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Okay. I know I said I was only making three free mask mate crochet patterns, but I just couldn’t resist. This ear saver was actually inspired in a roundabout way by my RainBOW mask mate crochet pattern. When I shared it to a group on Facebook, there was a comment that the RainBOW looked almost like eyes on the back of the head. How many times have you heard a Mom or teacher say, “I have eyes in the back of my head?!” So you see why I could not seem to stop myself from designing an Eyeball Mask Mate free crochet pattern.
It is a quick and easy crochet pattern that yields a unique and fun way to save the ears of those wearing face masks. You can even customize the eye color 😊 No need to wait – pick up your hook and start making an Eyeball Mask Mate today!
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Notes for Eyeball Free Crochet Pattern
Since the finished mask mate does not need to be an exact size, the gauge is not critical. If in doubt, use the recommended crochet hook size or adjust from that size based on how you crochet (tight, loose, etc.)
Each eyeball circle is approximately 2 1/8″ (5.4cm) in diameter and the finished length is about 4 3/8″ (11.1cm)
I use an invisible starting sc or standing sc to begin my rounds. If you are unfamiliar with these techniques, you can check out my video tutorials on my YouTube Channel. Or, if you do not wish to use these, you can begin with a ch1, sc for the first sc of each round. Where you see [2sc in first/next st, sc in next st] it is written for ease and means you will 2sc in the first st for the initial repeat of the brackets, then the next st the following repeat. Fully written, those two repeats would be 2sc in first st, sc in next st, 2sc in next st, sc in next st.
Eyeball Mask Mate Free Crochet Pattern
Iris (Make 2)
Round 1: With iris color, 6sc in a magic circle, sl st in 1st st. (6 sts)
Round 2: 2sc in each st around, sl st in 1st st. (12 sts)
Round 3: [2sc in first/next st, sc in next st] x6, sl st in 1st st. (18 sts)
Round 4: [2sc in first/next st, sc in next 2 sts] x 6, sl st in 1st st or invisible join. (24 sts)
Cut tail and work in.
Now we will add the white section. I’ve designed it to work both white rounds on one iris, then work only the first white round on the second iris. The second white round on the second iris will be used to join. Alternatively, you can work both white rounds on both irises, then sew the eyeballs together.
Work Rounds 5 – 6 on one iris, then cut tail and weave in ends. Work Round 5 only on the second iris, then follow Joining Round 6.
Round 5: Beginning in the 1st st after any increase st on an iris, [2sc in first/next st, sc in next 3 sts] x6, sl st in 1st st. (30 sts)
Round 6: [sc in first/next 3 sts, 2sc in next st, sc in next st] x6, sl st in 1st st or invisible join. (36 sts)
Cut tail and weave in ends.
Joining Round 6: sc in first/next 3 sts, 2sc in next st, sl st in a st on finished eyeball from front to back, [sc in next st on working eyeball, sl st in next st on finished eyeball] x3, sc in next st on working eyeball, [2sc in next st, sc in next 4 sts] x4, 2sc in next st, sc in next st, sl st in 1st st or invisible join. (36 sts, 4 sl sts)
Cut tail and weave in ends
Sew a black button to the center of each eyeball and enjoy!
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