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Scrap Yarn Knit Face Mask Pattern

If you've ever wondered what to do with yarn scraps, try putting them to good use with a lined knit face mask pattern!

By: Jessica Moy for
Scrap Yarn Knit Face Mask Pattern

At the beginning of lockdown, seamstresses all over ravaged their fabric stashes in an effort to help alleviate the mask shortage. As a seamstress myself, I was glad to have a project that made me feel a sense of purpose while simultaneously using up all the odd pieces of scrap fabric I had lying around. As a knitter as well, I also have all sorts of odd amounts of yarn scraps I never know what to do with. So I've come up with a mask pattern for us knitters out there to help us also tackle our stashes.

Supplies Needed:

  1. About 200 yards of fingering weight cotton yarn (the yarn used in this sample is Anna & Clara Organically Produced 100% Cotton 8/4)
  2. Size 6 needles
  3. Size 4 needles
  4. Size 4 double pointed needles
  5. Tapestry needle
  6. ⅛" yard of quilting cotton
  7. Hand sewing needle
  8. Thread to match
  9. Beeswax thread conditioner
  10. Elastic cord stopper
  11. Bobkin
Gauge: 10 stitches and 15 rows = 2" x 2"

Before you begin:
  1. Wash and dry your quilting cotton. Make sure to finish any raw edges beforehand to avoid fraying.
  2. If you are using a single skein of yarn, wind your yarn into a center pull ball.

Scrap Yarn Face Mask Pattern Lining

Face Mask Knitting Pattern

Step 1

Using your larger needles and holding your yarn double, cast on 39 stitches using your cast on method of choice. 

Knit until your work measures 6” long. 

Bind off all stitches.

Weave in ends without cutting them off and block your work. Cut your ends once your work is blocked.

Scrap Yarn Knit Face Mask Pattern Step 1
Scrap Yarn Knit Face Mask Pattern Step 1

Step 2

Cut a piece of quilting cotton that measures 8 ½” x 6 ½” for your mask lining. Press each raw edge under by ½".

Scrap Yarn Knit Face Mask Pattern Step 2

Step 3

Pin your lining to the back of your knitted fabric and pin in place. Thread your hand sewing needle and condition it with the beeswax. Whip stitch your lining into place.

Scrap Yarn Knit Face Mask Pattern Step 3

Step 4

Using your smaller needles and with the right side of your mask facing you, pick up and knit each purl bump along the left selvedge edge of your mask.

Scrap Yarn Knit Face Mask Pattern Step 4

Step 5

Knit 2 stitches together until you reach the end of your row (if you have an odd number of stitches, just knit the last stitch by itself). Repeat this step once more. You should have about 6 stitches left on the needles.

Scrap Yarn Knit Face Mask Pattern Step 5
Scrap Yarn Knit Face Mask Pattern Step 5

Step 6

Bind off all stitches.

Scrap Yarn Knit Face Mask Pattern Step 6

Step 7

Repeat these steps along the right selvedge edge of your mask.

Step 8


Using your double pointed needles, pick up and knit 2 stitches along the top left corner of your mask. 

Work these two stitches in an i-cord by sliding them to the opposite end of your right-hand needle. Without turning your work, switch your right-hand needle to your left hand so that your working yarn now comes from the left. Continue doing this until your i-cord measures 8".

For your last row, knit 2 stitches together. Break yarn and pull the tail through your remaining stitch. Attach to the bottom left corner of your mask by weaving this end in securely.

Scrap Yarn Knit Face Mask Pattern Step 8

Step 9

Repeat on the right side of your mask.

Step 10

Push your bobkin through the top end of one elastic cord stopper going all the way through.

Scrap Yarn Knit Face Mask Pattern Step 10

Step 11

Use the hook end of your bobkin to grab onto the i-cord on one side of your mask and pull it through the elastic cord stopper. This will make your straps adjustable.

Scrap Yarn Knit Face Mask Pattern Step 11
Scrap Yarn Knit Face Mask Pattern Step 11
Scrap Yarn Knit Face Mask Pattern Completed

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