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Age UK national is aiming for 2 million hats and we can’t do this without you. And for every behatted smoothie that gets sold, Age UK will receive 25p to help older people during the cold winter months.

This year in Staffordshire we are aiming to knit 50,000 smoothie hats by 31 July 2019!

We can’t do it without your help and we will be grateful for each and every hat knitted.

How you can get involved

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.

Download our 2019 pack now

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.

Please drop your smoothie hats off at the following locations by the 31st July 2019:

  • Age UK Staffordshire, The Dudson Centre, Hope Street, Hanley, Stoke On Trent, ST1 5DD
  • Age UK Staffordshire Charity Shop, 59 The Strand, Longton, Stoke On Trent, ST3 2NS
  • Age UK Staffordshire, The Roller Mill, Teddesley Road, Penkridge, ST19 5BD
  • Age UK Staffordshire, Voluntary Service Centre, Union Street, Burton on Trent, DE14 1AA

3. Sharing is caring

Show everyone how great your hats are by posting pictures of them online using #BigKnit

What happens next?

Look out for the hats on smoothie bottles in shops in early 2019.

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 Big Knit 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