  3. For the long sturdier one, it says ch1 turn, ch 1 turn. I'm not seeing that in the video. Is that just a typo in the written pattern? Just want to make sure I'm not skipping a ste . THANK YOU for the patter .

  4. Do you sell these mask helpers? I work in an NICU in Berkeley Ca and would love to purchase some for myself and my coworkers. Thanks.

  5. I love it. Very easy and fast to do. In my work people ask me why I don't sell them . (lolol) I am always making thing.

  6. Hi Jenn. I’ve tried the patterns you featured here using different colors. Now I just need to decide which one goes to whom😊

    Thank you so much for sharing your pattern! Can’t wait to link my work back to you.

    Oh, you must have not noticed the double entry in the sturdy pattern: Row 2: Ch 1 and turn. Ch 1 and turn

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