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Today’s free crochet pattern is this owl sleep mask, it’s the last one of a set of five which you can see by clicking here. This one is the simplest out of the set as it has the fewest pieces. All of the sleep masks are quick to make and only require a small amount of yarn so they are a good way to use up leftovers from other projects.

You’ll need a 4mm crochet hook and four different colours of yarn – brown, white, black and yellow. For the ties I have simply braided together three strands of yarn and fastened them off with a knot. You could however use a strip of elastic or crochet some ribbing to use as a strap.

Materials

Brown, yellow, black and white DK yarn

Yarn Needle 

4mm hook

Abbreviations 

US Terms

ch – chain

sl st – slip stitch

sc – single crochet

hdc  half double crochet

dc – double crochet

trc – treble crochet

inc – 2 single crochet in same stitch

dc inc – 2 double crochet in same st

Face 

Round 1: Using brown yarn ch 20, dc in 3rd ch from hook and next 16 chs, 6 dc in final ch. DO NOT TURN, continue working down the opposite side of the chain. dc in every ch, 5 dc in final ch, sl st with 1st st.

Round 2: ch 2 (does not count as st) dc inc, 16 dc, 6 dc inc, 16 dc, 5 dc inc, sl st with 1st st.

Round 3: ch 2 (does not count as st) dc inc, 17 dc, *dc inc, dc* 6 times, 16 dc, *dc inc, dc* 5 times, sl st with 1st st.

Round 4: ch 1 (does not count as st) inc, 18 sc, *inc, 2 sc* 6 times, 16 sc, *inc, 2 sc* 5 times, sl st with 1st st.

Fasten off

Eyes 

Round 1:  Using white yarn make a magic ring, ch 2 (does not count as st) 10 dc into ring, sl st with 1dt st.

Round 2: ch 2  (does not count as st) 10 dc inc, sl st with 1st st.

Round 3: ch 2  (does not count as st) *dc inc, dc* repeat to end of round, sl st with 1st st.

Fasten off

Beak 

Row 1: in yellow yarn ch 2, inc in the 2nd ch from hook, ch 1, turn.

Row 2: 2 sc, ch 1, turn.

Row 3: 2 inc, ch 1, turn.

Row 4: 4 sc

Fasten off

Finishing 

Sew the eyes onto each end of the face then use a yarn needle and black yarn to stitch on the eyelids. Attach the nose between the eyes. Then, weave in the ends. For the ties I have braided together 3 strands of yarn and secured a braid to each side of the eye mask. Alternatively you could use some elastic or crochet some ribbing. You may also want to back the mask with some fabric to aid in blocking out the light.

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