Child’s Sleep Mask

My 6-year-old daughter really wanted me to make her an eye mask for sleeping. She is scared of the dark so I highly doubt this will actually be used for sleeping 🤣 but I made it for her anyway.

I looked online quickly for a pattern, but I got tired of spam.

So, although it has no mosaic or interlocking design, I am putting this pattern in my blog anyway so you can give it a try too! It should be easy to make.

The amount of yarn will be quite small. And you can use whatever color you want!

I am using random scrap yarn. If I was making something for myself to actually sleep with I think some softer yarn might be worth it.

I use US terminology and I don’t yet have a tutorial on each of these stitches but you should be able to find tutorials elsewhere if you are brand new to crochet.

I use stitch markers and scissors and a needle, as well as my 3.75 mm crochet hook and some leftover yarn.

Here is my process:

This random yarn seems like it might have been a light – 3 at some point but it has been tightly wound for numerous years and it is quite skinny now. I would barely classify it as a 3 weight, maybe a 2 is a better fit.

It is also scratchy but my daughter liked the color and it was in a random box given to me so I would like to use it up.

I did a wraps-per-inch measurement and got 15. You can learn about that here from Craft Council.

I want snug stitches so I am going to use a 3.75 mm hook.

Key (US terms)

  • Ch = chain
  • Hdc = half double crochet
  • Sl st = slip stitch
  • Sc = single crochet
  • Dc = double crochet
  • Tc = triple / treble crochet

Step 1: chain 16, hdc in 2nd from hook and hdc across to end.

Add 4 more hdc in that last stitch.

Hdc in each stitch back across the bottom. Put 5 stitches in the last stitch.

Ch 1, place a stitch marker. Hdc in same spot and continue across for 15 stitches.

Put 2 hdc in each of the next 3 stitches.

Hdc back across (16 stitches). Put 2 hdc in each of the next 3 stitches. And a single hdc in the final stitch.

Join with a sl st. Move your stitch marker or use a new one.

Ch 1, hdc in same space. Hdc x 17.

2 hdc in each of the next 4 stitches.

Hdc x 18. 2 hdc in each of the next 4 stitches.

One final hdc before the stitch marker.

Join with a sl st, move your stitch marker or add another one.

Ch 1, hdc in same space. Hdc x 18.

2 hdc in each of the next 6 stitches.

Hdc x 20. 2 hdc in each of the next 6 stitches.

Hdc x2 before the stitch marker.

Join with a sl st, move your stitch marker or add another one.

The next round is slightly different.

Ch 1, hdc in same space.

Hdc x 20.

2 hdc in each of the next 3 stitches.

Hdc x 3.

2 hdc in each of the next 3 stitches.

Hdc x 1, dc x 3, tc x 4, dc x 1, hdc x 1, sc x 1, sl st x 1, sc x 1, hdc x 1, dc x 1, tc x 4, dc x 3, hdc x 1.

2 hdc in each of the next 3 stitches.

Hdc x 3.

2 hdc in each of the next 3 stitches.

Two final hdc before the stitch marker. Join with a sl st.

Ch 1, sc x 35, hdc x 2, dc x 2, 2 dc in each of the next 2 stitches, dc x 1, hdc x 2, sc x 7, hdc x 2, dc x 1, 2 dc in each of the next 2 stitches, dc x 2, hdc x 2, sc x 17, join with sl st.

Now I have embroidered two sleeping eyelids. I wish I was better at embroidery but it is what it is. Also, you will notice my lighting has changed dramatically; midnight vs noon the next day. 🤣

To create the band for around the head I imagine there are quite a few options out there. Two simple i-cords that you have to tie would work, but I don’t like tying things near hair, ouch. And my daughter is not coordinated enough to tie something behind her own head so I am going to do a “stretchy” stitch and make a band.

I have heard that knitting is good for stretch but I don’t know how to knit (yet).

I have attached my yarn to one end through the back loops only and done 5 sc across.

Now I will go back and forth doing back loop sc until it seems long enough for my daughter’s head.

I always ch 1, turn, 6 sc. Ch 1, turn, 6 sc. Repeat ad nauseum.

I tried measuring it on her head but it stretched out a LOT after a tug of war with little brother. I sewed a good 4″ over on itself to make the band tighter.

And that’s it! She originally wanted a unicorn horn, no, a bow, actually put ears on it, no, definitely no ears, etc. I will embellish it later if she ever makes up her mind. 🤷‍♀️

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