It’s that time of year again! February is American Heart Month. And during Heart Month, the American Heart Association supports an initiative called Little Hats Big Hearts. LHBH connects babies born during the month of February with handmade red hats to raise awareness about congenital heart defects. In addition to the hats, babies are given info packets to help new parents understand more about their new babies’ hearts. Simple, straightforward, sweet.
a Baby Hearts Hat knit for Little Hats Big Hearts
Inspired by my own family’s connection to congenital heart defects, I was excited to discover LHBH early on in its existence. To help support the cause, I’ve released a couple of patterns designed for preemies and newborns to encourage more folks to donate hats. You can find the Baby Hearts Hat pattern here, and the Declan Hat Pattern here.
The LHBH program has, at last check, reached all but 7 states in the U.S. If you’re interested in donating hats, you can visit heart.org/littlehatsbighearts to search for the nearest state’s donation information.
Before I go, I wanted to share a quick word of thanks to the Skokie Public Library’s knitting group! They love charity knitting projects and discovered LHBH on this site. Being a resident of nearby Chicago, I’ve been lucky enough to visit their group a few times, and they’re a lovely crew! This past year, they made a whopping 127 hats to donate, and many of them made hats using the free patterns on Hands Occupied. The hats featured in this post’s photos were all knitted by the women in Skokie and will be paired with babies next February. Thank you for being awesome, ladies!