Knitted Knockers

Those of you who have been reading this blog for a while may remember the post Knitted Knickers and wonder why I’m repeating myself, but this one has an important vowel change. That ‘o’ makes all the difference… this time, I’m talking body parts rather than undergarments!

Towards the end of last year, whilst doing some internet research, I came across the fabulous Knitted Knockers UK*:

…a UK based voluntary group that has been in operation since January 2014. We knit and crochet 100% cotton breast prostheses for women that have undergone a mastectomy or lumpectomy.

Ladies that have undergone surgery are provided with silicone breast prosthesis by the NHS, which some ladies have found to be uncomfortable, heavy and may rub against the scars left after surgery, causing rashes and pain.

At Knitted Knockers UK we want women to know that there is an alternative that is lightweight, takes the form of a real breast, is soft against the skin and is breathable.

We want women to know that the alternative is a Knitted Knocker and that they are “Made with love and filled with hope” and we provide them FREE of charge to those ladies who need it.

FREE you say… YES FREE…

How could I resist joining? And, in fact, it turns out the skills that you develop whilst knitting snails, worms and Loch Ness monsters come in very handy when you take up the creation of knitted knockers (now that’s a transferable skill!). So I got out my needles and crochet hook and submitted my first attempt for assessment by the knockerettes… a couple of tries later and I was approved to join the orders group and make my first knocker to send to a lady in need…

A knocker ready to go... with extra stuffing and a little gift of a crochet rose too

A knocker ready to go… with extra stuffing and a little gift of a crochet rose too

The ones I make are a combination of crochet and knitting, but other knockerettes do either just crochet or just knitting according to their particular skill. They are all made in lovely soft cotton so they are gentle on the skin and each knockerette gives their time freely so that  every breast cancer sufferer can have receive a single knocker or a pair completely free of charge. We even make replacements and send these out free.

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So, if you would like to become a knockerette or need a knitted knocker or two following surgery, please visit the Knitted Knockers UK website*, you can also give a donation here:


* And there are  groups in the US, Australia and South Africa for those of you on different continents.


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  1. What a tremendous initiative!

    • It’s a really great thing to be involved in – something that can make an enormous difference to a woman’s life, but takes only a little effort for those with the skill.

  2. Unbelievable, but because this is such a good cause, the schoolboy humour is at rest in case I make a boob..
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx

  3. thanks for sharing this, I’m going to look into making these

  4. What an absolutely splendid alternative to those silicone things! Somehow way more friendly and comforting I feel. I was brought close to tears reading your post – it is the first time I have heard of this initiative and think it is just wonderful! Of course I went looking and found a couple of women who have just started knitting knockers in New Zealand.

    Here is a link to the facebook page that started it all, followed by an article that has contact information.

    When my crazy life slows down a little I shall get the pattern and have a go as well. Thank you for sharing this latest venture – so proud of you!! 🙂

    • How brilliant to see NZ there too… I’m sure there are other countries in Europe as well. It does feel like a very special thing to be involved with… something so personal that is the epitome of the kindness I was talking about before ❤

  5. This is brilliant 🙂

  6. This is the most fantastic thing I’ve read all week! I’m so glad you shared…and you are awesome for contributing your time and skill! 😀

  7. I hadn’t heard about this before, so I’ve joined the South African facebook group – what a great idea. I’ll share this with my Thursday crochet ladies, as well. 🙂

  8. Why did I only find out about this (from a user’s perspective) when it was already too late? They look so much more comfortable than the silicone or foam ones. And who do the prosthesis manufacturers think they’re kidding when they claim one of their models is ‘suitable for the tropics’? I have thankfully found a good home for my unwanted boobage; Pacific Island communities have no access to prostheses and some lovely ladies have got together to form the Uplift Project, to supply them with donated pre-(un)loved silicone jobbies. Wish I could crochet worth a damn, I’d make some, but I don’t think anyone would be grateful for my efforts…

  9. A knit for charity I belong to regularly has the knitting of these for the Breast Cancer Support Group…… we call them Titbits or Bosom Buddies. Kate, I can send you a pattern for both knit and crocheted if you want to have a go. We knit soft, seamless chemo hats as well for various cancer support and oncology units around Australia.

  10. Wow. So great. Sending links to two people.

  11. What a great idea. I am so glad you told me. I am bookmarking the aussie one. ❤

  12. Anne Phillips

     /  January 17, 2015

    Well done Mrs Snail I love being part of Knitted Knockers UK too, the more awareness raised the better.

  13. I am going to have to hone my skills and make some Ms Snail. A more worthy cause I can’t think of. Thank you for sharing this post, and the web page in Australia 🙂

  14. What a wonderful initiative to get involved in. Thanks for sharing!

  15. What a wonderful project and a great way to use your crafting skills.

  16. Thanks for putting this info up, Jan – it’s a what a wonderful idea, and I was so glad to see they did a crochet pattern, too.~
    I have applied for membership straight away 🙂
    Having had family and friends in this position, I can’t think of anything nicer to contribute to 🙂

  17. I had to find out what you were talking about. Had never heard the term nor any idea of what it was. Today was educational. Thank you. 🙂

  18. LOL! Just wore mine for one of the first times yesterday. Love them — they’re amazingly comfortable and the effect is…well…va-va-voom! The foobs look better than the real things did.

    Knitted Knockers are also all over the US — if you’re in the US or Canada, Google your city, state, or province plus Knitted Knockers. Also there’s a Canadian artisan named Beryl Tsang who makes foobs called “TitBits” — apparently KK knocked off her design, from what I can tell. If you knit, you can find a pattern on or buy direct from her.

  19. Speechless! Just amazed at what you can learn by blogging and how many great people are out there helping others.

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