As promised to a participant in a recent craft and birth session, today I am sharing 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 the first knitted uterus pattern 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! Maybe I’ll make one this summer, to decorate my garden…
I do have one of these rather plain but 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 very similar pattern here but as I find some patterns easier to follow than others, I’m posting all I have in the interest of offering maximum choice.
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.
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!)
Amnesty International invited Canadian women to knit uteri from the pattern shared by knitty.com and send them to their MPs in order to highlight sexual and reproductive rights to Canadian MPs – you can see the pattern and the campaign information here – and another important step on is the caesarean awareness knitted uterus, complete with scar.
Still 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 or try your hand at a fabric uterus. Finally, next time you’re trying to decide what to make for the woman who has everything, may I humbly recommend a crocheted uterus menstrual cup cozy…