The Big Knit is back! Innocent started the Big Knit back in 2003 with an idea. Innocent asked people to knit little woolly hats, then put those hats on their smoothies. For each sold, they gave 25p to Age UK.
Since then, you incredible bunch have knitted an astonishing 7.5 million hats. Together nearly £2.5 million has been raised for Age UK.
If you’ve ever bought a smoothie or knitted a hat, thank you for being part of the Big Knit.
Hats off to you - and now it's your turn to join in again!
Jo Storie, in collaboration with Age UK Northumberland is hosting a big knit at her design studio in Rothbury on the 8th June 2019 10am-2pm so why not come and join in? Jo will be on hand to help you get your little hats into production and collect the end results to send to Innocent to top off a Smoothie Bottle!
If you're looking for the perfect 'hat's off' to Northumberland, Jo Storie has created the adorable little Northumberland Flag Beanie Hat for you to show your colours!
If you can't make the event don't worry, the pattern is below:
Easy pattern by Jo Storie of BareFaced Knits
You will need
Approx 8-10g of DK weight yarn
Needles: 4mm straight
St(s) = stitches, st st – stocking st , K2tog – knit 2 sts together to decrease
MC = main colour, CC= contrast colour
Cast on 32sts in MC – yellow
Rows 1-2 Knit 2 rows In MC
Rows 3-14 Change to CC and working in st st Fairisle follow pattern chart
Decrease as follows for top shaping
With Knit row facing
Next row: k2tog to end ( 16sts)
Next row: p all sts
Next row: k2tog to end ( 8sts)
Cut yarn , leaving approx. 10cm length. Thread this through a sewing needle
and bring through stitches and pull to tighten.
Use a tapestry needle to join side seams
Make a pompom and sew securely to the top of the hat.
For more information on the Big Knit and where to send your completed hat if you can't make the knit in Rothbury, take a look at the Big Knit Website here: https://www.thebigknit.co.uk/join-in