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Thye Big Knit 2016 & 17

For this year's Big Knit, we're going for 2 million hats and we can’t do this without you. For every behatted smoothie that gets sold, Age UK receives 25p to help keep older people warm and well.

It's easy to get involved

Whether you’re new to casting on or already know your garter from your stocking stitch, it's easy to get started. Get yourself some needles, wool and your favourite chair (train carriages and cafes also work well) and get knitting!

Package up your lovely hats and get them to us by 31 July 2017. Please send them to:

The Big Knit
Age UK
Fruit Towers
Canal Building
342 Ladbroke Grove
London W10 5BU

Look out for all the hats on smoothie bottles in shops in October 2017.

Share your #BigKnit hats!

We love to see the little hats from our huge knitting team, who are helping us to reach such a monumental target for a great cause.


Get inspiration

Standard crochet pattern

How the Big Knit helps older people

The Big Knit is a joint campaign between Age UK and innocent drinks to help vulnerable older people. With over a decade of support from knitters up and down the country, the campaign 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 also a great way to bring people and communities together! Why not meet up with friends and colleagues to share patterns over 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, innocent

Want to know more?

If you have any questions or want to find out more information, please contact the Big Knit team at

Further information

For more information: Call Age UK on: 0800 169 8787