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The Big Knit

Little hats that fight loneliness.

Loneliness can be a big problem in later life. As many as 200,000 older people in the UK say they haven’t spoken to friends or family for over a month. At Age UK Buckinghamshire, we're working hard to make statistics like this a thing of the past.

Age UK Buckinghamshire uses the money raised by its Innocent hat knitters to help fund the Befriending Service, which provides comfort to older people who are lonely or socially isolated by providing regular companionship.

The Big Knit started back in 2003 as an idea. Age UK joined together with Innocent and asked some older people, and some younger people, to knit little woolly hats. Innocent put those hats on their smoothie bottles, and for each one sold they made a donation of 25p to Age UK.

The idea snowballed and so far the people of the UK have knitted an astonishing 6 million hats. Together knitters across the UK have raised over £2 million for local Age UK charities. We hope we can work together to raise much more in the future.

If you’ve ever bought a smoothie or knitted a hat, thank you for being part of the Big Knit. You're a star.
The total raised for AgeUK Bucks was £1217.75 which is really fantastic.

This year, the Big Knit is going ahead again in preparation for 2022.
All of the patterns can be found in the links below PLUS we have extra inspiration for those of you who may be stuck for ideas or who have already maybe even done all of the patterns we have listed!
Do have fun and check back for updates.

Please do send in any photos you have of your little hat projects so that they can be seen on our Facebook page and feature on our Instagram page.

Please email your project progression photos to the Caroline at:

Thank you

You can learn how to knit these little hats by watching the Innocent tutorial here.


Deadline for the Big Knit is June 30th 2022.

So please do pass the word on to fellow knitters/crocheters.
Keep up the good work we do appreciate it.

Please send your hats into
Caroline Oakes
Age UK Buckinghamshire
145 Meadowcroft
Aylesbury, Bucks, HP19 9HH.


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