The Big Knit is back for 2018/19! For every behatted smoothie that gets sold, Age UK Dacorum will receive 25p to help older people during the cold winter months and more.
Since we began back in 2003, you've knitted over 7 million hats, helping to raise over £2.4 million for Age UK and our vital work.
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.
1. Be prepared.
Get yourself some needles, wool and your favourite chair (train carriages and cafes also work well) and get knitting!
2. Instructions and Knitting Patterns
We have some exciting new knitting patterns for 2018. Download the latest knitting patterns here!
For inspiration have a look at the amazing hats in the Big Knit's hall of fame.
Don't know how to knit? Watch this video
3. Send us your hats
Package up your lovely hats and get them to us .
Hats can be dropped off to our office in Half Moon Yard or send them to us in the post.
If you have any questions or want to find out more about the Big Knit, please contact us at 01442 259049.
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
4. Social Media #BigKnit
💐 A big thank you 🎕 to Joan Coen for these lovely, beautifully knitted hats! 2 bags of 1300 hats! @innocent @age_uk #Bigknit is back for 2018-19 with exciting new patterns. Keep knitting 🧶to raise funds for older people in #Dacorum. https://t.co/hBoqpsJusy pic.twitter.com/ekG60Ng2GX— Age UK Dacorum (@AgeUKDacorum) October 6, 2018