I started making these colorful hats for a couple of reasons.
- My kids attend a Jewish Day school where they are required to wear a kippah or “yarmulke”, if you are old school or skullcap if you are really really old school. Of the three terms, I think I like kippa best. It sounds like a combo of kiss & keppie (yiddish endearing term for “head”) and makes me think of kissing my child’s forehead. The plural of kippah is kippot. We go through a lot of kippot, as my young boys tend to leave them here there and everywhere. This leads to them having to wear ugly, unwashed, black nylon kippot from the community bin when they forget or lose theirs. No thanks! I can never have too many kippot stashed in their backpacks, cubbies and my car’s glove compartment. The more distinctive, the better. That way there’s no question who left their kippa on the slide!
- I have a hard time unwinding at the end of the day. I can’t even watch tv without tapping on my computer and getting a few last emails out. Unless I am knitting. I can actually watch tv and follow the plot if I am knitting. Something about occupying my hands and mind at the same time allows me to leave my work and worries for a time. Small, simple projects seem to work best for me in this “therapeutic” role.
Legend has it that my great grandmother, even after going blind, could churn out a handknit sock in a single evening.
Night after night she made sure her children and grandchildren’s feet were covered. She, and my grandmother as well, were prolific knitters. I’m far from their league but every time I pick up my needles and make something for my kids, it gives me such a nice feeling of satisfaction and connection. Especially when I knit in the round, old world style like my grandmother taught me. Cozy-fying toes, kissing foreheads.
In this way, these kippot bring peace and happiness to my children’s head and to my own as well.
I’ve been asked to share the pattern several times and I’ve finally gotten a PDF together with the instructions. If you are not Jewish, have no use for a kippah and just want to make a cute beanie for your kids, the pattern has a modification for making a “deeper” hat. There are modifications for younger kids and adult sizing as well. It’s a VERY simple pattern you will likely memorize after the first hat, and with a little tweaking for different yarns, use time and again to make hats on the fly. It can get addictive. Consider yourself warned!
Download the free knit kippot pattern PDF here