Calling all knitters

01/06/2018
Can you help provide twiddlemuffs for our service users
 
Do you knit or know a family member or friend that does?

Our care assessment team are looking for twiddlemuffs to be made for dementia service users.
Twiddlemuffs are knitted hand warmers which provide sensory stimulation for people living with dementia.

People with dementia often have restless hands and like to have something to keep their hands occupied. The idea of the twiddlemuff is to provide a source of visual and sensory stimulation through buttons, string and bright colours while keeping hands snug and warm.

They are simple to make and hard to get wrong.

Instructions

Materials needed:
  • A selection of leftover and odd balls of wool.
  • Needles: 8mm circular or 6.5mm straight needles
Directions

Cuff:
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 etc until the work measures 23 inches (two strands of double knit for two rows each gives a lovely assortment of colours). Cast off.

Finishing:
If working with straight needles, 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.

Decoration:
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.
 
You can donate any twiddlemuffs to reception at Blair Court, FAO Nicola Roberts, team leader