Crochet Wheelchair Wrap Pattern

Dec 17, 2008
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Author

Susan A. Coes

Introduction

This little wrap was designed specifically for the elderly - particularly those confined to wheelchairs or to bed. The short length prevents it from getting caught in wheels. The shape helps keep in on the shoulders where many elderly get cold. Being open down the front makes it easy for medical personnel to access arms for blood pressure readings and such.

Materials List

12 ounces of worsted weight yarn

H hook

Finished Size

Approximately 18 inches long (down the center back) and approximately 80 inches around the bottom edge

Gauge

14 dc = 4 inches

8 rows = 4 inches

Notes

V stitch = 1dc, ch1, 1dc

The Pattern

Chain 54

Row 1: dc in 3rd ch from hook, ch 1, 2 dc in next ch, *dc in next 11 ch, v st in next ch, repeat from * 2 times, dc in next 11 ch, 2 dc in next ch, ch 1, 1 dc in each of last 2 ch, ch 2, turn (58 dc and 5 ch 1 spaces)

Row 2: dc in next dc, ch 1, 2 dc in next dc, *dc in next 13 dc, V st in ch1 space, repeat from * 2 times, dc in next 13 dc, 2 dc in next dc, ch 1, dc in last dc and in top of turning ch, ch2, turn (8 sts increased).

Rows 3 - 28: repeat row 2, following established pattern, always increasing the number of dc between V sts by 2 (each row increases by a total of 8 sts).

Row 29: dc in next dc, ch 1, skip ch 1 space, dc in next dc, *ch 1, skip 1 dc and dc in next st, repeat from * to V st in previous row, ch 1, V st in ch 1 space of V st, ch 1, skip next dc, dc in next dc repeat from * across row to last dc. Ch 1, skip ch 1 space, dc in next dc, dc in last dc and in top of turning ch, ch 2, turn

Row 30: dc in each dc and ch 1 space across, end off, weave in ends.

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CricketL wrote
on Mar 11, 2009 12:00 PM

God Bless ya for sharing your design

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Susan Smith1 wrote
on Apr 8, 2009 6:29 PM

My friend has made several of these shawls. She loves them because they are quick and easy. They don't fall off the shoulders of the person wearing it like so many do. After seeing the ones she has completed, I can't wait to get started.

Garnie wrote
on Apr 28, 2009 6:18 PM

Really love this pattern...halfway through one now! Thanks so very much for submitting it!

jenninbrissy wrote
on Apr 28, 2009 6:26 PM

With winter coming in Brisbane Australia, my grandmother-in-law would appreciate one. Can't wait to get started on it. Cheers for the pattern :).

degner wrote
on May 1, 2009 11:13 AM
I have been looking for a pattern for the wheelchair elderly that is simple and therefore easy to make several in a short amount of time. This looks perfect. Will let you know how the project goes.

Dee Dee

Tracy wrote
on May 3, 2009 9:12 AM

I am not in a wheel chair but I do use a walker and cane. This is perfect. I also have friends that have degenerative diseases although we are still fairly young that would love to have this shawl, it looks like you can make it longer also so that makes it even better. This shawl is great for anyone.

akaRosella wrote
on May 9, 2009 8:56 AM

So many shawls have the long point on the back that seems to get caught in chairs, under rumps, etc! I do a lot of charity crochet and this pattern is going to be at the top of my list! thanks for sharing!

on Jul 5, 2009 8:54 PM

My mother recently had a stroke and needed to start using a wheelchair. She also has alzheimer's and has not been too steady on her feet and is cold all the time. I live far away from her so I made a shawl for her mothers day gift. It was perfect for me but had too many holes in the pattern for her and my dad does not use it. I am so thrilled to have found your pattern for wheelchair use. I am going to make it for her birthday in Sept. and I know it will be used alot. Thank you!

degner wrote
on Aug 8, 2009 12:18 PM
I have made several of these shawls and I love them. I give them to a local hospice organization. I change the stitch pattern at times for a little variaty. I used a cross stitch pattern that turned out really nice.
Thanks for a great charity pattern.

Dee Dee

ducky2569 wrote
on Sep 26, 2009 5:15 PM

I really like this. Its great! I am going to make like 30-50 of them and donate them to a nursing home by my mothers house. Thank you for the pattern!

trude wrote
on Oct 26, 2009 8:27 AM

I am so glad I just found this pattern. What are your ideas for the closure to keep it on?

SueC@4 wrote
on Oct 26, 2009 12:09 PM

You could put a button on one side and use the eyelet on the other side for a buttonhole or attach ties to either side (ribbon that matches or even contrasts or I-cord).

meggiesue wrote
on Oct 30, 2009 7:19 AM

A friend showed me this pattern and I've recently made one for mother who is in a nursing home and one for a friend. I was, however, thinking this might be a good item to make for some of the men in the nursing home (I'm sure their shoulders get cold also) when I make more for the women.

SueC@4 wrote
on Oct 30, 2009 11:43 AM

I have actually made some for men in nursing homes in black and brown. I did do one in stripes in shades of brown. The men seemed to like them as well.

on Nov 5, 2009 4:21 PM

Ooo, this is a good idea! Do you think it'd work for patients on chemo? I think it can get cold in those hopspital rooms...

-And the Mome Raths Outgrabe-

SueC@4 wrote
on Nov 5, 2009 6:38 PM

I think it would be wonderful for chemo patients. My mom is bedridden and loves the fact that she can put hers on and take it off by herself. You are right it does get cold in chemo rooms.

on Nov 5, 2009 6:45 PM

Thanks!

-And the Mome Raths Outgrabe-

Jektype wrote
on Nov 30, 2009 4:01 PM

Thanks for the pattern! Being elderly & having just been released after a 3-month stay at a skilled nursing home following major spinal surgery, I can say this definitely would be great for those in nursing homes. During the summer especially w/air conditioning on, it was always cold. I was given a prayer shawl by my church which I was very happy to receive, but I used a coilless safety pin to keep it around my shoulders & upper arms. This is definitely a better solution & I plan to make several & donate them to my church as prayer shawls.

TheMooseClan wrote
on Dec 10, 2009 8:54 AM

This is a fantastic idea! As I nurse, I know these are REALLY appreciated but I would encourage you to ADD POCKETS to hold tissues and what not. Seems all the ladies want pockets in their shawls!

This would be a great volunteer project for any nursing!

kbwall wrote
on Jan 28, 2010 8:51 AM

I make prayer shawls and love this pattern for the wheelchair-bound.  MooseClan commented here to put pockets on them.  What a wonderful idea.  I should have thought of that one and will be putting them on ALL of my shawls from now on..I am soooo excited.  Am going to start one now!  Thank you!!!!!

on Feb 1, 2010 4:31 AM

Loved making it.  It was so easy.  I am going to make one in suede now.   I gave the first one to a charity group for so meone using a wheelchair.  Next one I will make a little longer for my friend.

OmaW wrote
on Feb 15, 2010 7:55 AM

Thanks.  Great pattern and idea for our next Knitting Ministry project.   I might just like one for myself for those chilly winter nights on Long Island, NY.

Oma.

mimito5 wrote
on Feb 18, 2010 9:30 PM

Hi SueC :)  Was wondering if I might download this pattern as my husband and I are beginning a Nursing home ministry.  These would be perfect any time of year, but especially around Christmas.

If it's o.k., you can either go to my e-mail:  kflint117@gmail.com to give me permission

Or you can leave a note on my blog:  www.kathleenflint.blogspot.com.    Thank you :)

on May 3, 2010 9:10 AM

I have tried this pattern many ways and have found mistakes.  Would truly love to make this as I crochet the hospital patients and it would be really great for them.  Has anyone else figured this pattern out.  please let me know... debjks@aol.com Thank you so much. 

FlDebra wrote
on May 10, 2010 10:50 PM

Thanks for this pattern.  I think it is just what I need to make for my grandma.  I thought the longer shawls would be too much, but this one should be just right.  This way she can still sit without the shawl getting caught up under her.  Looks like it will be easy to make too. 

 

DebraKay

MargaretC@09 wrote
on Nov 15, 2010 5:54 AM

The residents in our Veteran's Homes have to pay for any "extras",  They must pay for any personal hygeine products, clothing, laprobes, shawls, etc.  These would be perfect for them.  If anyone has the time, extra yarn, and a caring heart, these would make great, very much appreciated gifts for those who don't have family or friends who care enough to provide those little comforts.  Our Vets gave us our freedoms, lets give them a little comfort in their supposed "golden years."

Thanks.

Kay Roberts wrote
on Mar 15, 2011 5:58 PM

I MAKE A SHAWL LIKE THIS HOWEVER I START WITH  8 CH , ROW 1 :DC IN 3RD CH FROM HOOK , 2 DC IN EACH CHAIN  TO THE END OF ROW.  THE REST IS THE SAME AS YOURS.  THIS MAKES IT GO UP ON THE NECK  WHICH IS WARMER OR TURNED DOWN FOR A CALLOR.  I AM NEW TO THIS WEB SITE AND THE INTERWAVE CROCHET MAGAZINE AND I LOVE BOTH OF THEM.   THANK YOU FOR DOING THIS.    KAY IN AZ

on Mar 28, 2011 10:37 AM

I have made this wheelchair wrap many times.  The comment from Kay Roberts on 3/16/2011 says she added a collar that can be turned up or down.  she started with 8 ch-- Row 1-DC in 3rd ch from hook, then 2 DC in each chain to end of row.  She then said the rest is the same as the Whelchair wrap pattern.  Doing this does NOT come to the start of the pattern with 54 stitches.   What am I missing.  Hope that you can help me out.  Thank you.

Kay Roberts wrote
on Apr 9, 2011 4:56 PM

Ruth

you are right, i'm kind of new at this and I asumed everybody would know what I'm talking about, however I know I wouldn't have either

chain 10

Row 1 - *1 dc in 2nd ch from hook,   , 2 dc in each of following ch.* = 16 dc  ch 2 turn -  Row 2 -  1 dc in ch 1 sp. *1dc  in ea of next 3 dc  ,2 dc (v) st in next dc * 3 times , 2 dc  in last dc.  Row 3 and to the end-  only increase in v st dc  and first and  last dc  until piece is 18" .  crochete edging  and when you get to  2 rows before first row , tc around tthe collar then return to edding 

I hope this helps, iI know what I'm typing , I hope you can too.  This is the first time I have had to explain my crocheteing, 

mimito5 wrote
on Apr 11, 2011 7:38 AM

Am now making this beautiful and functional wheelchair wrap.  It's crocheting up very easily........am using cotton worsted weight yarn on this one.  Will post a pic when done :)

lilft98 wrote
on May 25, 2011 9:51 AM

thank you so much for sharing this pattern. its perfect for my Grandma & charities. I will be making many more of these for chaities.

 

amaria wrote
on May 31, 2011 5:08 PM

Thank you for this pattern; I made it for my mother and it was great and very easy to work up.  It stayed on and stayed out of the wheels.  It is lightweight and warm at the same time. 

God Bless

Beckie Smith wrote
on Jul 13, 2011 11:52 AM

I have made several of the shawls. I made some changes. use 4 -6oz skeins any color of Caron Simple Soft Yarn (chain 90 instead of 54 and dc 18 instead of 13) to start the pattern.  I gave serveral of these for retirement gift and  the receivers said "They were so soft and warm that they use them for sitting on the front porch in the early mornings or watching TV when hubby had the air lowered.  Thank you every so much for the patterns.

oldladyknit wrote
on Jul 20, 2011 2:59 PM

I have been hospitalized for a while and just before going to the hospital I found this pattern.  I am so glad I did, as I have just finished my first one and love it.  I have many asking for the pattern both in the nursing staff and patients alike.  I find that I used baby weight because of living in California we only need light wraps.  Thank you so much for a great pattern.

diligent wrote
on Aug 1, 2011 3:34 PM

I am not understanding how the collar is made. Do you add it after the wrap is finished?  Could someone please fill me in on

how to make the collar .  Diligent

on Aug 19, 2011 7:48 PM

I love this pattern. The directions are very clear and after completing my first shawl, I started right in on my second one!  Thanks so much for posting this pattern online for all of us.

on Aug 19, 2011 7:49 PM

I love this pattern. The directions are very clear and after completing my first shawl, I started right in on my second one!  Thanks so much for posting this pattern online for all of us.

Kay Roberts wrote
on Sep 3, 2011 4:48 PM

the collar is added when you are making the trim around and when you come to the 4th or 5th row from the top of the neck you change to tc  around the neck and back to the 4th or 5th row you started from then continue with the rest of the trim

on Sep 17, 2011 10:50 PM

I love this.  It is so easy to make and looks so nice.  I have make them for family and friends that love to work on the comuter a lot.  Also I donated some for the elderly.   I wait to make a larger size for my aunt, but, don't know what to do.  Do you have any suggestions?  She is a size 24.

Kay Roberts wrote
on Sep 27, 2011 8:50 AM

sorry i don't know how to make this a bigger size, but i'm sure someone else does.  i would like to know too.

Susanjanev wrote
on Oct 2, 2011 5:10 PM
Thank you for this pattern. I belong to a very active group of Seniors who crochet, knit and sew for charities. We are the Nimble Fingers of the Middleton, WI Senior Center. I can't wait to crochet a wrap and also to share this pattern with all the other crocheters. On behalf of the Nimble Fingers--THANKS!!!
richworrall wrote
on Nov 5, 2011 5:50 PM

I made one for my wife in soft white.

She wants another one in coffee ice cream color.

She isn't in a whell chair. But, she likes it to wrap around her shoulders.

Thanks for the pattern. It does work up fast.

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richworrall wrote
on Nov 5, 2011 5:50 PM

I made one for my wife in soft white.

She wants another one in coffee ice cream color.

She isn't in a whell chair. But, she likes it to wrap around her shoulders.

Thanks for the pattern. It does work up fast.

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libra59_1 wrote
on Nov 17, 2011 1:00 AM
Love this! I am starting the second row. Do I crochet in the turning chain or in the next chain? Thanks for your help! Can't wait to see how I do on this. Am making this for the health ministry group a my church. Diane
Lois.miller2 wrote
on Sep 4, 2012 7:31 AM

I love this pattern.  I have made alot of this  pattern for F.S. Cancer Center.

on Sep 18, 2012 7:26 PM

I had found this shawl pattern a few months ago while seaching for different shawl patterns as I have made several prayer shawls.  I put it in my "Favorite" places and thought one day I will get to it and make one.  I found out that a dear friend of mine is in a nursing home and in a wheel chair.  She is always cold and thought this was a good reason to use this pattern to make her a shawl.  I made it in two days!!!  I really enjoyed crocheting it and it went up fast and now am ready to take the shawl to her tomorrow.  Thanks for this great shawl pattern.  I will be making more for patients that are receiving chemo at our local hospital as they are always cold.  I belong to a crochet group at church making shawls and lap robes for people in nursing homes and shared the pattern with the group.  Thanks again.

unicorn60 wrote
on Oct 15, 2012 3:44 PM

Hi Susan,

Thank you so much for sharing this pattern. My Mum loves it. Is this pattern available to knit instead of crochet. I have some friends who would like to make this design, but can not crochet.

Thank you again,

Dawn

kkoverby wrote
on Oct 28, 2012 8:30 PM

I have made this pattern for my mom.  She wants pockets.  Any ideas?

kkoverby wrote
on Oct 29, 2012 9:03 AM

I made this shawl for my mom, who is in a nursing home.  She wants pockets.  Do you have specifics on how to add pockets?

 

Kirsten

c.a.worsley wrote
on Nov 9, 2012 1:12 AM

What a beautiful idea...have worked in Care Homes for the Elderly and although the heating was just too much at times for us as staff members, still the poor residents still felt cold at times, due to their age and sometimes their ailments too....Many a time i used to tuck a "Granny Square Crochet Blanket" around them when wheeling them to and fro the bathroom...or indeed, just when they were sitting watching the TV or doing activities.....and yes i can remember just how many times the blanket would fall and catch under the wheels of the wheelchairs too!!....But this is a fantastic idea!!...i also have an elderly mother and relations who would no doubt just love one of these little wraps, for use in their  homes too,  for the same reasons...popping out to the loo, or kitchen for a drink in the evening, or just snuggling up in front of the TV to watch their favorite programme!!...i can see i'm gonna be busy with me old hook and yarn!!!....many many thanks for this so practical and such a lovely wrap pattern .....xxxx

crcanny wrote
on Nov 13, 2012 7:33 AM
abbasa325 wrote
on Dec 21, 2012 11:55 AM

Safe, Durable, Easy To Assemble, Stackable, Fun Small Children, Outdoors, Indoors Working Parent, Parent Of Two Or More Children Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.

cute high chairs

tiger1958 wrote
on Jan 1, 2013 5:15 PM

I love this pattern. I am planning on making this for my mom and mother-in-law.  I also am going to make some and give them to our nearest nursing home. I used to be a nurses aide and we could have really used these.

Crafty62 wrote
on Jan 30, 2013 5:34 PM
on Apr 3, 2013 3:12 PM

Love this pattern.  I'm crocheting them using several colors in one cover for our local Nursing Home.  They look beautiful!  Think I noticed someone asking about ideas on what to use for closures.  I hestitated on using any type of closure since I feel most of the residents probably have problems with their fingers due to arithritis, etc. in trying to button or tie.  Also, since the pattern is crocheted in "sections", they seem to stay on their shoulders much better than a shawl.  Thank you again so much for the pattern.

m.tarasyuk wrote
on May 13, 2013 6:59 PM

I have made many of these.  It really does stay put better than any other shawl I've seen.  No pins or buttons needed. I've made them from bulky yarn and worsted weight.   There's no need to add or subtract stitches, just make as many rows as needed, or until you run out of yarn.  I made them long and short, striped and plain.  They work up fast and are beautiful.  I've put lacy edgings or just used the original pattern.  it's a great basic that can be made your own way.  Thank you for this pattern.

Pat Langford wrote
on May 14, 2013 2:50 AM

i wuld a copy for my mother of wheelchair warp

Pat Langford wrote
on May 14, 2013 2:53 AM

i have been unable to copy partten my pass word and e-mail right

Pat Langford wrote
on May 14, 2013 2:58 AM

may I ask how long is a little time maybe I soulder not use parttens

Pat Langford wrote
on May 14, 2013 3:06 AM

how can i get a copy of wheelchair warp .I have giving e=mail and password

on May 28, 2013 9:24 PM

Help. I get the 58 stitches but can not understand how to increase.  I get the edges with 4 stitches on each end. However I do not understand to increase the Vstitch by 2 stitches on each row. Have tried and tried. Thank you.

 

dimples16 wrote
on Jul 2, 2013 6:43 PM

Thanks sharing you pattern. Just what I have been looking for. I am a caregiver. I have a 94 year old woman client who is always cold  even in the hot weather. I will definate make one for her infact I am going to make one for myself. very pretty.

 

witchkitty wrote
on Dec 2, 2013 10:27 PM
witchkitty wrote
on Dec 2, 2013 10:28 PM

Love this pattern. It fits and does not fall off your shoulders. Wonderful!!

reno1966 wrote
on Dec 20, 2013 11:05 PM

I love the fact this is such a quick and easy pattern.  I've done it many colors for a local nursing home.  Also recently I became aware its allso good it doesn't have a lacy fancy look to it as they've been using it for men as well.  Its been a great addition to my charity project binder.

reno1966 wrote
on Dec 20, 2013 11:05 PM

I love the fact this is such a quick and easy pattern.  I've done it many colors for a local nursing home.  Also recently I became aware its allso good it doesn't have a lacy fancy look to it as they've been using it for men as well.  Its been a great addition to my charity project binder.

Kelticok wrote
on Dec 21, 2013 12:48 PM

I am in a power chair. This shawl should be perfect for me. Thank you!

Kelticok wrote
on Dec 21, 2013 12:48 PM

I am in a power chair. This shawl should be perfect for me. Thank you!

davestwin wrote
on Jan 8, 2014 5:02 PM

Please help. I have tried three times to do the first row and for some reason I can't understand the ch.1 then 2 dc in next stitch at the beginning of the row and 2 dc in next ch, ch 1, 1 dc in each of last 2 ch, What do I do with the ch. 1 spaces on the following rows? 

I am re-teaching myself to crochet becasue a stroke caused some memory loss so maybe I would have been able to figure things out before but it seems a real challange today. Thank you.

davestwin wrote
on Jan 8, 2014 5:02 PM

Please help. I have tried three times to do the first row and for some reason I can't understand the ch.1 then 2 dc in next stitch at the beginning of the row and 2 dc in next ch, ch 1, 1 dc in each of last 2 ch, What do I do with the ch. 1 spaces on the following rows? 

I am re-teaching myself to crochet becasue a stroke caused some memory loss so maybe I would have been able to figure things out before but it seems a real challange today. Thank you.

davestwin wrote
on Jan 8, 2014 5:02 PM

Please help. I have tried three times to do the first row and for some reason I can't understand the ch.1 then 2 dc in next stitch at the beginning of the row and 2 dc in next ch, ch 1, 1 dc in each of last 2 ch, What do I do with the ch. 1 spaces on the following rows? 

I am re-teaching myself to crochet becasue a stroke caused some memory loss so maybe I would have been able to figure things out before but it seems a real challange today. Thank you.

on Jan 13, 2014 3:16 AM

Has anyone converted this to a knitting pattern?  I'd love to make these to donate to a local nursing home ministry.  Crocheting is painful.  Please please let me know.  This is perfect.  I also have a friend whose daughter has cerebral palsy. What a surprise this xxx would be for her.  Thanks.. Diane Lawrence

sandimac wrote
on Jan 14, 2014 7:20 PM

http://beyenburgerin.wordpress.com/2012/03/31/lottorp-shawl-3/  try this one - it's almost the same and it's free!

sandimac wrote
on Jan 14, 2014 7:20 PM

http://beyenburgerin.wordpress.com/2012/03/31/lottorp-shawl-3/  try this one - it's almost the same and it's free!

sandimac wrote
on Jan 14, 2014 7:20 PM

http://beyenburgerin.wordpress.com/2012/03/31/lottorp-shawl-3/  try this one - it's almost the same and it's free!

sandimac wrote
on Jan 14, 2014 7:22 PM

http://beyenburgerin.wordpress.com/2012/03/31/lottorp-shawl-3/      this is knitted and is practically the same as the crochet version - enjoy

on Oct 23, 2014 1:30 PM

I love this pattern.  I recently shortened the length and stitched up the opening to make great ponchos for my 6 and 9 year old granddaughters.

on Nov 12, 2014 8:02 PM

I want to make this for my Dad and his friend who are in a nursing home. How should I adjust it for a man? Or will the pattern be the same? Thanks.

Paula D.