Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak
Please keep knitting your smoothie hats, but don't send them in to us until the coronavirus crisis is over. Big Knit is running this year and next so there's plenty of time to get your hats to us.
Calling all knitters...
Can you help us knit 20,000 little hats?
We get 25p for every knitted hat as part of the Innocent Smoothies Big Knit.
For our first target of 20,000 hats, the deadline to knit is Wednesday 24 June 2020.
Over the next 2 years, our campaign target is an amazing 65,000 hats!
What do I need to know?
Whether you’re new to casting on or already know your garter from your stocking stitch, it's easy to get started. You’ll also be part of the huge knitting team helping us to reach such a monumental target for a great cause.
1. Be prepared
Get yourself some needles, wool and your favourite chair (train carriages and cafes also work well) and get knitting! Follow this link to see the Big Knit patterns
2. Send us your hats
Package up your lovely hats and get them to us throughout the year to help reach the bumper target. You can also drop off your works of art at our Longton shop. Click here to find out how to get to us.
Here's where you can drop your smoothie hats to us:
- Unit 1, Burslem Enterprise Centre, Moorland Road, Burslem, Stoke On Trent, ST6 1JQ
- Age UK Staffordshire Charity Shop, 59 The Strand, Longton, Stoke On Trent ST3 2NS
- Voluntary Service Centre, Union Street, Burton on Trent DE14 1AA
- The Roller Mill, Teddesley Road, Penkridge ST19 5BD
- Wombourne Day Opportunities, Orton Meadows, 91 Orton Lane
- Sir Julian House, 258 Walsall Road, Bridgtown, Cannock WS11 0JL
- Victoria House, Cygnet Drive (off Lichfield Road) Tamworth B79 7RU
- Whittington Cricket Club, The Pavillion, Vicarage Lane, Whittington WS14 9LQ
(Specific opening days and times apply to our locations above, see our Big Knit pack for full info)
3. Sharing is caring
Show everyone how great your hats are by posting pictures to Twitter using #BigKnit
What happens next?
Look out for the hats on smoothie bottles in shops in late 2021!
How the Big Knit helps older people
Each winter, one older person dies needlessly every seven minutes because of the cold.
With over a decade of 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 and well in winter through befriending visits, emergency cold weather support, warm meals and other vital services.
The Big Knit is a great way to bring people and communities together. Knitting groups have been held up and down the country for people to get involved, share patterns and have a cup of tea or two!
‘The campaign couldn't happen without the support of thousands of amazing people across the UK who take part and knit woolly hats to adorn innocent smoothies each year.’ - Douglas Lamont, CEO at innocent
Thank you to our Big Knitters in 2018-19!
Did you help us to smash our Big Knit target in 2018-19?