Let's get knitting 'Twiddlemuffs'

A twiddlemuff is a knitted muff with items attached so that people living with dementia can twiddle with it – it not only keeps their hands warm but also gives them something to do with their hands.

People living with with dementia often have restless hands and like to have something to keep their hands occupied. The twiddlemuff provides a wonderful source of visual, tactile and sensory stimulation and at the same time keeping hands snug and warm.

All you need is a selection of left over wool and some 6.5mm needles. The pattern is simple and we have lots copied in the office. So ring the office and we will send you a pattern or drop into our office on the High Street in Epping to pick one up.

We have several completed already thanks to one of our CAREGiver’s friends who is a keen knitter but we would like to get more people involved.

If you know anyone who would benefit from one of these muffs please give me a call,

Let’s get knitting!

How to make a Twiddlemuff

Materials needed:

  • A selection of leftover and odd balls of wool.
  • Needles: 6.5mm needles


Cast on 45 stitches using 2 strands of double knitting wool or 1 strand of chunky wool (one plain colour works best). Work in stocking stitch (knit a row, purl a row)
for 11 inches.

Muff Body:
Continue with stocking stitch, but use up oddments of various textures of wool such as chunky, mohair, ribbon and so on until the work measures 23 inches (two strands of double knit for two rows each gives a lovely assortment of colours). Cast off.


Lightly iron the long strip, then neatly join the sides together using edge to edge stitch (with the knit side facing out). Turn inside out and push the one colour cuff up inside the muff body. Sew the two ends together, again using a neat edge to edge stitch.

Now you can decorate the muff, inside and out, with ribbons, beads, flowers, zips, loops, pompoms, buttons, etc. Knit a separate pocket for a favourite photo or a hanky. Be creative, but make sure each item is securely attached!

Any Finished muffs please just bring or send into the office, I will post some updated photos of twiddlemuffs in a few weeks.

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