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Join us to knit little hats for innocent smoothie bottles and help raise money to support older people in Solihull!

Did you know two fifths of older people say the TV is their only friend? Loneliness can be a big problem in later life. Even before the coronavirus pandemic, as many as 200,000 older people said they hadn’t spoken to friends or family for over a month.

The Big Knit has returned and we are calling on knitters and crocheters of Solihull to pick up your needles and knit little hats to help raise urgent funds for older people in need in our borough.

Now in its 18th year, The Big Knit raises money for Age UK Solihull to help us make a big difference to the lives of older people in Solihull.

With many of us spending lots of time at home at the moment it’s a great opportunity for stitching superstars to get crafting, or for knitting newbies to grab some needles and give it a whirl. The pandemic has had a huge impact on older people over the past year so Age UK Solihull is in need of these little hats more than ever to help raise funds for its vital services.

Each hat that you send to us raises 25p, and the money raised can help us ensure older people are warm and well during the winter months, and help us decrease loneliness with our Linking People Together service. When covid restrictions allow, The Big Knit can also bring people together to knit and have a chat with one another.

Your hats will then be put on top of Innocent smoothie bottles to be sold in the shops.

If you’ve ever bought a smoothie or knitted a hat, thank you for being part of the Big Knit.

The Big Knit 2021/22

Thanks to the support from our fabulous knitters, we have exceeded our 2021 target of 8,000 hats for this year's campaign!

Innocent have now decided to extend the campaign into next year and they have also given us the opportunity to increase our target. Our supporters now have until 30 June 2022 to knit for us. So, please feel free to carry on knitting.

Hats will now appear on smoothie bottles in October/November 2022.

Illustration by Meghan Allbright

Hat target

Our target for 2020/21 was 8,000 hats. We have now hit this target, and have been advised that our target will be increased for 2022, meaning we will receive over £2,000!

We will update as soon as our new target is confirmed.


The campaign has now been extended, and the final deadline to submit hats to us is Thursday 30 June 2022.

The hats will appear on smoothie bottles in October/November 2022.

Getting your hats to us

You can post or drop* your hats to us at: Lower Ground Floor, The Core, Solihull Central Library, Homer Road, Solihull, B91 3RG.

*If you go to the door at the bottom of the slope between the library and the entrance for cars to Touchwood Car Park and ring the bell for Age UK Solihull, someone will collect them from you. Please wear a mask and follow social distancing guidelines.

Please leave your name and contact details so we can thank you at the end of the campaign!

Or email us at and we may be able to arrange to collect them from you.

Need any wool?

We may be able to give you some wool to knit hats with. Please conact us on the details below if you would like some.

Want to know more?

Contact our Fundraising Team on 0121 704 7842 (leave a message) or email

If your query relates to Winter Warmth contact 0121 704 8080.

New 2021 patterns available to download now