The Falls and Dementia Teams at King’s are asking knitters to make twiddle mitts for patients with dementia at our hospitals.
Twiddle mitts are simple knitted cuffs, to which a range of items, including ribbons, buttons or beads, can be sewn and which provide activity for patients.
They are colourful, multisensory distractions that help keep restless hands occupied and cold hands warm.
For infection control reasons, each mitt can only be used by one patient, so as many as possible are needed.
Emma Ouldred, Dementia Nurse Specialist at King’s, said: “Twiddle mitts are a simple and effective way of providing meaningful activity for patients with dementia. They can help to reduce anxiety and relieve boredom.”
Loretta Anthony, Falls Clinical Nurse Specialist at King’s, added: “Twiddle mitts can help to improve a patient’s stay in hospital, they provide warmth and comfort and can help to combat restlessness.”
Twiddle mitt pattern
What you will need
- Any left over and odd balls of yarn
- Needles: 8mm circular
- Cast on 40 stitches using 2 strands of double knitting (DK) yarn (or you can also use 1 strand of chunky yarn)
- Work in rib stitch (knit 1, purl 1) for 11 inches.
- Continue to knit further rows (don’t purl) and use up leftover wool in various textures, e.g. chunky, mohair, ribbon until work measures 23 inches
- Then cast off
- Push the cuff up inside the mitt body
- Neatly sew together the two ends.
Decoration and finishing:
Decorate the mitt body with beads, flowers, zips, loops and pockets etc.
Please ensure everything is sewn on firmly and securely. Be careful to only sew through the body of the mitt and not the cuff inside.
Please send completed twiddle mitts to:
The Falls Team
KCH Business Park
129 Coldharbour Lane
London, SE5 9NY
The Falls Team
Executive Nursing Office
Kent, BR6 8ND
Alternatively mitts can be taken to any of our helpdesks for the attention of the Falls Team.