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« on: January 05, 2005 04:11:37 PM »

Most unfortunately, I sprained my ankle severely at a dance audition last night.  After a miserable wait in the emergency room, I got home around midnight.  I was having a not so fun day of pain, exhaustion and frustration at school.

But, quite fortunately, I didn't have to suffer through the entire school day, because we were let out due to freezing rain!  So, I ran (or rather hobbled) right home and tried to devise a way to make my crutches less painful on my upper arms.

I ended up crocheting these super fun covers to go over the foam bit at the top.  I used my favorite yarn in the whole entire world, Lion Brand's Landscapes.  I can't remember the name of the color, but it's quite fun!


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The color is most accurate in this picture here.

I used a size I needle.  I made a rectangle, 14 chains across and 14 rows of double crochet.  I folded it 'hotdog style' and sewed the ends closed.  Then, to keep it from slipping off the crutch, I went around the bottom for two rows in single crochet, doing a stitch about every inch to make it gathered and tighter, which keeps it on tight.  Then I folded a washcloth on top of the foam handle, and slipped the the cover on.  Voila!  They're so much fun, they make me almost forget the excruciating pain I'm in!
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« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2005 04:18:27 PM »

Ugh!  I was on Crutches for two months once and then again for another month and a half a few years later.  I would have LOVED to have known how to crochet!!! That definitely would have helped.

What a great idea - and how nice to pamper yourself.  The tops of those things (rubber) get so icky once they wear for awhile.  So it's nice that you'll prevent yourself an eyesore Wink

Just remember to put your weight on your hands and not on your armpits.  That's a mistake a lot of people make.

Good luck healing!  Keep up the beautiful work and fantabulous attitude. 
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« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2005 06:04:26 PM »

Those are great!  And I love the yarn, goona have to save up and get me some.  Take care of that ankle!!
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« Reply #3 on: January 06, 2005 10:03:47 AM »

Now that is a great idea!
Cushy and fashionable--

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« Reply #4 on: January 06, 2005 12:53:51 PM »

When I was in college I ended up in a cast for six weeks and though it never occurred to me to make crutch cozies, I did make a little...well, bra, I guess you'd call it, to cover my exposed toes.  Have had occasion since to need crutches a couple of times and will remember your idea should the need ever arise again---thanks for the idea and the how-to!
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« Reply #5 on: January 06, 2005 01:01:01 PM »

Ingenious!  I was on crutches over the summer (also for sprained ankle) and discovered a little problem with the cushiony material on them - I'm sensitive to latex, and they must have some latex in them, 'cause I kept breaking out.  Not on my hands, mind you, which would have made sense, but on my face.  I finally realized I was touching my face after using the crutches, and transferring the latex-y bad stuff to my face.  I just used some fabric, taped (not so prettily) around the foam, but wish I'd'a thought of that.  Great work, and love the colors!
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