The Big Knit

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We are delighted to inform you that over 47,000 mini hats were knitted for the Big Knit 2013!

View a selection of the hats by clicking on the following photos or links:

Big Knit 2013 Winner Big Knit 2013 Winner

View Big Knit 2013 photos Facebook album

For every bottle sold with a knitted hat in Sainsbury’s stores in November, a donation of 25p goes directly to Age NI. All funds raised from this exciting campaign will support our work to improve life for older people across Northern Ireland.

In 2012 you and other volunteer knitters managed to knit an incredible 55,000 hats. Please help us do even better next year, whether you are knitting as an individual, or as part of a group, each and every hat counts!

We have several knitting patterns you can use to create your mini bobble hats.  However, as always – if you would like to get your thinking hats on, have fun with the hats and show your creative side, there will be a prize for the most creative hat received.

We also invite you to tell us your story, even if it’s only a few lines. We love to share your heart-warming experiences; from grandparents teaching grandchildren to knit for the first time – to residents in residential homes having a ‘knit-in,’ to older people telling us they found knitting to be ‘good exercise for their arthritic hands’ and finally our oldest knitter of 100 years old who knit 102 hats! Thank you!

How is the money raised?

For every hat knitted, 25p will be donated to Age NI. Simple as that.


To register your interest in taking part, please contact Dorothy McConkey on 028 9024 5729 or email

Knitting Patterns

opens link in new window Big Knit Beginner Pattern (PDF 120 KB)
opens link in new window Big Knit Intermediate Pattern (PDF 118KB) 
opens link in new window Big Knit Advanced Pattern (PDF 136KB)

opens link in new window Big Knit knitting pattern - grapes (PDF 4MB)
opens link in new window Big Knit knitting pattern - pineapple (PDF 1MB) 
opens link in new window Big Knit knitting pattern - watermelon (PDF 1MB)

Where should I send my hats to?

Please send your knitted hats to:
The Big Knit, Age NI, 3 Lower Crescent, Belfast, BT7 1NR

Deadline: Friday 20 September 2013

We are very grateful for each and every hat received, we couldn’t do it without you!  It would help us greatly with the counting of hats, if individual knitters could mark how many hats they are posting to us, and if those knitting in groups could package hats in lots of 100 and mark as 100 etc.


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opens link in new window Age NI's photo album on facebook 
opens link in new window Age NI's Big Knit Flickr photos

Age NI Advice Line:
0808 808 7575

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