Knit the Rainbow NYC | Winter Garments & Tiny Hearts

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Knit the Rainbow (KtR) was founded in April, 2020 after the Founder, Austin Rivers, discovered the housing disparities facing LGBTQ+ youth in New York City. Austin learned there were a few nonprofits dedicated to providing housing and/or shelter for this community; however, he knew there was still more to be done; this is where KtR was born.

Austin learned to knit while performing on a tour in Japan and felt he could use these skills to provide warm protective winter garments for LGBTQ+ youth facing homelessness. KtR hopes to educate people across the country about the housing crisis these youth are facing and increase the number of youth served by asking volunteers to knit or crochet at home and donate the garments to KtR to be distributed in New York City.

​KtR has big plans for the future. We hope to not only serve New York City, but to eventually provide winter protective garments to homeless LGBTQ+ youth across the country. In addition, we plan to partner with other nonprofits who provide shelter and housing to these youth and offer knit/crochet classes for their residents so they too can knit garments for themselves and the rest of the community facing this housing crisis.

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Announcing our 2021 Valentine’s Day Garment Drive! Homeless LGBTQ+ youth still need warm winter protection through the Spring as New York City typically remains cold through April. We have decided to host a Valentine’s Day themed garment drive as we know that all of our volunteers craft their handmade garments with love. Our goal is to collect 850 winter garments and 2,000 Tiny Hearts by February 28th. All of the garments we collect during this period will be tagged with the Tiny Hearts and distributed to our multiple community partners to ensure the youth they serve can stay warm through April.

The garments you make and send to us can be in any color, pattern, or yarn. However, to match the theme, we are hoping to collect Tiny Hearts that are red, pink, white, or any combination of the three. We have included links to a crochet and knit pattern for the Tiny Hearts if you would like some inspiration.

Please share our Valentine’s Day Garment Drive with your fiber arts friends and community so that we can reach our goal of 850 garments and 2,000 hearts by February 28th!

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Please mail all Tiny Hearts and garments to the address below.

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Hand knitted garments, skeins of yarn (worsted weight or heavier, good for beginners), and donations are always being collected year round by Knit the Rainbow!

Connect locally:
701 W 180th St.
Unit 47
New York, NY 10033

Keep making!