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 Knit The Rainbow 

Read about our partner charity and see the items we are crafting 

Read the Project Must-Knows 

Pick a pattern from our approved or suggested pattern collection

Shipping address, print a care slip & tally your donation

   this is how it works  

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Knit The Rainbow is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in New York City. At least 40% of the homeless youth in New York City identify as LGBTQ+. Knit the Rainbow works to empower and protect these youth by providing them with handmade knit & crochet winter clothing accessories. Knit the Rainbow (KtR) is the first organization of its kind in the United States, providing thousands of hand-made winter garments a year for homeless LGBTQ+ Youth. Our programs are dedicated to giving these youth a warm and fashionable protective layer of clothing that is imperative to their comfort and survival during harsh winter months.

 what are we crafting? 

They have completed collection until September 2024

 project must-knows 

We have met our group goal for Knit The Rainbow, however they are still collecting all winter gear. We still have other partners that we have not met our goals for. 

The following information comes directly from Austin Rivers, Founder of KtR. While you are welcome to use any color yarn for your projects, we are not literally "knitting the rainbow". LGBTQIA+ youth living on the streets are trying to blend in. They have been thrown out of their homes for their sexuality or gender identity. They don't want a rainbow on their body to further target them on the streets. 

Also, while unsheltered, they have little access to wash their clothing, so dirt shows. We recommend for these two reasons, using darker color yarns that will allow these youth to blend in to their surroundings and also retain dignity by not having dirt show.

Dark greys, dark blue, navy, forest greens, dark purple, black. Variegated yarns in this color family are strongly recommended. While we won't "forbid" yarns of other colors, we hope you can see why we suggest these colors. 

Washable wools and acrylic are ideal for this project.


While our focus is on fingerless gloves and headbands/earwarmers, they are accepting the following items during their winter collection and we hope you will consider sending in any items you have made:




Neck Warmers/Cowls





Fingerless Gloves+++

+++Our focus this year as these items are the ones they receive the least of from other volunteers. 

Must Knows

 cowls - scarves - scoodies 


Double Fringe Cowl

This is a super easy cowl that you can make quickly


Lion Brand Homespun Fabia Cowl

This beginner project is worked back and forth in rows, then sewn together to make a ring.


Undulating Cowl

Knit The Rainbow Designer donated pattern! This more challenging pattern is good practice at increasing and decreasing stitches!


Neck Thingum

This unisex, cozy tube helps fight off the bitter elements.

All Fiber Arts

Crafting Change Recommended & Tested Yarns

Our recommended and tested yarns for our partner projects!


1-Hour Pull-Over Scarf

Super easy beginner pattern!


Straightforward Cowl

Super easy pattern for beginners. Can knit it with your favorite stitch pattern (knit/purl, cables) on the center stitches instead of garter stitch.


Kodiak Hooded Pocket Scarf

This is an easy level crochet pattern and the techniques involved are half double crochet and seaming. It's also super fast to work up!


Amplitude Scarf

Knit the Rainbow designer donated pattern! Vertical stripes on a fun and easy scarf with a thick fringe.


Mariner's Cowl

This fast and easy cowl with 2x2 ribbing will fit any neck!

 fingerless gloves/mittens - earwarmers/headbands 

Gloves Earwarmers
All Fiber Arts

Crafting Change Recommended & Tested Yarns

Our recommended and tested yarn list for our partner projects.


Super Simple FIngerless Mitts

Crocheted in the round, an easy fingerless mitt pattern.


Suzette Stich Ear Warmer

This beginner friendly pattern uses only single crochet and double crochet stitches. Includes multiple sizing options and video tutorial.


Ear Warmers 3 Ways

This basic ear warmer pattern has 3 unique finishing techniques!


Super Simple Fingerless Gloves

Quick, easy fun to make with endless color combinations.


Topless Mittens

Knit The Rainbow Designer pattern. These fingerless mittens make a quick and low-cost


Gender Neutral Ear Warmer

This easy to make tube is great for men or a nice gender neutral choice!


Crafting Change Wristers

Easy wristers by Melanie Shovelski done in a rectangle and seamed up the side.


Lion Brand Ribbed Headband

Easy ribbed gender neutral headband.


Crafting Change Knitted Ear Warmer

An easy, beginner project of a basic ear warmer written by Robyn Peters.

 hats and hearts 

hats hearts
All Fiber Arts

Crafting Change Recommended & Tested Yarn List

Our recommended and tested yarn list for our partner projects


Tiny Hearts 3 Ways

Melanie Shovelski shares 3 patterns for tiny hearts and diagrams.


Caron Beginner Beanie

This basic beginner beanie is fast and easy for any crocheter!


The CC Beanie

This replica of the the popular CC beanie is super easy and popular!


Basic Crochet Hat

This simple crochet pattern is sure to please any person that receives it!


Tiny Hearts Video Tutorial

This video shows how to make tiny hearts easily!


Skyping All-Purpose Beanie

This gender neutral all purpose beanie is great for knitters of all skill levels!


Classic Ribbed Beanie

This easy pattern for beginners is a classic ribbed beanie for everyone!


Give It A Whirl Beanie

The swirling ridges of this hat will take you just a few hours to complete!


Chunky Crochet Beanie

This easy, chunky hat will keep teens toasty this winter!


How To Knit A Hat

This is beginning video tutorial teaches anyone how to knit a ribbed hat!


Caron Slouchy Beanie

A slouch beanie is fun and oh so comfortable! Teens love its casual style to stay warm on cold winter days.

 shipping guidelines 

Knit The Rainbow accepts packages anytime you are ready to ship them. We recommend working on multiple items and collecting enough garments at home and putting together a box or poly bag full prior to shipping so you have a full box, winters are long in NYC, there is time!  

Okay to ship beginning September 15, 2023!

Ship to:


Knit the Rainbow, Inc.

456 W 167th St

Unit 1D

New York, Ny 10032

If your box will cost you more than $20 to ship, Knit the Rainbow is partnered with Give Back Box to get you a $20 UPS label from Give Back Box and ship up to 50 pounds and 108" in girth. After you receive your label, please immediately email Monika and ask for a "fresh" label with an unused tracking number. You will get a new label in 1-2 days. This is the label you should use. 

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