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Author: Age NI
Published on 15 July 2011 12:00 AM

The race to make The Big Knit 2011 a huge success has begun! Age NI has a target of 50,000 mini hats to reach.

Age NI (the new charity combining Age Concern and Help the Aged) and innocent are calling on nimble knitters across Northern Ireland to take up the challenge and help improve later life for us all by reaching a marathon target of 50,000 miniature hats.  Knitters are being asked to support The Big Knit 2011 by creating little woolly hats which will sit on innocent smoothie bottles in stores from 16- 30 November. For each be-hatted smoothie sold, innocent will give 25p to Age NI. 

Tracey Hall, Style Academy Director and Age NI Ambassador said, 'I'm delighted to be involved in The Big Knit 2011. This is an opportunity for people to raise money for a great cause and have fun too! As a fashion director, I really hope this campaign encourages everyone to start knitting and explore their creative side. I’m looking forward to seeing the miniature creations the knitters come up with!'

Anne O’Reilly, Age NI Chief Executive, said: 'The Big Knit is a really fun way to support Age NI, and we are hopeful that knitters of all levels will get their needles and wool out to help us reach our huge target this year. We have patterns for beginners as well as intermediate and advanced knitters.  Every hat knitted means more money towards improving the quality of life for many older people in Northern Ireland. We’re hopeful that people will use their artistic licence again this year to create unusual and imaginative woolly hats, and we’d love it if people sent pictures of their creations to!'

To register for The Big Knit 2011 and receive patterns, contact Dorothy McConkey on 028 9024 5729 or email Further information and patterns are available at Please send completed hats to Age NI, 3 Lower Crescent, Belfast, BT7 1NR.

Donations of spare wool are also welcomed by Age NI shops. Find out more by visiting

Find out more about Tracey Hall at opens link in new window

For more information: Call Age NI Advice: 0808 808 7575