The Big Knit 2018: Get knitting to help Age UK this Christmas!


Knitters in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland are being asked to create little hats to adorn innocent smoothie bottles, which will be sold in stores nationwide. For each be-hatted smoothie sold, innocent will donate 25p to help Age UK fund national and local winter projects.This year’s campaign follows the incredible success of 2017, with nearly 74,000 little hats being knitted across our counties.

The colder months can be tough for a lot of people — as many as 25,000 older people's lives are at risk because of the cold. Each winter, one older person dies every seven minutes as a result of cold weather. With your help The Big Knit can raise vital funds to support local and national winter projects to help older people keep warm in winter.

Whilst patterns can be obtained from Age UK, many knitters let their imagination run riot, last year producing designs including a giant squid, fruit, soldiers, peas in a pod, cupcakes and an ice cream cone topped with a classic flake!

Tony Donovan, Executive Director at Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland said: “Every year the response we get to this campaign is wonderful and we really need all our existing knitters to keep going to have a chance of meeting our challenging target. To achieve this we need more local knitters to come forward! We’re extremely grateful for all the hats we’ve received so far, which raise money to help us run vital winter services. Please send completed hats to Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland at Lansdowne House, 113 Princess Road East, Leicester LE1 7LA or drop them in at one of our shops. Your support is much appreciated.”

You can get the patterns here:

Big Knit Pattern Booklet

Beginner patterns guide

Intermediate patterns guide

Advanced patterns guide

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