Bukharin Yarmulke Pattern

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finished yarmulkaGlossary:

K – knit
P – purl
Mc – Main color
Sc – Second color
Kfb – Knit into the front and back of the stitch



  • Set of 5 dpn’s size 2
  • 16” size 2 circs
  • 2 balls Cascade 220 in two different colors
  • tapestry needle


  • 6 stitches, 9 rows per inch


beginningSection One:

**Kfb of first stitch on each needle every row this section (increasing by 4 stitches every round for 34 rounds)**

C/O 4 stitches in main color (mc)
K onto dpn’s (must be a set of 5 needles)
K 6 rnds
Second color (sc), K 3 rnds
Mc K 4 rnds
*K 1 mc, K 1 sc* repeat to end of rnd
Mc K 3 rnds
Sc K 2 rnds
*Mc K 2, Sc K 2* repeat to end of rnd
K Sc 1 rnd
*Mc K 2, Sc K 2* repeat to end of rnd
Sc K 2 rnds
Mc K 3 rnds
Sc K 1 rnd
Mc K 3 rnds
Sc K 2 rnd
*Mc K 2, Sc K 2* repeat to end of rnd = 35 stitches on each of 4 needles = 140 stitches total

 **End increases**

before blockingSection Two:

Sc P 1 rnd (switch to circular needles here).  PM at end of rnd.
Sc K 1 rnd
*Mc K 1, Sc K 1* repeat 2 rnds
(*Sc K 2, Mc K 2* to end of rnd
Mc K 1, *Sc K 2, Mc K 2* to end of rnd
*Mc K 2, Sc K 2* to end of rnd
Sc K 1, *Mc K 2, Sc K 2* to end of rnd) makes a 4 rnd diagonal stripe
Sc K 2 rnds
Mc K 1 rnd
Sc K 2 rnds
Mc K 2 P 2 ribbing 4 rnds
B/O loosely in Mc



Weave in ends
Block to flat top and straight sides.


top viewNotes: 

The beginning is a bit fiddly until you have 6 or so stitches on each needle.  It will look like a nipple or breast as you work on it.  Trust the math.  Once it is blocked, it will be a flat circle.  Trust the math.

I blocked it over a set of salad plates.  Soup bowls would also work.  Basically anything round a flat at its 8 inch diameter will work for blocking.

 Completed Yarmulke is 8 inches across and 2 inches down on the sides.  This fits both me (with an average size head), and my fiancé (with a very large head).  It should fit snugly over the crown of the head.

 I used leftover wool for this pattern, partial balls to begin with and I still have leftovers.  This is a great stash reduction project.


16 Responses to “Bukharin Yarmulke Pattern”

  1. k2p2 Says:

    I have things to show off! I have things to show off!

    I’m just a wee bit excited, because after (what feels like) months and months of aggravation, I finally have things to show off again!  The knitting fairies are smiling on me again.My  is finally finished.   Somehow, I messed up…

  2. marilyn marcus Says:

    I have lost the instructions I had for a kippah with a star of David
    in the center.
    It was a simple pattern but
    I can’t find it anywahere. Do you have one?

  3. Debbie Says:

    Here is a pattern with many different centers. Also, I discovered some great medallions that can be used in Mary THomas’s Book of Knitting Patterns. They are old bonnet backs.

  4. Debbie Minden Says:

    Oops, here is the link for the keppie patterns http://www.woolywonder.com/patternpages/keppie.pdf

  5. jennifer Says:

    I am just so excited to find another knit kippah pattern available. Thank you!

  6. Loren Corbridge Says:

    Hello Rebecca! I admired this on your husband’s head just last weekend, when I saw him at the TeamSybase meeting! I’m a Sybase product manager, and was presenting at the meeting, and noticed this lovely pattern right away. He shared your URL with me, and I love this pattern! My housemates are Jewish, and I’m considering a small version for their young son to wear for holidays….thanks!

  7. Sara K Says:

    I’m confused – if you used Cascade 220 and size 2 needles isn’t the result EXTREMELY stiff? I’d like to make a kippah like this for my fil but want to be sure I’m getting the right stuff. I made him one a few years ago out of sock weight yarn. Great pattern!

  8. Rebecca Says:

    Yes, the yarmulke does end up being extremely stiff, which is what my DH wanted. :) Bukharian style yarmulkes typically are very stiff, so much so that they can often stand up on their own.

    A regular yarmulke slides off DH’s head all the time, and he hates the idea of clips or velcro, so he wanted one that would before more “hat like”.

    I’ve made the same pattern, on the same size needles out of sock weight yarn for my father, and he much prefers the softer hand. For our wedding, I made one out of sock weight silk for DH. He wore it the once, and I think he may have worn it for Yom Kippur this past year, but otherwise, for every day wear, he much prefers the Cascade.

    If you are unsure you’ll like the stiffness, I’d suggest starting it off with whatever yarn you have around. The pattern knits up super quick. I can honestly crank one of these out in a day. So, do a few rounds. Get a feel for your gauge, and go from there. It doesn’t take much yarn so I often use “odds and ends”.

    I’d love to see a picture of your finished yarmulke if you don’t mind.

    If you have any more questions, I’ll be happy to help.

  9. Judy Hirsch Says:

    Rebecca, thank you so much for a wonderful kippah (yarmulke) pattern. I just finished one for my husband, and already began the second one – for myself. It knits fast, takes very little yarn and produces very original looking kippah. Two notes:

    Using an 8″ plate gives 25″ circumference (Circumf = 3.14 x Diameter). My husband has a very big head, 22.5″ circumference, so I used a set of 7″ salad plates. 7″ x 3.14 = 22″

    Also, Bukhara is a town in Uzbekistan. Bukharans, Muslims and Jews, cover their head with a skullcap which has this shape but is made out of embroidered velvet. (See example at http://ahuva.com/detail.aspx?ID=617). Bukharan velvet skullcaps can be seen in Israel. But your knitted design is much more delicate. I love it.


  10. Leba C Says:

    I am so impressed with your website. I have been looking so long for a selection of knitted yarmulkas and finally have found it Want to make it for my grandsons and granddaughters for their b’nai Mitzvahs Thanx, Leba

  11. Kippah Says:

    Thanks for sharing your knowledge about kippah, Im impressed with your work because making a handmade kippah is not an easy thing.

  12. lindywar Says:

    I am unable to print out the second page of this pattern. Are you able to do anything about that? I had someone else try also and they could not get the second page either.

  13. Ellen Says:

    Thank you so much for this lovely pattern! I have been looking for a knitted yarmulke pattern for quite awhile as my son’s bar mitzvah is coming up and I really wanted to knit one for him. This came out great and he says he’ll wear it – yay! Have you thought of posting the pattern on Ravelry?

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  15. Susan Says:

    Thank you for this kippah pattern. My husband wants one that will stay on his head. One previous pattern I had to rip out & it was knit on a size 1 needle. Am looking forward to knitting this one for him because I simplty love him .

  16. Rebecca from ChemKnits Says:

    I really like the colorwork here. I’ve been doing research on a lot of free knit/crochet kippot so I’m thrilled to have found this one. Thanks for sharing!

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