Little Hats Big Hearts

Little Hats, Big Hearts

Volunteers from around the country are joining the American Heart Association, in connection with The Children's Heart Foundation, to celebrate American Heart Month by knitting and crocheting red hats for babies born in February at participating hospitals. Little Hats, Big HeartsTM, honors babies, moms, and heart healthy lives in a very special way. Supporters are knitting and crocheting red hats to be given out to thousands of babies during American Heart Month in order to empower moms to live heart healthy lives and to help their children do the same.

Together, we are working 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.

Little Hats, Big Hearts started in February 2014 in Chicago, IL collecting 300 hats in the first year. The program has now expanded to more than 40 states. We are thrilled to have so many volunteers interested in Little Hats, Big Hearts!

Thank you for making this program so special and for helping to spread awareness of heart disease and congenital heart defects.

Yarn Specifics

Sample Patterns

  • Red
  • Cotton or acrylic
  • Medium to heavy weight
  • Machine washable and dryable

We also recommend simple hat patterns. While we love bows and buttons, they can come off the hats and be dangerous for the little ones.

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For more information, please email us at: LittleHatsBigHearts@heart.org

If you are interesed in starting this program please contact your local office for details.

American Heart Association Support Network/Children's Heart Foundation


The American Heart Association and The Children's Heart Foundation co-fund the Congenital Heart Defect Research Awards.
CHF also participates in AHA's Support Network and Little Hats, Big HeartsTM programs.