Knitters needed to help our patients with dementia
People with dementia often have restless hands and like something to keep them occupied. We are looking for knitters who would be happy to knit or crochet 'twiddle muffs', a woolen muffs with iribbons, buttons and beads attached, both inside and out, that patients with dementia can twiddle in their hands. The twiddle muffs provide a source of visual, tactile and sensory stimulation.
We need a constant supply as each patient will have their own twiddle muff, labeled with their name, to prevent any chance of cross infection, and to take home with them.
Details of materials needed and a pattern for you to follow are below. So please get involved and help support our patients with dementia.
Please return your twiddle muff to our Voluntary Services Department – telephone 0118 322 8396 / 7061
• This muff pattern is perfect for using up left over and odd balls of wool
• Needles: 8mm circular or 6.5mm straight needles
• 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
• 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.
• Now is the time if you want to 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.