No Buttons Required Ear Savers by Claire Olivia Golden

No Buttons Required Ear Savers

April 2020
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
5.0 mm (H)
15 yards (14 m)
about 4.5″ long, 1.25″ tall
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This pattern is available for free.

A few weeks ago I became aware of the need for “ear savers” for front-line medical workers on the coronavirus pandemic. Workers develop wounds behind their ears from wearing masks so much. Crafters developed “ear savers” or “mask mates” that sit on the back of the head and have buttons to secure the straps around, thus saving workers’ ears.

It’s been amazing to see the world come together in support. Knitters, crocheters, and seamstresses have been working tirelessly to produce these. People are 3d printing them, too. I’ve been making lots of them, and I ordered some buttons, but they won’t get here for another couple weeks (for obvious shipping delay reasons because, you know, pandemic). I didn’t want to wait that long to start donating them, though. So I started searching for alternatives to buttons and this is what I came up with. Nothing revolutionary, just my take on the ear savers pattern. Do what you will with them and let me know if I can be of any help.