Dialys-Sleeves Arm Warmers – Free Crochet Pattern

I like to crochet. A lot. I enjoy discovering new patterns and making things that I’ve never made before. So when a friend of mine – a nurse in a dialysis center – asked me if I could make some arm warmers for her patients, I decided to see what I could figure out. After a bit of trial and error, Dialys-Sleeves Arm Warmers were born.

Dialys-Sleeves Arm Warmers Free Pattern Cover Picture

What Makes Dialys-Sleeves Different From Normal Arm Warmers?

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Dialys-Sleeves Arm Warmers are designed specifically for dialysis patients. They may also be helpful for people donating plasma or going through chemo-therapy. They fit the arms from shoulder to finger tips. The attached mitt buttons back when the wearer wishes to use their hands.

Blue Sleeves

Dialys-Sleeves Arm Warmers are created to be quite loose. The many buttons up the center allow access to the entire arm, as well as the back of the hand. They are designed to help the patient stay warm without disturbing medical equipment the way that blankets can. Keeping the arms warmer helps to reduce some of the risks associated with chilled appendages and slow circulation during dialysis treatments.

Random 100pcs 1/2"(12mm) Cute Flower Plastic Buttons
Random 100pcs 1/2″(12mm) Cute Flower Plastic Buttons


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Caron Simply Soft Yarn Solids (3-Pack) Ocean

Tan & Green Sleeve Unbuttoned

The Story – In Slightly More Detail

A friend of mine asked me to create Dialys-Sleeves. A nurse in a dialysis center, she was quite concerned about her clients. Many of them suffered terribly from cold while undergoing treatment. The filtering process lowers the temperature of the blood, and although it is reheated before returning to the client’s body, it still is often not quite warm enough. Covering with blankets can help, but the arm receiving treatment usually goes uncovered to prevent risk to the medical equipment.

cardinal colors sleeve

A few of her clients purchased a pair of Dialys-Sleeves that I crocheted, and I created a number of other pairs in different colors and opened an Etsy Shop, selling a few more pairs and some of the patterns, too.

Not Really My Thing

However, as much as I love to crochet, making the sleeves for sale just wasn’t working for me. It was too time consuming, with me making less than $1 an hour when filling an order. I didn’t feel right charging more for them. I also found that after the initial orders, interest disappeared, almost certainly because I was putting very little energy into promoting them. Ultimately, I decided to close my Etsy shop except for this pattern, which I allowed people to buy for 20 cents, the minimum I could charge.

Dialys-Sleeves Arm Warmers Crochet Pattern For FREE

But I created Dialys-Sleeves Arm Warmers to help others and that really matters to me. Even if I’m not interested in selling them, I want them to be available to anyone who can use them. This crochet pattern is made for advanced beginners who have mastered the basic stitches. It is the first pattern I ever wrote, but I did my best to break the steps down and illustrate everything.

Dialys-Sleeves Arm Warmers Pattern


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Caron Simply Soft Yarn Solids (3-Pack) Autumn Red

Crochet Hook Set with Ergonomic Crochet Hooks for Ultimate Comfort
Crochet Hook Set with Ergonomic Crochet Hooks for Ultimate Comfort

So, if you or someone you love could use some extra warmth, please feel free to download the zip file HERE: Dialys-Sleeves Arm Warmers Pattern. The zip includes the full color PDF version of the Dialys-Sleeves Arm Warmers Pattern, as well as a non-illustrated version for easy printing.

If you have questions or need any help when making this pattern, feel free to comment or contact me at: mysticloon at this website dot com.

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12 comments on Dialys-Sleeves Arm Warmers – Free Crochet Pattern

  1. You put sooooo much work into this project and what you got from it is incredible. All of those people wearing your sleeves, is like you giving them a warm hug every treatment <3

  2. Hi, I’m trying to make this sleeve for my mom for her dialysis and I have run into some trouble. I am at the part where you begin to make the fingerless mitt. I read that I need to make a large loop from the ch 1 at the end of row 42. I can’t figure out what I’m supposed to do with the loop, though. Can you help?

    Also I’m making a left arm sleeve, if that helps narrow it down.


    1. Hi Michelle! πŸ™‚

      I’m so happy that you are making your mom some dialys-sleeves! I hope they will help her stay nice and warm during her treatments! πŸ™‚

      I’m sorry for the confusion. The only reason I have you pull the loop large is so the stitch doesn’t slip out on you while you count out the stitches for the next step. Just pull it large so you can set your hook down and lay your sleeve out and follow the diagrams so you can plan out your next move. After that, slip your hook back into the large loop, pull the loop down around your hook again, and continue crocheting according to the instructions. πŸ™‚

      I hope that helps! Please let me know if I can help with anything else. πŸ™‚

      Bright Blessings!


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