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With teeny little ears and a simple bow to finish off, this cute crochet eye mask is just the thing for cat lovers! Easily adjustable to fit anyone by adding the length of elastic you want, it’s the perfect thing for sleeping or just chilling.

I’ve accessorised my crochet cat mask with an adorable little bow but you can add any sort of appliqué you want. And because furry little cats can be anyone’s friends, it’s a great gift for anyone of any age!

In this post, you’ll find all you need to know about this customisable crochet mask. If you’re putting together a gift hamper for a friend heading off on vacation, this would be a great item to add! And if your child has a slumber party soon, they’ll love having one of these on hand.

Crochet eye mask with ears

More about this crochet sleep mask pattern

This is a beginner friendly pattern that is made up of primarily the single crochet stitch. You can make it for anyone by changing the length of the strap used to tie it together.

In my version, I made two matching sides and then crocheted them together to give the mask a nice extra thickness and block out the light (I was using a light colour yarn as well).

If you want your mask to be thinner, you can adjust the pattern accordingly, especially if you’re using a darker yarn that might not need extra layering.

You could even add a gel cooling pad in between before sewing it up or a little bit of cotton for cushioning. It all depends on your own comfort and how you plan on using the mask!

Pink crochet eye mask with cat ears and a bow.

How to crochet a sleep mask like this

We begin the mask by crocheting a matching Front and Back that has some increasing and decreasing to add shape along with some slip stitches to change the height of the stitches too.

The little ears are then added in teeny rows before seaming the two sides together and then adding the strap to finish.

As the ears are added afterwards you could leave them off completely if you just fancy a plain eye mask instead!

I think this crochet eye mask is a great pattern for beginners because it makes a very unique crochet gift and will teach you about shaping and sewing too!


To crochet this cute cat eye mask, I used two shades of Cotlin DK (70% Tanguis Cotton, 30% Linen, 123yds/50g) which are:

  • A: Flamingo (approx 90 yds)
  • B: Linen or Swan (approx 15 yds)

I’ve mentioned how much of each shade you’ll need of this DK yarn but you can use any similar weighted yarn for your project. Some great options are:


Along with your yarn, you will need the following:

Video Tutorial

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Crochet cat eye mask images being worn by a little girl in pink pajamas.

Glossary and Abbreviations

ch(s) – chain(s)

sp – space

ss – slip stitch

RS – right side

WS – wrong side

sk – skip

rep – repeat

yoh – yarn over hook

tog – together

st(s) – stitch(es)


The beginner crochet eye mask uses the following crochet stitches:

sc – single crochet (UK dc – double crochet)

Special Stitches

This eye mask is made by using the simple single crochet so there are no special stitches you need to worry about.

Here are a few suggestions of all the different things you can crochet with single crochet (and you can search my blog for more inspiration too):

Pattern Notes

The pattern is written in standard US crochet terms.

A ch1 at the beginning of a row does not count as a stitch and you will turn your work at the end of each Row.

The eye mask is made from a matching front and back panel that are then crocheted together.

The bow is made separately and then sewn in place wherever you would like it.

Secure your choice of elastic or tie to the back of the eye mask once complete making sure to be aware of safety if the mask is for a child or vulnerable person.

Crochet mask pattern with cute cat ears.

Gauge and Sizing

The gauge for the crochet mask is 20 sts and 20 rows = 10cm by 10cm/ 4″ by 4″ but gauge isn’t essential as long as you are happy with how it looks and feels.

With the yarn and hook I used, the finished eye mask measures 18cm by 11cm and will fit an average child to adult with your choice of elastic for the back.

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US Terminology


Using A make 2 sides to join together.

Foundation chain: ch26

Row 1: (RS) sc in 2nd ch from hook and each across [25].

Row 2: ch1, 2sc in 1st st, sc in next 23 sts, 2sc in last st [27].

Row 3: ch1, 2sc in 1st st, sc in next 25 sts, 2sc in last st [29].

Row 4: ch1, 2sc in 1st st, sc in next 27 sts, 2sc in last st [31].

Row 5: ch1, 2sc in 1st st, sc in next 29 sts, 2sc in last st [33].

Row 6: ch1, 2sc in 1st st, sc in next 31 sts, 2sc in last st [35].

Row 7: ch1, 2sc in 1st st, sc in next 33 sts, 2sc in last st [37].

Rows 8-11: ch1, sc in each st across [37].

Row 12: ch1, sc2tog, sc in next 33 sts, sc2tog [35].

Row 13: ch1, sc2tog, sc in next 31 sts, sc2tog [33].

Row 14: ch1, sc2tog, sc in next 29 sts, sc2tog [31].

Row 15: ch1, sc2tog, sc in next 27 sts, sc2tog [29].

Row 16: ch1, sc in each st across [29].

Row 17: ch1, sc in next 11sts, ss in next 7sts, sc in next 11sts [29].

Row 18: ch1, sc2tog, sc in next 7 sts, sc2tog, ss in next 7 sts, sc2tog, sc in next 7sts, sc2tog [25].

Row 19: ch1, sc2tog, sc in next 5 sts, sc2tog, ss in next 7 sts, sc2tog, sc in next 5 sts, sc2tog [21]. Fasten off.


With RS facing, for the first ear join to top right hand st, for the second ear join to 8sts in from top left hand corner.

Row 1: ch1, sc in next 8 sts [8].

Row 2: sc2tog, sc in next 4 sts, sc2tog [6].

Row 3: sc2tog, sc in next 2 sts, sc2tog [4].

Row 4: sc2tog twice [2].

Row 5: sc2tog [1] Fasten off.


Row 1: With WS facing each other, join together with a sc seam, using 3sc in the top of each ear.

Sew the desired length of elastic in place to the back of the mask.


Foundation chain: Using B, ch12.

Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook and each across [11].

Rows 2-3: ch1, sc in each st across [11].

Wind the yarn around the middle of the bow as many times as desired and pull tight to shape before sewing on.

Weave in all ends to complete.

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