Free Pattern for Knit Ear Savers

This is a simple half an hour project that might help your ears while wearing the face mask for long hours. Use cotton yarn to make it easy to care for and make it double to keep the ear saver from stretching too much.

Time: Half Hour Project

Skill Level: Beginner

Size: 7″ (18 cm) long.

Gauge: 20 sts and 23 rows = 4” (10 cm) in St. st after wet blocking.


Yarn: Lily Sugar ‘n Cream (100% USA Grown Cotton; 120 yards [109 meters] / 70.9 g [2.5 oz]): 1 skein: 0004 Ecru, or any color of your choice.

Yarn: # 4 Medium

Needle: US size 7 (4.5 mm) set of 5 DPNs, or preferred needles for working in the round.

Notions: Tapestry needle, stitch marker, two buttons, sewing thread and sewing needle.

Pattern Notes

This mask buddy is knit in the round, in one piece. The two buttons are sewn on after finishing.


With two DPN, CO 6 sts. PM and begin to work in the round.

Rnd 1: Knit

Rnd 2: (KFB, K1, KFB) 2x (10 sts total)

Rnd 3: (KFB, K3, KFB) 2x (14 sts total)

Rnd 4: (KFB, K5, KFB) 2x (18 sts total)

Rnds 5 – 34: Knit

Rnd 35: (SSK, K5, K2tog) 2x (14 sts total)

Rnd 36: (SSK, K3, K2tog) 2x (10 sts total)

Rnd 37: (SSK, K1, K2tog) 2x (6 sts total)

Cut the yarn, leaving long enough tail, and thread the end on a yarn needle. Pull the end through the remaining sts on needles, gather up and close the hole, stitch to secure.


Weave in ends. Sew the two buttons on the knitted piece at the increase and decrease section. If you need to make your buddy mask longer add few knit rounds, if you need the buddy mask shorter subtract few knit rounds. Wash and block to measurements.


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