This crocheted adjustable mask is a super fun project to whip up for your kids' dress up bin! Since small buttons slipped between stitches remove the need to plan for button holes, there's really nothing complicated going on around here. That means it hardly takes any time to make, and the play lasts for hours!
Julia Donaldson is one of our favourite children's authors, and I was inspired to make this pattern when my son asked me to read her book, "The Highway Rat," for about the hundredth time. I love crocheting costumes and toys to expand on kids play ideas, and it's been fun to see this mask used to make believe about all sorts of villains and heroes!
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Kids Adjustable Mask pattern
- Medium Level 4 Yarn (I used Bernat Handicrafter Cotton)
- Size 5.0mm Crochet Hook
- Two .25" Buttons, thread for sewing buttons
HDC = half double crochet
SL ST = slip stitch
Row 1: HDC into the second stitch from your hook, then HDC into each stitch to the end of the row.
Rows 2, 3: *Chain 2, turn, HDC into each stitch to end.* Repeat for row 3.
Row 4: Chain 2, turn, HDC in first 24 stitches, chain 12, skip six stitches, and SL ST into seventh stitch, SL ST next stitch, chain 12, yarn over and HDC into seventh stitch from the last SL ST. HDC to end.
Row 5: Chain 2, turn HDC in each stitch back to the base of the nearest eye hole. Work around the eye hole doing HDC in one stitch, and 2 HDC in the next stitch. SL ST into the two previous SL STs and repeat pattern of HDC, 2 HDC around next eye hole. HDC to end, fasten off, weave in ends.
Sew two small buttons onto the shorter side of the mask. (.25" buttons fit perfectly between the HDC stitches, and remove the need for button holes!)
Optional: The mask is ready for use right away, but if you have time you should consider blocking it to help the eye holes hold their shape! I really like this tutorial on blocking by Doris Chan: https://dorischancrochet.com/blocking-is-your-friend/