When I’m invited to a Passover Seder or to a dinner celebrating the eight days of Hanukkah, or Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, or many of the observances, I like to bring a crocheted gift. Quick, easy and thoughtful, the Tehlim, the Jewish book of Psalms, tells us that the work of our hands will let the graciousness of the Lord to shine upon us.
Crochet By Faye
There is a delightful little soft ornament dreidel for Hanukah here:
http://crochetbyfaye.blogspot.com/2007/12/dreidel-softie.html Robyn Chachula, not her dog, Faye, designed this! She made it in a thick cotton but you can make it in any worsted weight yarn.. Chachula is a professional designer and her work is very easy to understand. I give this a rating for an advanced beginner.
Crochet…Lotta Love It!
Leeann Hamm is the owner of this website and she posted a 12 inch Star of David in a color change square here, http://cgli.150m.com/starofdavid.htm I can see this as made up into an afghan, alternating the stars with plain blocks, then adding a simple shell stitch edging to complete it. I would rate this project for those with intermediate skills.
There are 4 different Star of David motifs at http://www.chezcrochet.com/page51.html
Designer Angela ‘ARNie’ Grabowski maintains a most informative crochet website.
There is a two-tone Star of David Hexagonal Granny made of worsted weight yarn. A series of them sewn into a circle would be the perfect mat for a Passover table. Include The Lacy Star Snowflake in your Rosh Shoshanna cards for an extra special treat for you family and friends. If you work the Double Star Granny in a solid color, you’ll get an illusion of a second star created by the open spaces. Work this unit in two colors and the effect will be more graphic. If you work the Snowflake Granny in a cotton worsted, you’ll have a dishcloth. My rating for these patterns is intermediate beginner.
JPFun’s owner Julie Bolduc offers us a snowflake in a 6-pointed design. Using just a small amount of thread, you can make dozens from a single ball of #10 thread.
http://www.jpfun.com/patterns/free/ornaments/f103016prettysnowflake.shtml Very simple so a beginner rating from me.
If you like filet crochet, Angel’s Crafts offers you two Star of David charts. The first one, has a more detailed look http://www.angelscrochet.com/charts/stardavid1.php and the second one http://www.angelscrochet.com/charts/stardavid2.php is a straight forward plain star. I would use these for the table or even for a small window treatment. Filet crochet uses only the double crochet stitch and the chain stitch, it’s within the grasp of a beginner, but you need to know how to follow a chart, therefore I rate this as advanced beginner.
The Yarmulkes and Kippahs
Because the presence of the God is all around, a head covering is worn everyday by devote members or if you go to Synagogue, you’ll need to cover your head. Why not make your own Yarmulke or Kippah
Beth, over at A Trunk-Full O’ Fun used a star mesh pattern for her Star of David Kippah. http://www.freewebs.com/bethintx/crochetkippah.htm
Made with a solid center and an open work side, only one ball of Knit-Cro-Sheen is needed. It has a light, airy feel to it, perfect for warmer climates. My rating for this pattern is beginner intermediate.
Purl Bee has a 100% Merino Wool yarmulke to create. http://www.purlbee.com/crocheted-passover-yarmulke/
What I like about the covering is that is uses a very simple single crochet stitch. If you want to get artistic, this is the perfect pattern to add a graphed image. I give this a beginner rating.
Of all the prayer cap designers, Hazel Furst is the most original with her three designs for women which can be found here:
The first one, Mock Macramé Crocheted Prayer Cap is based on a 25 year macramé pattern that has been translated to use Knit-Cro-Sheen and is embellished with pearls. The design is light and lacey.
The next pattern is a variation of an Irish Crochet technique. It’s made of 7
three-dimensional rose motifs and 6 leaf motifs that are crocheted together. A little more solid than open, it’s a perfect gift for the Bat Mitzvah girl.
My favorite of the three is The Basketweave Star Prayer Cap. The top of the cap has a Star of David and is crocheted using an interlocking rings technique that is absolutely stunning. It actually looks more complicated than it is, so if your synagogue or Hadassah needs to do some fundraising, this pattern is perfect. Due to some specialized crochet knowledge, I’m giving these patterns a rating of advanced intermediate.
Shoshie is a proud mommy and her website Proud Mommy
http://proudmommy.tripod.com/scarf-liner.html gives directions for a scarf liner that doubles as a kippah! I found this one very easy to make. It uses a net type stitch that goes fast. Rate this one beginner.
Crochet Partners member Ruth Wenig’s skullcap has instructions that use the knuckle and hand as measurements! http://tinyurl.com/ydxtgxy The pattern calls for #8 thread and a small steel hook, but due to the unusual directions, any yarn or hook can be used. I rate this one beginner.
Hilary Murphy designed a worsted weight Yarmulke for Craft Town
http://www.craftown.com/crochet/cropat59.htm Consisting of only 5 rounds, this one is super fast and very easy. Because heavier yarn is used, this project is best worn during the colder months or for a chemo cap. My rating is beginner.