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The Big Knit

Get knitting and raise money for Age UK

Now's a great time to dust off those knitting needles, pull up a pattern and give the purl a whirl for Age UK!

The Big Knit is our partnership campaign with innocent drinks and has been running since 2003. Throughout 2018/19, knitters sent in an incredible 1.5 million handmade hats. Each one of these not only kept an innocent smoothie's head warm in winter, it raised 25p for Age UK.

The Big Knit will be back later this year, but if you’re keen to knit now then please do as any hats knitted between now and then will all count to this next campaign.

Once your hats are ready you can drop them at your nearest local Age UK or Age UK shop. As many of these may currently have restrictions on their opening hours you can also send your hats to: 

Age UK

Unit 44

Hardwick Grange 




We want to see a world where no one has no one to turn to. By knitting little hats for the Big Knit you’ll be helping us to do this.

Sending your hats back

If you've bought a hat on a smoothie and would like to send it back to be used again, you can pop it in the post addressed to 'Freepost BIG KNIT'. We'll keep it safe and innocent will put it on another smoothie, to raise even more money for Age UK.

Patterns for inspiration

How does knitting hats help?

The money we raise from the Big Knit helps us be there for older people who have no one else to turn to.

Watch our video to see just how much this means to people like Jean and John.

Can't get your hands on a smoothie?

Donate online instead and help us support older people when they need it most.

Any questions?

Drop us a line at We'd love to chat and are happy to answer any of your Big Knit questions!

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