Twiddlemuffs (or twiddlemitts) are knitted hand-warmers that provide sensory stimulation for people living with dementia.   They keep restless hands busy and soothe and comfort those who are anxious or agitated.
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Twiddlemuffs (or twiddlemitts) are knitted hand-warmers that provide sensory stimulation for people living with dementia. They keep restless hands busy and soothe and comfort those who are anxious or agitated.

Twiddlemuffs are usually made from left-over acrylic wool, however fleece tubes and other recycled wool products are also suitable.

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Materials

  • Acrylic Wool; plain, thick, thin, chunky, mohair, ribbon
  • Knitting Needles: 8mm circular or 6.5 straight needles
  • Decorations

Instructions

Muff Cuff:

  • Cast on 45 stitches using 2 strands of double knitting wool or 1 strand of chunky wool.
  • Stock stitch (knit a row, purl a row) for 28 cm or 11 inches.

Muff body:

  • Continue in stocking stitch for another 58 cm or 23 inches using different wool colours and textures as you go, (chenille, snuggly, chunky)
  • Cast off

Finishing and decorating:

  • Sew long edges together with the purl side up
  • Turn the muff inside out.
  • Push the cuff inside the muff ’s body and neatly sew together the two short ends.

Decorating:

  • Ideas: Ribbons, beads, flowers, buttons, loops, zippers, buckles, pompoms, pocket for a hankie
  • Very important, all decorating items should be securely attached so that clients cannot pull them out.
  • Decorate the inside and the outside of Muff with colourful items in different textures. How many decorations you use is up to you, 3 or 4 items on the inside and 3 or 4 on the outside would suffice.

Note: Clients must be supervised at all times for safety reasons.

The twiddlemuffs in this photo were donated by the lovely ladies from Sewing for Charity Australia

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Lynne 4th Apr 2017
I have done over 175 twiddle muffs which have been sent out free of charge to care homes all around the UK. The joy, stimulation and texture is wonderful for the person in question. What is important that all the items are sewn on with wool so they don't come off and everything is secure. Items to use large buttons, charms, pompoms, ribbons, zips, pocket to put things in. Don' forget to put buttons or a small soft toy inside for added stimulation. HAPPY KNITTING EVERYONE. xx
Talita 4th Apr 2017
What an amazing contribution Lynne! I hope we hear more stories like this one : )
Jacqueline 3rd Apr 2017
I think these look fabulous as they're easy to make if you're a knitter and probably cheaper than the ones that are sold . Can't wait to get someone to help me knit !
Talita 3rd Apr 2017
Thanks for your feedback Jacqueline! Good luck - I'm sure you will find someone willing to help.
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