The big knit


‘The reason is simple – to raise funds for Age Concern to support older people in the winter months. It’s a really sad and largely unknown fact that almost 25,000 older people died of cold-related illnesses last winter. Year by year we have been receiving more and more hats and last year we were overwhelmed when 400,720 came flooding in. This equated to £200,000 and this year we’re aiming for even more.’

Innocent supply a pattern for beginners, intermediate and advanced knitters. In the intermediate pattern they also give possible colour combinations. There is also a crochet pattern for those people who don’t knit or don’t want to but still want to be involved.

Looking at the flickr group where people post pictures of the hats they knitted, the diversity and creatvity in the hats is fantastic. It illustrates well this quote, “Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will suprise you with their ingenuity,” George Smith Patton, War as I Knew it,1947. I am interested in these acts of ingenuity and expression of creativity.


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