Knitting Up Twiddlemuffs at Buckie Yarns!

Jul 25, 2017

The last couple of months have been all about Twiddlemuffs in Buckie Yarns! A Twiddlemuff is a hand knitted garment that can be worn on the arms of dementia patients in order to keep their hands occupied. But why the name Twiddlemuff? Well, because of the wide selection of textures, buttons, and ribbon to twiddle!

As part of a community project, our team decided to start creating Twiddlemuffs with the aim of donating them to local organisations that care for dementia patients and the results have been fantastic. Just see for yourself!

The trainees have been working with chunky yarn of assorted colours and textures and following patterns they found online. When asked what their favourite part of the making process has been, the consensus was overwhelmingly the decorating! Each Twiddlemuff is unique and during the decorating stage you can really see everyone’s style and creativity!

If you are thinking of making your own Twiddlemuff then we have the know how to help you through it! All you need is some chunky yarn, buttons and ribbons all in a variety of colours and textures. This is the perfect project to use up any leftover material that you have lying around! There are also loads of different patterns that are easily accessible online.

The basic instructions are as follows:
1) Using chunky yarn and 6mm needles cast on 40 stitches.( Double knit yarn can be used 2 strands at a time!)
2) Work K1 P1 rib for 14 cm
3) Work in stocking stitch for the next 30 cm
4) Work K1 P1 rib for the next 14 cm
5) Cast off
6) Decorate the stocking stitch section with your buttons and ribbons collected earlier
7) With the right sides together, sew up along the length
8) Turn the cuff to the inside and stitch cast on and cast off edges together

And TA DA! Your very own Twiddlemuff!

Helping dementia patients is a very important cause to us here at Moray Reach Out, as we love to play our part in the community and show our support for other social enterprises in the area. We are hoping to deliver our twiddlemuffs to a local care home over the summer!

The trainees all loved creating their Twiddlemuffs, so much so that some decided to make two! We only hope that the people who receive them enjoy them as much as we enjoyed making them!