The American Heart Association is asking knitting and crocheting enthusiasts to help celebrate February’s Congenital Heart Defects Awareness Month by knitting red hats for all babies born at participating hospitals in February — American Heart Month. Yale New Haven Hospital is among the participating hospital.
Congenital heart defects — the most common type of birth defect in the country — are structural problems with the heart present at birth. They result when a mishap occurs during heart development soon after conception and often before the mother is aware she is pregnant. Defects range in severity from simple problems, such as “holes” between chambers of the heart, to very severe malformations, such as complete absence of one or more chambers or valves.
The American Heart Association’s commitment to raising awareness of these defects is such that the organization’s funding for pediatric cardiac research is second only to the federal government.
For information on the Little Hats, Big Hearts project, visit http://bit.ly/HVLittleRedHats online. The heart association is accepting both baby hats and donations of yarn.
Sample patterns for baby hats can be found on the website. Hats are needed in both newborn and preemie sizes. Yarn should be red, cotton or acrylic, medium to heavyweight, and machine washable and dryable, and should have no bows or buttons.
Hats and donations of yarn must be received by Jan. 15. Please mail them to: Lisa Neff, American Heart Association, 501 Merritt 7, PH, Norwalk, CT 06851.