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Get knitting for the Big Knit 2019

Published on 11 October 2018 01:01 PM

The Big Knit is back for 2018-19 and it's going to be the biggest one ever.

This year Age UK Barnet is aiming for 6,000 hats and we can’t do this without you. And for every behatted smoothie that gets sold, Age UK Barnet will receive 25p to help older people during the cold winter months. 

Part of Age UK’s national campaign, where an impressive 1.6 million hats will be adorning innocent smoothie bottles around the UK, every penny Age UK Barnet raises goes to the work we do for older people in Barnet. 


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.  For knitting patterns click on the Age UK website 

2. Send us your hats

Package up your lovely hats and get them to us as soon as you can - we are aiming for 6,000 hats by next summer!

Please send your hats to us at:

Loraine Simmons
The Ann Owens Centre
Oak Lane 
N2 8LT

Loraine is happy to collect the hats if you have too many to send. Just call on 020 8203 5040 or email Age UK Barnet.

3. Sharing is caring

Show everyone how great your hats are by posting pictures of them online using #BigKnit


What happens next?

Look out for the hats on smoothie bottles in shops in October 2018. 

The deadline for completed hat is 31 August 2019.


If you have any questions or want to find out more information, please contact us at

Find out other ways to support us

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!