Free Crochet Pattern: Ponytail Ear Saver for Masks

I had a request from a friend of mine for some of the ear savers people were using to keep masks from rubbing the back of their ears raw. I found a version online with on option to pull your ponytail through it and she loved the idea so I decided to make my own version of the pattern I found online. If you are like me and haven’t been sewing up masks because you aren’t the best with a sewing machine, here is a way you can help if you are able to crochet!

If you want a PDF version of this pattern, they are available on my Etsy shop for $2! The proceeds from these sales will help me make and donate more of these to others. 🧡


These are SUPER quick and easy to make and I have included photos of the process to make it even easier! The sizing includes an option to make the ponytail hole a little larger if you would like, just follow the numbers in the parentheses. Materials you will need include:

  • Cotton or acrylic yarn in medium weight (4)
  • Size 5.5 crochet hook (or similar size 5-6.5)
  • Needle, thread and scissors
  • two buttons
  • Tapestry needle to weave in ends (I usually just tie the ends in a knot and clip the ends)

Row 1: Start by chaining (ch) 23, single crochet (sc) into the 2nd chain from the hook and continue with sc’s across [22 sc]

Row 2: Ch 1, turn, 5(4) sc, ch 12(14) [skip 12(14) to create the ponytail hole], sc 5(4) into the remaining 5(4) stitches

Row 3: Ch1, turn, 5(4) sc, 12(14) sc into each chain space, 5(4) sc into the remaining stitches, finish off.

Join at a corner, Ch 1, Sc 2 in corner space, SC all the way around with two sc in each of the 3 corners left. Finish and tie off.

Now all you need to do is sew on the buttons!! 💜

I hope this pattern was easy to follow and hopefully it will give you a way to give back within your community to the healthcare workers who are continuing to put themselves at risk each day to help others!

You can always connect with me on Instagram or Facebook!

Until next time, stay safe and healthy!

x The Pink Sheep x



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  1. Elvia Ledesma May 14, 2020 — 9:04 am

    Thank you so much for the free pattern.. I will start making them for my girls..

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Marilyn Hunter May 14, 2020 — 4:54 pm

    Thank you for the pattern I am making them for staff in McDonald’s in Belfast.

    Liked by 2 people

  3. Sharon Hensley May 24, 2020 — 4:47 am

    I sure would like to see the pattern.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Thank you for the free pattern and pictures. Very easy to follow. I’m making them for medical workers and teachers etc that need to wear them for full shifts everyday.

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  5. Thanks a lot for sharing..!!


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