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The Big Knit is back and it's going to be the biggest one ever!

With more time on our hands at home, it's the perfect opportunity to join the innocent Big Knit campaign and start knitting little hats for us.

We send off your knitted hats and for every behatted innocent smoothie that gets sold, Age UK Barnet will receive 25p to help older people during the cold winter months. 

We normally aim for 6,000 hats but we hope to aim higher this year because of all this extra time on our hands!

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 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 next summer!

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


What happens next?

Look out for the hats on smoothie bottles in shops in Autumn 2022. 

The deadline for completed hat is 31 May 2022


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!