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When my twins turned three, they needed kippot (kippahs, yarmulkes, head coverings) to wear at preschool. I wanted to design something that would stay put on their heads without clips, was easily washable, and fun to wear.

This pattern is fun to knit, too! Available in multiple sizes from preschooler to adult, you’ll be able to knit these quickly once you master the pattern. Use a double strand of dk weight mercerized cotton yarn and size 3(3.25mm) straight and circular needles for a stiff, firm crown that fits. Work this pattern back and forth, using short rows to form the crown. The edging, worked in a single strand and added last, is knit in the round. This pattern includes notes on adjusting the needle size and stitch count so your kippah can stay put on any size head.

To knit this pattern, you’ll need to knit, purl, make short rows, knit two stitches together, pick up and knit stitches, and follow directions to make simple adjustments to create a kippah that fits.

Accessibility Note: This pattern offers an additional Low Vision pdf option, with Arial 24 point font, for those who need large print.

Size & Finished Measurements:
This fits a head size 18-22”/45.5cm-56cm.
Circumference measures approximately 20”/51cm with notes provided for altering the edging to fit a smaller or larger head.

Size 3 (3.25 mm) double pointed needles
Size 3 (3.25 mm) 16”/40cm circular needle (optional)
or appropriate size to get pattern gauge
Note: You can work this entirely on dpns if you do not have a 16” circular needle.

Notions Required:
Tape measure or ruler
Tapestry needle
Row counter
Stitch marker
Bowl that measures roughly the same circumference as the head you are trying to fit.

Samples Featured Used:
For each kippah:
2 skeins Main Color: Sonata, 100% Mercerized Cotton, 115 yards (106m)/1.75 oz (50g) per skein
1 skein Contrast Color for edging: Sonata, 100% Mercerized Cotton, 115 yards (106m)/1.75 oz (50g) per skein
You will have leftovers. If making more than one kippah, you can mix and match colors. These samples used #2355 Tapestry Blue, #3919 Burgundy Rose, #5398 Cedar (Green), #7382 Coffee Bean (Brown).
You will get the following files:
  • PDF (906KB)
  • PDF (733KB)

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