Saturday, December 15, 2018

Free Crochet Pattern-- The K-Pop Mask



I had no idea how worldwide k-pop (Korean pop) and K-drama were nowadays. I really didn’t see it coming. Growing up, watching k-drama was only possible by renting them out on VHS from a local Korean store. Now, it’s on Netflix, Amazon, Viki, and so on and so on. Who would have thought? I certainly didn’t.

This past summer I went to my first k-pop concert with my aunt and mom. I really wanted to see Eric Nam, also a Korean-American, who made it in the music industry in Korea. I was expecting Korean people to show up at this concert only to find myself being the minority of the bunch. It was amazing. I felt proud to be a Korean and grateful that other ethnicities were there to support a Korean singer.

A month later I made a visit to the bank to open up a new account. As usual, I made small talk with the manager responsible of opening accounts. She asked me what my ethnicity was and when I told her I was Korean she literally jumped out of her seat repeatedly saying that she wanted to live in Korea. Then she proceeded to tell me that both of her little girls were into k-pop and k-drama and going on and on about Korean “stuff”.

If you follow these k-pop and k-drama celebrities, you must know about these black masks they wear all the time, right? To be honest, wearing a mask in Korea is not really out of the norm. When I lived in Korea for three and a half years there were plenty of occasions where I wore them. I wore them mostly when I was sick and didn’t want to spread my germs, but also when I had to walk out and didn’t want to show my bare face. And you know what? That’s exactly why k-pop stars wear them. Oh, and of course trying not to get spotted out in public. But really, how can you not get spotted? You’re a celebrity.

Anyways, I thought that this would be a great quick project to do especially with the flu season in and the winter months upon us.

If you happen to read this in the spring to fall months, this would also make a great mask to avoid breathing in pollen during the allergy season.

Pattern

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Measurements of the Mask

4.5" in height and 9" wide

Materials

-1 Skein of Lion Brands Vanna’s Choice in Black and in Linen
-4.5mm hook
-scissors
-tapestry needle

Abbreviations

MR- magic ring
ch- chain
hdc-half double crochet
dc-double crochet
trc-triple crochet
hdc2tog- half double crochet 2 together
sc-single crochet
slst- slip stitch
st-stitch
sts-stitches
* Repeat stitches from first asterisk to second asterisk
( )- the number of stitches at the end of the row

Gauge

Every 4 sts and 2.5 rows = 1 inch

Notes

-The mask is crocheted in halves and then sewn up the middle. The bear motif is then crocheted and sewn onto the mask.

-If you would like to make the height of your mask shorter or longer chain in multiples of 2.
For one half of the mask, leave a long tail in the beginning to use it for seaming.

-If you wish to crochet a mask for the spring and fall months, I recommend using a different yarn to avoid sweating in your mask. Reminder that if you do use a different yarn, you will need to adjust your starting chain.

Mask

Make 2
Chain 16
Row 1 hdc into the 2ndch from the hook, hdc across to the end, ch 1, turn your work

Row 2-4 hdc across, ch 1, turn (15)

Row 5  hdc2tog, hdc across til you have 2 sts left, hdc2tog, ch1 and turn your work (13)

Row 6-8 hdc across, ch1 and turn your work (13)

Row 9-12 Repeat rows 5 and 6, (at the end of row 12 you should have 9 sts)

Row 13 hdc across (9)

Row 14 Ch 20 and carefully without twisting the chain slst into the first st of row 13 (chain can be adjusted to your liking; ch more if you want it to be loose and ch less if you want it to be tighter across your face)

Fasten off and weave in the end.  (Leave the yarn attached to your second piece to avoid weaving in more ends.)

Sew your two pieces together down the middle of the mask.




I personally like the mattress stitch. To do this, go back and forth between the two pieces, always going in from underneath and coming out from the top of the stitches. Stop and pull every once in a while to close up the gap.

Single crochet around your mask including the ch20 at either end.
If you are choosing to crochet the optional bear motif, you can single crochet around mask now or later after the motif is sewn on.

Optional Bear Motif 

Muzzle

Row 1: 8 hdc in MR , slst in the first hdc to close the circle (pull the end tight to close the hole in the middle), ch 1 (doesn’t count as a st)

Row 2: *2dc in the next st* repeat 8 times, slst at the top of the first dc you stitched, ch1 (16)

Row 3 sc in the same st where you slst, sc in the next, 2hdc in the next st, 2dc in the next, (dc,trc) in the next, (trc, dc) in the next, 2dc in the next 4 st, (dc, trc) in the next, (trc, dc) in the next, 2dc in the next st, sc in the next 3, slst to the sc in the beginning of the row, ch1 (27)

Row 4: sc in the same st where you slst, sc in the next 5 st, 2hdc in the next, 2dc in the next, (dc, trc) in the next, 2trc in each of the next st, 2dc in the next, 1dc in the next 5 st, 2dc in the next, 2trc in the next st, (trc, dc) in the next, 2dc in the next, 2 hdc in the next, sc in the next 6 st, slst in the next 3, slst to the first sc of the row, ch1 (37)

Row 5: sc in the same st where you slst, sc in the next 7, 2hdc in each of the next 2 st, 2dc in the next, (dc, trc) in the next, 2dc in each of the next 2 st, 1dc in the next 2 st, hdc in the next 2, sc in the next, hdc in the next 2sts, 1dc in the next 2 sts, 2dc in each of the next 2 st, (dc, trc) in the next, 2dc in the next, 2hdc in each of the next 2 st, sc in each of the next 8 sts, slst into the first sc of the row.
Fasten off. Leave a long tail for sewing

Nose

Row 1: MR, ch 1 and 9hdc in the MR, slst to the first hdc, ch 1

Row 2:sc in the same stitch you slst, sc in the next, (sc, dc) in the next, (trc,dc) in the next, 2hdc in the next, (dc, trc) in the next, (dc, sc) in the next, sc in the next 2 st, slst into the sc in the beginning of the row

Fasten off. Leave a tail for sewing.

Sew your nose at the top of the muzzle and use the remaining yarn to make lines for the mouth. Now, sew on the muzzle onto your face mask. Weave in any loose ends.



You can weave in all your loose ends or just tie them in the back and cut off the remainder. These loose strings will be hidden so no worries.


Now, sew the muzzle onto your facemask. Weave in any loose ends.


If you have not single crocheted around the border, do so now.


I hope you enjoy this pattern!


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Happy crocheting!


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