Knit a Knocker for the Brompton

Knit a Knocker for the Brompton


The breastfeeding and expressing support team at the Brompton asked the Octavia Appeal, who in turn came to us to help them by obtaining a few pairs of knitted breasts.  Babies born with heart conditions often find breastfeeding more difficult as they do not have the energy required for it and, with many newborn babies being transferred to the Brompton, it is vital they are able to support mothers with this. They have decided knitted breasts are the way forward to help them teach hand expressing techniques, positioning and attachments skills to new mums and to new staff.


Can you help us?

  • Knitters : Thanks to Rubycon for testing out the knitting pattern. She says approx 50g plus a bit for the nipple.
  • CrochetersSee the lovely DillyTante’s blog here, for a crochet pattern, and great blog piece, thank you to her for the link.
  • No need to stuff, send your knockers to Pistey :-D She will stuff them and take them along to the Hospital. When ready for posting either email RatherBeOnThePiste  for details if on MN, or email us here at  Thank you


All the money in the world cannot buy this product so it’s a labour of love for the team. 



Thank you Xx


How to Contact Us

If you need any more information, please do not hesitate to contact us. Once your knocker is finished, send us a message and we will give you all the details for posting. You can message us in a variety of ways…..

  • PM us on Mumsnet – (KnottyLocks or RatherBeOnThePiste)
  • Email us
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Pattern courtesy of the Lactation Consultants of Great Britain

(Slightly amended from a pattern by Carolyn Westcott IBCLC)

1 50g Ball of flesh coloured double knitting wool – choose your flesh colour
1 Some of darker colour double knitting wool
NB colours are not important – we are happy to have them in any colour you wish!

Pair of 3 1⁄4 mm / UK size 10 knitting needles

Cast on 71 stitches
* Work st st for 20 rows
1st decrease 21st row: K1, *K2 tog, K5, rep from * to end 22nd and alternate rows: purl

2nd decrease 23rd row: K1, *K2 tog, K4, rep from * to end

3rd decrease K3

Continue to decrease in this way and after 3rd decrease change to darker wool to make the areola
4th decrease K2
5th decrease K1
Continue decreasing until K1, *K2 tog, from *to end has been worked.

Nipple: st st 4 rows (see below for amendments)

Break yarn, thread through rem stitches, draw up and fasten off.

Sew sides together
In darker wool on the wrong side of work, make a draw-string stitch around the base of the nipple, draw up and fasten off. Tightening of this stitch determines the prominence of the nipple.


Experiment to get the type you want. It is good to have a variety of shapes and sizes, just as women do, (very flat, very small/large, inverted, etc), so they can see that all work!

To complete: crochet a wool circle in matching wool to fit the base of the breast, or cut some matching fabric. Stitch half the base in place, stuff the breast with foam or something squishy, (old tights or shoulder pads should work well), and stitch remaining part of base. Different sizes of breast can be made by amending the pattern, and different firmness achieved by amount of stuffing.

Some find the crochet base easier to do, as the knitting in the base is tight with the rapid increasing necessary. However, for those who cannot crochet and would like to knit the base –

With size 8 needles cast on 71 sts




Knit 3 Rows



K1 (K2 tog K5) to end


5th and alt rows



K1 (K2 tog K4) to end



K1 (K2 tog K3) to end



K1 (K2 tog K2) to end



K1 (K2 tog K1) to end



K1 (K2 tog) to end



K1 (K2 tog) to end


17th and 18th




Break off yarn, thread yarn through sts, draw up and seam


Ta Da!