Why Boobs you ask? well recently I was asked to knit some Boobies by my Bestie who its a midwife and her college is opening The Real Birth Studio that in Hereford in the UK where I live. They will be offering all kinds of birth preparations classes along with support and guidance about breastfeeding and need knitted boobs for teaching. this page is for those of you who wanted to help me reach the Boob quota or indeed if you would like to make them for your local area.
My best friend helped deliver my first baby and I was very lucky to be able to feed my two girls myself , minus some latching problems in the early days due to some bad tongue tie, but this is something that spoke to my heart.
I was very lucky to have some very patient and compassionate midwives help me through my first steps as a new mum and these knitted Boobies will hopefully help someone else have confidence to try it too. I never experience the knitted boob but I secretly wish I had!
So what does one do when they have Boobs to make, do not follow patterns well and really need to get a wriggle on. Make your own pattern up, stay up way to late making the second one to check its right and then get carried away on the Boobie train. they are quick to make and I made a pair during the evening.
This pattern is my no means the only one out there, there are lots of fabulous free patterns to suit all different types of knitters and crocheters but if you fancied trying mine, than I have done my best to show you step my step how they work up.
You will need
- DK yarn - your choice of colour
- Main colour (A) and small amount (yarn B) for the areola and nipple.
- 4mm double pointed needles, Circular 9" needles for the body if you prefer.
- stuffing, the kind used for toys.
- 7 stitch markers
- darning needle or crochet hook for the ends.
- Cast on 70 stitches in yarn A
- join the round and knit in the round knit stitch for 20 rows.
- divide your knitting into 7 sections, 10 stitches each.
- place your markers on the 10th stitch
Decreasing on the round
- this section will gradually decrease with a visible pattern.
- start the row with 'K2tog k9' and repeat until the end of the row.
- you will create the decrease on the 9th and 10th stitch.
- from this row onwards, you will decrease one less stitch each row.
- at this point, if you have been working on circular needles then you may want to swap to double pointed needles.
- 'K2tog k8' 'K2tog K7' 'K2tog K6' 'K2tog K6' 'K2tog K 5'
- when you complete your decrease row on 'K2tog K4' , change to your yarn B and continue to decrease until you have 7 stitches left on your needles.
This is the 9th and 10th stitch here held together to be knit together to create the decrease, the tenth stitch is marked with a stitch marker.
Here you can see the decrease pattern revealing itself vertically away from the position my stitch marker is.
In this picture you can see where I have just cast on yarn B, this row is 'K2tog K3'. continue deceasing until there are 7 stitches left.
in the picture above I have reached the end of the decreasing with yarn B and I am left with 7 stitches.
- Knit 4 rows and on the 5th row, decrease until you can cast off.
- Leave the cast off tail on the outside until the end.
Closing the back
This next section involves picking up stitches to continue knitting in the opposite direction. many patterns called for an additional circle be made and stitched on, but I wanted and all in one piece. it its a quick decrease before stuffing and closing. here we go!
Picking up stitches.
- using your double pointed needles, or your circulars, pick up the stitches around a row into your cast on edge. There should be around 70 (the odd few doesn't really matter too much).
In the picture above you can see the stitches have been picked up (this is how I do it) and ready for knitting. you won't see that ruffle of knitted edge once your finished it will be on the inside.
- knit 2 rows
- this row onwards 'K2tog k3' until you are left with a gap small enough to stuff your Boob and then close it. you can leave the gap wider if its easier and then continue to decrease and close.
- I found that it has a good shape and texture when you don't over stuff it, but find what works best for you.
- tie off and weave in the back.
- take the waste yarn from the nipple and using a darning needle, thread it down and into the base on the nipple. pass it through the base of the nipple a few time to make it more pronounced. tie and thread through the body of the boob to hide the end.
I really hope this was useful and if you would like to help me make boobs for new mums I would be delighted! you can donate your completed Boobies to me here-
Kate Selene ,The Farm, Clifford, Hereford, HR3 5HH, UK
feel free to amend this pattern as you like, you may want to extend the area of areola or make the nipple wider. I would love to hear how you got on and if this was useful. I know there are programmes all around the world that use these for demonstrations, you can check in your area if you would like to do something like this for your community.
happy crafting squishes!