“Kippah” is another word for “yarmulke,” the skullcap worn by Jewish men in reverence for God during prayer, meals and while studying the Torah. It is now acceptable for men to wear their kippot (plural for kippah) throughout the day. A handmade kippah is considered to be very special gift and can be personalized.
Chain 5, join with a slip stitch to form a ring. Round 1: Chain one and crochet eight single crochet into the center of the ring. Round 2: Crochet two single crochet stitches into each single crochet from round one. You will have 16 single crochet stitches in this round. Mark the beginning of each round with the stitch marker and move it to the beginning stitch of each new round.
Round 3: * Crochet two half-double crochet into the first single crochet from round two, then one half-double crochet into the next single crochet. Repeat this pattern from * all the way around – 24 half-double crochet.
Round 4: * Crochet two half-double crochet in the first half-double crochet from round three, then one half-double crochet in the next two half-double crochet stitches. Repeat from * all the way around – 32 half-double crochet.
Round 5: * Crochet two half-double crochet in the first half-double crochet from round four, then one half-double crochet in the next three stitches. Repeat from * all the way around – 40 half-double crochet.
Round 6: Continue with half-double crochet and remember to increase each round by eight stitches until the kippah is the right size. Crochet eight to 15 rows, depending on the size needed. When the kippah is the right size, fasten off the end and cut the yarn. Using your yarn needle, weave in the end and cut the excess.
Things You'll Need
- No. 10 crochet cotton, color or colors of your choosing, one ball
- Size 12 to 15 steel crochet hook
- Open-coil stitch marker
- Yarn needle to weave in ends
The kippah may have a small degree of curl at the edge since the pattern creates the “bowled” shape. Wash the kippah in cool water and shape it on a bowl of a similar size so that it will take on the correct shape. Do not turn your work at the end of each round; the right side of the pattern will be facing you the entire time you are crocheting.
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