Amputation Covers

Amputation Covers

These instructions are for knitted amputation covers for arms and legs.

What you need

2 ply yarn
13″ length requires 1 oz.
18″ length 1 1/2 oz.

25″ length 2 oz. Set 4 No. 10 Canadian (or equivalent) points on both ends, and size 9, points on both ends.

Materials for arm covers: same needles as for leg but make 13″ 18″ only.

Tension: 8 1/2 sta. = 1 ” ,no. 10 needles.


Instructions are for leg covers, arm covers in brackets. ( )

13″ length: (Width all around the widest part 15 ins.)

Arm covers– 14″. With No.9 needles cast on 148 st. loosely.(48, 48, 52 ) Arm cover -124 sts. ( 40, 40,44 ) DO NOT knit into back of cast- on stitch as this tightens the edge too much.

Work 5 rounds ribbing ( K2, P2 ) Change to No. 10 needles and continue even in ribbing until work measures 3″ from beginning, increasing 2 sts. in last round, 150 sts. in round (Arm cover- 126 sts.) Continue even in plain knitting until work from beginning measures 4″. (Arm cover- 6 “) Proceed


It is very necessary to space the decreasing unevenly so there is no dec. ever made over the previous and so form a ridge. This article MUST be free of ridges of any kind.

1st. and 2nd. rounds: (leg cover only) Knit, Dec 10 sts. in round evenly spacing the decreasing on three needles. Work 1 ” even in plain knitting after the 1st. and 2nd. dec. round, also after each of the following dec. rounds.

NEXT 2 dec. rounds: (start dec. arm cover with these 2 dec. rounds) Knit, dec. 9 sts, in round.

Next 2 rounds: Knit decreasing 8 sts. in round.

Next 2 dec. rounds: Knit, dec. 7 sts in round. 9th. dec. round: Arm cover-7th dec. round). Knit, Dec 7 sts. in round. 75 sts. in round (Arm cover 71 sts) **

Work 3 rounds even.

Next dec. around: knit, dec. 15 sts. in round.** Repeat from *** to*** 30 sts. in sts. (Arm cover -26 sts.)

Knit 1 round.

Next round
*K2 tog. Repeat from * to end of round. Break wool. Thread end through remaining sts. Draw up and fasten securely on wrong side of work, being careful not to make a ridge or bump.***

18″ length: Width all at the widest part is 18″ (Arm cover is 15″) With No. 9 needles cast on 148 sts. loosely ( 48, 48. 52) (Arm cover- 124 sts. 40. 40.44 ) DO NOT knit into back of cast on sts. as this tightens the edge too much.

Work 3″ in ribbingK2,P2., increasing 2 sts. in last round. 150 sts. in round (Arm cover, 126 ) Continue even in plain knitting until work measures 5″ from beginning.

Change to No. 10 needles and continue in plain knitting until work measures from beginning, 9″ (Arm cover- 11″) then work from **** to **** as given for 13″ length.

25″ length: Width all around at widest part 20″ With No. 9 needles cast on 160 sts. loosely ( 52, 52, 56.)DO NOT knit into the back of cast on sts. as this tightens the edge too much.

Work 3″ in ribbing (K2,P2) Continue in plain knitting until work measures 8 ” from beginning.

Next round Knit, dec. 10 sts. in round, spacing the decreasing on the 3 needles.

Continue even until work measures 12″ from beginning.

Change to No. 10 needles and continue even until work measures 16″ from beginning, then work from *** to *** as given for 13″ length.

To press: Turn cover inside out. Pin into shape. Cover with wet towel.

Steam with hot iron. DO NOT rest weight of iron on cover to flatten it. Remove towel and pins and let dry.


  1. luvmyferretz says

    I don’t normally comment on other comments, but “gross”?????? Seriously??????
    You must be young and ignorant or else you would have never let your fingers even type this sort of comment on a subject such as this.
    Wait until something happens to you. I hope someone will see you and say “GROSSSS!!!!”

    I think I will make a stack of these covers to donate to the rehab hospital in my neighborhood!

  2. when this sort of pattern is provided it is by someone it is usally because the person has had difficult finding the item themselves- i have also seen stoma cover patterns and these may seem eqaully Grossss! as one person put it, but to the person who has had a laryngectomy the idea of having something that blends into clothing rather than looking like a surgical dressing, is great – so do not be so quick to call a particular item gross!

  3. thanks for the pattern, i no longer wear a prosthetic leg but my only options have been the beige type of sock designed to wear under a leg. And as for the comment re not being in the 1850’s- it may seem odd but there are some people (referred to as devotees by some) who get rather “excited” by the site of a stump. I do not want to have to wear pants/jeans all the time just to avoid the leers of these rather disturbing idividuals so the idea of being able to make my own knitted sock is appealing.

  4. gross!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

  5. its not the 1850s here.Valeria S

  6. wat is an amputation cover?

  7. you’ve gotta be kidding me, amputation cover? ha, weird!

  8. Does anyone have this pattern in crochet?

  9. What a great idea! As an amputee,I believe this pattern would provide a durable and comfortable cover for a residual limb.

    Beth M.

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