Crochet Passover Seder Plate

DIY Seder Plate

If you’re a fiber crafter and you celebrate the Jewish holiday of Passover, this Crochet Passover Seder Plate project is a must-make!

During Passover, families gather for a ritual meal called a “seder” (pronounced say-duhr), which means “order” due to the meal’s long list of prayers, songs, and stories that are traditionally conducted in a certain order before everyone can finally dig into their matzo ball soup.

The centerpiece of the seder meal is the seder plate, which showcases specific foods that represent symbolic meanings tied to the story of Passover.

While every family has their own traditions, the items included in our crochet Passover seder plate — lamb shank, parsley, lettuce, egg, and of course, matzo — are all iconic!

Read on to learn how to make your own fiber-inspired pom pom and crochet Passover seder plate!

LAMB SHANK POM POM

Pom Pom Bone

Kicking it off with quite possibly my favorite “pom pom” we’ve ever made 😅, the lamb shank (zeroa). The lamb shank symbolizes the Pascal lamb that was sacrificed before the Jews fled Egypt.

The lamb shank pom pom comes together by combining 4 separate patterned pom poms made using both Favorito and Omegacryl yarn:

Omegacryl

  • Beige, Camel, Burnt Orange, Baby Yellow, Wine

Favorito

  • Carne, Chedron, Cafe

I didn’t do any revolution counts here. Just keep wrapping until the tool is FULL (I mean, overflowing, really) with yarn. You want these pom poms dense.

For the two inner pom poms (the thinnest part of the bone), wrap the Loome Tool with 2 strands of Omegacryl in Beige, 2 strands of Omegacryl in Camel, and 1 strand of Favorito in Carne. Throughout the wrapping process, very sparingly added 1-2 strands of Omegacryl in Burnt Orange, Wine, or Baby Yellow.

For the two outer pom poms (the thicker parts of the bone), wrap half of the tool with the same ratio as above, then, as you get to the other half of the pom, slowly increase the amount of Burnt Orange and Wine Omegacryl, and add in Favorito in Chedron and Cafe. As you increase the darker yarns, decrease the lighter yarns. By the end, you should almost exclusively be wrapping with darker yarns.

Tightly tie each of the pom poms together via the center strings. Make sure you line them up so that the darker-sided poms are on the outside. Then slowly trim the stacked pom poms into a bone shape!

CROCHET PARSLEY

Crochet Parsley

Parsley (karpas) represents the labor of the Jewish slaves in Egypt. The crochet parsley is made using Favorito yarn in Verde Bandera, and a 3.5mm hook. It’s tied together with a single strand of Favorito in Rosa.

To make the parsley I used this crochet pattern by Artego Toys Design. I found it incredibly easy to read, and have already purchased more of their patterns (because hello, crochet foods are officially my new love language).

CROCHET LETTUCE

Crochet Lettuce Leaves

Romaine lettuce (maror) represents the bitterness of slavery. The crochet lettuce leaves were made using Favorito yarn in Limon, and a 3.5mm hook.

These leaves were freehanded, but I did my best to jot down what I was doing as I went! You essentially start with a chain, then slowly increase on sides, getting wider towards the top, making sure to mirror your stitches on each side of the chain. Then finish with a bit of a ruffled edge!

Here’s how to crochet the large lettuce leaf:

  • Ch 15
  • Row 1: Skip the first ch from the hook, then 13 sc, 3 sc in the last loop
  • Row 2: 1 sc, 2 hdc, 1 dc, (1 dc, 1 increase dc) x 4, 6 dc in last loop. Continue around to the other side with (1 inc dc, 1dc) x 4, 1 dc, 2 hdc, 1sc, 3 sc in last loop
  • Row 3: 2 sc, hdc, inc hdc, (1 dc + inc dc) x 16, dc, inc hdc, hdc, 2 sc, 3 sc in last loop
  • Row 4: 3 sl st, 1 sc, hdc, (1 dc + inc dc) x 26, hdc, 1 sc, 7 sl st
  • Row 5 (the ruffled edge): 2 sc, 2-4 ch, 1sc in each loop, stop 3 loops before the end. I found switching up the amount of ch before each of the sc helped give a more organic, less uniform edge.

To make a smaller leaf, repeat a similar shape, increasing rows on each side of the chain, getting wider at the top, but start with a smaller chain!

EGG POM POM

Pom Pom Egg

The egg (beitzah) has a few meanings, one of which is the recognition of the circle of life and new beginnings. This egg pom pom was made using Favorito yarn in Blanco.

You can find our tutorial for making egg pom poms here!

CROCHET MATZO

Crochet Matza

Matzo is the symbolic food of Passover, and in fact, is not actually part of the seder plate but rather placed on its own separate platter. It is said that when the Jews were preparing to flee Egypt, they didn’t have enough time for their bread dough to rise, and thus their dough became matzo.

The crochet matzo is made using Favorito yarn in Carne and Chedron, and a 4.5mm hook.

Using Carne, start with a ch 22, turn.
Then make several rows of sc working only in the back loops. This is what creates the ribbed effect.
Once the matzo is at your desired size, use a yarn needle to stitch in the darker accents in Chedron.

If you’re not interested in stitching in the added detail, you can also crochet matzo with Favorito Plus in Beige to achieve a similar textured effect!

DIY CHAROSET AND HORSERADISH

Crochet Passover Seder Plate

Mix up some charoset and horseradish by cutting bits of scrap yarn in the appropriate colors.

For the horseradish, we cut bits of Favorito yarn in Bugambilia.

For the charoset, we cut bits of Favorito yarn in Carne, Chedron, Ocre, and Rojo. We also mixed in a handful of pony beads to mimic the texture of chopped Apples.

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What would you add to your own crochet Passover seder plate? Let us know if you have any project questions, and be sure to share your own DIY seder plate with us by tagging us on Instagram @theneonteaparty!

Chag sameach and Happy Passover!

Peace, love & neon,
Marisa & Dorothy

1 Comments

  1. Fran on January 28, 2024 at 10:14 pm

    I Love your lettuce pattern! I am working on a bacon, lettuce & tomato sandwich for a birthday present. I chose your lettuce over the one thats with the sandwich.

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