The Big Knit is back for 2016-17 and 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 Dacorum 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. Instructions and Patterns
Find knitting patterns for beginners to experts on bigknit.co.uk.
For inspiration have a look at the amazing hats in the Big Knit's hall of fame.
If you new to knitting or want to refresh rusty knitting skills here are 3 printable 'how to knit' pattern guides Beginner Intermediate Advanced
Don't know how to knit? Watch this video
3. Send us your hats
Package up your lovely hats and get them to us by July 2017. The smoothie bottles will go on sale in October 2017.
Hats can be dropped off to our office in Half Moon Yard or send then to us in the post.
4. Social Media #BigKnit
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 at 01442 259049