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Big Knit hats on innocent smoothie bottles

The Big Knit is a joint campaign between Age UK and innocent drinks to raise funds to help vulnerable older people. In over a decade of the Big Knit, knitters have raised over £1.9 million to help older people stay warm and well in winter. 

2017 was the first year Age UK Sutton took part in the Big Knit. We had a target of 2000 mini-hats, but the generous support of the knitters and crocheters of Sutton meant we smashed our target, ultimately sending 3925 tiny hats to innocent, and raising almost £1000 of vital funds to support the services we deliver here.

Make a hat pledge  

We are looking forward to a bigger and better Big Knit next year. We're eyeing a 5000 hat target which will raise more than £1000 for us, so we can continue to support older people in Sutton, and improve later life in the borough. 

Help us smash next year's Big Knit by making a pledge to knit hats - be it 50 or 500! Make an individual pledge or as part of a knitting group. 

You can pledge by emailing with the number of hats you are pledging. Or make a public pledge on social media: tag us on Facebook or Twitter (@AgeUKSutton) with the number of hats you or your group is pledging. 

Request a Big Knit Starter Pack 

Want to get a head start on knitting wee hats? We can send you a Big Knit starter pack with some wool and hat patterns.

To request a pack, email with your name, address, telephone number and your hat pledge and we will send you your pack. 

If you’re looking for inspiration, we’ve got some hat knitting patterns which you can download below. Also check out The Big Knit website for some tiny hat envy, more inspiration and more patterns.

For more information on the Big Knit and how you can get involved

Email: or call 020 8408 7025

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