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The Big Knit is a joint campaign between Age UK and innocent drinks to help vulnerable older people. You knit the hats, innocent drinks wear them and 25p of every drink sold will go to Age UK.

Each winter, one older person dies needlessly every eight 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!

Download the official Big Knit patterns

Join our Big Knit team

If you would like to get involved, you can knit mini hats ready for the next Big Knit campaign. We'll announce a final collection date later in the year but you're very welcome to send us hats as you complete them.

To ensure your hard work raises funds for projects in Essex, please send any knitted items to:

The Big Knit, Age UK Essex, Widford Hall, Widford Hall Lane, Off Tattersall Way, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 8TD

Please remember to include your name and address so we know where the items have come from and who we need to say thank you to.

We look forward to seeing lots of beautiful creations!