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The Big Knit is back for 2021!

Little hats, big difference

Please help us reach our target of 20,000 little hats

The national fundraiser, organised by Age UK and innocent, is back for 2023.  It's time to get out those knitting needles and start knitting!

Once again we are joining in the Big Knit and we're asking you to help us raise vital funds.  Every little hat you send to us is worth 25p!  If we reach our target and send off 20,000 little woolly marvels, innocent will donate a whopping £5,000 to Age UK Milton Keynes, money that will be spent improving later life in our community.

Why not dig out all those scraps of spare wool, or unravel the not-quite-finished jumper, and knit a few little hats.  Knitting is a great way to keep busy whilst you're staying safe at home, and you can help local older people at the same time. 

Please call us on 01908 550700 if you are getting involved.  You can post the little hats to us at the Peartree Centre, 1 Chadds Lane, Peartree Bridge, Milton Keynes MK6 3EB.  We may also be able to collect bags of knitted hats.  Send an email

Innocent Patterns

Try these fantastic new knitting patterns from innocent drinks

Knit a rainbow (3.91 MB)

Sir Hopsalot (3.90 MB)

Cherry on top (3.90 MB)

Shakey pompom (2.80 MB)

Fantastic fox (2.83 MB)

Really flashy bird (2.84 MB)

Simple Big Knit Hat (458 KB)

Striped Hat (461 KB)

Every hat is valuable to us - we count them, bag them and post them off to innocent so that they can be put on smoothie bottles later in the year!

Money raised in Milton Keynes stays in Milton Keynes

These little hats change lives

Innocent say "We started putting little hats on our smoothies back in 2003, giving 25p to Age UK for every behatted bottle sold.

These woolly masterpieces are knitted and crocheted by thousands of legendary volunteers. They sent us a whopping 1.5 million little hats for last year’s Big Knit, bringing our total raised for Age UK over the years to just under £3 million. Jaw dropping stuff.

Hats will be back on bottles in 2023, and we’d love to raise more for Age UK than ever. The money we raise from the innocent Big Knit helps Age UK make a big difference to the lives of older people and anyone can get involved, whether you’re a pro or a novice. Head here to find out how you can join in.

If you’ve ever made a hat, or bought a hat, thanks very much. You’re a total purl."