Wednesday, November 18, 2009

AMPUTEE’S RESIDUAL LIMB COVERS aka STUMP COVERS

NOTES:

1. I found this pattern at
Bev’s Country Cottage http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/stumpcovers.html it is Barbara Coley’s pattern.
2. I read elsewhere that it was preferred that you alternate the decreases so that there isn’t a ridge. So I came up with this detailed pattern.
3. Always use a soft washable yarn. I used I Love This Yarn and Pound of Love. POL comes in two colors that are good for men: Denim and Turquoise.
4. About needles, you can use whatever method you prefer for working in the round. For some that will be a 32 or 40 inch circular. My preference is the short circulars switching to double points when there are only 45 stitches on the needle.
5. Cast on one extra stitch and join by placing cast on stitch 1 on the right hand needle, next to the last cast on stitch. Then bring the last stitch over the first like when you do a bind off. Transfer stitch to left hand needle. Then work the first 6 stitches with the tail and the working yarn. This makes a nice join and when you’re finished you can either just cut off the tail or weave it in on the inside.


LEG COVER:

SIZE: 11-12 inches long


MATERIALS:
Worsted weight yarn approximately 2 ounces

US size 8 (5.0 mm) and 10 (6.0 mm) needles of your choice


INSTRUCTIONS:
Starting with size 8 needle.
Cast on 72 sts , using a stretchy cast on. If you cast on tightly use a larger size needle for casting on. Join in a ring being careful not to twist. Mark join as the beg of the round.

K2P2 for 8 inches.

Change to size 10 circular and work in stockinette stitch until whole piece is 9 inches long.

Decrease rounds:
Round 1. K3, K2tog, *K6, K2tog, repeat from * around, K3. (63 sts)
Round 2. Knit one round. (63 sts)
Round 3. *K5, K2tog, repeat from * around. (54 sts)
Round 4. Knit one round. (54 sts)

If using a short circular needle switch to size 10 double point needles starting with next round.
Round 5. K2, K2tog, *K4, K2tog, repeat from * around, K2. (45 sts)
Round 6. Knit one round. (45 sts)
Round 7. *K3, K2tog, repeat from * around. (36 sts)
Round 8. Knit one round. (36 sts)
Round 9. K1, K2tog, *K2, K2tog, repeat from * around, K1. (27 sts)
Round 10. Knit one round. (27 sts)
Round 11. *K1, K2tog, repeat from * around. (18 sts)
Round 12. Knit one round. (18 sts)
Round 13. *K2tog, repeat from * around. (9 sts)

Cut yarn leaving a 12 inch end. Using a yarn needle weave yarn through the stitches as you remove them from the needles. Pull tight to close and weave in end.

WRIST OR ANKLE COVER
SIZE: 8 inches long

MATERIALS:
Worsted weight yarn approximately 1 ounce

US size 8 (5.0 mm) needles of your choice


INSTRUCTIONS:
Cast on 40 sts , using a stretchy cast on. If you cast on tightly use a larger size needle for casting on. Join in a ring being careful not to twist. Mark join as the beg of the round.

K2P2 for 6 inches.

Work in stockinette stitch until piece measures 7 inches.


Decrease rounds:
Round 1:
*K3, K2tog, repeat from * across. (32 sts)
Round 2: Knit one round. (32 sts)
Round 3: K1, K2tog, *K2, K2tog, repeat from * across. K1. (24 sts)
Round 4: Knit one round. (24 sts)
Round 5: *K1, K2 tog, repeat from * across. (16 sts)
Round 6: Knit one round. (16 sts)
Round 7: *K2tog, repeat from * across. (8 sts)

Cut yarn leaving a 12 inch end. Using a yarn needle weave yarn through the stitches as you remove them from the needles. Pull tight to close and weave in end.



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