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The Big Knit is back for 2018 and it's going to be the biggest one ever. This year we are aiming for 2 million hatsThe Big Knitlogo and we can’t do this without you. And for every behatted smoothie that gets sold, Age UK will receive 25p to help older people during the cold winter months.


It's back!

We're joining in the national fundraising campaign which will run from September 2018 all the way through to July 2019, with the hats going on to bottles in stores for October 2019.

This time our target is to knit 10,000 little hats.  The first 5,000 need to be sent off by Friday 14th December 2018, so please send your little hats to us at The Peartree Centre address by then. Be sure to add your name and address so we know where to send a proper thank you.

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! 

2. Send us your hatsInnocent bottle with knitted hat

Package up your lovely hats and get them to us by 14th December  2018. However, as the smoothie bottles don’t go on sale until October 2019 you can keep sending hats in throughout the summer to help reach the bumper target.

Please send your hats to us at:

Age UK Carlisle and Eden, 20 Spencer Street, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA1 1BG.

3. Sharing is caring

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


4.What happens next?

Look out for the hats on smoothie bottles in shops in October 2019. 

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!

‘The Big Knit campaign couldn't happen without the support of thousands of amazing people across the UK who take part and knit woolly hats to adorn innocent smoothies each year.’

Douglas Lamont, CEO at innocent

Give us a ring on 01228 536673 if you have any Big Knit enquiries.

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