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Big Knit

The Big Knit is back for 2016-17 and it's going to be the biggest one ever. This year we need your help to knit 95,000 little hats!

For every Innocent Smoothie bottle sold with a little knitted hat in supermarkets, a donation of 25p goes directly to Age NI. All funds raised from this exciting campaign will help us provide companionship, advice and support to older people in Northern Ireland during the winter months.

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!

Register now

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

Where to send your hats

We are very grateful for each and every hat received, we couldn’t do it without you!

Package up your lovely hats and send your first batch to us by 20 January 2017.

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

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.

Knitting Patterns

Click on the following hats to download the pattern.

Doddle pattern Melon pattern Berry pattern

Sheep patternSquid patternBlue tit pattern

Royal Baby patternFez patternHippie pattern

Basic Crochet pattern Owl Crochet pattern Tortoise Crochet pattern

Thank you

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

In 2015, an incredible 48,000 little hats were knitted, raising £12,000.

Big Knit 2015 winnerThank you for all the amazing creative entries received and stories of how you enjoyed taking part.

Congratulations to Vera Brown from Downpatrick Knit and Natter Group who won the Creative entry prize, with her fabulous fox hat entry (see photo on right).

We appreciate the time and support all our knitters give to this campaign. Your contribution is very much valued and we couldn’t take part without you - thank you!

View the Big Knit 2015 photo gallery


If you would like to make a donation, you can donate online or donate via SMS:
text KNIT45 £5 to 70070 to donate £5.

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For more information: Age NI 028 9024 5729