Crochet Twiddlemuff

What is Twiddlemuff?

A twiddle muff is a hand muff that can give comfort to dementia and Alzheimer’s patients.  You can purchase machine sewn muffs, but as crocheters, we know that we have no limits to express our creativity by making these thoughtful items. These patients often have restless hands and the muffs can offer comfort.  Twiddlemuffs provide a source of stimulation to the senses by sight and touch.

A few years back, I worked briefly in a dementia ward and remember how the patients would want to hold my hands and fidget their fingers over mine.  I can definitely see how these twiddle muffs could bring pleasure and comfort to them.

Crochet Twiddlemuff
Crochet Twiddlemuff by Kristine Boss

One of the Crochet Crowders, Kristine Boss has shared with us her method for making these useful items and photos.  She doesn’t use a pattern but basically starts with a wrister shape.  You can follow Mikey’s Wrister Video Tutorial to help you get started making your own twiddle muff.  Then she adds random chain loops here and there.  She also incorporates different types of fibres as you can see in her photos.  You will also notice in her photos all the vibrant and happy colours.  This is an opportunity to really have fun by playing with interesting, textured stitches and would be a great use of extra yarn you might have in your stash.  Go wild and go random…. and bring a bit of comfort to someone special!

If you don’t know anyone personally that would enjoy these, then consider just donating them to a local elderly care facility in your area.  I’m sure they will be greatly appreciated.  We also get asked all the time for a good selling crocheted item at a craft fair.  Well, while I don’t have any experience with this one, I would think these interesting items might be something to consider next time you are looking for a creative crocheted piece on your table.

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11 Comments

  1. Teresa Schoon

    I would like to learn how to make twiddle muffs but need a pattern that tells what how many to chains, how many SC, DC or HDC and how many rows. Can you provide me with a specific pattern to use or perhaps tell where I might be able to find one? I’m not an expert crocheter so the simpler the better for me until I get the hang of it, thanks.

  2. Terrie Faria

    Yes, my Mom suffers I did not realize this issue, so thorough . Thank You.

  3. rena

    So I have a BIG question. But first let me explain a bit. I have a wonderful sweet niece, who suffered an injury when she was younger. She is disabled but has a tendency to bite her hand hard. An as of now she uses a towel around her hand to take some of the bite I guess to say. Would this be something that she could wear to protect her hand a bit an if so what type of yarn do you recommend?? I was thinking sugar an cream or peaches an cream but two stranding it to make it thinker, or maybe t-shirt yarn or such I’m not sure . Plz help. Would love feed back. Truely love this lil girl.

    • kristine

      Possibly it is fast to make.doesn’t hurt to try. I would do two strands to make it stronger or thicker yarn

    • Lisa

      I’d use two strands of the cotton yarn in pretty colors and I’d use a long wrist warmer pattern and do a thumb loop, like you would for a mitten to help hold it in place. I’d make two so that one can be in the wash while she’s wearing the other. Hope this helps. Blessings always xoxo

  4. I am a retired nurse who worked with elderly patients with dementia and the twiddle mitts are a wonderful idea. I plan on making a couple and donating them to some of our area Nursing Homes.

  5. carol whitehead

    thank you this is just what we been looking for can’t wait to show our group on Wednesday thanks Mikey you are a Gem

  6. Karen Dietrich

    It is a great idea and a nice way to use up your scarp yarn. Thank you !!! <3

  7. carrie

    I work with dementia patients and these twiddle mitts definitely work.

    • Sandra Degrow

      Should I just use a variety of yarn and stitches? I saw a button on one twiddle muff. Are beads and zippers okay?

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