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Published on February 2nd, 2018 | by Mara


Knit Red Newborn Hats for American Heart Month!

Living a heart healthy life is important for adults and children alike, and to remind people, February is the official American Heart Month! Here’s how you can help:

The American Heart Association and The Children’s Heart Foundation are partnering up to celebrate American Heart Month by helping moms live a heart healthy life – not just for themselves, but for their newborns, too! The goal of “Little Hats, Big Hearts” is to “raise awareness, provide resources and inspire moms to take their family’s heart health to heart while also raising awareness about Congenital Heart Defects.

To help, people from all over America are knitting and crocheting red hats for babies born in February. They can be given to participating hospitals and will then be given to new moms. Yarn or monetary donations are also gratefully accepted. You can get more info and learn how to send in the hats you make here.

If you want to help, here are three patterns and two yarns to get your knitting going:

Apple for Teacher Hat by Vikki Bird

apple baby hat knitted vikki bird

Child’s Simple Knit Hat by Lion Brand (FREE pattern!)

lion brand knit baby hat

Stretchable Beanie by “handmade by sminé”

stretchable beanie knit hat


Paintbox Yarns Baby DK in Pillar Redpaintbox yarns baby dk

Lion Brand Wool Ease in Ranch Red


Of course you can use any baby hat pattern and red yarn!

Will you be participating in American Heart Month?

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loves autumn, drinking unreasonable amounts of coffee and everything creative! So naturally - knitting and crocheting were the perfect fit!

Last updated: January 31st, 2018.

7 Responses to Knit Red Newborn Hats for American Heart Month!

  1. Nell says:

    I love this project and made several. I sent them to East TN project as hospitals in my hometown were not listed. Thanks for allowing me to participate.

  2. Laura Martineau says:

    FYI, I was told that the AHA affiliate in my state (Connecticut) had a deadline for this program in December so that they could facilitate washing, packaging and distributing hats to hospitals throughout the state. I didn’t start knitting until January so I’m hanging on to the hats I make until next fall. I’d advise folks who want to knit for the AHA to check with their local affiliates for their timetables.

  3. Debi says:

    Knitted my red hat and sent it off for the campaign. So happy to know a sweet baby will be getting a very special hat to start an amazing journey of life. Would have knitted more but didn’t know about the campaign deadline (Jan 7). This community project I will keep on knitting for.#healthyhearts

  4. Linda Hughes says:

    I would love to learn more about this project.

  5. Mary Jo says:

    Can you send me information about this.

    Than you

  6. Patricia roberts says:

    The ladies of HERNE Bay, UnitedKingdom did their bit with the knitting,of jumpers for the FISH AND CHIP babies. We all reside in a small seaside town, we keep the hospital,in Margate and Canterbury with hats for Prem babies. The ducks at Easter we left open at the bottom and filled the space up with a Cadbury’s 50. Easter egg. This went down very well.

  7. Patricia roberts says:

    The ladies of HERNEBAY, KENT. U.K., will do their very best to help. We have several groups 1. Knitter-natter, 2. The cosy crew and 3. Knitting on the pier. Where do we send the articles to and when have they got to be finished by and posted to you

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