1 Mastectomy Caregiver

2 knitting samples 

3 knitting machine at Knitwear Lab

Yinka modelling for Mastectomy Caregiver

5 developing session at Textielmuseum Tilburg

07. Mastectomy Caregiver

Mastectomy Caregiver is the creation of adapted knitwear for women who experienced a mastectomy during their breast cancer treatment.

The sweater acts as a protective shell during the woman’s recovery phase, using the industrial knitting technique to create volume around the bust and the arm areas. It takes into account the patient’s needs after the operation: it is easy to put on with one arm, it allows enough space for a transfusion to go through the sleeve, it is friendly to sensitive skin and it leads the gaze of others towards the face instead of the bust.

A software model was specifically programmed to knit the sweater. It combines tight and loose stitches in order to create volume. The sweater’s pieces are also knit directly in shape, hence avoiding any yarn waste.

Collaboration with Swiss Hospital Hopital du Jura and breast cancer association Vivre Comme Avant

Collaboration with Knitwear Lab

Exhibited at the Graduation Show of Design Academy Eindhoven during Dutch Design Week (2019)

Exhibited at Global Grad Show during Dubai Design Week (2019)

This project was supported by Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie and Stichting Knitting Holland