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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Jacqueline Johnson 2nd Jan 2018
I started making Twiddle Muffs 1 year ago and donated to several nursing homes in my city.Since then I have had many private requests and have now passed the 200 mark.I've quit counting. I've specialized in personalizing them to the person behind the disease which seem to go over very well. Besides the muffs I've sewn and knitted activity mats, and now am putting activity boards together for the men. All are donated free of charge and made from donated materials. I've never been happier knowing a little creativity can bring such joy to a person in need.
Happy New Year to all.
Solange 2nd Jan 2018
Hi Jacqueline, Happy New Year to you too. What you are doing is quite remarkable, how kind of you. All the best!
sue 20th Dec 2017
Had some fur material and made one from this, but placed items inside.
Talita 23rd Dec 2017
Good idea!!
Mikka 9th Dec 2017
Does anyone know a site to learn how to "SEW" Twiddlemuffs instead of knitting them???
Julie 21st Aug 2017
have made this for residents very successful thanks for the ideas. I put some twiddle things inside as well and used soft fluffy wool. worked great.
Talita 28th Aug 2017
thanks so much for your feedback Julie!
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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