Kippot are head coverings worn by Jewish men – both young and adults – especially during observations of special Jewish holidays such as Hanukkah and prayer rituals.
These are also worn during special ceremonies such as weddings, bar mitzvahs and funerals. Kippah sizes come in many variations to allow Jewish males to find one that will snugly fit on top of their heads without worrying about the kippah falling off particularly during solemn celebrations.
How to Measure for Kippah Sizes
To determine the right kippah size for you, take a measuring tape and wrap it around your head, starting about an inch from your brows and going around the circumference of your head.
Once you have taken your measurement, compare this with kippah sizes from your supplier to determine the size that corresponds to your measurement. Usually, sizes for kippot come in half-inch increments so you can find one that is either just the exact fit for your measurement or at least one that is closest to it.
Depending on your supplier, the sizes may be determined using inches as their standard measuring unit while others use centimeters. To be on the safe side, take measurements in both units.
You can find an inch to centimeter converter online if you want to make sure you have the right equivalent sizes. These are free to use for everyone and you can access this online converter any time, anywhere.
Some suppliers indicate their sizes through numbers, such as a size 6, 7 or 8; while others use the common size indicators of small, medium, large and extra large.
Do not worry about these size indicators because you can always ask for their equivalent measurement in either inches or centimeters from the supplier if conversions are not indicated on the label.
To give you an idea of some of these measurements and their equivalent sizes, check out the following:
– Size 6 is equivalent to a nineteen-inch head circumference
– Size 7 is equivalent to a twenty-two-inch head circumference
– Size 8 is equivalent to a twenty-five-inch circumference
– Small is equivalent to a forty-centimeter head circumference
– Medium is equivalent to a forty-four-centimeter head circumference
– Large is equivalent to a forty-eight-centimeter head circumference
– Extra Large is equivalent to a fifty-one-centimeter head circumference
Bear in mind that suppliers may have different standards of measurement for their kippot supplies so it’s best to always have your own measurements on hand to allow you to compare your measurements against their sizes.