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Knitted Knockers Pattern

By: Knitted Knockers for knittedknockers.org
Updated February 15, 2018
Knitted Knockers
Knitted Knockers
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If you enjoy knitting for charity, then these Knitted Knockers are something you should see. Designed as a knitted breast prosthesis, this free charity knitting pattern will show you how to make knitted breasts for women who have undergone a mastectomy, particularly breast cancer survivors. These knitted knockers are provided free to the women who need them, so this is a charity knitting pattern you can feel good about making. Additionally, this free knitting pattern is an excellent stash buster, as long as you follow the yarn guidelines.

For this pattern, be sure that the yarn is: DK weight or finer (sport weight preferred), soft, non-wool, and washable. These knockers are placed against sensitive skin, so they need to be soft, washable, and durable. You will also need a stitch marker.

Easy

Knitting Needle Size4 or 3.5 mm, Double-Pointed Knitting Needles (DPNs)

Yarn Weight(2) Fine (23-26 stitches to 4 inches)

Pattern Instructions

This pattern has an outer piece, two transition rows, an inner piece, and an optional nipple. Instructions for all of these are provided below. This pattern is provided for US size 4 needles. Stitch counts and row repeats in parentheses are for size 5 needles. 

Outer Piece (Top Side)

  1. Cast on: Cast on 3 sts

  2. Setup Row: kfb every stitch. Stitch count: 6 stitches. 

  3. Divide onto 2 DPNs to begin knitting in the round -- 6 stitches, 2 per needle. 

  4. Round 1: Across all 3 needles, kfb, k1. Stitch count: 9, 3 per needle. 

  5. Round 2: k to last stitch on each needle, m1, k1, place stitch marker to mark needle 1. Stitch count: 12 stitches, 4 per needle. 

  6. Cup Sizes and Stitch Counts:

    A cup: Repeat round 2 24(18) times, or amount to equal 5” diameter (across). Stitch count: 84(66), 28(22) per needle.

    B cup: Repeat round 2 26(20) times, or amount to equal 5.5” diameter (across). Stitch count: 90(72), 30(24) per needle.

    C cup: Repeat round 2 30(24) times, or amount to equal 6” diameter (across). Stitch count: 102(84), 34(28) per needle.

    D cup: Repeat round 2 32(26) times, or amount to equal 6.5” diameter (across). Stitch count: 108(90), 36(30) per needle.

    E cup: Repeat round 2 34(28) times, or amount to equal 7” diameter (across). Stitch count: 114(96), 38(32) per needle.

Transition Rounds

 These two rounds help define the edge as you begin to create the back of your knocker.

  1. Purl 2 rounds

Inner Piece (Back Side)

  1. Round 1: k to last 2 sts, k2tog (each needle)

  2. Round 2: ssk, k to last 2 sts, k2tog (each needle)

  3. Repeat rounds 1 and 2 until 12 sts remain, 4 on each needle

  4. Finishing: Cut yarn, leaving a long tail. Thread through remaining sts and leave loose and open for stuffing. 

  5. Fill with polyfill (optional; Knitted Knockers will stuff them for you if you leave them empty).

Optional Nipple

  1. Work 4 rows of i-cord. Stretch and twist i-cord tightly and stitch down to create a small nipple. 

Abbreviations

kfb
Knit into front and back of stitch
k
Knit
m1
Make one, increase
k2tog
Knit 2 stitches together
ssk
Slip two stitches from left to right as if to knit, then knit them together through the back loops
sts
Stitches

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I love this. I've been doing some knitting for charity recently and looking for a change of pace. Definitely making these next!

I just started knitting for this charity! They are great! The Knockers are soft and light, unlike the heavy, sweaty and uncomfortable traditional prosthetics. Their website has more patterns available. I knitted a pair using the straight needle pattern. Easy to knit. Their website lists where you can send them in your state, or you can send them to the Knitted Knockers organization and they will get them to those in need!

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