Send Knitted Bandages
Knitted bandages are a real blessing. Leprosy Mission field workers use them in treating people affected by leprosy and disability. They also give them to the patients as they can be washed and re-used.
The Leprosy Mission Australia currently cannot accept knitted bandages at the national office, but you can send yours directly to the field!
Direct addresses below:
The Leprosy Mission Ethiopia
P.O . Box 30480
PO Box 151
Please note: PAPUA NEW GUINEA is being amply supplied with bandages at this time.
- Include a little note to tell them who you are and where you are from.
- Be assured that your contribution is a part of a wider ministry to people affected by leprosy, who are touched that people in Australia care enough to do this for them.
- Ask the post office to use a receipt label instead of stamps.
Please note: There are a few dos and don’ts to ensure your bandages can be used effectively – please note pic below…
- Yellow bandage – Not OK. It is synthetic wool and hot to wear and too thick for inside shoes.
- Pink bandage – Not OK. Wrong stitches and hard to roll out, but in cotton, so that is good.
- Blue and grey bandage – BEST. In thin cotton thread, so not too thick. Could be a bit wider.
Need a knitting pattern? See below…
PATTERN – For 3-4 ply cotton bandages (any colour):
Tension: 20-22 stitches (depending on your tension)
Needle size: size 10-12 needles
Width: 5-7 cm wide (no wider)
Length: One to 1.5 metre knitted in garter stitch (plain knitting)
Decrease at both ends of the needle for last 8 rows to form a point.
Crochet a single chain, 40-50 cm long, thread through point, fix at the point with a knot – leaving two single ‘ties’ approximately 20-25cm each. This means they can be tied onto the foot.
(Narrow tape or ribbon could be used instead of crochet chain)
WHY are these best?
They are easier to wash and are not so hot to wear in the tropical/hot environments.
They are also not as bulky as the woollen/synthetic ones (like the yellow bandage), which often have to fit inside shoes and sandals.
Marilyn, a keen knitter and The Leprosy Mission Australia supporter, suggests her version of the pattern:
YARN : Cotton yarn (3-4 Ply good )
NEEDLES : Old Size 8 or 4 mm
PATTERN : for 3-4 Ply
Cast on 22-25 stitches.
Using Garter Stitch Knit till 1 M long,
Then cast off 1 stitch at beginning each row till no stitches remain.
Using crochet hook and chain stitch make a tie approx 40 cms long.
Thread through one end of the bandage and tie it so that each half length now becomes part of a tie for the bandage. Finish off ends.
May God bless you as you serve Him in blessing others.