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New Big Knit designs available

The Big Knit

Published on 03 June 2019 03:37 PM

Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin is upping its knitting game with a new selection of exciting miniature hat designs for the Big Knit campaign.

The Big Knit, which is now in its 16th year, is working with Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin and inviting everyone, whether a purling pro, crochet connoisseur or a knitting newbie, to pop along to reception in Mardol Gardens, Shrewsbury and pick up the new hat patterns and join in the campaign.

Taking hats to a whole new level, the new designs include a dinosaur, lion, unicorn and duck. As well as the new designs, there are plenty more knitting patterns, whatever your ability, including classic beginner bobble hats, crochet options and other fun characters; knitters can even create and design their own.

The Big Knit campaign is aiming to hit an impressive target of 1.6 million hats to adorn innocent smoothie bottles later this year. For each be-hatted smoothie sold, Age UK receives 25p, and that money helps the charity support older people who are facing later life alone.

Heather Osborne, Chief Executive of Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin said: ‘We love the new hat designs and can’t wait to see how the knitters of Shropshire use them to create their own little hats. Every year we love seeing all the different designs come in from stripy bobble hats to grizzly bears. We need everyone to join us and knit as many miniature hats as possible by 31 July to help us hit our 6580 target. It’s such a fun campaign to get behind and it does so much to help older people in our area.’

The money raised will make a big difference to the lives of local older people by helping to fund Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin’s services and activities in the county.

Sim Viney, innocent drinks, said: ‘The Big Knit gets such an incredible amount of support from Shropshire and we are hugely grateful for this. Through the Big Knit campaign, we want to do everything we can to make a difference to the lives of older people, and every single hat knitted for us will help us to do this!’

To pick up the latest hat patterns, pop into our Shrewsbury office or visit Once your little knitted creations are ready, drop them off or post them to: Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin, 3 Mardol Gardens, Shrewsbury SY1 1PR. The deadline for us to receive the hats is 31 July 2019.

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