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Crochetville has a new charity that we'll be supporting through a year-long crochet-along in 2017, but we're going to go ahead and get started a little early. Crocheted (and knitted) knockers are super-quick and easy to make. We hope you'll join us in making some of these Most of us probably know a woman who has undergone a mastectomy or a lumpectomy that was so deep it left her breast permanently misshapen. Most of us probably don’t think about how expensive, heavy, and uncomfortable traditional breast prosthetics can be. Knitted Knockers offers a perfect solution to this problem: crocheted and knitted knockers. https://youtu.be/LVGwgUt4ZFk Handmade knockers are soft, light, and very comfortable. They can even be used in a regular bra, taking on the shape and feel of a real breast. They can be stuffed a little or a lot, depending on the woman’s preference. They can be used to replace the look of a complete breast or used to fill the gap in a breast that is left uneven from the other breast. Knitted Knockers are provided for free to any woman who wants a set (or even just one). As the organization gets more and more publicity, the demand is growing, growing, growing. More and more people are needed to help make and distribute Knitted Knockers. Crochetville is stepping up to the plate to be a collection point and a distribution point to clinics and support groups in the greater Huntsville/Madison area of north Alabama. We invite all of our forum members and Facebook page fans to consider making some knockers and then sending them our way. If you are local to the north Alabama area, you are invited to join us for monthly meetings to stitch and stuff knockers. These don’t take long to make. You’ll be able to complete a pair during our meeting. Keep reading for information on how you can help Crochetville help women in need of affordable, comfortable breast prostheses! Help Us Make Knockers The Knitted Knockers organization prefers that everyone use their approved patterns and yarns to make the knockers. One thing to remember when making crocheted knockers: they are thicker than knitted knockers, so it’s very important to use a soft yarn no heavier than DK / #3 weight. List of Approved Yarns Link to Crochet Pattern Link to DPN Knitting Pattern Link to Magic Loop Knitting Pattern Huntsville/Madison/North Alabama: Join Us for Making Knockers When: Sunday, December 18, 2016 Time: 1:30 – 4:30 pm Where: Madison Public Library, 130 Plaza Blvd, Madison, AL 35758 Where to Send Knockers Crochetville 103 Scarlet Oak Circle Harvest, AL 35749 Fun Video: Journey of a Knitted Knocker to Its New Home Check out this fabulous video to see the home office’s weekly meeting to log in, stuff, and distribute the knitted knockers they receive. https://youtu.be/0hGXw06WB_0 Running Knocker Total If you make any knockers, whether you send them to Crochetville, Knitted Knockers, or distribute them somewhere else, please let us know! We'll keep a running total of how many knockers Crochetville is able to contribute to women who have undergone mastectomies and lumpectomies. Sent to Crochetville: Sent to Knitted Knockers: Distributed Elsewhere: Amy and Donna and the Knitted Knockers organization thank you for your support, as does every woman who is able to receive a free pair of crocheted or knitted knockers made by your loving hands. Find Knitted Knockers Online Website: knittedknockers.org Facebook: facebook.com/knittedknockers
For those of you who don't know, at the recent STITCHES South event in Atlanta, Crochetville and Red Heart Yarns had a joint booth, with Crochetville selling yarn for Red Heart. The booth was an outstanding success, and we'll be repeating the effort at both Chain Link/Knit and Crochet show conferences this year as well as the STITCHES events. Since we're selling Red Heart yarns, I need to make a whole bunch of garments featuring those yarns to wear in the booth. I just finished making the Relaxed Cardi free pattern available from Red Heart: I finished it in only 4 days. You can click that link to download the pattern pdf or you can download directly from this thread as well: LW2357.pdf. (Thanks to Kathleen Sams of Red Heart for giving us permission to host the pattern in this thread.) I made my version in Red Heart Boutique Midnight yarn (6 skeins for size small) in colorway Serenade with a size H/8 (5mm) hook. Photos © Amy Shelton and Crochetville. These photos may be pinned on Pinterest or shared on Facebook. The pattern calls for Red Heart Boutique Changes yarn in colorway Granite: Photo © Red Heart Yarns. Used with permission. We'd love for you to join us and make your own version of this garment, especially featuring Red Heart yarns. Suitable Red Heart Yarns: You may want to use any of the following Red Heart yarns, available directly from Red Heart. Photos © Red Heart Yarns. Used with permission. Boutique Swirl Boutique Changes Artesano Midnight Magical Share Your Photos: Please share photos of your finished garment or garment-in-progress with us in this thread. If you've already completed a Relaxed Cardi, please share photos with us. Be sure to let us know the following information: Garment size made Hook size used Yarn name and color used Amount of yarn used I can't wait to see everyone's finished garments!