A yarmulke (pronounced ya-ma-kuh) is a skullcap worn by Orthodox Jewish men. A yarmulke is also sometimes worn by Conservative, Reform and secular Jewish men and women. The word yarmulke is a Yiddish word that is derived from the Polish word jarmułka, meaning "cap." Another word for "yarmulke" is the Hebrew word kippah, which means "dome."
There are several reasons to wear a yarmulke. One reason is to wear a yarmulke is to acknowledge that God is above humans, just as the yarmulke is above the wearer's head. Another reason is to signify acceptance of the 613 Torah commandments. The most common reason to wear a yarmulke is to identify oneself as a Jew.
There are several different types of yarmulkes available. One type of yarmulke is known as a kippah sruga and is usually worn by Jews that classify themselves as Religious Zionists. This type of yarmulke is either knitted or crocheted. Many women knit this kind of yarmulke for their husbands or boyfriends. It is very easy to make - all you need to know how to do is knit and purl. You will need to buy thin yarn and circular needles or hooks. You can use cotton, wool, silk or linen yarn. The yarmulke can be any color you want. There are lots of patterns for knitting yarmulkes online.
Another type of yarmulke you can make is made out of suede. Suede yarmulkes are worn mostly by Modern Orthodox Jews. This yarmulke is not as easy to make as the kippah sruga, but it can be done. You will need to purchase thin pieces of suede, cut them, sew them together and baste the edges so they do not fray. You can also make black velvet and satin yarmulkes the same way. Black velvet yarmulkes are worn by Hareidi Orthodox Jews, and satin yarmulkes are worn by Conservative Jews.
If you are really interested in being creative, you can make children's yarmulkes. You can either make them out of suede or black velvet. If you do not want to sew your own yarmulke, you can buy them online or in stores. These yarmulkes can be painted with puffy paints. Some people will paint their children's names onto their yarmulkes. Others will paint a logo of a sports team or a cartoon character onto the yarmulke. However, if you don't think you are creative enough to make a yarmulke, have no fear - there are plenty of artists who will be happy to make one for you.