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The Big Knit

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The Big Knit 2024

Hello knitters! Those who have taken part in the Big Knit in previous years will know that now would be the time where you would start knitting and sending in all your amazing hats. Unfortunately, this year we are yet to receive an update from the Big Knit about whether or not they will be going ahead with the event. As soon as we hear anything we will update you all.  

What is the Big Knit?

Every year, we ask you to knit tiny woollen hats, and each one gets placed on an innocent smoothie bottle. For every smoothie sold, we receive 25p, and that money helps us fight loneliness among older people. 

Please check back here for updates on the next campaign.

How to join in

1. Choose a pattern
Design your own hat or download our patterns below. We have beginner, intermediate and advanced patterns so there is something for everyone!

2. Knit away
Coorie in at home with your wool and needles or, if you feel comfortable doing so, get together with friends and have a knit and natter or maybe it’s something new for you to learn with your children.

3. Send us your hats
Pop your hats in the post to:

The Big Knit
Age Scotland
Causewayside House
160 Causewayside, Edinburgh

4. Tell us your story
Please include a note with your hats telling us your name and address so we can thank you for your efforts.

We’d also love to know your knitting stories and why you are taking part in the Big Knit – tell us at

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