October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and we will be sponsoring a Knitted Knockers Knit/Crochet Along (K/CAL) devoted to breast cancer survivors. Knitted Knockers are special, soft, light-weight breast prosthetics that are very comfortable for women who have undergone mastectomies, lumpectomies and radiation, and/or are undergoing reconstruction. They can be worn with any regular bra and are machine washable. Although they are called Knitted Knockers, a crochet pattern is also available.
On Thursday, October 5th, at 4:00 pm, we will begin a K/CAL to make as many Knockers as we can during October. At the end of the month, we’ll send them to the Knitted Knockers Support Foundation in Bellingham, Washington, where they will be finished, stuffed, and sent on at no cost to women around the world. Knitters and crocheters are meeting each Thursday from 5-7pm to create Knockers together. Please join us for this worthy cause! You'll receive one raffle ticket for each completed Knocker you submit by October 31 (in an approved yarn purchased at AYLR).
Patterns, videos, and information about this wonderful cause are available online at www.knittedknockers.org. You have a choice for making the Knockers on straight needles, double-points, magic loop, or crochet methods. We highly recommend you visit the website and choose your free pattern based on your skill level. We will also have patterns on hand in the shop should you not get a chance to visit the website before our kick-off day.
As with any KAL/CAL, please use yarn from this shop. The Knitted Knockers Support Foundation has limited the yarns that may be used, so you'll knit or crochet with an approved sport or DK mercerized cotton. The soft, approved yarns available in the shop include Tahki Yarns Cotton Classic (DK) or Cotton Classic Lite (sport), Rowan Summerlite DK, and Bamboo Pop, and we have ordered extra quantities in natural colors for this event.
In addition, you will need US size 4 or 5 needles in either straights, 8” double points or long circulars (for Magic Loop), or a size G crochet hook, plus a few stitch markers.
Crocheters should use a sport or fingering-weight yarn, rather than a DK, since crochet is 1/3 thicker than knit fabric.
You should have basic knit and purl skills, be comfortable and familiar with your chosen method (DPNs, Magic Loop, or straights), and know how to increase and decrease. For crochet, you should be able to chain, single crochet, and crochet two together.
If you haven’t made Knitted Knockers yet, we will be holding two project-specific technique workshops for a nominal fee, as some people find the start of the Knockers a little fiddly.
These will take place Thursday Sept. 28th and Saturday, September 30th, and are designed to give you a solid head start. Please click here to sign up for one of these helpful classes.
Support and Community
Cindy will be available to guide you and answer any questions every Thursday from 4pm-7pm, starting on our kick-off day. These Thursdays will be a wonderful time to knit or crochet together, and contribute to a very important organization. There are also very good videos at www.knittedknockers.org in case you want to participate remotely, or simply need extra guidance. We are hoping to send a record number of knockers off to Washington at the end of the month.
In addition to your knitting and crocheting contributions, the shop will also donate $1 for every Knocker submitted to the Knitted Knockers Support Foundation. The more you make, the more we donate!
Please come in to join us in this wonderful opportunity to knit or crochet and contribute to such a worthy cause.