Knitted breast prothesis - English
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YARN: Any soft acrylic yarn, any color, baby, sport or worsted weight, 1-50 gr skein. Approximate gauge of 6 sts. per inch. If you need to buy yarn CARON SIMPLY SOFT is recommended; otherwise use whatever soft acrylic you have.
No nipple is preferred by most women. Beginning with 3 knit rows makes a small nipple, but if you want to make a no nipple prosthesis, just cast on the first 3 stitches and begin the increasing rows.
Adjust needle size to yarn. Finished sizes are approximate depending on the type of yarn used, needle size, and your tension, so the number of stitches per cup size is just a guide.
1 set (4 needles) Size 6 (3.75mm), Size 7 (4mm) or Size 8 (5mm) Double Pointed Needles, One Large Tapestry Needle. Fiberfill. OPTIONAL: Stitch marker.
Using 1st double pointed needle and yarn, cast on 3 stitches, leaving a 4 to 5 inch tail.
1st row: K1, Increase (knit once into back of stitch, and again into the front of the same stitch, or front then back, whichever is easiest for you) in the next stitch. Now you have 3 sts on the first needle.
With the next two dp needles repeat row 1 twice. You will now have 3 stitches on each of the 3 needles.
Holding the 3 needles in a U shape ( |_| ) with the ball yarn on the right hand needle join to knit in the round. With the 4th needle knit the first st on left hand needle, taking care not to twist. Pull this stitch a little tight to avoid loose yarn between needles.
Start knitting in the round:
Continue knitting in rounds from left needle to the right, increasing one stitch per needle in the last stitch on each needle. Tip: After the first few rounds, place a marker, a bit of colored yarn or the cast-on tail to mark the beginning of the next round, You can move it up as needed and remove it at the purl rows. You don't need to continuously count stitches, until you get close to the size you're aiming for. Then you only need to count the stitches on the needle before the marker.
Knit for: A Cup 15 - 17 stitches on each needle (Total 45-51 stitches) very few needed in this size
B Cup 18 - 20 stitches (T 54-60) only a few needed in this size
C Cup 21- 25 stitches (T 63 -75) this appears to be a much needed size
D+ Cup 26 - 30 stitches (T 78-90) this appears to be the most needed size
When the desired number of stitches have been reached, purl two even rows without increasing or decreasing.
Now knit all remaining rows, decreasing by (k2tog) on the last two stitches on each needle, essentially reversing the front shaping. (You will now have what seems like a triangular "thingy", that in no way resembles a Bosom, but don’t despair, it will work out!) Stop when you have 12 sts left, 4 on each needle. Cut the yarn, leaving an 8” tail. Thread the tail through the remaining sts. (The easy way to do this is to KNIT A STITCH, BUT INSTEAD OF PLACING IT ON THE RIGHT HAND NEEDLE, PULL THE YARN THROUGH THE STITCH AND KNIT THE NEXT STITCH, PULLING THE YARN THROUGH, UNTIL ALL STITCHES ARE DONE, AND THE CUT YARN HOLDS ALL THESE STITCHES. Leave this hole open for fiberfill to be inserted.
Thread the tail from the starting point, center front, to the inside. You can use it to firm up any loose stitches , and there's no need to cut the yarn, you can leave it to be part of the filling inside.
It is recommended, that a small safety pin be used to anchor the prostheses in the bra cup if necessary. - It has come to our attention, that some safety pins RUST in salt water, so Velcro is recommended for salt water swimming.
These prostheses are completely machine washable, air dry, and there is no need for removing the filling
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