Today I thought I’d share the pattern for my mini twiddle muff, twiddle cuff.  I haven’t quite decided what to call it. Perhaps it’s a twiddle mitt? I’m not sure.

When I first designed my twiddle muff pattern I couldn’t help thinking about the people that lived in the residential home where I used to work.  There was one lady in particular that I remember with great fondness.  She was a lovely lady who had lived a very full life as a midwife.  She remained very active and busy whilst living at the home.

I couldn’t help but think that twiddle muffs, twiddle cushions and twiddle blankets are all very good but what about the dementia patients who like to move around and stay busy?

I decided to come up with a more mobile fidget item that they could take with them that they don’t need to remember to pick up.

I had seen various posts about fidget aprons but I wanted to make something that was more discreet and that could be used by either a lady or a gentleman.  I also wanted them to be quick and easy to make so that I could avoid having to reach for the sewing machine (thus saving my poor family members from foul moods and bad language).

This is what I came up with. 

Fidget mitt, twiddlemuffs, twiddle cuff.

Actually the picture above is the third mini twiddle muff that I made.  The blue twiddle cuff In the gallery at the top of this post was the very first one that I made. I can’t find any decent pictures of it though 🙁 .

Here’s the crochet pattern for the twiddle cuff base.

As you can see.  All of my twiddle cuffs are made using James C Brett yarn as the base.  I’m heavily addicted to James Brett yarns so this was the obvious choice for me.  Not only is it super soft and really nice to work with but (because of my addiction) I always have loads in my stash just screaming out to be used up (so that I can go and buy more 😉 ).

The twiddle cuff pattern is really simple.

Yarn – James Brett marble chunky.

Hook – 5mm

Stitches

Ch – Chain Stitch

Dc – Double Crochet Stitch

Ss – Slip Stitch

Foundation.

Ch 24. Join with a ss to form a loop.

Row 1.

Ch 2 (counts as dc), skip the stitch at the base of the chain, dc in every stitch to end. (24 dc stitches).

Row 2 to end.

Place a stitch marker in the ch2 from the previous round to help you keep track. working in a spiral dc in each stitch until you are happy that your cuff is long enough.

As you can see from my photos, the length of my twiddle cuffs tends to faire according to what I would like to put on them.  As a guide, the one that I am working on at the moment (pictured below) is 9cm long without it’s edging.

James c brett Wrist warmers

Edging.

I chose 24 stitches for my twiddle cuffs because it gives me lots of options for edging.  I tend to use stitches that I can attach twiddles to.  I have used shell stitches and chain stitches.  In the twiddle cuff pictured above I have used a chain and picot stitch.

Ch 5, ss into the third ch form hook, ch 2 skip a stitch then ss into the next dc. Rpt to end. 

Now all you need to do is add your twiddles. 

As I mentioned before, I like to attach twiddles to the edge of my twiddle cuffs.  

Holding a small item in your hand or fiddling with the ends of strings of ribbons can help to ease anxiety, not only for people with dementia but for anyone dealing with stress or in need of comfort. I thought it was important to have twiddles that are long enough to hold.  Apart from that the twiddles used are the same as I use for my twiddle muffs, cushions and blankets.

If you’re in need of some inspiration here’s a link to my twiddles galore post. 

Twiddles fidgets for muffs or blankets

I hope you have found this pattern helpful. If you have any questions, requests, or you just want to say ‘Hi” pop  a comment in the box below and I’ll get back to you ASAP.

By all means feel free to use my pattern to help you to create your own twiddlemuffs.  Feel free to share it with your friends and fellow crochet addicts but please please don’t reproduce this pattern, my pictures or any part of my blog without my permission.

As always, any product links found on this page or anywhere else on my blog are affiliate links.  This means that, if you purchase a product by using my link I get paid a small commission to help me to fund my crochet addiction.  If you would like to use my links I’d be very grateful but if not, no big deal.  I hope you enjoy reading my post anyway.

Cheers for now,

Lou 😀 

 

10 comments on “How To Make A Mini Twiddle Muff/ Twiddle Cuff.”

  1. Hi Lou, what a talented lady you are!! I’m new to crochet having been on a course at a local craft shop (soooo many lovely things, so little time to make with them!).

    I have knitted the original twiddle muff, but am interested in the blanket and mats. Do you have a pattern for them? I’m not sure of the sizes of these?

    Best wishes

    Fi

    • Hi Fi

      Thank you so much.

      It’s always lovely to hear from a brand new crochet addict :-).
      For my twiddle blanket I used a UK table crochet for the main body then popped some crocodile stitch along the top to give it a bit more texture. You can find crocodile stitch tutorials on you tube (that’s how I learned how to do it). I then did a few rows of uk double crochet, a row of treble crossed stitches and another couple of rows of UK doubles to finish it off.
      I’m afraid I made it up as I went along. I used it as an excuse to try different textured stitches out. Just dive in and see what happens. Try lots of different stitches. I’m sure it will be fabulous.
      There are no hard and fast rules to twiddle items. I kept going until I had run out of yarn. I think my blanket was a bit big. The next one i make will be smaller. Use your lap as a guide and stop when it is covered.
      I put a fleece backing on my blanket. I just measured the fleece so that it was a few centimetres larger than the blanket, hemmed it then stitched it to the back of the blanket.
      I hope that helps you out. I will be making a new blanket as soon as the weather cools down enough for me to snuggle under it. I will write up a proper pattern with photos then.

      Cheers for now
      Lou 🙂

  2. I am making twiddle muffs for an Alzheimer’s home but the cuffs seem even better. I make mine on a loom but I think I would like the cuffs better. The only problem is I don’t know which size loom to use. Do you think I should use the 24 peg one? And how many inches should it be. Yours are beautiful.

    • Hi Elayne

      Thank you so much for your question. I’m sorry it has taken me so long to get back to you. From time to time life gets in the way of my crochet addiction and i have address the things in the real world before i can snuggle up and get back to all things yarn.

      I’m so glad to hear that you are making twiddle muffs and that you like my designs. I love making them.

      I’m afraid I own 3 knitting looms, I made one scarf then went back to crochet. I’d love to take the time to master them properly at some point but at the moment I don’t know enough about them to be able to tell you which one to use.

      I make my twiddle cuffs to fit my wrist. They all tend to turn out different lengths but they’re about 3 inches by 3 inches. I make a chain that comfortably fits around my wrist then make it from that. If you are using a flat pice of material just decide how long you’d like your cuff to be and keep knitting until it is large enough to fit around you wrist. Stitch up the side and you’re done.

      I hope that helps
      Lou

    • Hi Brenda

      I’m so glad to hear that you like my little twiddle cuffs. I’m afraid that my knitting knowledge is very basic but, depending on your level of expertise, all you’d need to do is knit a circular pice of cloth that fits your wrist, mine tend to measure about 9cm by 9cm when done. Alternatively you could knit a strip of material and join it down the side. There are no right of wrong ways to make twiddle muffs, that’s what makes them so much fun. If you’re a more advanced knitter you could add cabling ( my nemesis ), bobbles and all sorts of different textures.

      I hope this helps. Good luck with your twiddle cuff and all the best with your journey through stroke recovery.
      Lou

  3. Our eldest son suffers from PTSD, he has severe anxiety attacks. We’re hoping one of these fiddle items will help him. We’ll make one and see how it goes. We’ll keep you posted on his reactions.
    Thanks much, EB.

    • You are very welcome.
      I hope the twiddle cuff helps your son. I’m looking forward to hearing an update. Just shout if you get stuck.

      Cheers for now
      Lou 🙂

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