With the original author’s permission, I am posting a crochet version of her knitted stethoscope cozy. Thanks, Kim! You can find her on Ravelry here. Edit: Kim has taken her pattern off the internet due to abuse. People were making and selling them. Not cool. If it isn’t your pattern, you need permission to sell it, even if you made the item.
I’m celebrating a new start to a new career and I want to share my happiness with all of you. Stethoscopes are expensive and need protection from skin and hair oils or they break down. Also, I find that the tubing pinches my neck and pulls my hair like crazy. Plus, as a lifelong crafter, I was peeing my pants to think of some nursing-related projects to make.
This pattern would make a great gift for heathcare workers who have given great service to your family and/or pets. (It’s hard to find a way to thank people when they aren’t allowed to accept gifts of monetary value. When I worked in the laboratory, we weren’t even allowed to take popcorn buckets or boxes of candy at Christmas. I’m pretty sure most hospital administrators would allow and handmade yarn present.)
Use washable fingering weight yarn! I used sock yarn. I have many leftover balls around the house from knitting socks. For vegans and wool allergies, there are some adorable cotton yarns for babies in fingering weight. My gauge was 5 sc per inch. I used a size D (3.25 mm) hook. Gauge isn’t too critical, but I’d go bigger rather than smaller.
Anyway, here it is:
Chain 16 and join to form a ring. Single crochet in each chain. Don’t join rounds, just work in a spiral until you’ve reached the desired tubing length, approximately 18 – 20”.
Flatten crocheted tube and place open ring stitch markers on the two edge sc. (Approximately stitch 1 and 8, but we didn’t keep track while working in a spiral.) Increase 1 stitch before marker and once stitch after marker by sc twice in same stitch (4 stitches increased.) Work one row of sc, moving up markers as you work. Continue increasing in this manner on alternate rows until you have 32 stitches in total.
If you have any questions, I’m always here: firstname.lastname@example.org. Let me know if the directions make sense.