Local shop owner Carrol, who runs the ‘All Season’ Bra shop and fitting service based next-door-but-two to the Lighthouse on the top floor of Middleton Shopping Centre, was inspired to respond to the need of one of her customers who was struggling with wearing her traditional breast prosthesis following a mastectomy operation.

Carrol said, “I had heard about a group who were making knitted knockers for breast cancer survivors so decided I would find out more to see what I could do to help ladies in our area. I looked online for a ‘knitted knocker’ pattern to see how they were made, and then I approached the ladies from the weekly knit and natter group at the Lighthouse Project to see if they could help me make some to give away.”

The group were more than happy to take up the challenge, and in no time at all they had produced a good variety of the knitted prosthetic ready to be used.

Carrol was so pleased, “How fabulous are the volunteers and visitors from the Lighthouse Project knit and natter group who have given their time to help others, and they will make a real difference to everyone who gets to use them when they are given away free to anyone who needs one at All Season Bra shop.”

There is a huge demand for Knitted Knockers, and all around the country there are similar groups getting together to help meet the need, and give some comfort and dignity back to cancer survivors.

Knitted Knockers are special handmade breast prosthesis for women who have undergone mastectomies or other procedures to the breast. Knitted knockers can be adjusted to fill the gap for breasts that are uneven and easily adapted for those going through reconstruction by simply removing some of the stuffing.

Traditional breast prosthetic are usually expensive, heavy, sweaty and uncomfortable. They typically require special bras or camisoles with pockets, which can’t be worn until weeks after surgery anyway. Knitted Knockers on the other hand are soft, comfortable, beautiful, and when placed in a regular bra they take the shape and feel of a real breast.

Photo is (L-R) Carrol from All Season Bra Shop, Pam, centre manager of the Lighthouse Project, and Margaret, Sandra and Mabel, some of the knit and natter group.