Big Knit

Raise money for Age UK Exeter by getting involved with Age UK and Innocent’s Big Knit campaign 2017. You can make a difference by knitting some mini hats to help us keep older people warm and well in winter.

Knitters of all ages can get involved in this exciting campaign to make lots of tiny hats for the top of Innocent smoothie bottles. For every behatted bottle sold, 25p will go straight to Age UK Exeter so we really need your help create lovely hats of different styles and designs.

Ready, steady, knit!

Get as creative as you like to knit your woolly hats; as long as it will fit on the top of an innocent bottle, anything goes! We suggest between 5-7cms in circumference and at least 3cms tall.

Age UK Exeter - Big Knit smoothie bottles in hats


If you’d like some inspiration you can download the beginner, intermediate and expert patterns below to use as a guide.

Beginner patterns guide

Intermediate patterns guide

Advanced patterns guide

Send us your knitted hats by 1st July

This year we have a 6,000 hat target and only a few months of knitting in which to achieve it. Make sure you bring your hats to our centre in Cowick Street by 1st July and we will send them off from here. You can find us at: 

Age UK Exeter

138 Cowick Street



Over £1.7 million has been raised by your woolly hats in the past 11 years so thank you to everyone who has helped Age UK keep older people warm and well in winter.

Meet some of our keen knitters!

Knitting for us doesn't just support a great cause... there are lots of benefits to knitting - from making new friends to keeping traditional skills alive and using your spare time constructively, you can get a lot of joy out of a pair of needles and a ball of yarn!

We are really grateful to Stephens Scown solicitors, whose knitting club members have been making a wonderful contribution to our growing pile of mini hats! We asked them why they love knitting and what made them get involved with the Big Knit. Here's what they told us...

Big Knit hatsKate Evans - “Knitting provides me with a creative outlet which is completely different to my day job. My mother taught me to knit, who in turn was taught by her mother. My grandmother was sadly diagnosed with Alzheimer’s when I was young and eventually lost all interest in knitting. I therefore like to think that by teaching others to knit, I am helping keep her memory alive. This is why I became involved in the Big Knit challenge, to not only spread the knitting bug amongst my colleagues at Stephens Scown (who are now hooked!), but to also help an amazing charity earn some much deserved funds.”

Nathalie Cook - “I started knitting club so I could learn how to knit again (use to do it as a kid with my nan) so I can knit my puppy a little jumper to keep him warm during the winter months.”

Big Knit hats - fish, cat and beeSandra Bolt – “I was taught to knit by my mum and grandmother and love the fact that knitting is a craft that is passed down through generations. I enjoy knitting as a pastime as I feel that I am spending my spare time being creative and have something to show for the hours I put into it. I became involved in the Big Knit challenge by joining a knitting club at Stephens Scown. The club is held during the lunchtime period once a week and it’s an ideal opportunity to spend time with like-minded colleagues. One of the little hats can be completed within the hour, so immediate results are seen!”

Big Knit hats - assortment including dinosaursCarys Owen - “Joining a new firm is always daunting, however once I joined the Knitting Club at Stephens Scown I found it was a wonderful way to develop new skills and meet new people. Before the first class I could hardly knit or purl, by the end of the first hour I was able to knit a small hat. From there my ability and confidence developed. I now have a new hobby, new friends and new knitted accessories, all whilst raising money for a fantastic charity!”

Thank you so much to the knitters of Stephens Scown! 

Over to you...

Big Knit hats - Ninja TurtlesMaybe you and your friends or workmates would like to get together and knit us some hats? Either as a one-off knitting party or a regular get-together? Everything you need to join in with the Big Knit is here on this page (for patterns and what to do with your hats see the top of the page). Or if you need any more information please phone us on 01392 202092. 

If you've got any lovely knitting-related anecdotes to share (or yarns to spin - groan!), then we'd love to hear from you - please send an email to Tracey Baker:

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Donating money to Age UK Exeter means you are directly supporting our services for older people in Exeter. Age UK is a national charity and separate from us; if you donate to Age UK then the money is used nationally.

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