Monday, August 13, 2007

New info for bandage makers

Tropical sore bandages
NEW place to send

WHERE TO SEND BANDAGES for Hansens Disease (leprosy) patients
Finished bandages can be mailed to one of the following places who are in need: - They are supporting TOP ('Tours of Peace' ~ trips Vietnam Vets make) - They take these bandages personally to Leprosy Colonies in Vietnam. They also take school supplies, medical needs, and such.
  • Linda Stocker, 171 Mulkey Lane, Ariel, WA 98603
  • TOP Vietnam Veterans, 8000 S. Kolb Road, Suite 43, Tucson, AZ 85706

Global Health Ministries - NO longer accepts bandages either. They were formerly listed on my website.


Size: approximately 3" - 4" inches wide by 4 feet long. I called the Humanitarian Center in SLC to confirm this size (1-9-06)
Material specifications: No. 10 knit Cro-sheen, 100% mercerized cotton in white, cream or ecru. It's bedspread cotton, thin.
(1 small ball 225 yds- should make 1 knitted bandage)

Knitting needles - size 2 or 3 USA
Crochet hook - size D or E
Do not use dyes/colors.

*When completed, roll bandages and secure with a large (2") safety pin.
*Put in plastic bag, remove air, and seal.

If you wish to print these patterns, left click on your mouse and hold the button down, drag the curser over the words you wish to print to highlight them, then let go of button. Hit ctrl-C to copy. Then open up WORD and paste (ctrl-V) it in there.

Hand Knitted Bandage: (I think the knitted bandages are softer, but the crocheted ones are perhaps faster to make and both are needed.)
Use size 2 knitting needles if you knit average or loosely, size 3 needles if you knit tightly.
I use little double pointed needles with the point protectors on the tips, so I can carry them in my purse.

Cast on 24 to 27 stitches so the bandage measures 3"- 4" across.
Knit every row until bandage is desired length of about 4 feet long, then bind off, leaving a 2-3" tail to weave in.

(TIP: I find the edge looks neater if I slip the first stitch of each row instead of knitting it.)
Secure tail by slipping thread through last stitch, tying a small knot, and weaving end back through stitches.

Crocheted Bandage

Use size D or E crochet hook (loose tension desirable). Chain enough stitches (23-26) to measure 3" - 4" in width. (I use 23 chs and an E hook, and it takes about 6 rows to equal one inch.) Row 1: Single crochet into each chain. Chain 1 and turn.
Rows 2:
Single crochet into each sc across row. Ch 1 and turn. Continue to single crochet to end, chain 1 and turn
Row 3 - ? (4 feet long) Repeat row 2 until bandage measures about 4' long. Finish off by pulling thread through last loop and secure with a knot. Weave end back through stitches. I use a sewing needle to do this.

Knitting Machine Bandage:
When using a knitting machine, to make bandages, use a double-knit stitch because single-knit bandages curl or here is a machine knit pattern sent by reader Arlene Hahn


Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting this...I have missed making these for the LDS site !

Cyn said...

Thank you for posting this. I have missed making these for the LDS Center.

Bev you continue to be an inpiration to me and others. God Bless You !

Cyn said...

Bev, about 2 years ago I believe you posted a link where we could purchase a "crochet" loom to make leprosey bandages. Do you still have that link?

Does anyone have any pictures of a loom to crochet these banadages. Thanks Cyn

bevq said...

Hi Cyn
That was a knitting loom, not crochet, and it was specially made by decoraccents. I don't think they are making them any longer.

You might want to email Isela who sold them. Here is her website

I have not seen any other loom makers selling them.