In the harsh winter winds and snow, a ski mask helps to keep your face, head and ears protected and warm. Not only for skiing, ski masks are good to use for any outdoor activity. Crocheting your own ski mask allows you to choose colours you like and to custom fit the hat to the dimensions of your head. As an additional bonus, crocheting is a useful activity to help relieve stress and anxiety.
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Things you need
- Ski mask crochet pattern
- Crochet hook
Consult the Beginner Crocheting website (see References) for useful crocheting tips. Even if you are not a beginner, it is always helpful to brush up on a few tips before starting a new project.
Find a crocheting pattern for a ski mask. Free crocheting patterns can be found easily on the Internet and in various crocheting books. You will find free crochet patterns for men, women, teens and children from Christina's Crochet Haven (see Resources) and a children's pattern from the From Grammy's Heart site (see Resources). Each pattern is slightly different. To choose a pattern, consult the photos and decide which style of ski mask suits your tastes best.
Choose the right yarn for your project. The crochet pattern will recommend which weight and size yarn to buy, and some patterns will recommend a specific brand of yarn. It is always best to follow the pattern's instructions regarding the weight and size of yarn for the project. If a brand of yarn if not already recommended, Red Heart and Lion Brand are two brands that are readily available at most craft stores.
Use the right crochet hook. The pattern will instruct you to crochet with a specific hook size. Be sure to follow the hook size recommendation carefully, as a deviation could result in poor quality and fit. Vintage Crafts, Patterns & Designs (see References) offers advice on how to pick the right hook and includes a U.S. to U.K. crochet hook conversion chart for both steel and plastic hooks. Test whether your hook is the right size by crocheting two to three rows of stitches (known as a swatch) to make sure your stitches are not too loose or too tight.
Follow the crocheting pattern step by step.
Tips and warnings
- Buy all of the yarn you will need to complete a project. If you run out of yarn in the middle of a project, you might not be able to find the same yarn brand or colour.
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