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.
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
Ch – Chain Stitch
Dc – Double Crochet Stitch
Ss – Slip Stitch
Ch 24. Join with a ss to form a loop.
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.
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.
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.
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Cheers for now,