- Any 3 or 4 ply knitting worsted yarn may be used for the outer piece
- Cotton, silk or other natural fibre for the inner piece e.g. Bernat Handicrafter 100% Cotton
- Note: 111yds/100m will make 2 KNoobies.
- 1 set US #6/4mm double-point needles for outer
- 1 set US #5/3.75 mm double-point needles for inner
- Small split ring marker or very small elastic marker
- Sharp tapestry needle
- Decorative shank button for “nipple” (vintage buttons work well)(optional)
- Stuffing (cotton fleece or polyester fiberfill)
- Small weight, like a smooth stone (optional)
Nipple 1 – Using 4 mm needles, and whatever colour you like for the nipple, CO 3 sts. Knit 1.5 – 2 inches of I-Cord. This cord will be knotted when the boob is finished. It will look like a nipple through your bra.
Nipple 2 – Using 4 mm needles, and whatever colour you like for the nipple, CO 3 sts. Work 2 rows of I-Cord if you are going to use a button or bead. To finish sew on button/bead.
Nipple 3 – Using 4 mm needles, and whatever colour you like for the nipple, CO 4 sts. Work 3 rows of I-Cord.
Next row: knit 1, make 1, knit 1, make 1, knit 1, make 1 (6 sts.)
For all variations: Divide sts between 3 double-point needles, in preparation to begin working in the round. Place marker before first stitch.
Knit around without increases, holding the I-Cord up.
Next Round: Knit 1, make 1, knit 1 on each needle. 3 sts increased.
Next and all following increase rounds: Knit to last 2 sts, knit 1, make 1, knit 1 on each needle
Continue increases in nipple colour to 8 stitches on each needle. Change to breast colour.
Repeat increase rounds to make a total of 60 (66, 72) sts. (20, 22, 24 sts on each needle).
Note: All breasts are different. There is no wrong in number of increases, only keep the stitches equal on the three needles. To make a fuller breast, increase stitches between the areole and the main body, mid-way on each needle. (An increase of 1 extra stitch per needle for 6 rows (18 stitches) will make a D cup.)
To make a longer breast body (for a full –figured woman) knit a few rows without increases once you have reached your base size.
After your increases, knit one row.
Change to cotton yarn for inner and purl one row around.
Change to smaller needles and knit one row.
Next and all following rows: knit to last 3 sts on each needle, decrease by k2tog, knit 1. You are basically reversing all increases made on the front shaping.
Stop when you have 12 sts left (4 sts on each needle). Cut yarn, leaving a long tail to thread through the stitches and tie off.
Tack the inner and outer together in the centre to make the back concave.
Stuff filling in through the opening, more or less depending on fullness desired. Sew or tie shut.
The stone is inserted into the fill to provide weight for breast sag. Optional.
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This pattern is adapted from Beryl Tsang’s pattern for ‘titbits’ found here: http://knitty.com/ISSUEfall05/PATTbits.html