Anyone who has to carry an Epi-Pen knows that they can be a pain in the ass. They fall to the bottom of your purse and hide there. But of course when you don't want it, its always right there in the way. not to mention the ugliness.
All the cases on the market are solid black or bright red. The black ones get lost in bags and the red ones can't be carried on thier own because they just scream 'I'm a walking medical emergency! Fear me!' (I'm just a tad melo-dramatic). Anyway, I was sick of my current boring carrying case that always seems to be burried in my purse but never around when I need to find it, so I knit up a new one. It has a draw string made of yarn so that it can be broken if needed in an emergency and a pocket just large enough to hold a small baggie with some anti-histamine and/or oral steroids.
This is it open. Inside the tube is a sheet of paper with all the infomation a paramedic would need. It fits snuggly around the epi-pen but still lets its slip out easily. The pocket is near the top. You can barely see it in this picture but its more obvious on the actual caddy.
This is what is looks like closed. The pocket is easier to spot in this one.
I used Eco-Fill Recycled yarn. Its a 25% acyrlic, 75% cotton yarn. Animal fibres should never be used for a caddy since many people with life-threatening allergies also have fibre allergies/sensitivities. People like me. -sigh- no felting for me
. Cotton blends are the best since they can be washed easily. Bright colours are good for easy location in an emergency.
You'll also need size 5 DPNs and a yarn needle.
Gauge: 2"= 12 stitch and 15 rows. Gauge is pretty important since it doesn't stretch very much.
CO 23 stitchs on 3 or 4 DPNs and connect. The whole project is knit in the round (except the pocket)
rows 1-51: knit. It should measure 7"
Row 52: K1, K2tog* till end. 12 stitches remain (corrected! I orginally wrote 22 by accident. Its 12 stitches remaining at this point. Thanks Cougar1 for pointing out that I made a mistake)
Row 53: knit
Row 54: K2tog. 6 stitches remain. BO loosely.
Turn in side out and sew close. weave ends in.
Knit in Stockinette for 12 rows. BO and weave ends in
Sew the pocket 1.5" from the top. It should fit fairly tightly to the caddy so the meds can't slip out accidently.
Using 6'8" of yarn weave in and out every 2 rows to create a draw string. Use a yarn that can be snapped in an emergency.You don't want the epi-pen to be trapped inside the caddy because it got knotted. Velcro, a snap or a button can be used instead if you like. I'm just lazy and had sewing on fasteners
The pattern as written will hold one Epi-pen, Epi-pen jr, or twin-jet auto injectors. If you, or the person you are making it for carry two epi-pens, add 15 st to the cast-on and an extra 5 rows to the top so both injectors will fit in a single cady.
You can sew on an I-code wrist strap on to make it a grab and go caddy.
sew an red cross, or the word Epi-Pen on the outside so anyone would reconize it as a medical device.
If you have of know a child who has to have an epi-pen kept in a central location at school a unique caddy with the childs name sewn on to it can help it be idenified quickly, can help save precious seconds.
a slip of paper containing your name, DOB, medical specfics (including allergies, conditions and medications), Allergists and family doctors name and number and emergency contact information should be kept with every epi-pen in case an allergic reaction happens while you are on your own. That is all the info a paramedic will need if you are unconscious or unable to speak.