the big knit

what’s with the little hats?

about the big knit 2014

As many as 24,000 people die needlessly because of the cold every winter. Many others spend the time lonely and isolated, unable to heat their homes and struggling to get out and about.

Back in 2003 we had an idea. We asked some older people, and some younger people, to knit little woolly hats. We put those hats on our smoothies, and for each one sold we made a donation of 25p to Age UK.

The idea snowballed and so far the people of the UK have knitted an astonishing 4 million hats. Together we’ve raised over £1.5m, and raised awareness of the great work done by charities like Age UK.

The money goes towards the cost of things like blankets, hot water bottles, hot meals and social gatherings. Many older people also knit hats themselves, and Age UK organises knitting groups, which can be a real lifeline for some.

All of our hats are knitted by real people, just like you. We literally couldn’t do it without the folks who give up their time (and wool) to help, and we’re enormously grateful. If you’d like to get involved and knit a hat, have a look at our knitting patterns.