Charity Knits

Published on August 1st, 2017 | by Eric


Charity Tuesday: 90 Year Old Woman Knits 2,000+ Baby Hats!

Barbara Lowe might be 90 years old, but she shows no signs of slowing down on her knitting!

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Ms. Lowe has made 2,252 hand-knit hats for the newborns of Hillcrest Hospital in Ohio since 2009 according to ABC News. That’s a lot of warm babies she’s helped! How amazing it must be for her to think of all those newborns going home with one of her hats! She uses baby yarns exclusively, which she says “is a finer, nicer yarn.” We agree!

She chooses wonderful soft shades such as yellow, blue, pink, and green, and she attaches a removable flower to each hat as well.

Seven pastel knit caps lie on a wooden table.


She told ABC news, “It’s my therapy. When you’re 90, you’ve got aches and pains. You don’t want to think about it. Well, you’re not thinking about it if you’re concentrating on what you’re doing.”

“When you’re on this earth, you only have a limited time and you want to leave something behind when you leave,” she added. Well I think it’s fair to say that she has left a pretty good amount of memories for a lot of happy babies and parents. Hats off to you Ms. Lowe. (Pun intended)!

If you’d like to knit some baby hats for charity, here are some amazing free patterns for you to try!


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Last updated: July 31st, 2017.

2 Responses to Charity Tuesday: 90 Year Old Woman Knits 2,000+ Baby Hats!

  1. Melanie Saunders says:

    My 92 year old MIL knits ” Newfie” mitts for everyone in her retirement home! It takes her a lot longer now than it used to, but it keeps her busy and content!
    She’s made over 50 pairs in the last three years!

  2. Lynda says:

    My ministry is making hats for our NICU. I have donated 750 so far. I make them cute character hats (Pooh, teddy, ladybug, Minnie/Mickey)along with classic hats in the bright colors mom’s today like.

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