ARE YOU UP TO THE CHALLENGE?
KNITTING FOR CANCER PATIENTS – #PickaPICC
Did you know intravenous chemotherapy is one of the most widely used methods in the treatment of cancer?
Did you know intravenous chemotherapy involves inserting a long, slender flexible tube into a peripheral vein (usually in the upper arm) known as a Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter?
Did you know many people with PICC Lines prefer to cover up and have to wear long sleeved tops, even during the summer months?
On August 19th 2017, the Popup Wool Show is supporting Melanoma UK by giving away beautifully discreet or decorative, light-weight, hand knitted PICC Sleeves to chemotherapy patients up and down the country.
(any person with a PICC line administered for any illness is welcome to register with us to collect a PICC line cover)
ARE YOU UP TO THE #PickaPICC CHALLENGE?
If you love knitting and want to help support cancer patients, simply grab your knitting needles and knit (or crochet) as many PICC sleeves as you can. Be as creative as you like in your choice of pattern and colour. Knit as many (or as few) as you wish and when you are finished? Pop your PICC sleeve in the post to the
Popup Wool Show
Second Skin Events Ltd
25 Alverstone Road
Your hand made gift will be priceless to somebody who needs it
Suggested PICC Sleeve Patterns
Hook 3.5 mm / US E or 4 / UK or canada 9
Gauge : 4 stitches per inch approximately
Chain 30 plus one for turning.
Starting in the second chain from the hook, single crochet into each loop.
Chain 1, turn. Single crochet into the back loop of each stitch.
Repeat until you have a piece that unstretched is 6 inches long.
Note to beginning crocheters – sometimes it pays to count the stitches as you go so you don’t lose any and end up with a triangle.
Cut yarn leaving about a 10-inch tail. Sew closed lengthways carefully, being sure to not make bumps. Weave in ends.
Chain 36 plus 1 for turning. Make as child size except make the piece 8 to 9 inches long unstretched.
Set of 4 double pointed needles in size 5 or size 6 (or 2 circs if you prefer for working in round)
GAUGE: not terribly important, but try to get close 4-4.5 stitches = 1 inch in stockinette stitch.
The 2X2 ribbing should allow for a great deal of stretchiness and fit many shapes and sizes. Please make sure to make children’s covers 7-8 inches long and adult covers 8-10 inches long. Though children have smaller arms, the area needing covered is pretty standard size on both kids and adults.
Cast on 44 (48, 52, 56) stitches LOOSELY (use a larger needle if necessary).
Join, make sure stitches aren’t twisted and place marker.
*Knit 2, Purl 2* repeat around.
Continue to knit 2, purl 2 until tube measures between 7-8 inches for child cover, and between 8-9 inches for adults.
Bind off loosely
MellyBean Designs from Ravelry
35 grams/150 yards of sock weight wool. I used
Knitters Brewing Company Sock-Aholic in Beer Goggles
Set of 2.25mm double pointed needles OR 9” circular
Tapestry needle Stitch marker to mark beginning of round if using 9”circular needle
8sts for a 1”
9” circumference 7.5” height
Cast on 72 sts onto one DPN. Divide sts onto two needles (36sts on each needle). Join in the round being careful not to twist sts. ^*K2, P2* 4 times K2.
Start a new needle. *P2, K2* 4 times, P2. Rpt from ^ once more. You now have 18 sts on each of the four needles. I find this the easiest way to cast on sts and join in the round without twisting.
Continue working in K2, P2 ribbing until piece measures 1” from CO edge (about 10 rounds).
Begin working in stockinette. Continue for 5” from first stockinette round.
Switch back to K2, P2 ribbing and work an additional 1.5” (about 15 rounds).
Bind off loosely in ribbing. Weave in ends
Pattern can easily be modified to add stripes, cables or lace patterns. I would love to see what you come up
with! Make smaller or larger by subtracting or adding multiples of 4 sts.
DPN: double pointed needle
#PickaPICC and show your support to all cancer patients currently undergoing chemotherapy
#PickaPICC and help cancer patients know they are not alone
#PickaPICC and give a gift that is useful and heartfelt
#PickaPICC and know that your hand-made gift will be priceless to somebody who needs it