The Big Knit 2016/17 has just been re-launched following a highly successful Phase 1 just completed. Thanks to the wonderful band of knitters across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutand, the local Age UK has just sent off a magnificent 41,000 little hats to help older people stay warm and well in the winter. It could not be achieved without them.

Now we face an even bigger challenge and need more help - to create as many little woolly hats as possible for Age UK and innocent’s Big Knit before 17th July 2017 with an increased local target of 52,000 over that period!

Each winter, one older person dies every seven minutes  because of the cold weather. With the fantastic 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 in winter.

Knitters in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland are being called upon to create little hats to adorn innocent smoothie bottles, which will be sold in stores nationwide from November 2017. For each be-hatted smoothie sold, innocent will donate 25p to help Age UK fund national and local winter projects.

Whilst patterns can be obtained from Age UK, many knitters let their imagination run riot, last year producing designs including a giant squid, fruit, soldiers, peas in a pod, cupcakes and an ice cream cone topped with a classic flake!

Tony Donovan, Executive Director at Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland said: “We really need all our existing knitters to keep going, but to have a chance of meeting the challenging target set of 52,000 for Age UK and innocent’s Big Knit, we’re calling on more local knitters to come forward. We’re extremely grateful for all the hats we’ve received so far, which raise money to help us run vital winter services. Please send completed hats to Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland at Lansdowne House, 113 Princess Road East, Leicester LE1 7LA or drop them in at one of our shops.”

Knitters can contact Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland to get a free hat pattern or download the patterns here for more information about The Big Knit – telephone: 0116 299 2233


Big Knit Pattern BookletBig Knit 2015

Beginner patterns guide

Intermediate patterns guide

Advanced patterns guide


Send us your knitted hats

Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland
Lansdowne House
113 Princess Road East, Leicester

Over £1.7 million has been raised by your woolly hats in the past 11 years so thank you to everyone who has helped Age UK keep older people warm and well in winter.