The Big Knit is back for 2017and it's going to be the biggest one ever. This year we are aiming for 2 million hats and we can’t do this without you. And for every behatted smoothie that gets sold, Age UK will receive 25p to help older people during the cold winter months.
How you can get involved
Whether you’re new to casting on or already know your garter from your stocking stitch, it's easy to get started. You’ll also be part of the huge knitting team helping us to reach such a monumental target for a great cause.
1. Be prepared.
Get yourself some needles, wool and your favourite chair (train carriages and cafes also work well) and get knitting!
2. Send us your hats
Package up your lovely hats and get them to us by July 2017. The smoothie bottles go on sale in October 2017 so please keep sending hats in throughout the first half of this year to help reach the bumper target. Locally we are aiming to knit 27,000 hats. Regular updates on our target are posted to our facebook page - click here.
Please send your hats to us at any of these locations:
- County Office, 2 Victoria Street, Chatteris, PE16 6AP
- The Cherry Trees Club, St Matthews Street, Cambridge, CB1 2LT
- The Lindens, 86 Lincoln Road, Peterborough, PE1 2SN
- Our Age UK shops at Westgate, Bretton and Werrington in Peterborough
3. Sharing is caring
Show everyone how great your hats are by posting pictures of them online using #BigKnit and also tag our Facebook page. We will be sharing photo's of the hats we receive on our social media - see if you can spot yours!
What happens next?
Look out for the hats on smoothie bottles in shops in October 2017.
How the Big Knit helps older people
Each winter, one older person dies needlessly every seven minutes because of the cold. With over a decade of support from knitters up and down the country, The Big Knit has raised vital funds to support local and national winter projects to help older people keep warm and well in winter through befriending visits, emergency cold weather support, warm meals and other vital services.
The Big Knit is a great way to bring people and communities together. Knitting groups have been held up and down the country for people to get involved, share patterns and have a cup of tea or two!
‘The Big Knit campaign couldn't happen without the support of thousands of amazing people across the UK who take part and knit woolly hats to adorn innocent smoothies each year.’
Douglas Lamont, CEO at innocent
If you have any questions or want to find out more information, please contact us by email Pam.Nicholas@ageukcap.org.uk or telephone 0300 666 9860 Lines open between 9am – 3pm Monday - Friday
Free Speaker for your group:
We have a volunteer, Tara Daynes, helping us to promote our Big Knit. Tara can come to your group to talk about the campaign, bring patterns and also entertain you with stories from her days singing with St Winfred's School Choir and the 1980 chart topping hit single "There's no one quite like Grandma" - do you remember it?! Call us to find out more 0300 666 9860.