Knitting/Sewing Projects

Trauma Teddies

The teddies will be presented to children in need of comfort, when they have suffered a traumatic experience, such as being involved in a car crash, or being a victim or witness of a crime.


Trauma Teddy Knitting Pattern


Use double knitting wool and 1 pair size 10 knitting needles in the paw colour. (preferably fawn/white) cast on 10 stitches and knit 10 rows.

Change to trouser colour, knit 30 rows. Leave on a spare needle and knit another leg to match.

Knit across the 2 legs (20 sts.). Knit 16 rows in trouser colour.

Change to jumper colour and knit 24 rows.

Change to paw colour and also change to stocking st (one row plain and one row purl) and knit 5 ½ inches.

Change to jumper colour and knit 24 rows.

Change to trouser colour and knit 16 rows.

Knit 10 stitches and turn, complete leg and paw as before. (NB Use paw colour for paws) Join wool and knit another leg and paw.

Arms: Sew around the head. Pick up and knit 8 stitches either side of the head (16 sts). Knit 20 rows in jumper colour and 10 rows in paw colour. Cast off.

Scarf: Cast on 75 stitches. Knit 5 rows and cast off.

Sewing up: Sew paws, arms, and sides, also sew inner legs leaving opening in crotch for stuffing. Stitch up corners of head with running stitches to make ears. Stitch on eyes, nose and a smiling mouth. Sew running stitches around neck base and draw up to shape head and neck.

Filling: Fill Teddy with acrylic filling.

Sew up Teddy tips:

Turn right side out and sew diagonal top corners for ears before stuffing.

After stuffing, run a thread through the knitting around the neck to draw it in.

Sew a happy face and for mouth use either stem stitch or back stitch.

Tie scarf on Teddy at back of the neck, close to the jumper edge. Don’t sew down at the front.


Twiddle Muffs

A Twiddle Muff provides a wonderful source of visual, tactile and sensory stimulation and keeps the hands warm and snug at the same time. People with dementia often have restless hands and like to have something to keep their hands occupied.

Twiddle Muffs Knitting Pattern

This muff pattern is ideal for using up left-over and odd balls of wool


  1. Cast on 40 stitches with 6.5mm needles using 2 strands of double wool or 1 strand of chunky wool.
  2. Knit 6 rows in rib (k1p1).
  3. Working on stocking stitch (Knit 1 line, purl 1 line) using up oddments of various textures of wool i.e. chunky, mohair, wool until work measures 10 inches.
  4. Knit 6 rows in rib (k1p1)
  5. Cast off.
  6. Sew the two long edges together with right sides together.
  7. Decorate the muff using a variety of items i.e. ribbons, beads.


Velindre Cancer Centre Easter Chick knit Appeal

The Velindre Cancer Centre Gift Shop has donated thousands of pounds to Velindre since the chick knit started in 1997. Many thanks to all knitters for their support; it is very much appreciated by all staff and patients at Velindre Hospital. For more details contact

Chick Pattern


  • Needles: 8 or 9; 4mm or 33/4mm
  • Yarn: Yellow double-knit wool and a contrasting colour for top of head; black wool for eyes
  • Orange felt or wool for beak; ribbons, roses, sequins for decoration


Knitted in one piece garter stitch (every row knit)

Cast on 26 sts, knit 28 rows in yellow, and then 4 to 5 rows in a colour of your choice.

Next row K2 tog, all across row. Break off yarn leaving an end long enough to thread through remaining sts. Pull up remaining 13 sts tightly and fasten off. Sew up back seam down to about 4 rows in yellow to form head. Thread a running stitch though at this point to form a neck.

Stuff head then pull up thread at neck and fasten off tightly. Gather cast on stitches and pull up and sew first 2 or 3 rows of back seam, leaving a gap to insert egg.

Sew eyes with black wool 1 row below contrast colour, then cut a small diamond in felt and stitch across centre onto head just below eyes to form beak.

Place ribbon in a bow around neck and add any other decorations as you wish.

NB Use only polyester filling that complies to BS (British Standard) available from any haberdashery shop.

This unique pattern was put together by one of our volunteers, Mrs Joyce Davies. Joyce would be more than pleased to help should you encounter any problems with the pattern. She can be contacted on telephone number (029) 2065 8781

Velindre Cancer Centre Winter Knits Appeal

Please kindly return to SI Abergavenny and District by the end of October so that Velindre can fill them with chocolate and find happy festive homes for them during November.

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