It's strange times we live in. With the potential for a prolonged period of self-isolation on the horizon thanks to the spread of Coronavirus (Covid-19), we thought we'd share this handy doctors' face mask knitting pattern to keep you busy (and safe) whilst indoors. Stay healthy everyone!
Free knitting pattern: cozy doctors' face mask
The face mask is worked in stockinette stitch with a narrow garter stitch border, with garter stitch ear straps attached afterwards. The mask has decreasing short rows to shape the chin, and increasing short rows to shape the nose. It’s surprisingly warm and cozy to wear!
- Gauge: 4.25 sts and 6 rows per inch
- Needles: 4.5mm (or size to obtain gauge)
- Yarn: under 25g of worsted weight (Suggested Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran)
- Size: adult (one size)
Row 1 (RS): sl 1, P2, K to last 3 sts, P3.
Row 2 (WS): sl 1, P to end.
These two rows make up the pattern (stockinette bordered by a 3-stitch garter border).
Beginning at bottom edge, CO 30 sts.
Row 1 (RS): sl 1 knitwise, P to end.
Row 2 (begin short row shaping): sl 1 knitwise, P to last 3 sts, wrap and turn.
Row 3: K to last 3 sts, wrap and turn.
Row 4: P to last 4 sts, wrap and turn.
Row 5: K to last 4 sts, wrap and turn.
Continue in this fashion until you have wrapped a total of 5 sts on each side.
Row 12: P across (working wraps together with sts).
Row 13 (RS): work in pattern, working wraps together with sts.
Continue working in pattern for 12 more rows, except m1 inside each border on rows 15 and 23
Row 26 (WS): sl 1, P to last 7 sts, wrap and turn.
Row 27: K to last 7 sts, wrap and turn.
Row 28: P to previous wrap, P wrap together with st, wrap and turn.
Row 29: K to previous wrap, K wrap together with st, wrap and turn.
Continue in this fashion (keeping in pattern), until you have wrapped 5 sts on each side (the last wraps will be on the 3rd sts from the edges).
Row 36 (WS): P across.
Row 37 (RS): sl 1, P across.
Row 38: sl 1, P across.
Row 39: BO all sts purlwise.
Pick up 3 sts at top of left edge of mask. Work in garter stitch until strap is long enough to fit around ear. BO all sts. Sew end of strap to bottom of left edge of mask.
Repeat on right side of mask.
Weave in ends.
Please Note - Knitting Co does not suggest that this pattern will make a surgical grade face mask and cannot verify that this mask would prevent the spread of bacteria, germs and viruses (including Covid-19 / Coronavirus)
This pattern was first posted on the website Pearl of Civilization