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Step-by-step crocheting a kippah

Updated February 21, 2019

Crochet a kippah ---- also known as a yarmulke ---- for the next religious observation you and your family will attend. If you plan to attend a bar or bat mitzvah for a young person coming of age or a wedding is coming up, you want the men in your family to be ready with new kippot. To make this kippah, you should feel comfortable with using a steel crochet hook and crochet thread, crocheting in the round and adding increases as indicated in the pattern.

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  1. Crochet a foundation chain of two chain stitches, using the No. 10 white crochet thread and the 10/1.30mm steel crochet hook.

  2. Crochet six single crochet or SC stitches in the second chain from the hook for round 1.

  3. Crochet two SC in each SC around for round 2. You should have 12 SC. Slip the stitch marker into the end of this round. Move it up at the end of each round as you continue working. Fasten off and cut the white thread with your scissors, leaving a 3-inch tail.

  4. Join with the No. 10 blue crochet thread and make two SC in the first SC for round 3, then one SC in the next SC, then continue around for this round, using this stitch pattern. You should have 18 SC.

  5. Crochet two SC in the first SC for round 4, then make one SC in the next two SC. Continue with this pattern for round 4. Move the stitch marker at the end of this round. You should now have 24 SC.

  6. Make two SC in the first SC, then one SC in the next three SC for round 5. Continue with this crochet pattern for this round. Fasten off and cut the thread with your scissors, leaving a 3-inch tail for weaving in. Move the stitch marker to the end of this round. You should have 30 SC.

  7. Join with the white thread and continue crocheting in this pattern until the kippah looks like a flat disk. When you fold it into quarters, it should cover three knuckles of your hand. When you get to this point, begin crocheting only one SC in each SC until the kippah is the size you want. Change thread colours every three rounds.

  8. Fasten off and cut the thread with your scissors when the kippah is the desired size. Using the tapestry needle, weave in all thread ends neatly.

  9. Tip

    Other patterns call for five chain stitches for the beginning ring, then creating the loop. Rather than giving a specific number of stitches for each round, these patterns advise you to continue to crochet around the circumference of the kippah. The pattern is more specific in telling you to increase once for every stitch in the first round, then for rounds two and three, increase every other stitch. In the fourth and fifth rows, the instructions specify increasing every third stitch. Wash the kippah in warm, soapy water after you crochet the final round. Remove any accumulated smudges and dirt. Shape the kippah after squeezing out the excess water. Allow it to dry over the bottom of a bowl or on your head.

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Things You'll Need

  • 1 ball of No. 10 crochet thread, white
  • Size 10/1.30mm steel crochet hook
  • Stitch marker
  • Scissors
  • 1 ball of No. 10 crochet thread, blue
  • Tapestry needle

About the Author

Genevieve Van Wyden began writing in 2007. She has written for “Tu Revista Latina” and owns three blogs. She has worked as a CPS social worker, gaining experience in the mental-health system. Van Wyden earned her Bachelor of Arts in journalism from New Mexico State University in 2006.

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