As Autumn gets underway in the northern hemisphere, knitting season is in full swing! And, if you like to knit for good causes, there are loads of people, groups, organisations and charities who would love your help.
This post shares details of a few charities who were looking for knitted or crocheted breasts, and also some free patterns that you can use.
Let’s start with Midwives Ethiopia, who love having knitted breasts (and uteri and baby hats) that they can use in teaching and donate to rural health posts and families. Knitted breasts are also popular with lactation consultants, breastfeeding support midwives and breastfeeding peer supporters. Local social media pages are a great place to connect with those in your area.
The Knitted Knockers programme provides comfy knitted breasts for breast cancer survivors. Knit for Peace takes donations of a whole variety of things, but please check their page first as what they need does change from time to time.
If baby blankets are more your thing, here’s Project Linus, and here’s a page which lists all kinds of other charities who need knitting volunteers.
Knitted breast patters
But how to knit or crochet a breast?!
Well, Knit for Peace have a couple of free patterns for knitted breasts. As do Lactation Consultants of Great Britain. Here’s the tit bits pattern on knitty.com and a crocheted breast pattern for those who prefer one needle to two! Knitted knockers also offer patterns and tutorials.
Finally, Ravelry is an absolute treasure trove of patterns. Some are free and some you can buy, which helps creators to find the time it takes to create. Here’s just one example of a popular knitted breast recipe, and, just for fun, a pattern for knitting a breast hat for a baby!