Knitted Knockers: Caring for Our Community

Lynda LaugavitzCommunity Connections, Crochet, Knit, Row 3

496 Knitted Knockers Completed in 2017

Since the start of 2017, we’ve completed 496 individual knockers!

Quick Links:

Care Cards (include with all knockers: updated 8.2.17)

Reference Card (approved yarns & sizing; updated 6.21.17)

Knocker Night Information

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Knitted Knockers

Ben Franklin Crafts is pleased to sponsor a new opportunity to provide love and comfort through your volunteer knitting and crocheting efforts! When customer Kathy Parzych approached us about partnering in this community-based project, we knew it was a perfect fit for us as well as our customers who love to knit and crochet.

Knitted Knockers are crafted with loving care by volunteer stitchers and collected at Ben Franklin Crafts (stuffed or unstuffed). Kathy will distribute these handcrafted prostheses on an ongoing basis to Breast Care Centers at our local hospitals. Breast Cancer survivors will have the option of choosing this lightweight, comfortable and adjustable alternative to traditional breast prosthetics – free of charge.

Interested in learning more? Read through the info below: How You Can Help and Our Process. Let us know that you want to help by emailing Lynda at lynda@benfranklincraftswi.com. You’ll receive updates, urgent requests and special event info just for our Knocker Knitters and Krocheters!

How You Can Help

Volunteer to Knit or Crochet

  • Patterns available to knit or crochet: knittedknockers.org
  • Knit with double points, circular (Magic Loop) or straights
  • Crochet Knockers, too!
  • Use our reference card for approved yarns and proper sizing
  • Attend monthly Knocker Nights to help stuff & bag knockers

Donate

  • Donate directly to the Knitted Knocker Foundation at knittedknockers.org
  • Donate yarns: Cascade Ultra Pima, Cascade Cherub DK (swim knockers), Plymouth Anne or Premier Cotton Fair
  • Donate bags of polyester fiberfill
  • Donate packaging bags: Gusset style, 20/pack: 6” x 3.25” x 13.5” located in Craft Department

Spread the Word!

  • Connect with knittedknockers.org via their social media outlets.
  • Share this information with your friends who knit or crochet.
  • Inform friends or loved ones undergoing breast cancer treatment of this option to traditional breast prosthetics.

Our Process

  1. Make Knockers: Use approved yarns.
    • Stuffed or unstuffed – either way works!
    • No nipplesplease.
    • Leave opening loose, don’t tighten at all. This allows the end user to customize her fit.
  2. Care Card: Fill 1 card for each knocker with your name and fiber content. Download a sheet of care cards here.
    • Leave size blank empty. We’ll double check sizing as we stuff and package for distribution.
    • Identify fiber content as “cotton” or “cotton/acrylic.” You don’t need to include the name of the yarn you used.
  3. Package: Place Knocker(s) and card in a sandwich bag.
  4. Submit: Drop off at Customer Service Desk.
  5. Make More! Receive a coupon: 20% off approved yarns for 2 weeks after drop off.
  6. Distribute: We will package and notify Kathy P. to pick up for ProHealth & Aurora.

Email Lynda at lynda@benfranklincraftswi.com for more information. Fill out this form to be included on our Knocker Knitters & Crocheters mailing list.