Happy Friday! I have a simple, little DIY to start off your weekend, or whenever you have time to craft.I’d say it should take an intermediate crocheter less than 10 minutes and a beginner about 20 minutes tops! Just a cute pair of summer-ready earrings made of 100% cotton yarn, and some earring bases that you can get just about anywhere!
As usual, I have pictorials and written instructions as I know everyone learns differently. Also, by day’s end, the video tutorial will be up on my Youtube, just be sure to put in Ellainthe Moon (someone stole Ella in the Moon before I could get it <😭>). There you can also find like 3 macrame tutorials 😉.
Let’s get started! You will need the following:
any kind of 4 weight cotton yarn (i used some cheap stuff called sugar and cream)
earring hoop and fish hook finding
crochet hook size G
Tie a piece of the yarn onto upper left side of hook at top.
Row 1: Ch 1, then 18 single crochets around entire hoop. Ch2, turn
Row 2: Ch1 more, then skip a stitch, slip stitch in 3rd stitch from turn, ch 3, skip next stitch, slip stitch in next stitch, repeat [ ch3, skip stitch, slip stitch in next stitch ]7 times. You should end with a slip stitch, then pull all the way through. Snip with scissors
Lastly, turn work and pull in the two loose ends in back of work. Snip excess. And add fish hook finding.
Hi Y’all! My best laid plans of mice and Me to blog more regularly and to bring you all of the great DIYs that you will soon look back on and happily anticipate weekly, well, that has failed. 👈🏾And let’s not talk about the run-on sentence 😉.
Under the Pandemic, I have lot quite a bit of focus, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been furiously creating new items and creations. It comes and goes in waves. Maybe you can relate. There are moments when all I can do is crochet stitch after stitch, or make a bajillion knots to create a fantastic yoga bag. Then, there are moments where I am so exhausted from working from home, and taking care of my kiddo that there is no time to bring to life the creations and ideas sitting at the tip of my mind. Finally, this week, I worked through the teeter-totter, and wrote out the pattern for the mask that gets me at least one, “I love your mask” per day.
With no further ado…The Half Moon Granny Square Mask
I used Crochet Needle Size G/6 US, and in the UK 8
I used some cheap yarn from my stash, but obviously, it would be better to upgrade. I used Sugar n’ Cream brand, which is a weight of 4,, below are the specifications, yet keep in mind, I crocheted with a G hook instead of the H because I needed it to be tighter knit.
Weight: Medium (4)
13 sc – 14 rows = 4″ (10 cm)
Suggested Crochet Hook:
5.00 mm, US – H/8
sl st = sl st
st = stitches
ch = chain
sc = single crochet
dc = double crochet
hdc = half double crochet
tpc = triple crochet
Yo: yarn over
Puff stitch definition: with 1 stitch on your hook from ch2, yarn over, place in stitch, pull through, yarn over, place in stitch and pull through, do this 4 total times. (You will count 9 stitches on your hook before pulling through your last yo thru all 9)
Pattern is half rounds (if there be such a thing).
Make a slip knot and ch 4, sl st to join in a round
Ch 3, DC in same st and then each st across (total 12) sl st to join to top of ch 3
Color Change (connect new yarn by tying it to top of ch3, make a knot)
Ch 3, Puff St in same stitch + ch1, then puff st + ch1 each st around the circle (total 12 puffs) sl st to join
Color Change (connect new yarn by tying it to top of ch3 beside puff stitch, make a knot)
Ch 3, dc two times in first st with ch 3, and then 9 sets of 3 dc’s around in between puff stitches making a half moon shape. total dcs (28 total), cut yarn
Color Change, add 3rd color.
ch2, sc all the way around (total 28), then turn, ch3
Color change, use 2nd color again, add to the right side as we always work L to R
ch 3, dc 3x’s in next stitch + ch1, all the way around 42 dcs total or 14 clusters of 3
cut yarn, now, add first color yarn back on to left hand corner, where you just finished up the last round.
ch 32, then fold your half moon mask in half and count up 14 stitches from outer edge (or put mask to your face and figure out where best to place strap connect), then sl st to connect, cut yarn.
Add same color onto right most corner of bottom of half moon, ch 32, with mask still folded in half, pin point the same spot for connection as the other side, sl st to join.
finish over loose yarn by either using a smaller crochet hook to weave in ends, or an embroidery needle. I used a crochet hook.
Now, wash your finished items and tumble dry it. This will close up a lot of the holes. The cotton will expand.
Last, and very important, add liner. I just place a pre cut piece of cotton fabric, sometime fleece, on top of my mask and the fleece one just stays affixed. I also used a folded in half coffee filter at times. It does come off though when I take it off, so I have started to just affix two pieces of double sided tape. Want to do it right, and not the lazy way like me? Velcro! Or hand sew on a piece of fabric. You could just add 4 x’s at top, bottom, left, and right, and it will work perfectly!
Get ready for everyone under the sun to ask you where you got the mask or that they love it. For realz! In one day, 4 different shop owners of boutiques asked me about my mask (and two want to sell it). Also, it is less hot than other sewn masks I have made imho. I’ll show ya one of those below.
Tag me on instagram (@ellainthemoon) if you make one and let me know about all the compliments!