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Join the twiddle cuff challenge and win a prize

As part of Dementia Action week, St Joseph's Hospice is joining the 100 Twiddle Cuff challenge in Hackney.

What is a twiddle cuff?                                                                                                   

It's a knitted muff with items attached so that a patient with dementia can twiddle in their hands. This can help to quieten the mind and provide comfort and distraction.  It provides sensory, visual and tactile stimulation.  

We are also making small lap blankets for patients, so you have a choice of what you would like to make!

Who can join in?

ANYONE! We want any staff, friends, family, volunteers, patients, supporters to take part and help us to knit or crochet a twiddle cuff for people with Dementia in Hackney. We want as many people as possible to get involved.  

Bring your finished item to the large table in the community hub at 11:45am for competition judging at 12 midday. Prize for the winners!

Twiddle Cuff pattern

A selection of leftover 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.          

Cuff 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.                                         

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.                                                                                             

Decoration:                                                                                                                             

You can decorate the muff, inside and out, with ribbons, beads, flowers (forget-me-nots if possible), 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 and no sharp materials.

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