Free Crochet Pattern - Graduation Cap

Congratulations to all of our scholars graduating this year! Gertrude the Grumpy chick (free pattern) would love to celebrate with this graduation cap pattern. 


Time: ~1 hour


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  • #3 light worsted yarn in black (Hobbii Friends Cotton Yarn 8/8)
  • Embroidery thread in light blue, yellow
  • 2.75 mm hook
  • Stitch marker, yarn needle, scissors
  • Fabric glue


  • ch: chain
  • blo: back loops only
  • dc: double crochet
  • sc: single crochet
  • slst: slip stitch
  • st(s): stitch(es)
  • rnd(s): round(s)



  • Please do not copy/redistribute any part of this pattern as your own. This includes reposting/translating without permission.
  • We will be working in a spiral and use the YUYU method of crocheting (yarn under, yarn under) for the base and we will work in rows for the top of the cap.
  • This pattern is written in US terminology. 
  • Measurements: 2.5 in. x 2.5 in. [6.35cm x 6.35 cm] if using the prescribed materials.

Graduation Cap - part A

*Note: We will create the base and then the top separately.


rnd 1: Make a magic circle and (sc) x6 [6]

rnd 2: (inc) x6 [12]

rnd 3: (sc, inc) x6 [18]

rnd 4: (2 sc, inc) x6 [24]

rnd 5: (3 sc, inc) x6 [30]

rnd 6: (4 sc, inc) x5, 4 sc, sc into the next st, slst into the same st [36]

rnd 7: (blo) - sc all around [36]

rnds 8-9 (2 rnds total): sc all around [36]


Fasten off and use the invisible finish.


Graduation Cap (the top) - part B

*Note: ch 2 counts as the first st.


row 1: Make a slipknot and ch 15. Working into the third ch from the hook, dc down the row and turn. [13] 

rows 2-6 (5 rows total): ch 2, dc down the row [13]


Now, we'll sc around 3 sides of the border.




Cap Button - part C

rnd 1: Make a magic circle and (sc) x6 [6]


Cut off the yarn and leave a short tail. Use the invisible finish.


step 1: Tightly wrap blue embroidery thread around two fingers ~10x. Cut a strand and tie a knot around one side.

step 2: Pinching the blue loop together, wrap yellow embroidery thread around it tightly ~10 times.



step 3: Cut the blue thread ~1 cm long to create the fringe. Trim as needed.

step 4: Use your yarn needle and thread the tassel through the center of part B.




step 1: Glue part B onto part A on the flat base, securing the tassel as well.

step 2: Glue part C on top of part B to cover up where the tassel was sewn through.

step 3: Sew in any loose ends.




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