Did you know October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month? One out of every eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. There are over 50K mastectomies performed in the US each year.
In order to show our support for all those affected by breast cancer, AllFreeKnitting was pleased to participate in a special contest run by the nonprofit Knitted Knockers Support Foundation (KnittedKnockers.org).
The organization’s mission is to connect volunteer knitters (and crocheters) with breast cancer survivors to provide free knit or crochet breast prostheses. Prosthetics can be expensive, hot, and heavy. In contrast, knockers are soft, light, huggable, and can be worn in a regular bra. Best of all, they are free and made by caring volunteer knitters and crocheters for those who need them.
Last month, the Knitted Knockers organization encouraged contest entrants to bring attention to their worthy cause by designing one-of-a-kind, “branded” knockers. Naturally, we jumped at the chance to partner with Mary Beth Temple, one of our favorite knit designers, to create the AllFreeKnitKnocker Pattern. The pattern was inspired by the design of our site’s logo – as evidenced by Mary Beth’s use of beautiful turquoise and black DK weight yarn. Our knocker is dedicated to all of our loyal readers!
At STITCHES West, a fiber experience for knitters and crocheters featuring classes and demonstrations, designers contributed one-of-a-kind knockers that were displayed in the expo marketplace. The Designer Knocker Wall, seen below, was a place to show off their work and a spot for healing, laughter, and tears as thousands thought of their own experiences and those of loved ones.
AllFreeKnitting was honored to support the noble work of Knitted Knockers and you can too! Simply print the AllFreeKnitKnocker Pattern here and get to work! By doing so, you are bringing attention to Knitted Knockers as an alternative to traditional prosthetics. Whether you knit a knocker for a loved one or send one to the Knitted Knockers organization for distribution, you are making a difference in the fight against breast cancer.
PLUS, check out a bonus Knitted Knockers Pattern on AllFreeKnitting for another great way to support the cause!
Please visit the Knitted Knockers website for more information regarding how to get involved, as well as where to send your homemade knockers.