5 Hanukah Knitting Patterns for Your Jewish Friends

A holiday knitting dilemma: you want to knit something for a beloved friend or family member, without the gift looking all Christmassy. Solution: a holiday knit with a Hanukah nod. The patterns I’ve gathered for you inspire warm Hanukah memories for me; from the ornate menorahs to my favorite (childhood) chocolaty treat, gelt.

hanukah knitting patterns

1. Winter Sky Mittens by Donna Kay from Interweave Knits Holiday 2017

Traditional Norwegian sweaters inspired the Winter Sky Mittens. Knit these warm mittens in a soft sportweight wool in 2 colors, then add an afterthought thumb.

Hanukah tweak: These mittens are pretty Hanukah-ready, but to kick that up a notch, omit the “x and o” band at the cuff and either knit it in solid gray or start the stripes earlier. Blue and a light neutral (like white, silver, or light grey) are found all throughout Judaism so these blue and gray stripes are perfect for Hanukah.

PATTERN NOTES

Difficulty Intermediate

Finished Size 8 (8.5)” hand circumference and 9.5 (10.75)” long. Mittens shown measure 8″.

Yarn Harrisville Designs flyWHEEL (100% wool): #901 birch bark (gray; MC), 1 (2) skein(s); #975 aquifer (blue; CC), 1 skein.

Needles Size 1 (2.25 mm): set of double-pointed. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions Markers; waste yarn for thumb; tapestry needle.

Gauge 30 sts and 44 rnds = 4″ in Lice patt.

Notes These mittens are worked in the round from the cuff up with a turned hem and a waste yarn thumb.


2. Slopes Pullover by Jesie Ostermiller from knitscene Winter 2016

Knit this striking sweater with a bold lace yoke and contrast edgings.

Hanukah tweak: The lace pattern on this top is reminiscent of a dreidel, the top children play with during Hanukah, and the colors fit Hanukah perfectly; make the body in white or silver for more of a Hanukah feel.

PATTERN DETAILS

Difficulty Intermediate

Finished Size 32 (36, 39, 43, 47, 51)” bust circumference. Pullover shown measures 36″; modeled with 4″ of positive ease.

Yarn Green Mountain Spinnery Weekend Wool (100% American wool; 140 yd 128 m/2.33 oz 68 g): #8360 natural grey (MC), 6 (6, 7, 8, 9, 9) skeins; #7797 blue jay (CC), 1 (1, 1, 2, 2, 2) skein(s).

Needles Size 4 (3.5 mm): 32″ circular (cir) and set of double-pointed (dpn). Size 6 (4 mm): 16″ and 32″ cir and set of dpn. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions Markers (m); stitch holders; tapestry needle.

Gauge 16 sts and 24 rnds = 4″ in St st on larger needle.


3. Wayworn Cap by Meghan Huber from Interweave Knits Holiday 2017

Inspired by traditional fisherman’s caps, the Wayworn Cap features a distinctive and intriguing “coin” cable motif and a deep folded brim.

Hanukah tweak: Not needed! The soft white fabric of this hat is a wonderful nod to the powered doughnuts of Hanukah and the ornate cables are like the winding motifs on some menorahs.

PATTERN DETAILS

Difficulty Intermediate

Finished Size 18.5 (20.75, 22.75)” circumference and 8.5″ high with brim folded. Hat shown measures 20.75″.

Yarn Woolfolk Tov (100% merino wool): #T00 raw (white), 2 skeins.

Needles Sizes 3 (3.25 mm) and 4 (3.5 mm): 16″ circular. Size 4 (3.5 mm): set of double-pointed. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions Marker; cable needle; tapestry needle.

Gauge 31 sts and 32 rnds = 4″ in cable patt on larger needle.

Notes This hat is worked in the round from the bottom up.


4. Perigee Socks by Dana Gervais from knitscene Fall 2016

Everybody loves handmade socks, and slip-stitch patterns are always fun.

Hanukah tweak: Not needed! These socks remind me of gelt, a favorite chocolate snack given out during Hanukah. The golden color of this yarn is almost a perfect match and the slipped-stitches are like the ridges on the sides of the coins.

PATTERN DETAILS

Difficulty: Intermediate

Finished Size 7 (8.75)” foot circumference and 8.5 (9.25 )” long from back of heel to tip of toe; foot length is adjustable. Socks shown measure 7″.

Yarn Ancient Arts Fibre Crafts Superwash BFL (100% superwash bluefaced Leicester wool; 437 yd 400 m/3.5 oz 100 g): Aztec gold, 1 skein.

Needles Sizes 1 (2.25 mm) and 2.5 (3 mm). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge

Notions Markers (m); stitch holder; tapestry needle.

Gauge 35 sts and 72 rnds = 4″ in Slipped St st on larger needles; 39 sts and 72 rnds = 4″ in charted patt on larger needles.



5. Soirée Cowl by Tanis Gray from knitscene Winter 2016

Ornate cables and lace make this cowl perfect for special occasions.

Hanukah tweak: Knit this cowl in a gold yarn for a menorah-inspired gift.

PATTERN DETAILS

Difficulty Easy

Finished Size 44.5″ circumference and 12″ tall.

Yarn O-Wool Chunky Merino (100% certified organic merino; 166 yd 152 m/3.5 oz 100 g): alumroot, 3 skeins.

Needles Sizes 9 (5.5 mm) and 10 (6 mm): 32″ circular (cir). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions Marker (m); cable needle (cn); tapestry needle.

Gauge 14 sts and 22 rnds = 4″ in charted patt on larger needle.

What do you make for holiday gifts? Let us know in the comments!

Happy knitting,

Sarah


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