Shelley Harle of Frasers Wool shop is an approved volunteer of Knitted Knockers and this image shows some of the different sizes and colours available

During lockdown in 2021, I came across the amazing Knitted Knockers based in the US and after reading more about them, decided to find out if there was a UK based charity providing similar services – and much to my happiness there is!

With over 75,000 breast cancer cases being diagnosed every year there is a lot of need for this wonderful charity. My Nanna and her sisters had breast cancer, some underwent an operation for a mastectomy (an operation to remove the breast in both women and men to treat breast cancer) and some had a lumpectomy (this is a procedure to remove breast cancer along with a small part of healthy tissue around it sometimes called breast-conserving surgery).  So this charity is very close to my heart and something that means a lot to me.

Here in the UK, when a lady has her breast fully removed she is offered a prosthetic breast to wear inside her bra to provide shape back to her bust area. Whilst prosthetics are very useful they can be heavy, and sticky and cause rashes and sores. If a lumpectomy occurs, you don’t get offered a prosthetic to reshape that area.

Knitted Knockers UK is a UK charity that knit and crochet breast prostheses for women that have undergone a mastectomy or lumpectomy.

I have been approved as a volunteer knocker knitter

I applied to become a volunteer for this much-needed charity and during my application, I had to make 2 knitted knockers – 1 with a nipple and 1 without. I had to learn how to knit on double-pointed needles. And to my delight on 26th June 2022, I was approved to be Knitter.

Since then I have knitted 6 orders for ladies all around the UK and I absolutely love knowing that I have been a small part in their lives.

Free Service

This service is a completely free service and they receive around 400 orders per month with every order being hand-made specifically for that person. The knockers come in a wide range of sizes to fit all bra sizes and you can even have Aqua Knockers which are designed specifically for water based activities such as swimming. Each Knocker is a lightweight, 100% cotton alternative that takes the form of a real breast, is breathable and is soft against the skin.

The Knitted Knockers UK tag line is “Made with love and filled with hope” which is definitely how I feel every time I receive a new order. And every time I make one I think of my nanna and her sisters.

We are also looking forward to selling their keyrings in-store and all the money raised will be given straight to the charity to help support all the beautiful women in the UK. Each keyring is £3.00.

For more information about Knitted Knockers UK please check out their website… www.knittedknockersuk.com

And if you or someone you know would like to learn more about Knitted Knockers UK please do get in touch and I’ll be very happy to share.

Hugs Shelley x

Frasers Wool Store stock Knitted Knocker keyrings with all proceeds going to this charity