Rosh Hashanah is the celebration of the Jewish New Year. It marks the start of a 10-day period of reflection and celebration called the High Holidays (or High Holy Days), which ends with Yom Kippur – the holiest day of the Jewish year.

Want to wish someone a happy Jewish New Year? Say “Shanah Tovah!”, Hebrew for 'a good year’.

At LoveCrafts, we believe in making for every occasion. So whether you’re celebrating Rosh Hashanah yourself, or have friends or family who are, we’ve got some special makes that are sure to see the new year in with a bang! 

Apples and honey

One of the most popular traditions of Rosh Hashanah is eating slices of apples dipped in honey to symbolise a sweet new year ahead. Some Jewish people also eat a deliciously sweet honey cake. There are loads of ways you can incorporate apples and honey into your makes – from stitching super sweet little apple embroideries onto napkins to using gorgeous honey tones for knitting and crochet.

Crochet a challah cover

On Shabbat (the Jewish Sabbath or day of rest), it’s traditional for Jewish people to eat loaves of challah – traditional braided bread. On Rosh Hashanah, challah is baked in a round shape to symbolise the circle of life and the start of the new year. This challah cover pattern by Lindsey Stephens uses only double crochet and chain stitches, so it’s perfect for beginners!

Make perfect pomegranates

You might find pomegranates on the table during Rosh Hashanah in a Jewish household. There’s a tradition that they contain 613 seeds that represent each of the commandments a Jewish person is supposed to keep. This beautiful cross stitch serves as a reminder all year round.