How to crochet 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 crochet your very own twiddlemuff for someone you know, or to donate. You can use any stitch (or stitches), 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.

Step by step

  1. Start by making a chain "12 / 30 cm long.
  2. Choose your favorite crochet stitch and work a few rows.
  3. Continue working in rows of new colors until you reach roughly 24" / 60 cm in length.
  4. Tie off loose ends.
  5. Add in ribbons, bells, buttons, pom poms etc.
  6. Fold the rectangle in half and sew up the long edge to make the tube.

You’ve just created your very own twiddlemuff!

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