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Topic: Knitted Knockers Knitalong for Breast Cancer survivors!  (Read 4020 times)
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« on: September 14, 2016 10:40:04 AM »



Last year I was introduced to the idea of knitted... bewbs  Shocked ... for breast cancer survivors.

Sounds crazy, right?  But it turns out that knitted prosthesis are not only a thing, they're a really good thing!

Traditional silicone prosthesis are heavy, hot, expensive... and they don't get better with age.  They can irritate sensitive skin and healing muscles.  But the knitted versions are lightweight, soft, you can toss them in the wash when needed and even have a wardrobe of them for special occasions.  (White for your kids' confirmation, business beige for work, scarlet for a night on the town!) Plus, they're handmade, and we all know there's a little healing power in everything crafted by human hands.

I made a dozen last year, and I'd like to make just as many this year.  I'd love to have some company!

This website has several different options; knit one-piece, two-piece, flat, on DPNs, even crochet.  I'm not a terribly fast knitter, but I can easily do a C cup in 3-4 nights of TV watching.

Anyone interesting joining me?


http://knittedknockers.org/make-a-knocker/>


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« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2016 12:12:28 PM »

Apparently, smooth cotton is the best choice for these bewbs. Kitchen cotton is a little too rough, acrylic yarn can be hot and itchy, and some people have allergies to wool.  (Altho' I've seen some pretty fancy ones made up in things like cashmere!)

I really like Knit Picks Comfy worsted yarn, and it's pretty cheap.  I just ordered several skeins in pale pink and ivory.  Last year I simply knit up what cotton I had, and so there were some navy blue bewbs and orange/fuchsia combos.  These will be a little tamer, I think!
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« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2016 11:31:15 AM »

Yay!  My yarn arrived for this project!



The "Ivory" is a little more taupe than I anticipated, but it's all good.  I'd already made 5 from the 3 skeins of cream colored I had on hand, so I should get another 8 from this lot. 

I'm doing mainly B and C cups, because that's the major need apparently. I've been knitting these on double pointed needles, but am thinking I may try one or more using the magic loop method, just to get in some practice.

Next month is Breast Cancer Awareness month, so I plan to donate however many I get done by the end of the month!
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« Reply #3 on: September 19, 2016 12:05:30 PM »

I will be working on these as well along with you...I have a whole stash of pinkish flesh yarns and also some lovely mochas...I think they will make nice boobies!
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« Reply #4 on: September 19, 2016 02:16:01 PM »

Yay!  I'll be starting a new one in the morning!
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« Reply #5 on: September 20, 2016 10:13:37 AM »

I know you know all this AIMR, but for those who might join us....

I'm knitting mine in one piece, on double point needles.  The first few rows can be a little fiddly...



...  but it quickly shakes out.



And the knitting process couldn't be simpler, especially on the front, increasing side.  You simply knit one front-and-back at the end of each needle.  You don't have to count, or even know where in the row you are!  (just check periodically as you get close to your target.)

I got this far while watching the hour long "Poldark Revealed" special on PBS.  and with Aiden Turner on the screen, you know I was *not* focused on knitting!



If you click on "Providers Directory" on the Knitted Knockers webpage link in the first post, you can find the closest collection point to you.  Or you can send them to the parent organization, or even to me! -- but I think it's always nice to share your love in your own community.

More tomorrow -- I've got the recent Star Wars movie on DVR....
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« Reply #6 on: September 20, 2016 10:37:24 AM »

Thanks for the heads up and excellent pictures showing the beginning...and wow, you sure did get far...
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« Reply #7 on: September 20, 2016 12:49:22 PM »

Is there crochet directions on how to make one of the bewbs?  I'd love to donate some!
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« Reply #8 on: September 20, 2016 02:16:15 PM »

Sure are!

http://www.knittedknockers.org/make-a-knocker/

(I think it's the second download)

There is also a pattern here --  http://www.allfreecrochet.com/Miscellaneous-Crochet/Faux-Boob

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« Reply #9 on: September 21, 2016 06:50:01 AM »

I'm going to bookmark this.  I'm working on donations for another charity right now, but would like to donate to this charity at some point.  Thank you!
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