the big knit

what’s with the little hats?

making winter warmer for old people

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.

how it works

The idea snowballed and so far the people of the UK have knitted an astonishing 4 million hats (that's a shed load of hats). Together we've raised over £1.5m, and raised awareness of the great work done by charities like Age UK.

visit the Age UK site

The money raised 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.

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All of our hats are knitted by real people, just like you

The Big Knit is only possible because real people voluntarily give up their time (and wool) to help. So to everyone out there who has ever knitted us a hat, or bought a smoothie with a hat on it, we'd like to say a big thank you from everyone at innocent and Age UK.

meet the knitters