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.

In this video we show you an example of how you can knit your very own twiddlemuff for someone you know, or to donate. There are no rules, as long as you use lots of colors 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.


  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" / 60cm 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.

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