For knitters or crocheters making Knockers (for themselves or for donation):
· Ultra Pima by Cascade Yarns is the suggested yarn because this has been the favorite of knitters and crocheters and by far the most popular yarn for recipients of the prosthetics.
· All sizes of Knockers are needed for donation. If you make a pair that are the samesize, use a safety pin or string to keep them together so they can be passed on to someone who needs two.
· Please include a label that has the fiber content of the yarn(s) and the size of the knocker made. Here is a link to a label that has been designed for you to use.
· Some knitters and crocheters are making plain Fronts and multi-colored or brightly colored Backs, and recipients appreciate the “business in the front, party in the back” look this gives them. They have also used scraps of Ultra Pima left over from other Knockers to make multi-colored Backs or used other types of yarns for the Fronts and Ultra Pima for the Backs.
· The knockers have a slit for stuffing, please do not sew this closed. This makes them more economical to mail, since they can be sent unstuffed, and it allows recipients to stuff them as full as they wish and then unstuff them for washing. It also lets them add weights if desired but still be able to take them out when flying.
· A small decorative bead or button can be used for the “nipple”, or the I-cord can be knotted and sewn in place on the Knitted Knockers.
· Please be sure that all ends are woven in before the Knockers are donated.
For recipients wearing the Knockers:
· Some knitters and crocheters have included stones or other weights with their Knockers, and some have even written words of affirmation or encouragement on them. These weights help keep the Knockers in the bras, and give them a more realistic feel. However, the TSA has stopped women wearing Knockers with stones or weights in them, so it is suggested that they be removed or that a non-weighted Knocker be worn when flying.
· Wash by soaking in warm water and soap, rinse thoroughly, and gently shape. Allow to dry completely. Stuff, using as much or as little stuffing as you like. One side (the Back) of the Knocker should be flat, the other side perky but pliable
· Knitted Knocker work well with swim suits too.
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