How to crochet a twiddlemuff for dementia patients

A crochet twiddlemuff can be useful for people with dementia or learning difficulties, and therapeutic for people with Alzheimer’s disease.

How to crochet a twiddlemitt pattern
Published: March 9, 2019 at 3:00 pm
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A twiddlemuff, also known as a twiddle mitt or hand muff, is used to help people with dementia to give them something to do with their hands, and prevent them from fiddling with their skin, or pulling at medical equipment and bandages.


Crochet twiddle muff pattern

It’s simple to crochet a twiddlemuff – you need a tube that measures approximately 40cm long and 20 cm wide when laid flat (large enough to fit both hands inside comfortably). Depending on the weight of yarn you’re using, chain stitches that measure around 40 cm.

The best twiddlemuff has a variety of textures, so you should vary the stitches you use, and use a range of colours. We used a mixture of chenille yarn, denim-effect and combined tweed yarn with plain wool. You could also work a series of bobbles, or add beads to your yarn.

You don’t need to weave in the ends when you change yarn, as the yarn ends can also be fiddled with. Attach a range of buttons, ribbons and patches – it’s a great way to use up any swatches you have from previous projects. We tacked on a sample of fake fur yarn, and a swatch of yarn with mini pompoms, plus some glittery yarn.

Once you’ve added all the decorations, fold the fabric in half and sew together, to make the tube.


You can also find lots more ideas for twiddlemuff patterns on Ravelry. This Ravelry gallery of crochet twiddlemuffs has plenty of inspiration too.


Matt SpiersDigital Assistant, Gathered

Matt Spiers is a crochet artist and designer who has been overseeing Gathered's crochet articles for over 2 years. He previously worked as Digital Assistant for Simply Crochet magazine and is our in house video editing pro. What started as a hobby a decade ago led to Matt developing a passion (and then a career) with crochet. As well as still regularly writing and designing for Simply Crochet magazine, Matt is a crochet artist in his own right, having displayed and created crochet installations at festivals and fibre events across the UK. You can keep up to date with Matt at @onemancrochet on Instagram.

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