I started knitting the hats for innocent smoothies in 2014 and only knitted around 15 hats but after I sent in the hats. in 2015 i knitted 55 Hats and this year (2017) I knitted 122 HATS I wanted to knit more as they were quick, easy to make up, and they are fun to make as they take no time to complete, so even for a beginner knitter it’ll be quick to learn, the only difficulty with making hats is that the needles required to knit on are very small in diameter, but learning on larger needles are a definite requirement if you are a complete newbie to knitting, but once you have experience knitting with the larger needles you can slowly knit in lower sized needles.
The basic hat pattern is as follows
- You Will Need A pair of small knitting needles (3.25mm – 4mm)
- 1. Pop your feet up with a cup of tea.
- 2. Using double knitting yarn and some small needles, cast on 28 stitches.
- 3. Knit 2 rows. Then, starting with a knit row, work in stocking stitch (knit 1 row, purl 1 row, knit 1 row etc) for 12 more rows.
- 4. For the next row, knit 2 together to the end (14 stitches). And for the row after that, purl 2 together to the end (7 stitches).
- 5. Finished, cut the yarn leaving 25cm. Thread the cut end of the yarn through a sewing needle, run it through the loops & remove the knitting needle.
- 6. Tighten the yarn and sew the little hat together at the side. Once finished, turn it right-side out so that the seam you’ve just sewn runs up the inside.
- 7. Just to check you’re on the right track we reckon when laid out flat, the hat dimensions should be about 5-7cm along the bottom and at least 3cm high.
- 8. Sew a little bobble onto the top of the hat. If you didn’t learn how to make bobbles at school like us, ask at your local wool shop or department store.
There are plenty of free smoothie hat patterns on the internet, one brilliant website is The Big Knit it has patterns ranging from the basic hat pattern to intermediate to expert even crochet patterns.
My favourite colours to knit with are strange colours and also colours which I have left over from other knitting projects, and the innocent smoothie hats for the big knit are an excellent way to use left over wool from your past knitting projects. The knitted Hats for the big knit are knitting for charity AgeUK, and they have been every year since 2003 and a total of 5 million + hats and they have raised a total of £1.7m, the hats are knitted voluntarily by people all around the country, the money raised is used for things like days at a local Age UK centre – with a hot lunch, activities and the chance to meet new friends, blankets – helping vulnerable older people to stay warm despite the winter chill, hot meals – to be delivered by friendly volunteers to older people who would otherwise struggle to cook for themselves, emergency heaters for older people at serious risk of the cold and even essential Winter Warmth packs which contain: A fleecy blanket, Thermal socks, Thermal cup, Hot water bottle, Thermal hot water bottle cover, Room thermometer and Soup packets