Specialist Care & Treatment

CANSA & Knitted Knockers SA Take Hands to Support Breast Cancer Survivors

21 October 2017 – CANSA is over the moon about our partnership with Knitted Knockers SA. Together we can help more women with breast cancer, who have undergone surgery, with prosthetics.

Knitted Knockers are hand knitted breast prosthetics for women who have undergone mastectomies, or similar breast procedures. They are softer and lighter than any other prosthesis, comfortable to wear and can be placed in any regular bra.

Kits cost R60 and are available from our CANSA Care Centres. The kits are given to ladies in need, free of charge, or if they are able to give a small donation, towards helping us buy more kits! Volunteers, patients or other interested parties use the kit contents to knit the prosthesis and drop it off at their local CANSA Care Centre for distribution to hospitals and patients in need.

A huge thank you to ‘Beast’ and his wife Ku for their ongoing support of CANSA and the work we do!

Sharks and Springbok rugby legend Tendai ‘Beast’ Mtawarira with his wife, Kuziva, at the CANSA Durban Care Centre at the launch of the nationala Knitted Knockers Campaign. Picture credit: Tanya Waterworth

About Knitted Knockers SA

Knitted Knockers are hand knitted breast prosthetics for women who have undergone mastectomies or similar breast procedures. They are softer and lighter than any other prosthesis, comfortable to wear and can be placed in any regular bra. The knitted fabric breathes and prevents heat rash & discomfort.

Knitted Knockers are made by volunteer knitters all over the world and now the movement has spread to South Africa too. This is a community project.

We sell kits, (not just the easy 2 needle pattern) to keep the highest national standard for breast cancer patients.  Each kit has the pattern, 100 % organic cotton and pure merino super wash stuffing.  The pattern has the contact phone numbers; please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any knitting queries.

Knitted Knockers South Africa use the Australian pattern copyrighted by Julie Weaver and used with her blessing. As it is a registered pattern, please do not distribute or photocopy it.

Once knitted, they are donated free of charge to those in need.

  • We do not knit in wool, acrylic or any yarn other than 100% organic cotton from ColourSpun
  • No harsh chemicals are used in the dyeing process
  • We now have a smooth, soft crochet pattern too

The project was recently featured in the May 2017 Vrouekeur magazine…


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