Sunday, May 6, 2012

Wedding Kippot

My brother recently got married.  As part of my gift to him and my new sister-in-law, I made yarmulkes for my brother and his groomsmen to wear during the ceremony,  I found the perfect pattern on my absolutely favorite knitting/crocheting/sewing website, the Purl Bee.  (Actually, my google search for this pattern introduced me to the Purl Bee, and boy am I glad! It's now one of my standard, daily websites.)  I really wanted to do them in a bright, colorful yarn, but settled on blue and gray tones that would match the wedding colors.

2 skeins Shibu Sock yarn in Storm
       1 skein Debbie Bliss baby cashmerino in gray (340058)
Size E crochet hook

I made eight yarmulkes for all the males in the bridal party, plus my sister-in-law's father and nephews (I didn't photograph them all).  I found them to be a good, quick project, and the counting was pretty easy to keep track of even while watching TV.  I made my brother's a little different than the others, putting a stripe rather than a border, so that his would stand out a bit more.

It might have been the yarn I used, but I found the final product to be a bit too flimsy for a yarmulke, so I bought some fabric stiffner and blocked them using a mixture of that and water, rather than just water alone.  I did roughly a 1:1 ratio of stiffner to water, but I didn't measure exactly.  I also bought some cotton, printable sheets with a fusible backing and printed a label with the bride and groom's names and the date, then ironed them on the inside.  

My brother's unique wedding kippa
Inside of the kippot, with the label identifying the occasion
I was very happy that I could contribute something so personal and handmade to my brother's wedding and I think he appreciated the gesture.  It ended up being a fantastic day and a weekend to remember!

1 comment:

  1. Kippah is basically a hemispherical cap, generally used by one religion group to cover their heads during auspicious situations. Kippahs may also be termed as some other popular names, such as: kipa or kippa or yarmulke etc. Thanks for great posting.
    Bat Mitzvah Kippahs