I realized today (beecause my mother asked) that I never explained why I am knitting a breast. A friend of mine requested it as a visual aid for the breastfeeding class she is teaching. I also might be knitting some to see as a fundraiser for a breastfeeding support group. I ended up using someone else's pattern, though, so I'd have to ask for permission. I have a feeling they'd give it willingly, since it comes from the Laction Consultants of Great Britain website.
I started off with a smaller base for this one, using the number of stitches suggested by the above pattern. I knit mine in the round though. At Anabel's suggestion I added some purl stitches to the areola to simulate Montgomery's Glands. I don't think that worked very well though, they seem to have gotten hidden by the decreases.
Finally, I crocheted a circle for the bottom and then crocheted that on to the base with some fiberfill inside. I feel like it needs more stuffing but I'm not sure, that's why I haven't cut the tail yet. I want to show it to Anabel tomorrow and see what she thinks.
oh! i like it! i just want to squish it.
Thanks, it is very squishy. 😉
I think it looks great! But best to check with your friend to see if it has the right 'consistency'. I just remembered, in the breastfeeding class we went to, they had sewed a large bead on the inside of the areola to simulate a clogged milk duct. If you open it up to put more stuffing in, you might want to do this as well, to increase its use as a teaching aid. Sorry I didn't suggest this before!!
This just goes to show that knitting has all sorts of applications!
Hey, can you knit a pair of C's for me?
That is a great idea, Margo! I might try that in the future. I gave this one to my friend and she liked it as is.
I included a link to the pattern, you can knit your own Cs! 😉