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How to knit a Twiddlemuff   

Twiddlemuffs are great for those with Dementia or Alzheimer’s, as they help to ease agitation and calm the person’s mood by keeping their hands and minds occupied.

Many hospital wards have found that the muffs have a positive effect on patients by keeping them comforted, as well as encouraging movement and brain stimulation.

There are no rules, as long as you use lots of colours and textures. Adding things like buttons, bells, pom poms, and ribbons helps by giving the recipient lots of little things to keep their hands busy.

Step-by-step Twiddlemuff pattern

  1. Cast on about 48-60 stitches, or 12″/ 30 cm wide.
  2. Knit garter stitch for your desired amount of rows in the first colour.
  3. Choose your next yarn and begin knitting your next stripe!
  4. Continue knitting until you’ve reached 24″ / 60 cm in length.
  5. Sew in ribbons, bells, pom poms etc.
  6. Fold the rectangle in half and sew up the long edge, making a tube.


We would love for you to take part and we will be distributing the Twiddlemuffs to local people who will benefit from them. If you know of a care home or hospital ward or even an individual who we can donate to, please contact Louisa on 02380 009595 or e-mail [email protected]

Happy knitting!


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