15 ways to knit a uterus

small__453136645I have long been a collector of knitted uterus patterns! And I thought it was about time I updated my collection of links to free knitting and crochet patterns for uteruses (or uteri – I’m never quite sure?!) and other body parts.  If you have more, then please feel free to add links in the comments!

Knitty.com was the source of one of the first knitted uterus patterns I ever found, but I must admit I have never made it. I don’t think it would be much use for birth-related demos, but I love how photogenic it is. One day I’ll make one, to decorate my garden…

I do have one of these plain but very useful uteruses, knitted by my mum, and it works really well for showing the basic principles of cervical dilation and how babies curl up in different positions. There’s a lovely bit of knitted uterus history here. If you want another pattern, and the option of making a uterus or two for a good cause, here’s another option.

Back to the smaller versions – some of which even have fallopian tubes and ovaries – and we have Ursula Uterus, who was possibly the best post-hysterectomy present ever, Uttie the stuffed uterus stressball or a drawstring bag uterus, which the author suggests keeping tampons in. Also important are the patterns like this one which include a caesarean scar (and, in this case, can double up as a teaching aid)

If you’d rather crochet than knit, ravelry has a few patterns, including this very cute one by Tink Jones (do click to see the collection of photos sent in by people who have made this pattern in all manner of colours!) and this one from cuterus (who also lists a few more links, but I think most of them are already in here – worth checking though, in case she updates more often than me!)

small__320650841Still want more, or ready to go off the beaten track a bit?  Well, you could consider Emily’s knitted vulva or, possibly not for the faint-hearted, the snatchel from The AntiCraft.  If sewing is more your thing, check out the felt cervix project. I can’t update this post without including a link to the wonderful pussyhat project! And finally, next time you’re trying to decide what to make for the woman who has everything, may I humbly suggest a crocheted uterus menstrual cup cozy

photo credit: Both by Pockafwye via photopin cc