Basic Crochet Stitches 

[If you’re completely new to crochet, you are highly recommend to watch the following tutorials on the basic crochet technique and stitches.]

The 4 basic crochet stitches we’ll be using: chain, single crochet, slip stitch and double crochet. 

 

Chain: 

  • Most crochet pieces start off with chaining, which is essentially creating a foundation for your stitches. 
  • To chain, we first create a slip knot and fasten it to our hook.
  • Next we do a yarn over and pull through the loop on the hook.
  • LINK TO SLIP KNOT AND CHAIN TUTORIAL:

 

Single Crochet (sc): 

  • To single crochet, we insert our hook through a stitch (it can be either both loops on the stitch that form a “V’ shape, or just 1 of the loops)
  • And then we grab the yarn and pull it through to form 2 loops on the hook. 
  • Next we yarn over and pull through both loops to form a single crochet. 
  • LINK TO SINGLE CROCHET TUTORIAL:

 

Slip Stitch (sl st): 

  • A slip stitch is like a single crochet, just without the yarn over. 
  • To slip stitch, we insert our hook through the stitch, and then we grab the yarn and pull through to form 2 loops on the hook. 
  • Next we take the 1st loop on the hook and pull in through the 2nd loop - this forms a slip stitch.
  • LINK TO SLIP STITCH TUTORIAL: 

 

Double Crochet (dc): 

  • Double crochet is essentially a double of a single crochet - it creates a taller stitch that has more stretch. 
  • To double crochet, we first do a yarn over, and then we insert the hook through a stitch.
  • And then we grab the yarn and pull it through to form 3 loops on the hook. 
  • Next we yarn over and pull through the first 2 loops on the hook. 
  • And then we yarn over again and pull through the last 2 loops on the hook to form a double crochet. 
  • LINK TO DOUBLE CROCHET TUTORIAL: 

Filter Lining Pattern to print here

 

HOW TO CROCHET A MASK 


To crochet this mask, we’ll be using: chain, slip stitch (sl st) and single crochet (sc), along with some simple sewing. 


This pattern is for a MEDIUM size mask, which fits an average face size, but if you’d like a smaller or larger mask, you can simply adjust the pattern by increasing or decreasing the number of starting chains and rows. 

 

Materials Needed: 

    • 3mm hook
    • 1 skein of 100% cotton yarn
    • Stitch marker
    • Darning needle
    • Scissors
    • Cotton cloth
    • Sewing thread and needle
    • Filter paper

 

ROW 1:

Steps:

  1. Slip knot and fasten your yarn to your hook
  2. chain 18
  3. Sc into the 2nd chain from your hook
  4. Continue putting 1 sc into each chain till you reach the end
  5. After you’ve finished the last sc, chain 1 and turn over your work

 

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ROW 2:

Steps:

  1. Put 1 sc into each stitch till you reach the 9th stitch (the middle of the row)
  2. Into the 9th stitch, put 3 scs
  3. Insert a stitch marker into the middle sc 
  4. Continue putting 1 sc into each stitch till you reach the end
  5. After you’ve finished the last sc, chain 1 and turn over your work

 

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ROW 3: 

Steps:

  1. Put 1 sc into each stitch till you reach the end
  2. Remember to insert the stitch marker back into the middle stitch so you don’t lose track
  3. After you’ve finished the last sc, chain 1 and turn over your work

 

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ROW 4-15:

Steps:

  1. Repeat row 2 and 3 alternately till you get 15 rows
  2. A tip to keep track of your rows is: even numbered rows start on the side with the string
  3. You should have a total of 31 stitches on your row now
  4. Shift your stitch marker from the middle stitch to the last stitch of the row to mark the end of this section

 

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ROW 16-31:

Steps:

  1. For the next 16 rows, continue putting 1 sc into each stitch without any increase in the middle
  2. Remember to chain 1 at the end of each row and turn over your work

 

 

ROW 32:

Steps:

  1. Shift your stitch marker to the middle 16th stitch
  2. Sc into each stitch till you get to the 15th stitch 
  3. Now we’ll need to a decrease by combining 3 sc into 1:
    - Simply insert your hook into the 15th stitch, grab the yarn and pull out a loop as usual
    - Now we’ll insert our hook into the 16th stitch, grab the yarn and pull out another loop
    - Insert your hook again into the 17th stitch, grab the yarn and pull out the last loop, so there should be 4 loops on your hook now
    - Yarn over all pull through all 4 loops to form 1 sc
  4. Insert your stitch marker back into this middle stitch and continue doing 1 sc in each stitch till the end
  5. Chain 1 and turn

 

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ROW 33: 

Steps:

  1. Put 1 sc into each stitch till you reach the end
  2. Remember to insert the stitch marker back into the middle stitch so you don’t lose track
  3. After you’ve finished the last sc, chain 1 and turn over your work

 

ROW 34-45:

Steps:

  1. Repeat row 2 and 3 alternately till you reach 45 rows total
  2. You should have a total of 17 stitches on your row now

 

 

ROW 46: 

Step:

  1. Finish off the body of your mask with 1 last row of sc

 

 

BORDER AND EARLOOPS:

Steps:

  1. Chain 1 and turn your work such that the front of the mask is facing you horizontally
  2. Put 1 sc into each row along the edge of the mask body
  3. When you reach the end of the edge, chain up around 40-50 tight chains, this will be your earloop so chain to a length that fits you best
  4. Connect the chain back to the mask body by inserting your hook into the corner stitch on the bottom edge and making a sc 
  5. Continue putting 1 sc into each row along the edge 
  6. When you reach the end of the edge, chain up the same number of chains you did for the previous side
  7. Connect the chain back to the mask body by inserting your hook into the corner stitch on the bottom edge and making a sl st

 

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FINISHING THE MASK:

Steps:

  1. Fasten off and cut off your yarn, leaving some excess for weaving in
  2. Use your darning needle to weave in the ends into the back of the mask

 

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SEWING THE FILTER CLOTH: 

Steps:

  1. Cut out a piece of cotton cloth using the filter lining pattern in the kit
  2. Sew along the darts for both ends
  3. Hem both sides
  4. Fold the top and bottom in once and pin the the back side of the mask, sew it down
  5. And your mask is finally complete!

 

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(OPTIONAL) NOSE WIRE:

Steps:

  1. If you’d like to add a nose wire for more structure, you can simply recycle a nose wire from a disposable mask
  2. Cut a rectangular piece of cloth and wrap the nose wire inside
  3. Sew it along the top edge of the mask

 

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About ForFelise

ForFelise.co is owned by Amanda, who's been running this crochet business since Circuit Breaker in 2020. Her vision for this brand is to grow into a sustainable fashion label and to create pieces inspired by her adventures from travelling in a van. Check out some of her beautiful creations over on her Instagram - @forfelise.co ✨