My lovely knitting group, The York Knitwits are working on a new charity project.. Twiddlemuffs ! This was a popular request from our regular members and so I’m extremely excited that this is our next project.
These are designed to provide dementia sufferers with simple stimulation for their active hands. They’re knitted muffs with items attached to keep dementia patients’ hands active and busy. They contain strands of textured ribbons, beads, and various fabrics attached both inside and outside.
People with dementia often have restless hands and like to have something to keep their hands occupied. It provides a wonderful source of visual, tactile and sensory stimulation, and keeps hands snug and warm at the same time.
so here is my knit pattern for a knitwits twiddle muff :
you will need:
buttons, ribbons, zips, beads – for embelishments.
chunky wool 100g – or 2 100g balls of double knit
with chunky wool or 2 strands of double knit cast on 44 stitches
- continue on in stocking stitch until the garment reaches 12 inches.
cast off, fold the muff in half an sew along the edges. Now you are ready to add the embellishments ! add them on the inside as well as the front and space evenly, ensure they are well secured.
knitting in the round :
if like me you would like to avoid as much sewing as possible – this is for you !
with chunky wool or 2 strands of double knit on size 7mm double pointed needles cast on 44 stitches
- continue on in stocking stitch until the garment reaches 12 inches, add embellishments as you go.
cast off, weave in ends and add any extra embellishments you would like.
That’s it, as easy as that. Twiddlemuffs are loved in carehomes and dementia wards across the country, this is an opportunity to do something good and have fun doing it ! get creative and explore textures or patterns.
if you’d like to get involved, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll give you more info.
happy stitching !!