Thoughts from category: the big knit 2014

Brilliant Big Knit hats

Your little Big Knit hats have been arriving thick and fast (thanks very much you lovely humans, you), so thought we’d do a quick round-up of some of the brilliant hats we've spotted so far:

Sinister panda by Mrs Carpenter


Dougal (from The Magic Roundabout) by Regina


South Park by Clair


Furby (not sure who made him - let us know if it was you)


Hats to remember Jennie's granddad who served in the RAF


Pudsey hats by Jo


Superhero hats by Jane


Whatever the shape or size of the hats you've sent in to us, they're all truly excellent and will look glorious atop a smoothie in February. Thanks again for all your hard work - you are knitting legends, the lot of you.

Meet the Knitters: Joy Windram

A couple of weeks back, we spotted this photo of 100 beautifully knitted little hats on our Facebook wall:


We thought they were absolutely brilliant and wanted to find out a bit more about the person who had knitted them. We discovered that it was lady called Joy, who has been knitting for as long as her son Chris can remember.


This is Joy’s first year participating in the Big Knit, and she set herself the challenge to knit 100 hats. When she reached her target, she took them into Andover Age UK. However, she missed them so much when they had gone that she is now knitting even more. So far she has made 32 extra, including the smoothie bottle hat in the picture above.

She now hopes to do another 100 on top of the 100 she's sent off to Age UK already.

Joy – you are absolutely brilliant (and a bit of a knitting machine by the sound of it). Thank you for knitting so many hats for the Big Knit – we can’t wait to see them all.

Meet the Knitters: Eva and The Breakfast Club, Hoxton

If you live in London and have fancied something big and delicious after a heavy Friday night, you might’ve found yourself queuing with all the other bleary eyed folk outside one of the branches of The Breakfast Club (and if you haven’t you should definitely, definitely try it sometime). However, their breakfasts aren’t the only reason to pay a visit - the Hoxton branch also holds a fortnightly get-together for Age UK and, when they heard about the Big Knit, they jumped at the chance to support the cause (and make a highly representative poster advertising it, too):


They now hold a little knitting party in the back of their Hoxton restaurant which includes a multi-coloured table of wool, needles, nibbles and wine. Their group consists of knitters of all ages and expertise - most of them are first-timers who are eager to give it a go and learn a new skill whilst sipping wine and having a chat, others have done it a few times before at school and then there are the experienced; taught by the generations before them and can knit with their eyes closed.


The first evening most people managed to complete a hat (with the star-knitters managing a couple more). We spoke to Eva (the organiser and one of the first time knitters) who told us a bit about her knitting experience at The Breakfast Club:


“After five hours of hard graft and a few glasses of wine, I still hadn’t completed my hat. It looked rather sad, with a few holes in where I’d got confused as to whether I was supposed to be doing a ‘pearl’ or a ‘knit’ stitch. I was told that I was more of a ‘free-spirit’ than a knitter. Undeterred, I came back the next week to complete my hat. I’m now onto my second and I’m hoping to knit a patchwork blanket for the elderly to keep them warm this winter. So I guess you can be a free-spirit and a knitter after all.”


We’re sure you’ll agree that The Hoxton Breakfast Club knitting group looks like a pretty brilliant way to spend an evening (and, remember – the first rule of Knitting Club is: you do not talk about Knitting Club) and the great news is that the lovely Eva has now decided to set this up as a weekly event which will be open to the public. They’ll provide the needles and wool, have happy-hour prices and give donations for joining straight to Age UK (£3). 

So, head down and join them and have a bit of a knit and a natter (probably over a glass of something). To find out how (and salivate over pictures of amazing food) you can give them a follow on Instagram and Twitter.

Meet the Knitters: Molly

Last week, we heard word from Age UK Coventry that one lady had managed to knit a record 2,000 hats all by herself.


The amazing lady behind the 2000 little hats is called Molly who, over the past 16 years has been involved in lots of voluntary work with Age UK Coventry but now, as she can’t get out and about as easily as she used to, she has taken up her knitting needles for the Big Knit instead.

She’s participated for the past couple of years, but this year she wanted to beat the previous Age UK Coventry record of 1,200 hats knitted by one person. She was determined to reach the 2,000 before going into hospital for a knee replacement at the end of September (from which she is now recovering well).

Molly - you’re a true knitting sensation, and your contribution will make a massive difference to this year’s campaign. Thank you so much for all your hard work (and we hope you're back on your feet very soon).

Meet the Knitters: Julie's nan Jean

Last week, Julie got in touch to tell us about her 87 year old Grandma Jean, who she thinks is a true knitting hero.


Jean has been knitting since she was a young girl and, over the years, has knitted clothes and toys for her 6 children, 11 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

For the past 20 years she has also knitted coats, hats and mittens for the Premature Baby Unit at Derriford Hospital, along with mini Santas for their beds at Christmas. All this along with trauma teddies for the Ambulance Service and jumpers for orphans helped by Oxfam. 

After hearing about the Big Knit through Julie, Jean has now been knitting little hats since 2010 and doesn't look to be stopping any time soon.


Jean - you're Julie's hero and you're our hero. Thanks for all hats you've knitted for us over the years and for all the other charities you've helped along the way too - you've made a massive difference.