Charity Knits Charity Tuesday - Twiddlemuffs

Published on May 9th, 2017 | by Siân


Twiddlemuffs – How You Can Help Dementia Patients

Knitting for charity is a wonderful and rewarding project. This week we discuss how Twiddlemuffs can help those with dementia.


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What’s a Twiddlemuff?

A Twiddlemuff is a knitted, crocheted or fabric tube with accessories such as ribbons and buttons sewn on to them. They are usually made up of many yarn textures, with notions sewn on the inside and outside of the muff. This allows for the person’s hands to stay warm while they are able to twiddle with the bits and pieces.

Why are Twiddlemuffs used?

For many people with dementia, there are developments and changes to their personalities, one of which is to become increasingly agitated. Twiddlemuffs help to ease agitation and calm the person’s mood, as they can keep 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.

How can I get involved?

To find out more about Alzheimer’s and dementia, you can visit the Alzheimer’s Society website.

The wonderful organization Knit For Peace has a knitting pattern, and provides an address for you to send your finished Twiddlemuffs to. They will then distribute them amongst NHS Hospitals around the UK.

Click the button below to get the pattern!



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is an artist and works in the Social Media team at LoveCrafts HQ. She taught herself to knit when she was 17 years old, and hasn't stopped since! You'll normally find her in an art gallery, or buried in a book.

Last updated: May 15th, 2017.

15 Responses to Twiddlemuffs – How You Can Help Dementia Patients

  1. Agnes Vesey says:

    What a great idea, We are Chari-tea here in Vero Beach and we knit for charity, We get together

    every tuesday,

  2. Shirley says:

    I heard about these here in Canada about a year ago from a friend whose Mother had dementia. Happy to have a pattern, thinking I should make one for myself now so if/when the time comes it will be ready!

  3. Lynne says:

    I’ve been making these for over a year now & give to my local hospital. I am only sorry I didn’t know about them earlier as they could have benefitted my late mum. I have made mine …… all in red, my favourite colour!

  4. marianne says:

    I have just found my new purpose. My dad recently died and was dealing with dementia in his last weeks and months, becoming more and more agitated. I wish I had known about twiddlemuffs then. I am going to start making them and contact my knitting friends to get them making them, too. I’m going to contact the local hospitals, nursing homes, and senior service programs to get them distributed.

    Thank you for such a wonderful idea! God Bless!

  5. Linda says:

    I work on a Ward where we use the twiddlemuffs and they are fantastic. As a knitter I often use them as a talking point with my patients too – often with older people they knew how to knit.

  6. Annie says:

    I have recently joined a group of knitters at my local library in North Lambeth to make twiddle-muffs. People have donated yarn, buttons, sequins and ribbons for us to use. I have met some lovely people, so I’m enjoying myself, and it’s really good to think that it is of benefit to others. It’s a great excuse to try out new knitting techniques, to keep it interesting.

  7. john moon says:

    I am on my forth twiddle muff, I got my pattern from a knitting magazine, then I heard about them from my WI. Think they are a great idea.

  8. Gail Sutherland says:

    Thankyou. I have just found my new project. I can take them to my mums nursing home as she has dementia and it would benefit her.

  9. barbara newton says:

    that is a great idea.

  10. barbara newton says:

    I couldn’t print the pattern out of the Twiddlemuff,I couldn’t press the ok,button,it wouldn’t go up far enough.could you please,sendme the pattern,=I live at 108 Northcote street,Kurri Kurri,n.N.S.W. 2327. Australia.I am a member of your knitting club.this is my e/

    • Pam Emerson Clarke says:

      I read the pattern off a link here somewhere awhile back.. Have made a few so know the pattern well.. I live in Bingara, NSW… So I would & could send you the pattern…. Actually I am taking three plus a twiddle rug up to my best friend in Brisbane next wk… Sue has Alziemers…

  11. Susan says:

    My group crochets. Would someone know of a crochet pattern available?

  12. Deborah Nash says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this interesting post! All good wishes, Deborah

  13. Shirley says:

    My Mum has always been a knitter, and has a large stockpile of yarn at home. She now has Vascular Dementia and can no longer concentrate so doesn’t knit now. I have tried to get her to knit some squares to make a blanket but she cannot even cope with this – she’ll knit a few rows then she unravels it. I have used up some of her yarn, but there is still an awful lot left, so I shall be making some twiddlemuffs from the odd balls& the first one will be for Mum!

  14. Jacqui says:

    I have made some of these for the local hospital. They sent me a message to say thanks but for future reference not to use buttons, beads, sequence etc as there is a health and safety concern around those items as dementia patients could pull them of and try to swallow them. Just thought you might like to know.

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