Knitted/Crocheted Knockers

LLAMA LLAMA DING DONG YARN is participating in #KNITTEDKNOCKERS

We appreciate your interest in this initiative.  As a token of our appreciation we have decided to offer the following to everyone that donates a pair of Knitted Knockers at Llama Llama Ding Dong Yarn:

You will receive a coupon for 10% off your HIGHEST regular priced item on any purchase at Llama Llama Ding Dong Yarn.  That means that if you bring 3 sets of Knitted Knockers you will receive 3 coupons and can use those coupons in a single purchase or on separate purchases.

If you donate approved yarn or premium poly fiber fil for this initiative you will receive a coupon for 10% off your HIGHEST regular priced item on any purchase at Llama Llama Ding Dong Yarn.

 

STITCH TOGETHER TIME FOR #KNITTED KNOCKERS

Join us every Saturday from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. to make knitted knockers for #KNITTEDKNOCKERS.

We have been distributing these flyers around town.  Please feel free to download a copy of this flyer and share it with your Fiber Artist Friends.  Everyone is welcome!!

 

 

Approved Yans for Knitted Knockers

Revised 6-18-19

Please note that only knockers made from the following list will be used to fill orders from knittedknockers.org so if knitting or crocheting for knittedknockers please only use these yarns. All are good for knitting, some are also good for crochet where indicated “C”.

Acrylic yarns are approved only for swimming and indicated with “A”.

Berroco, Modern Cotton DK (Note only DK weight is approved)-

C Cascade Yarns, Cherub DK - C, A

Cascade Yarns, Ultra Pima - C

Cascade Yarns, Ultra Pima Fine – C

Cascade Yarns, Noble Cotton - C

Cloudborn, 100% Pima Cotton DK - C

Ella Rae, Phoenix DK - C

Euro Baby, Kid Cotton Fair Isle, Harbor - C

Fiesta Yarns, Cottonista

HiKoo, CoBaSi DK

Jaeger, Aqua Cotton

Katia, Mississippi 3

Kertzer Yarns, Butterfly Super 10

Kraemer Yarns, Tatamy - A

Knit Picks, Comfy Sport - A

Knit Picks, Comfy Fingering - C, A

Lion Brand COBOO - C

 

Paintbox, Cotton DK

Patons, Grace - C

Plymouth Yarns, Anne - C

Plymouth Yarns, Cleo

Premier Yarns, Cotton Fair - C, A

Rowan, Cotton Glace

Schachenmayr, Catania C

Sostrene Grene, Anna & Clara - C

Tahki, Cotton Classic DK (Must be DK)

Tahki, Cotton Classic Lite - C

TB Ramsden, Wendy Supreme 100% luxury cotton DK (Must be DK)

Trendsetter Yarns, Lana Grossa Elastico

Universal Yarns, Bamboo Pop - C

Universal Yarns, Garden 3 – C

UY- Fibra Natura, Radiant Cotton

Valley Yarns, Southwick

 

 

FAQs

What are Knitted Knockers?

"Knitted Knockers are special, soft, lightweight breast prosthetics that are very comfortable for women who have undergone mastectomies, lumpectomies and radiation, and/ or are undergoing reconstruction."

What are the knockers made of?

"The knockers are made of soft, non-wool, washable yarn and filled with PolyFiberFil. They are all knit by volunteers so there is a variety of yarn (from the approved list above only) used."

How much do the Knitted Knockers cost?

They are FREE to anyone that requests them!  

Knitted Knockers are free.  Who pays for them?  How can you give them for free?

"Knitted knockers are made by volunteer knitters and crocheters. They do it because they care and want to make a difference. Knitted Knockers Support Foundation aka knittedknockers.org is a 501(c)3 nonprofit US organization that can receive donations. Postage alone costs over $1,000 a month plus stuffing, materials, website management, etc really adds up. No wages are paid out. These costs are covered by the generosity of donors who wish to help making a difference in the thousands of women’s lives impacted by breast cancer and mastectomy."

What kind of yarn can I use to make the knockers?

"The yarn used for Knitted Knockers is very important as they are to be worn against scarred, sensitive skin. Knittedknockers.org has compiled a list of yarns (see list above) that have been tested and approved as appropriate for Knitted Knockers. Most women prefer cotton as it is breathable so we have listed mostly cotton or cotton blends. The acrylic yarns listed are only for swimming as they are not worn daily. Crochet requires a finer yarn than knit as it can be a bit stiffer so they have identified the yarns appropriate for crochet. Please note that only knockers made from the list above will be used to fill orders please only use these yarns."

What are your most requested sizes?

"We get requests for all sizes but the largest number of requests are for pairs of size Cs and larger of the neutral colors. Sizing is a bit of an art. Looser knitting/crocheting will stretch more when stuffed than tighter knitting/crocheting. The stuffed knocker should measure about the diameters listed on the pattern. The patterns have been revised 3-20-17 in an attempt to make our sizing a bit better. The final determination would be to fully stuff a knocker and measure across the back from the point to the midpoint of the other side."

Do you need to sign up to attend the Stitch Together for Knitted Knockers?

Not at this moment.  Please feel free to join us!

Do I need to be an expert Knitter or Crocheter to be part of this initiative?

No.  All skill levels are encouraged to participate.  We will be glad to teach anyone that would like to learn how to make a knitted or crocheted knocker during our Saturday Stitch Togethers! 

Do I need to use a special pattern for the knockers?

"Knittedknockers.org offer several approved patterns for Knitted Knockers that they have found to result in wonderful soft, contoured knockers. Their favorite is made in the round on double point needles. In April 2017 they released a new approved Knitted Knockers pattern made on DPNs for knittedknockers.org called, BOTTOMS UP KNOCKER FOR DOUBLE POINT NEEDLES that is an easier start than the original DPN pattern with the same great result. The original Knitted Knockers on DPNs pattern is still great if you want to continue using it but this pattern removes some of the challenges of starting with such few stitches by starting at the bottom rather than the top.”

Their favorites are the ones made on double pointed needles, or the magic loop method. In addition they do not want to leave out our wonderful crocheters so they have created a nicely contoured crochet pattern. Crochet by its nature can be stiff and requires 1/3 more yarn. They still can make nice knockers though when using a “fine” enough yarn. It should be sport or baby weight and very soft. See the approved yarn list for appropriate yarns that have been tested and approved for crochet knockers.

 

More questions?

If you have more questions please feel free to visit knittedknockers.org or call us at the store and we will be glad to answer all of your questions.