A note from Abby….

During this time of uncertainty and inability to do the things we take for granted, I hope everyone is staying home, keeping active, but above all, staying healthy.

My son and daughter in law both work in hospitals here in NJ.  My son is a Physician Assistant in the Emergency Department for Capital Health in Trenton and Hopewell and my daughter in law is an RN in the ICU at RWJ/Barnabas in New Brunswick.   As they are both on the front line fighting this frightening disease, I kept asking what I could do to help.

Jenn told me that she and the nurses were getting sores behind their ears from the face masks that they had to wear 12 hours straight each day.  She sent me a picture of the ear savers for face masks that were helping everyone.  I immediately got to work and have been crocheting since.

Now that I am back at work, I thought this would be a wonderful project for members to take on (similar to the knitted knockers but much quicker) if you want to help the nurses and doctors in our communities.

If you are willing and able, please drop your ear savers in a plastic bag in a marked box by the doors to the JCC.  Please include your name and phone number so I can call you to thank you.  If you are unable to get out to drop them off, please call me at 732-718-2111 and I will make arrangements to pick them up.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart and stay well.

Abby Eisner

Program Coordinator for Live Well @ the JCC



Materials needed:
Crochet hook - size 10 or J (you can use smaller size also)
Yarn (medium weight and washable please - acrylic OR nylon the best)
2 buttons (3/4 “ works best with 2 or 4 holes)
Needle and thread or tapestry/darning needle
Cast on 20 stitches
To start, double crochet into the 4th stitch and
continue with double crochet until you reach the last
stitch on the chain. Do 3 double crochet into this
stitch - you have completed the first row. Turn to
start the next row.
Double crochet into the second stitch on the second
row and continue until the last stitch and do 2 double
crochet into this one. Slip stitch to end.
Attach button at each end with either thread or yarn.
Please attach securely.
You have finished your first ear saver face mask!
If you watch the youtube video I have added a few
more stitches to make it a bit longer.


Materials needed:
# 6, 8, or 10 needles
Yarn (medium weight and washable please - acrylic OR nylon the best)
2 buttons (3/4” works best with 2 or 4 holes)
Tapestry/darning needle or needle and thread
Cast on 20 stitches
1st row - slip the first stitch and knit remaining
2nd row - slip the first stitch and knit remaining
Continue for a total of 11 rows.
To cast off, slip the first stitch, knit, then cast off for
that row.
Sew buttons on each end about 1/2 inch in from
You have finished your first ear saver for facemasks!

For more information, please contact:

Abby Eisner, Program Coordinator of Live Well @ the JCC, 732-494-3232 ext. 3605