We just wrapped up our last project – blankets for Project Linus – and are gearing up for our next one: Knitted Knockers.
Knitted Knockers are special handmade breast prosthesis for women who have undergone mastectomies or other procedures to the breast. Traditional breast prosthetics are usually expensive, heavy, sweaty and uncomfortable. They typically require special bras or camisoles with pockets and can’t be worn for weeks after surgery. Knitted Knockers on the other hand are soft, comfortable, beautiful and when placed in a regular bra they take the shape and feel of a real breast.
At the bottom of this post is a video about this project, but for those who are ready to get started, here are some very important logistical notes about this project:
- Due to the very specific post-surgical needs of the patients who will receive the finished knockers, they should only be made using the specific patterns and approved yarns.
- Bazaar Girls has one of the approved yarns in stock: the Tatamy yarn from Kraemer. It comes in a variety of colors, from neutrals to bright colors, both of which are welcome for the project. Let the Bazaar Girls know you are buying it for the project and receive 10% off the Tatamy yarn.
- Please only use the knit and crochet patterns from the Knitted Knocker website. They can be found here and there are video tutorials as well!
- You can make them with or without a nipple. A recent video by the project notes that sometimes the nipples turn out too large, and so it’s ok to just omit them entirely or err on the side of the nipple being small.
- We will be sending them unstuffed to be finished by the Knitted Knocker team in Bellingham. In order to do this, leave a hole in your finished knocker and a long tail.
- Knitted knockers in all sizes and colors are always welcome but the biggest demand are for neutral, pastel colors or flesh colored. They also noted they sometimes have shortages of D-cup sizes. We encourage people to make a pair of each size and color because that is what is the most requested.
- We will meet from 10am-2pm on Sunday, June 18th and Sunday, July 16th. As always, you don’t have to come to the session to participate! You can work along at home, and just plan to drop off by July 16th. If you drop off, please include your name and email attached to your finished knocker so we can contact you if we have questions.
- As always, if you have any questions, email me, Leslie, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here’s more about this project – check out the video!