American Heart Association

Little Hats, Big Hearts™

This tiny pop of red helps raise awareness about congenital heart defects.

Little Hats, Big Hearts | American Heart Association

Get Involved

Contact your local American Heart Association Little Hats, Big Hearts™ representative for important dates, deadlines and information about the Little Hats, Big Hearts™ project in your area.

Little Hats, Big Hearts | American Heart Association

A Close-Knit Effort

Volunteers from around the country are helping the American Heart Association (in connection with the Children’s Heart Foundation(link opens in new window)(link opens in new window)) celebrate American Heart Month. How? By knitting and crocheting adorable red hats for babies born in February at participating hospitals.

Little Hats, Big Hearts™, honors babies and moms in a very special way. These tiny red hats, on thousands of babies, symbolize our shared mission of heart-healthy lives for everyone. The effort also raises awareness of congenital heart defects, and what we can all do to help prevent them.

Did you know? Little Hats, Big Hearts™ started in Chicago in 2014. From just 300 little hats in the first year, the program has now embraced hundreds of thousands of babies, across more than 40 states.

How You Can Help

The response to Little Hats, Big Hearts™ has been amazing. We received more than 200,000 hats for distribution in 2018.

Check this page in the fall to learn how you can use your skills to help the littlest hearts, in celebration of American Heart Month the following February.

Want to help now? You can still make an impact by making a donation (link opens in new window). Or learn more about participating in a local Heart Walk (link opens in new window).

Little Hats, Big Hearts | American Heart Association

Knitting and Crocheting Details

Important considerations for participating knitters or crocheters:

Yarn specifications

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

Simple hat patterns only, please. Extraneous bows and buttons can come off the hats and pose a safety hazard for the little ones.

MORE INFORMATION


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 Hearts™ programs.

For more information, please view the Frequently Asked Questions (PDF) or submit your question(s) online.

Want to help now? You can still make an impact with your financial support by making a donation (link opens in new window)(link opens in new window). Or learn more about participating in a local Heart Walk (link opens in new window)(link opens in new window).