Knit The Rainbow
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?
Quantity Still Needed
Warm Winter Hats
1) Dark and/or Muted colors only. These kids are living on the streets and trying to blend in. They do not want Rainbows. These kids don't want to stand out and are also not able to wash these items regularly, so they are getting dirty. Light colors will just show the dirt. Knit The Rainbow has asked Crafting Change to only craft items in the following palette of colors: Black, Dark Blue, Dark Brown, Dark Purple, Dark Gray, Dark Green. Dark, neutral colors. Variegated yarns in these colors are fine. Remember we are trying to hide dirt and help kids blend in.
2) They are trying to provide fashionable items for the Homeless Youth. They work with designers to get licenses for patterns and we have sourced some great patterns as well. Let's not deviate from the patterns that we have suggested, these have been given to us by KtR, developed by CC or approved by our partner. These items need to be warm, functional but we do not want to stray from Knit The Rainbow's mission of providing "a warm and fashionable protective layer of clothing". If you have questions about the pattern you want to use fits this project, please ask one of our team members! It is our goal to always provide our charity partners what they ask for. You can email Robyn@craftingchange.org for knit or email email@example.com for crochet if you have any questions about patterns or yarns for Knit The Rainbow, we are here to help!
3) The tiny hearts can be any color as they are added on for decoration and a little keepsake. They do not need to have a string attached, they are added to the garments with a pricing gun and a Knit The Rainbow informational tag.
cowls - scarves - scoodies
fingerless gloves/mittens - earwarmers/headbands
hats and hearts
Knit The Rainbow accepts packages anytime you are ready to ship them. This is a brand new address recently verified on 10/16/21 with their Executive Director. 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!
Knit the Rainbow, Inc.
456 W 167th St
New York, Ny 10032