knitted breast prostheses

Earlier today I read an article about an Arkansas-based group called "Bosom Buddies" (one of many similar groups) who knit breast prostheses for women who have had mastectomies.
“We found a real need for the knitted breast prostheses,” member Sharon Loyd said. “They were excited about helping women who need a prosthesis and either couldn’t afford one or weren’t ready for a permanent reconstruction.”
Bosom Buddies also has a chapter in Wyoming and member Charlotte Kinner says, "the alternative prosthetics have been so popular the women now make them to order". Kinner owns Dancing Sheep, the shop where her group meets regularly to make the breasts. [caption id="attachment_8802" align="alignnone" width="620"]Bosom Buddies of Wyoming Bosom Buddies of Wyoming[/caption] There's been many articles, press and general coverage of knitted breasts, so if you're interested in learning more, a simple Google search will uncover loads of leads. Here are a few more recent examples with credits below: [caption id="attachment_8804" align="alignnone" width="620"]A breast prosthesis knitted by Louise Sargent. A breast prosthesis knitted by Louise Sargent.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_8807" align="alignnone" width="620"]Made by Knit-a-Boob, a breast cancer awareness event. Made by Knit-a-Boob, a breast cancer awareness event.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_8808" align="alignnone" width="620"]Made by Misty's Crochet Made by Misty's Crochet.[/caption] If you'd like to make your own, Lactation Consultants Great Britain have a free pattern (also available in Portuguese).

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    Barbara Williams

    I am joining a knitting group whose women are interested in knitting breast prostheses and would like to take a pattern tomorrow to my first meeting with them. I have two patterns already which I downloaded but would to take more than two so they could pick the ones they would prefer to knit. I am a breast cancer survivor also and am very interested in this endeavour.

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    Chris Reply:

    I would love a copy of a prostheses knitting pattern I have tried lots of sights with no success.
    I am UK based but think I could follow an USA pattern I would like to use a round needle, not 3/4 open ended pins.
    I have 4 friends who would love to join me to knit these prostheses.
    I would be so grateful if you could help me out.
    The finished items would be sent to a British Charity that would distribute
    them.
    Thanks
    Chris

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    knithack Reply:

    Hi Chris, there are some resources here: http://www.dailyknitter.com/blog/knitting-prosthetic-breast/

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    Lynne

    could you tell me where I could buy a knitted breast protheses

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    knithack Reply:

    Hi Lynne, the best thing is to google it – there are many people making and selling all over the world – good luck!

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