Tzedakah Kippah by Sarah Chen

Tzedakah Kippah

August 2021
DK (11 wpi) ?
24 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 3 - 3.25 mm
150 - 168 yards (137 - 154 m)
Children's and Large Adults
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One of the concepts that we learn as young children in Hebrew School is “Tzedakah”, Charity. Also translated as “justice”. The concept is simple, when a person is given pocket money, some of that goes into the Tzedakah box. At the end of a year, the money collected in the box would be donated to a cause.
The Tzedakah boxes that I grew up with were small, blue, and metal. The sound that coins made as you put them in was distinct and satisfying.
The concept of Tzedakah in Judaism goes back to Biblical times. The idea of doing the best to ensure that those with the least have something instead of nothing. Taking what you have leftover and there being no waste. Be it money, or yarn.
That is the virtue of Tzedakah.

Pronunciation: Tseh-dah-kah

Tzedakah Kippah is stranded colour work in DK/8ply weight that can be made slouchy or fitted. A band of 2x2 ribbing in your colour of choice starts you off. This pattern has been designed for 5 colours, but you can use as many as you wish. The idea is to allow for using nuggets of leftovers, the scraps of wool that would otherwise go to waste. Warm enough to go on any head, but also good for donations.
The colourwork is charted, and has been provided in grayscale for you to colour and play with combinations of colours.
Written in 2 sizes Yeladim (Children), and M’Vaurim (Adult), this beanie is sure to find a place in your home and heart.

Nitty Gritty Details

Skills Used : Knitting in the round, ribbing, stranded colour work, small circumference knitting

Needles: 3.25mm/US 3 for ribbing and 4mm/US 6 for colour work on a 40cm cable, or however you prefer to do small circumference knitting

Gauge: 24 sts x 32 rows on 4mm/US 6 stocking in the round

Yeladim: Brim to Crown: 6.25”/16cm, Circumference: 17.5”/44.5cm (to fit a 19”/48cm head circumference)
M’Vugariym Brim to crown: 8.5”/21.5cm, Circumference: 21”/53cm (to fit a 23”/58.5cm head circumference)

Yarn: 4 or 5 colours of DK/8ply wool.

Colour 1 12g/24m/26yards
Colour 2 25g/55m/60yards
Colour 3 11g/32m/35yards
Colour 4 3g/9m/17yards
Colour 5 8g/17m/18.5yards

Colour 1 18g/41m/45yards
Colour 2 29g/66m/72yards
Colour 3 12g/27m/29.5yards
Colour 4 5g/11m/12yards
Colour 5 4g/9m/10yards

A note on Price for all Keshet Fibre Arts patterns. In Jewish Numerology and Traditions, the number 18 is a very significant number. When written out using the Hebrew Alefbet (alphabet), the number 18 appears the same as the word “Chai” (pronounced with a guttural H sound, not Ch like in Channel). Chai is the word “Life” (like the traditional toast “L’Chaim” which means “To Life!” Since the number 18 is so special, when we make gifts to others or almost anything in monetary form, the numeral given is in some way a derivative of the number 18. L’Chaim!

Tzedakah is at such a low price in order to make it accessible for those who wish to knit for charity.