Knitted Knockers South Africa was founded in 2014 by Ruth Archer and Dana Biddle. We are a registered NPO and are proud to be partnered with CANSA South Africa and assisted by the Light a Sparke Foundation
A Knitted Knocker is a 100% cotton knitted/crochet prosthesis for breast cancer survivors who have had a mastectomy. They are offered FREE to women who have undergone mastectomy/lumpectomy surgery, as an alternative product to the silicon prosthesis. We also offer Knitted Knockers to women who are awaiting implants, have had their implants removed or are undergoing radiation treatment.
Knitted Knockers are soft and comfortable to wear in a regular bra – no special prosthetic bra is required.
Knitted Knockers SA researched all the different groups around the world and their patterns and decided that the Australian knitting pattern would work best in South Africa since our conditions are so similar.
Julie Weaver, who designed the knitted prosthesis to suit Australian women, especially those who are well endowed, kindly agreed to let Knitted Knockers SA use the pattern she designed which has a size range from A to G cup, we have added the larger sizes. Her pattern also has a built in “buttonhole” so that the filling can be removed for washing or changing.
Knitted Knockers should only be knit/crocheted from the softest, pure, natural cotton that has been dyed without the use of harsh chemicals because other fibres can irritate the sensitive skin and scars. 100% merino wool filling breathes and so is comfortable to wear in any weather.
It has been found that most crochet unfortunately can also cause irritation as the crochet fabric is not smooth enough. With this in mind, Stephanie Davies designed a crochet knocker pattern that has no ridges, making it smooth and comfortable to wear, and we now have crochet kits available too.
Please email email@example.com or contact us on 083 268 5856 for an up to date list of where to send the Knitted Knockers you have made. You can also hand them in at your local CANSA office.