In 2016, an estimated 246,660 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S. Wanting to make a difference in these women’s lives, I organized a Knitted Knocker-thon in Chicago in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness.
Knitted Knockers are knitted or crocheted breast prostheses for women who have undergone mastectomies. Traditional breast prostheses can be expensive, heavy and uncomfortable. They typically require special bras and can’t be worn for weeks after surgery. Knitted Knockers are soft, and can be comfortably worn in a regular bra soon after surgery. Moreover, they are beautiful and survivors love them!
The event took place on Sunday, October 9, 2016 at the Currency Exchange Café on Garfield Blvd. in Chicago. It consist of an afternoon of knitters making these handcrafted breast prostheses that were donated to local breast cancer support groups. Over 70 knockers were made, and more are still coming.
If you would like to have the pattern or know someone who would like to contribute to the supply for other women, please visit the official Knitted Knocker website at www.knittedknockers.org or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donations are gratefully accepted to offset costs. Checks may be made out to Knitted Knockers Support Foundation and mailed to Knitted Knockers, 1780 Iowa St, Bellingham, WA 98229 or Paypal at www.knittedknockers.org .