The provision of accessories to cancer patients is one of the projects taken up by Saaisha India Foundation and we have been providing knitted/crochet breast prosthesis since 2018.
What is a Knocker ?
Knockers are special, soft, light weight breast prosthesis that are very comfortable for women who have undergone mastectomies, lumpectomies and radiation, and/ or are undergoing reconstruction. Knockers are either Knitted or Crocheted. Knockers are generally supplied in sets of two KKs/ four KKs for single/ double mastectomy patients to maintain hygiene.
How the Knockers are made
Knockers are needed in all sizes though most requests stay within the B/C/D size range. As of now Saaisha volunteers are using only neutral and pastel colour yarns to make the knockers. Matching pairs are given to beneficiaries.
We provide approved patterns for the Knockers, one for Knitted Knockers and the other for Crocheted Knockers, which are based on patterns provided by knittedknockers.org of USA that result in wonderful soft, contoured knockers. Please note that only knockers made from these approved patterns and using approved yarns will be used for distribution of knockers at saaishaindia.org.
The knitted pattern is in the round on double point needles and is called ‘Bottoms Up Knocker for Double Point Needles’. Find link to the downloadable pattern in the Patterns’ section below.
For our wonderful crocheters there is a nicely contoured crochet pattern using the magic circle method and is called ‘Knitted Knocker pattern – Crochet’.
Note: The crochet by its nature can be stiff and requires 1/3 more yarn for a knocker as compared to the knitted version. See the link to the downloadable pattern in the ‘Patterns’ section below.
Still having trouble learning ? Here are some video tuorials
Given below are the links to videos in English created by KnittedKnockers.org on how to make Knitted Knockers and Crocheted Knockers. Make sure you are watching the correct video that matches the skill (knitting or crochet) you are using. If you are an experienced knitter, you may find the video very long. You will be able to jump to key points in the tutorial using the chart below.
Our Awareness Video
Other Printable Materials
The tutorials and materials provided above are for those who know the basics of knitting or crochet. If you are totally new to knitting or crochet we suggest you to register as a Saaisha India Beneficiary under the beneficiary section and we will provide you with the knockers hassle free.