Knitted Knockers have a light-hearted name, but a very real purpose. The hand knit prostheses provide a soft, comfortable and lighter alternative to women who have undergone a mastectomy. Placed in a bra, they take on the shape and feel of a natural breast.
Some women find them more comfortable than a heavy prosthetic or they use them in the time between their surgery and when they get fitted for prosthesis. They can be worn right after surgery and also can be worn swimming.
The Knitted Knockers’ movement was started in the United States by @Barbara Demorest, a Washington State cancer survivor who had a single mastectomy and was unable to undergo reconstruction because of complications. After her surgery, she was devastated when her doctor told her that it would take six weeks or more of healing before she could be fitted with a prosthetic. A friend knitted an alternative that was such a relief to her.
Demorest was motivated to found www.knittedknockers.org, a non-profit organization designed to recruit volunteer knitters and offer survivors the opportunity to feel “whole” and confident.
Hurley Medical Center provides Knitted Knockers to our patients who have undergone a mastectomy to provide either a temporary or permanent solution to the loss of their breast. Women have been so grateful for this tool.
If you are in need of a Knitted Knocker or if you like to knit and would like the pattern so you can help provide knockers for the supply closet, you can reach Marsha Schmit@ at (810) 262-7207.