Every year Innocent Smoothies launch the Big Knit and encourage members of the public to knit little hats to sit on top of their bottles.
When you purchase a smoothie with a hat they donate 25p to Age UK. I always make sure to buy them because they’re not only really cute but it’s a cause I feel strongly about.
This year I decided to get involved and knit some little hats myself. I especially wanted to help support Age UK after watching the John Lewis Christmas advert last week, which reminded me of my Grandad (although he’s in Surrey, not on the moon!) My mum has tried teaching me to knit on a number of occasions but not with much success as I’m a leftie and, for some reason, that makes it harder (or so I keep telling myself!) However, these little hats are so easy to make and you can find the patterns here. If I can make them, anyone can! I made these ones using one of the simple patterns for beginners but you can make more complicated ones if you’re an experienced knitter, like this amazing elephant hat I found last year.
I’ve only made a few so far and they’re a little bit wobbly as I’m still learning how to knit properly but I’m going to make lots more. It’s so easy to knit a few little hats each evening when you’re watching TV and the deadline to send them in by isn’t until 11 December so you’ve got plenty of time. Do your bit to help keep older people warm and happy this winter by knitting some little hats.