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The Big Knit!

We are very grateful to everyone who knitted little hats for us last year - you have helped us raise an amazing £1,875! This is helping us tackle loneliness and boost the wellbeing of older people in Barnet. Thank you so much!

The campaign

The campaign, which Age UK runs with Innocent Smoothies, is back this year and we're asking Barnet knitters to keep using their wool power and get their knitting needles clacking.

We receive 25p for every be-hatted smoothie sold that we've made, helping us to support more of Barnet's older people.

We normally aim for 6,000 hats but we hope to aim higher this year!

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 and get knitting.  For inspiration, here are five choices of knitting patterns and there are plenty of ideas on the big knit website too. 

Striped hat - beginners

Simple crochet hat

Dinosaur hat

Lion hat

Bobble hat

Click here for a wide choice of knitting patterns from the bit knit 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 the deadline, which is 30 June 2022!

Please send your hats to us at:

Jenny Coomey
The Ann Owens Centre
Oak Lane 
N2 8LT

Jenny is happy to arrange collection of the hats if you have too many to send. Just call on 020 8432 1418 or email Age UK Barnet.

3. Sharing is caring

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

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

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!