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Title: Different type of crocheted tampon
Post by: cherade9 on June 21, 2007 10:32:27 AM
I made the prototype for this a few weeks ago after reading this thread about alternative menstrual products https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=82588.0 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=82588.0).

I wanted to address the possible problems with reusing a filling or stuffing of a crocheted outer tampon, so I had a think and this is what I came up with.





EDIT: It's been brought to my attention that the washing and care instructions I had previously were sub optimal. I suggest looking online for instructions on how people care for cloth diapers or cloth menstrual pads.

Here's the pattern I made. Please respect my copyright. I'm happy for anyone to make them for their personal use and/or amusement, but please don't make them to sell. I spent a long time working on the design.

Also I am not a medical professional. I make no guarantee that they won't kill you or make your genitalia unhappy with you. You use them at your own risk and I accept no responsibility for their (mis)use.

I used some Rowan 4 ply cotton I had on hand, but a much better yarn would be be an unbleached 4 ply Hemp. Some sources I know of are http://www.houseofhemp.co.uk/acatalog/Natural.html (http://www.houseofhemp.co.uk/acatalog/Natural.html) which is 100% hemp yarn and http://www.lanaknits.com/usahempton.html (http://www.lanaknits.com/usahempton.html) which is a 50% cotton 50% hemp mix. House of Hemp are based in the UK and Lanaknits are based in Canada but both sell worldwide.

Using hemp would make the tampons ultimately compostable and the hemp plant is very good for the ground it's grown in. The yarn when you buy it is often crisp and coarse feeling, but once washed it becomes much softer and more comfortable on the skin, which is fairly important for this pattern :)

If you'd prefer cotton or are having difficulty finding hemp, them please use an unbleached 4 ply cotton yarn. 

4 ply 3 mm hook

Ch 47

Turn and dc (US sc) into 2nd chain from hook through back of chain stitch

Make 26 dc (US sc)

* Turn and chain 1. Make 27 dc (US sc)

Repeat from * for 12 more rows (14 in total)
 
Make 26 dc (US sc)

In next st make 2 dc (US sc)

Continue making 6 more dc (US sc) down the side of the rectangle, 1 into each row. Turn and make 1 ch

Dec 1st and 2nd st of row, 4 dc (US sc), dec 7th and 8th st, 4 dc (US sc), dec 13th and 14th st. Turn and make 1 ch

Dec in 1st and 2nd st of row, 2 dc (US sc), dec in 5th, 6th and 7th st of row, 2 dc (US sc), dec in 10th and 11th st. Turn and make 1 ch

Dec in 1st and 2nd st or row, 3 dc (US sc), dec in 6th and 7th st. Turn and make 1 ch

Dec in 1st and 2nd st, 1 dc (US sc), dec in 4th and 5th st. Turn and make 1 ch

Dec in 1st, 2nd and 3rd st.

Turn and slip st 5 sts, 1 st per row. Turn and make 1 ch.

Dc (US sc) into each slip st, then continue dc (US sc)1 st per row, down to end of rectangle.

Slip st into the back of each st in the chain cord.

Cut yarn and carefully untie the slip knot at the bottom of the chain. Pull both yarn ends through both chain loops. Pull tightly and trim ends.

To use, tightly roll up the rectangle and tuck it's top end into the little 'hood'. Carefully push up in the bottom of the roll to make it easier for insertion.


Title: Re: Different type of crocheted tampon
Post by: chimerix on June 21, 2007 11:48:04 AM
These are great!  I would love to have some, but I guess I will need to learn to crochet first.


Title: Re: Different type of crocheted tampon
Post by: KittyCreates on June 21, 2007 02:52:57 PM
very interesting and innovative.  Have you ever heard of Diva cups/moon cups?  Those are what I use, and I love them.  www.divacup.com (http://www.divacup.com)


Title: Re: Different type of crocheted tampon
Post by: cherade9 on June 21, 2007 03:03:44 PM
Yep. I'm getting a moon cup eventually. Theres always room for different solutions to this age old process though :)


Title: Re: Different type of crocheted tampon
Post by: cmc_aust on June 21, 2007 03:18:31 PM
That's a great idea!  Personally I don't use tampons (unless I absolutely have to), but I like that you've come up with a reusable product, as this is one aspect of why I don't use them regularly.  I may have to make some for emergencies!


Title: Re: Different type of crocheted tampon
Post by: Fun4Bambi on June 22, 2007 06:49:34 AM
Great design! Thanks for sharing the pattern, too.


Title: Re: Different type of crocheted tampon
Post by: goldfishhead on June 22, 2007 06:56:55 AM
I looked at that and just thought "Ow". they realy aren't uncomfortable?


Title: Re: Different type of crocheted tampon
Post by: cherade9 on June 22, 2007 09:26:40 AM
Nope. The cotton is as soft as an obgyn tampon. There are few nerve endings deep inside your vagina which is why if the tampon is in the right place you're not supposed to be able to feel it. The tampons I've made feel a little more 'bumpy' going in but a little lube or water helps to make everything slide smoothly, just the same as obgyn tampons.


Title: Re: Different type of crocheted tampon
Post by: elfie_elfie on June 22, 2007 08:37:12 PM
OK, I heard about this challenge on LiveJournal's craftgrrl community, and I registered here just to comment on THIS ENTRY.

I love it!  And there's something about menstruation that makes me belly-laugh -- especially at the mental image of "the boiling pot" on the stove!  It reminds me of so many bathroom stories growing up that must never be told to anyone outside the family.

Cherade, have you considered selling licences to people who would like to make these things to sell?


Title: Re: Different type of crocheted tampon
Post by: Knitty club on June 23, 2007 03:39:48 AM
very interesting and innovative.  Have you ever heard of Diva cups/moon cups?  Those are what I use, and I love them.  www.divacup.com (http://www.divacup.com)

what on earth are those?? are they like a little bottle that one empties after several hours? do you leave it there the whole time and just empty it?


Title: Re: Different type of crocheted tampon
Post by: cherade9 on June 23, 2007 05:18:22 AM
http://www.divacup.com/ (http://www.divacup.com/)

what on earth are those?? are they like a little bottle that one empties after several hours? do you leave it there the whole time and just empty it?


There's lots of information on the website but basically they're a small soft silicone cup that seals over your cervix to hold your menses. It needs changing and rinsing every time it gets full, then reinserting.

They come in two sizes, depending if you've had a vaginal delivery having a baby and/or if you're over 35ish. Your cervix position and size can change a lot because of them.
 
The only problem any of my friends who use them has mentioned is learning the tirck of installing them. They have a 'stem' at the base which needs to be trimmed to your own personal taste. You use that and sort of folding the 'bulb' in half and sliding it inside and letting popping it over the cervix.

To release it you need to hook your finger over the top and release the slight vacum it has and gently take it out. Apparently it all sounds a lot more complicated that it actually is, and it becomes easy with practice.

Hope that helps!


Title: Re: Different type of crocheted tampon
Post by: Knitty club on June 23, 2007 08:46:26 AM
Yes it does! Thank you! I have never heard of it before and it made me really curious!


Title: Re: Different type of crocheted tampon
Post by: fishie on June 27, 2007 02:13:08 AM
I've been using a diva cup for YEARS and I highly recommend them.  They save so much waste, and for a bio-nerd like me, they make periods kinda fun.  :X  It's a little bit of a pain to change them in public restrooms because I like to rinse them out, so in public restrooms I'll just wipe them with TP put them back in.

This project (the crochet tampon) is a GREAT idea!  I've seen the cloth pads, and liked the idea, but I can't STAND pads!! 


Title: Re: Different type of crocheted tampon
Post by: CrochetAdikt on July 11, 2007 01:49:40 AM
http://www.divacup.com/ (http://www.divacup.com/)

what on earth are those?? are they like a little bottle that one empties after several hours? do you leave it there the whole time and just empty it?


There's lots of information on the website but basically they're a small soft silicone cup that seals over your cervix to hold your menses. It needs changing and rinsing every time it gets full, then reinserting.

They come in two sizes, depending if you've had a vaginal delivery having a baby and/or if you're over 35ish. Your cervix position and size can change a lot because of them.
 
The only problem any of my friends who use them has mentioned is learning the tirck of installing them. They have a 'stem' at the base which needs to be trimmed to your own personal taste. You use that and sort of folding the 'bulb' in half and sliding it inside and letting popping it over the cervix.

To release it you need to hook your finger over the top and release the slight vacum it has and gently take it out. Apparently it all sounds a lot more complicated that it actually is, and it becomes easy with practice.

Hope that helps!


how are you supposed to know when it needs emptying out?


Title: Re: Different type of crocheted tampon
Post by: fishie on July 11, 2007 11:55:18 AM
How do you know when to change a tampon?

I usually change mine every time I go to the bathroom, like I do with tampons, unless I know it doesn't need to be emptied.  You get used to how it works once you've used it for a little bit. I'm generally fine for 8 hours.


Title: Re: Different type of crocheted tampon
Post by: JOODITO on August 05, 2007 09:20:28 AM


 :D   omg.  this is original. 

not in a million years would I think of...  wow.


Title: Re: Different type of crocheted tampon
Post by: cherade9 on August 05, 2007 10:14:17 AM
Thanks! I wanted to make a pattern that was simple but useable. I was worried about Toxic Shock Syndrome and I hope this design deals with the issue of being able to throughly clean and dry the fabric in between uses to minimise the risks.


Title: Re: Different type of crocheted tampon
Post by: cdngreenie on August 05, 2007 11:48:45 AM
your risk of TSS with these ingenious tampons (great idea!) is probably the same as with store-bought tampons, or the sea sponge tampons (like these: http://www.jadeandpearl.com/tampon-sponge.htm (http://www.jadeandpearl.com/tampon-sponge.htm)).  As long as you wash and dry them thoroughly, you should be fine.

my friends who use various alternative menstrual products have never had problems with any of their methods, and, come to think of it, I've never heard of any problems period.


The biggest risk about TSS is leaving a tampon in for a really long time... because it sits there and becomes a breeding ground for bacteria... but you have to leave it there long enough.  (remember, tampons aren't sterile).  so, as long as you change them often enough, you'll be okay.

diva cups and keepers and moon cups have the extra benefit of being mostly sterile (you can boil the silicone ones) and non spongy... so they CAN be left in longer, though it's still up to personal preference...


Title: Re: Different type of crocheted tampon
Post by: craftcat on August 09, 2007 12:12:25 AM
I have GOT to try making these.  Amazing design, thanks so much for sharing!


Title: Re: Different type of crocheted tampon
Post by: brighidskiss on August 20, 2007 08:46:14 AM
I have to say I am very impressed with your ingenuity....I found these and have made several, and want to say THANK YOU!!!! They are absolutely BRILLIANT!!! I didn't like using store-bought tampons (even though I used unbleached cotton ones) because they are expensive and never worked too well for me (I am a heavy flow girl so always had major leakage problems, even though the tampons were never full the flow seemed to wick down the string and I always ended up with a mess).

Anyway since I have made these (I used some unbleached 4ply cotton I had sitting around in my stash) I have had NO leakage problems, and they are SO easy to wash (I do them all separate to my regular wash, in hot water and put them all in a lingerie bag) and dry....also interesting to note, I used to get wicked cramps when I used store bought tampons but that has not happened since I used these  ;D

My 13yo daughter has also recently started menstruating so I made her a set of her own with a little pouch to keep them in, and she LOVES them  ;D

Just wanted to give my experience with these tampons (btw they are SO simple to crochet and so quick - AWESOME for someone like me who has very little time to do stuff like this because I spend my days running around after 7 kids and working at home), and say thank you again for such a clever and simple design  ;D



Title: Re: Different type of crocheted tampon
Post by: cherade9 on August 31, 2007 02:42:55 PM
Wow! Someone else made them! I'm really truly thrilled that the pattern has worked out well for you! Please, spread the link round your friends :) It makes me very happy to help other women's lives, even in this small way :)

Liz A.


Title: Re: Different type of crocheted tampon
Post by: daizyduke on September 01, 2007 04:46:01 PM
I want to make a few of these. I was thinking of using this yarn...
http://www.lanaknits.com/usahempnatural.html
Would this be a good choice? I have never used hemp yarn before.  I have emailed the company to see where I buy it in the US.


Title: Re: Different type of crocheted tampon
Post by: cherade9 on September 01, 2007 05:06:08 PM
I haven't actually made these up in hemp myself yet, I've not been able to afford the yarn. Saying that though the fingering weight of that should be fine. Always wash the tampons before you use them though! I wince at the thought of using them while the yarn is still 'crispy'!.



Title: Re: Different type of crocheted tampon
Post by: javastain on October 16, 2007 03:35:10 PM
You have to watch hemp... sometimes it is lint-y so if you do use it, I would recommend washing and drying a couple times first. I have gotten hemp that literally had 'sticks' in it! OUCH! It is important to make sure you don't buy the less expensive stuff! Hemp does get softer as you use it. I have several crochet hemp tampons that are MUCH better than the cotton ones I started out with. Hemp also comes with a waxy coating too so watch for that! :)


Title: Re: Different type of crocheted tampon
Post by: shenis on November 16, 2007 07:17:39 AM
How can you "copyright" something as simple as a few rows of basic stitching?


Title: Re: Different type of crocheted tampon
Post by: girlosun_9 on January 18, 2008 05:27:26 AM
I had an elephant and a afghan block on deck next but these are too cute to pass up and I think I know someone who would like a couple  :)


Title: Re: Different type of crocheted tampon
Post by: Skellerz on March 10, 2008 06:44:18 PM
How can you "copyright" something as simple as a few rows of basic stitching?
Go read up on copyright law.
If Paris Hilton can copyright "That's hot," then why shouldn't it apply here, to something that can actually benefit the planet?
She came up with the idea, she should get the credit.  She isn't charging or anything, but she has every right to expect people not to take the credit for HER idea.

Also, I can't crochet at all, so I can't say anything about it being basic :)
It's greek to me.


Title: Re: Different type of crocheted tampon
Post by: Titus2woman on June 24, 2008 08:50:22 AM
How clever!  I don't wear these~so now I'm wanting to make a pad pattern!  (((((HUGS))))  sandi


Title: Re: Different type of crocheted tampon
Post by: Hellga on September 30, 2008 10:18:17 AM
I have a few questions...

In the pattern, it says to repeat the rows until you have 14 total. Your tampon in the pictures looks like it has, like, 8 rows. Am I missing something?

Also, I don't have a hook as small as what your pattern called for, so I'm adjusting your pattern for size as I go (using an H hook). Can you possibly give me some measurements? I'm at the part where you start increasing for the cap, and mine is 5 inches by 2 inches, or about 12 cm by 5.5 cm. Should I go any taller? I'm a bit worried about the length (i went 21 stitches across) but I think I can handle it.



Title: Re: Different type of crocheted tampon
Post by: jjenjen on October 02, 2008 12:43:58 AM
Hellga , I just made a couple of these using 4ply and a 3mm hook . They measure up the same as yours have and are fine . So well done and go for it . How cool are they?! Fancy getting excited about using them huh?! lol


Title: Re: Different type of crocheted tampon
Post by: autumnkisses on June 03, 2009 08:08:40 PM
interesting creation! I have a diva cup but i've never had any success putting it in :(


Title: Re: Different type of crocheted tampon
Post by: Granny_Leah on April 06, 2010 01:03:27 PM
This is not something I ever thought about... not much call for such a thing at my age.  ;D

Thanks for it, I passed it along to my daughter.

Aren't people ingenious?


Title: Re: Different type of crocheted tampon
Post by: DreadyMom on April 06, 2010 02:33:35 PM
I really LOVE this idea and your pattern. I currently use home made 100% cotton pads with inserts to take out and wash for easy keeping. I mean the fact that these unroll for better cleaning is just perfect. The only problem I am having is that I am a beginner in crocheting and I have NO idea what your instructions mean and I don't know what to do to make them.
I know this would seriously be asking A LOT, but do you think you could make a youtube video or something?
I dont know how to upload a photo into this thread or I would show you a photo of my pads.


Title: Re: Different type of crocheted tampon
Post by: Silver_McAdams on January 15, 2011 12:17:36 PM
I hate producing so much garbage at that time of month, and have been considering making reusable pads...but I feel so gross when I use pads. Currently, I am using OB tampons, which have no applicator. Helps some, but still producing waste.

This is a great idea, and I plan on making some out of hemp in the near future....hemp seems like it would be extremely uncomfortable down there, but I will see how it feels after washing it.


Title: Re: Different type of crocheted tampon
Post by: cherade9 on February 02, 2011 11:24:30 AM
I hope it goes well for you. Let me know!