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  • Are you a keen knitter?

  • Would you like to volunteer from the comfort of your own home?

  • Or from your office?

  • Maybe you belong to a group that comes together occasionally to chat over a cuppa?

Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust need volunteers to knit ‘Twiddlemuffs’ for people with dementia.

This is a truly wonderful voluntary opportunity that can fit in with daily life, by creating a beautiful ‘Twiddlemuff’ you will be helping adults with Dementia.


Twiddlemuff instructions

  1. Materials
  • 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

     3. Finishing

  • 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.

     4. Decoration

  • 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.


When you’ve finished your Twiddlemuffs please contact the Dementia Team at Milton Keynes Hospital on 01908 995095.

Thank you