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PPE Mask Adaptor Pattern

Updated May 20, 2024

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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

Materials

Yarn: Cotton Yarn DK or Aran

Hook: 3.5mm (E)
2 Stitch markers Scissors
Darning needle
2 x 20mm Acrylic Buttons

Abbreviations

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.

Notes

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.

Video Tutorials

 
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32 Comments

  • Lou Bair
    April 9, 2020 at 6:44 am

    I have been advised that, much as these are an awesome idea, they can harbour and therefore carry germs. Is there any way around this?

    Reply
    • Sarah-Jayne
      April 9, 2020 at 12:25 pm

      If you use cotton yarn and acrylic buttons as suggested, they can be washed regularly at 60 degrees to kill germs.

      Reply
    • Brenda Truter
      April 27, 2020 at 11:44 am

      If the correct cotton yarn is used along with acrylic buttons these will meet the hygiene levels required by hospitals x

      Reply
  • Stacey Price
    April 10, 2020 at 4:12 pm

    could you please tell me what MS stands for? I have a feeling I’m gonna feel real stupid after I find out lol!

    Reply
    • BellaCocoTeam
      April 10, 2020 at 7:38 pm

      Hi Stacey it stands for Mark(ed) Stitch: MS 🙂

      Reply
    • Mary Anne Davis
      May 1, 2020 at 4:07 pm

      Stacy, this is what the directions say: Mark(ed) Stitch: MS. So you need to put a stitch marker there. I had to 🙂

      Reply
  • Sherri Conrad McDonald
    April 12, 2020 at 4:08 am

    Since everyone’s tension might be a bit different- how wide should it be for an average sized person? And how much would you go up or down for smaller or bigger folks?

    Reply
    • BellaCocoTeam
      April 22, 2020 at 2:35 pm

      The normal size is 9cm x 5cm if you want it to be smaller then just reduce the number of chains if you want it to be longer then just add more chains 🙂

      Reply
  • Heather Keeley
    April 13, 2020 at 1:26 pm

    Hi how long does this measure please?

    Reply
    • BellaCocoTeam
      April 22, 2020 at 2:34 pm

      It really depends on your tension the normal size is 9cm x 5cm if you wish it to be longer then just add some more chains 🙂

      Reply
  • Traci
    April 13, 2020 at 7:19 pm

    Hi, in the instructions for the end of round one, it says: “Dc in each st up to MS. Work 2 dc into same ch as 1st MS.” But in the video, you put the 2 dc into the st BEFORE the MS, and then you put 3dc into the MS. Which is correct? Love this pattern by the way! making a bunch to put in the mail for a nurse friend!

    Reply
    • Sarah-Jayne
      April 16, 2020 at 10:53 am

      Hi. I think it’s probably just the wording I have used, my aim was to try and make it easier for beginners. The pattern and the video are both correct. Your last 2 stitches go into the same place as the marked stitch.x

      Reply
    • Charmaine Murdoch
      April 23, 2020 at 8:52 pm

      Do you know if it would be possible to knit these instead of crochet? Many thanks.

      Reply
      • BellaCocoTeam
        April 24, 2020 at 5:45 pm

        I have not tried knitting them or seen any knitted 🙂

        Reply
  • Cynthia Senger
    April 15, 2020 at 2:14 am

    Thank you so much for this pattern! I called my local emergency room, and the nurse told me they have been gifted some, and she was pleased to hear that I would make some for them! Could you tell me the length that you have here, how long is it please? Thank you!

    Cynthia

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    • BellaCocoTeam
      April 22, 2020 at 2:33 pm

      I suppose it really depends on your tension the normal size is 9cm x 5cm if you wish this to be longer then just add some more chains 🙂

      Reply
  • Margaret
    April 16, 2020 at 4:20 pm

    Please could you tell me how long and wide they should end up being. I have done one with double knit and it comes out at 8 cms x 2.4 cms. It looks very small. I then doubled up the same yarn and used a 4.5 mm hook and that came out at 11.5 cms x 3.5 cms. It still does not seem to be very big.

    Reply
    • BellaCocoTeam
      April 22, 2020 at 2:32 pm

      I suppose it really depends on your tension the normal sizes are 9cm x 5cm – if you need this to be longer then just add more chains 🙂

      Reply
  • Natalie Martinez
    April 20, 2020 at 8:42 pm

    I’m struggling to find a yarn that can be washed to 60 degrees; which one did you use, please?

    Reply
    • BellaCocoTeam
      April 22, 2020 at 2:30 pm

      You can use Cotton Yarn DK or Aran 🙂

      Reply
  • Chloe
    April 21, 2020 at 4:44 pm

    I’m having problems with them curling at the ends and not laying flat- i know it’s my tension but i thought I was doing my stitches loose enough. Do you have any tips?

    Reply
    • BellaCocoTeam
      April 23, 2020 at 8:05 am

      You may need to block them to get them to lay completely flat – for acrylic yarn you would need to pin them into shape and then carefully use an iron to blast steam at them. Just don’t let the iron actually come into contact with the yarn

      Reply
  • Charmaine
    April 23, 2020 at 8:55 pm

    Do you know whether it would be possible to knit these instead of using crochet?

    Reply
    • BellaCocoTeam
      April 24, 2020 at 5:44 pm

      I’m sorry I have not tried or seen any of them knitted.

      Reply
  • Larissa
    April 24, 2020 at 3:05 pm

    I’m curious as to why the pattern says double crochet however, the picture is worked in single crochet.

    Reply
    • BellaCocoTeam
      April 24, 2020 at 5:44 pm

      This pattern is in UK terms not US terms so a UK double is a US single this chart maybe of help to you:- bit.ly/Conversionchart 🙂

      Reply
  • Chelsea
    May 17, 2020 at 3:27 pm

    You say to use cotton yarn but you link to an acrylic yarn in your YouTube post. Should we be using acrylic? Will cotton yarn shrink in high heat wash?
    Thanks!

    Reply
    • BellaCocoTeam
      May 19, 2020 at 3:03 pm

      Hi Chelsea thank you for bringing this to our attention, this has now been changed to say Paintbox Cotton Aran and the link has been changed 🙂

      Reply
  • Michele Barnes
    June 25, 2020 at 1:00 am

    Thank your a million time for the “left handed” instructions.

    Reply
    • BellaCocoTeam
      June 25, 2020 at 8:52 am

      You’re very welcome 🙂

      Reply
  • Mera Abd Almageed
    June 25, 2020 at 9:22 pm

    I wear Hijab. So, thank you

    Reply
    • BellaCocoTeam
      June 30, 2020 at 11:50 am

      You’re very welcome 🙂

      Reply

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