Knitted Acts of Kindness: Junie Moon’s Bandage Brigade

The knitting and crocheting community is compromised of men and women with the biggest hearts I’ve seen. And Junie Moon is at the head of the class. In a previous post, I featured her knitted washcloths and touched on a few of her other projects. The response has been terrific and I asked June to share more about the Bandage Brigade with us, including a pattern for knitters and crocheters.

Junie hosts a knit (and crochet) along and the finished bandages are sent to hospitals in Vietnam and Africa. You can read more about Junie’s project here. Or the Touching Others with Leprosy Bandages blog.

The Bandage Brigade really kicks of the first of the year (so be prepared for a reminder then, too!). In the meantime, if you’re interested in joining, leave a comment (I’ll make sure Junie gets your email) and take a peek at the patterns below.

Thank you so much for your interest in joining me to knit bandages for leprosy patients. I truly believe that the love and care we send out into the world does indeed make a difference.

Knitting Instructions

Materials

  • Use size 2 knitting needles if you knit average or loosely, size 3 needles if you knit tightly. You may also use size 8 needles.
  • 3–4 oz “kitchen type” 4 ply cotton yarn: Peaches and Cream, Sugar and Cream or similar quality. Please use only 100% mercerized cotton yarn in white and ecru only (no colors as they contain heavy dyes).
  • Large safety pin
  • Zip-loc baggie for each bandage.

Pattern (2 options):

Option 1: Size 2 or 3 needles
Cast on 24 to 28 stitches so the bandage measures 3”-4″ across. Slip the first stitch of every row (as to purl, with yarn in back), which gives a very nice edge to them. Knit every row until bandage is desired length of about 4 feet long. Bind off and secure thread end by slipping thread through last stitch, tying a double knot, and weaving end back through stitches.

Option 2: Size 8 needles
Cast on 14 or 18 stitches. Slip the first stitch of every row (as to purl, with yarn in back), which gives a very nice edge to them. Knit every row until bandage is desired length of about 4 feet long. Bind off and secure thread end by slipping thread through last stitch, tying a double knot, and weaving end back through stitches.

Crochet Instructions

I do not know how to crochet but here are the instructions for working up bandages with this technique.

Materials

  • Use size D or E crochet hook (loose tension desirable).
  • No. 10 knit Cro-sheen, 100% mercerized cotton in white, cream or ecru. It’s bedspread cotton. (1 ball/skein will make two 4-foot long bandages.) Please no dyes. South Maid D54 is the suggested brand, although other brand names like JP Coats, knit Cro Sheen, etc. are welcome if they meet these specifications.
  • Large safety pin.
  • Zip-loc baggie for each bandage.

Pattern

Chain enough stitches to measure about 3″–4″ in width. (23 chains and an E hook take 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. Chain 1 and turn. Continue to single crochet to end, chain 1 and turn. Repeat row 2 until bandage measures about 4 feet long.
Finish off by pulling thread through last loop and secure with a knot. Weave end back through stitches.

Preparing for Mailing

When completed, please hand wash in Ivory soap and dry, roll the bandage and secure with a large safety pin. Put in plastic bag, remove air, and seal. Please include a piece of paper with your name, email address (optional), and blog URL (optional).

Mailing Address

Although I’ve very happy to collect the bandages and send them on to the coordinator, you can mail your bandages directly to Linda (Touching Others with Leprosy http://www.leprosybandages.blogspot.com/) at the following address:

Linda Stocker
Bandage Brigade
171 Mulkey Lane
Ariel, WA  98603

My mailing address:
Junie Moon’s Bandage Brigade
624 S. Rincon Rising Road
Tucson, AZ  85748

Knitted Acts of Kindness: Junie Moon Shares Her Knitted Washcloth Pattern

Junie Moon was kind enough to let me share this story with you. I stumbled on it doing a Flickr search for knitted washcloths. June loves to knit for a good cause and we are pleased to support her work. You can see all of June’s projects via her blog and Flickr site.

My husband has us on a “watch all the James Bond movies in order” project. So, I am knitting a cotton washcloth per movie (I’m averaging 2 cloths per ball of yarn). The results are great for giving to the domestic violence shelter (psychologically semi-offsets the violence in the movies) or any other place where they will be useful. They work great in little kits: a washcloth, pretty bar of soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, etc.

I use size 7 needles but bind off using size 9. The yarn brand is Sugar’n Cream. Here is the pattern:

CO 40
Row 1: K
Row 2: K
Row 3: K3, P1, *K1, P1″ until end of row but K the last 2 stitches
Row 4: K3, P1, *K1, P1″ until end of row but K the last 2 stitches

Repeat rows 1-4 until the washcloth is the size you want, end with row 2, and then BO.

The washcloths in the photo went towards a couple of charitable endeavors. One was for Kelli Donley’s project to help an orphanage in Mozambique (http://www.africankelli.com/2007/04/17/giddyup/). We were tasked to fill zip-loc bags from a list of needed items. I made 10 packets and in each one went a washcloth I’d knitted along with soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, etc. and I added little toys to each. My little zip-loc baggies were chock full of as many goodies as I could squeeze in there.

In addition to the orphanage project, I knitted some of the washcloths for domestic violence shelters as part of my support for Loves Many Cloths; they have a presence on Ravelry and host a Yahoo! group.

Yet another one of my projects is the Junie Moon Bandage Brigade where we knit or crochet (individual choice) for Leprosy victims. This is something I host in January (although I still collect them—just received two packages recently). When they’re all collected, I forward them to the folks who make sure Veteran’s groups get them for hand-delivering to leprosy patients in Vietnam or Africa.