My kids fall squarely into that second category. While the jury’s still out on what kind of last minute costume prep I’ll be doing, I thought I’d make something I think is cute.
I’ve teamed up with Michaels to bring you a free pattern for this cute crochet cat mask! Or super hero masks, if you leave off the ears. They make a great addition to a costume, or can even pretty much stand alone and be the costume.
They are a quick make and pretty easy.
The pattern isn’t worked in traditional rows or rounds, so it may be tricky for a beginner, but since it takes such a small amount of yarn and time, I still recommend it if you aren’t afraid to rip it out a few times to get it right. I’ve included pictures and a tutorial as well, to help you along.
Let’s get started!
- Worsted weight yarn (50 yards should be plenty)
- G-6 or 4 mm hook
- Yarn needle
You can find all of these materials in the yarn aisle at Michaels. :)
One size fits most. Finished mask is about 8.25 inches wide and 4.25 inches tall (to the tip of the ear).
- ch = chain
- sc = single crochet
- dc = double crochet
- sl st = slip stitch
Row 1: Sc in second ch from hook. Sc across (24 + 1 chain skipped at the beginning).
Row 2: Turn, ch 1, sc across. (25, including ch.1)
Row 3: Repeat Row 2.
Row 4: (No chain) 1 sc in first sc from hook, sc, ch 9. Skip 9 stitches, sc in next, 2 more sc, ch 9, skip 9 stitches, 2 sc, turn.
Row 5: Ch 1, sc, dc into chained loop 13 times. Weave hook through previous rows loops for stability and sc. 2 sc (total 3 sc in center/nose of mask), 13 dc in second chained loop. Sc weaving hook through 2 loops, sl st.
STOP here to complete basic mask. Tie off and weave in ends.
CONTINUE to complete cat mask.
First ear row: Sc up side of mask, turn. Ch 1, 7 sc, turn, skip first stitch, 6 sc, turn, skip first stitch, 5 sc, turn, skip first stitch, 4 sc, turn, skip first stitch, 3 sc, turn, skip first stitch, 2 sc, turn, sc at the top. You should have a triangle-shaped ear forming. Turn mask to the side. 10 sc down the side of the ear and mask.
Around the eyes: *2 sc in same stitch, sc* Repeat pattern between *s three times. 2 sc in same stitch, sl st in next four stitches. Weaving hook through two sc in middle of mask, sl st, sl st again for a total of 2 sl st at the center/nose of the mask. 4 sl st, *2 sc in same stitch, sc* Repeat pattern between *s three times. 2 sc in same stitch, 5 sc up the side of the mask, turn mask upright.
Second ear row: Ch 1, 7 sc, turn, skip first stitch, 6 sc, turn skip first stitch, 5 sc, turn, skip first stitch, 4 sc, turn, skip first stitch, 3 sc, turn, skip first stitch, 2 sc, turn, sc at the top. You should have a second triangle-shaped ear forming. Turn mask to the side. 5 sc down the side of the ear. Slip stitch to next stitch. Tie off end, leaving an 8 inch tail.
Top of mask: With a new slip knot on your hook, sl st into the top of one of the ears. Sc 3 times at the top of the ear, 6 sc down the unworked/inside side of the ear, hdc at the base of the ear, 10 hdc across the top of the mask, 6 sc up the other ear, 3 sc at the top of the other ear. Tie off end, leaving an 8 inch tail.
Weave in all tail ends with a yarn needle.
Mask ties: Chain 80 and tie off, per each tie. Fold the ties in half. Weave hook through sides of mask and pull ties through with hook.
Optional: Sew on ear details with contrasting yarn.
Wet block the mask to ensure it holds it’s shape, especially around the eyes.
Blocking is like ironing a garment without using heat that might damage the yarn.
Wet the mask with water or a spray starch (I used starch), pin it to a folded up towel and let it air dry.
If you’re looking for more DIY Halloween inspiration, Michaels has everything you need to MAKE it Spooky!
Disclaimer: Post was created in partnership with Michaels who helps make free patterns like this possible. All content is genuinely my own. <3