Knitted Knockers: Knit Prosthetics for Breast Cancer Survivors by Renee Herren

Cancer Women's Health
4 years ago

My mom is a breast cancer survivor. Knowing that she was not planning on having reconstructive surgery after having a double mastectomy, I wanted to find something to help bring her comfort. During my search, I came across an organization called Knitted Knockers.

Knitted Knockers was founded by Barbara Demorest, who wanted a comfortable and functional prosthesis after having a mastectomy. After looking into several options, her doctor suggested using a pattern to knit a prosthesis as an alternative to using other prosthetics. She asked a friend to help her make one, and after using hers, she felt that any woman who had this particular need should be able to have one.

Knitted Knockers are special handmade breast prosthesis for women who have undergone mastectomies or other procedures to the breast. Knitted Knockers are made by volunteers and are provided at no cost. They can even be customized by size and color!

Since knitted knockers are sent to those in need at no charge, the organization is always looking for volunteers to knit and accepts monetary donations. So, if you are able to, please consider helping in any way you can. Learn more about Knitted Knockers and watch this video about Barbara Demorest's story

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Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds
OM Goodness, what a wonderful idea. These surely make a difference in the lives of women with breast cancer (my mother is a survivor). Thank you, Renee Herren !
Renee Herren
I love how you can request a certain size and color also! That makes it even more special and amazing. My mom requested a blue pair (pictured above) and then wanted a pink set for Valentine's Day. 😊
S Roberts
Aren't these just precious? I love the idea and as
an avid knitter I see these all over the groups, but have yet to find a pattern with good results. I would be happy to buy your pattern or if you could tell me where you got yours I'd be so grateful. And thank you for sharing such a worthy and undiscovered project. ❤️
Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds
How nice, Stacey Roberts ! Renee Herren , do you know how to connect Stacey to Knitted Knockers?
Renee Herren
Hi Stacey! I do not knit unfortunately (I tried to learn but my hands would not cooperate). I ordered two sets of Knitted Knockers when I learn of their organization and made a donation. Their site has tons of information though-including free patterns and videos to help! Here is the link to the different patterns:

Also, if you reach out to Barbara and her team, they are very quick to respond!
S Roberts
Thanks so much. I don't know why this site was never publish on the fb group I belong to, will be now! Cheers
Mindy Hudon, M.S., CCC-SLP
This is so great! So worth sharing! Thanks for this useful tip!

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