Twiddlemuffs? What now?

Until recently, I had never heard of such a thing. They are being knitted for people with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. People find them calming because they often suffer from restless fingers. Now hospitals across the country are asking knitters to make and donate them.


A twiddelmuff is a reinvention of the muff – a Victorian hand warmer, usually made of fur. The contemporary incarnation is a knitted muff with lots of attached things to fiddle or twiddle with.

Online, I’ve seen them called sensory bands and sensory muffs. They can also be crocheted and there are a variety of sewed ones on the internet too. And, there are lots of variations – fidget aprons, bags, mitts, blankets, boards. Here is a link to my Pinterest page with a selection.

In the next post, I’ll go through instructions and some creative ideas for twiddlemuffs.

Organisations who are looking for donations of twiddlemuffs include:

Knit for Peace

Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Trust

Warrington & Halton Hospitals

Heart of England NHS Trust

Bolton NHS hospitals

(Pic above taken from Knit for Peace)



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