In a times where we can feel a little helpless, us makers LOVE to unite. A friend of mine recently designed this amazing PPE face mask adaptor, designed to help alleviate the sores that PPE masks can cause by wearing them for such great lengths of time.
She put up a post on facebook and was inundated with requests. So much so, that she’s not able to make them all by herself. She’s been kind enough to create a FREE pattern and gave me permission to make a video tutorial for you.
Please go and take a look at the FACEBOOK PAGE she has created for anyone wanting to make these adaptors. You will find the pattern below, or if you would like a printable version, there is also a PDF available within the facebook group.
PLEASE ENSURE YOU ARE USING 100% COTTON YARN AND PLASTIC BUTTONS SO THAT THEY CAN BE WASHED ON HIGH HEAT. PLEASE CHECK BEFORE MAKING AND SENDING THESE AS SOME WORKPLACES WILL NOT ACCEPT THEM
Yarn: Cotton Yarn DK or Aran
Hook: 3.5mm (E)
2 Stitch markers Scissors
2 x 20mm Acrylic Buttons
Written in UK terminology.
Mark(ed) Stitch: MS
Slip Stitch(s): ss(s): Insert hook, yarn over pull through stitch and loop on hook
Chain(s): ch(s): Yarn over, pull through
Double Crochet(s): dc(s): Insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop, you will have two loops on the hook. Yarn over, pull through remaining two loops.
This is worked in the round, at the end of each round instead of chaining up to do the next row you just start the next row in the first stitch of the last round.
These can be made longer to make it suitable for larger heads, just make your starting chain longer.
I like to leave a long end when I start my chain and also at the finishing end, so I have enough to weave the ends in and attach the buttons with it. If your buttons have small holes and the yarn needle and yarn will not fit though the holes of the buttons, just stitch the buttons on with a matching colour sewing thread instead.
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Pattern by Carol Passaro
Leaving a long tail for sewing, Ch15
Round 1: Dc in 2nd ch from hook and MS. Dc across leaving one ch remaining. Work 3 dc into last ch marking the 2nd dc with a st marker. Dc in each st up to MS. Work 2 dc into same ch as 1st MS.
Round 2: 3 dc into first st, dc into each stitch up to MS, remove marker and work 3 dc in next stitch. Dc in each remaining st. Join in 1st st with a ss. Tie off leaving a long tail for sewing.
Using the tail ends, sew the buttons onto the outer edge of the adaptor and sew in ends.
A note from the designer
This pattern is very easy to make and only takes a small amount of time and yarn to complete. I suggest you use cotton yarn only and acrylic buttons due to ease of cleaning / washing on a high temp and decontamination protocols that are put in place for workers.
I am so happy so many would like to help out making these mask adapters to help all our NHS staff and any frontline and key workers. I have made some for local G.P. Surgeries, Independent Pharmacies, NHS staff, Nurses & Paramedics and Carers. It would be a good idea to check with your local health board or whoever you are making them for, to see if their protocols allow them to wear them before donating them.
I am making these PPE mask adapters free of charge, I can’t thank everyone enough for all your support and if we can help in any small way, it helps all the people on the frontline.