This crochet graduation cap applique pattern will let you make a unique card to congratulate the graduate in your life whether it’s kindergarten graduation, high school, college or even receiving a Ph.D.!
By the way, did you know that those graduation caps are called “mortarboards” because they represent a tool used by bricklayers to hold mortar?
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The card has a classic black graduation cap with a yellow tassel and a note saying “Con-grad-ulations!”
You can also use a different color for the cap, customize the text and add fun stickers if you wish.
To make this handmade graduation card you can use card stock or a store-bought blank card. If you are planning to use card stock, you will also need a paper trimmer.
The messaging on the cards can be printed using your computer or hand-written.
I usually type messages in a Word document, then print them and cut them out with decorative-edged scissors that I have at home.
If you have beautiful handwriting – write the messages by hand for the added personal touch.
If you like making handmade cards, make sure to check out my Christmas cards, Valentine’s Day cards, and Mother’s Day cards.
Besides card, you can also use my graduation cap applique to make this crochet Graduation garland for you home decor!
Graduation Cap Applique Crochet Pattern
The pattern for this crochet Graduation Cap applique is also available as a print-friendly, styled, and advertisement-free PDF file. You can get it from my Etsy shop. Free pattern is below.
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Ch – chain
DC – double crochet
HDC – half double crochet
HDC2tog – half double crochet 2 stitches together
RS – right side
SC- single crochet
Sl St – slip stitch
St (Sts) – stitch (stitches)
WS – wrong side
This graduation cap applique is about 2” tall
Aunt Lydia’s crochet cotton thread size 3, color black
Aunt Lydia’s crochet cotton thread size 10, color silver
Aunt Lydia’s crochet cotton thread size 10, color golden yellow
Hooks and Other Materials:
Crochet hook 1/2.75 mm
Crochet hook 6/1.8 mm
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- Beginning Ch 2 does not count as St.
Copyright: This pattern is an original design by GoldenLucyCrafts. You may not copy, rewrite, redistribute or resell this pattern in any form, this includes making video tutorials. You may not translate this pattern to another language and publish the pattern or any parts of it.
The graduation cap applique consists of three parts – the top, bottom and tassel.
With black crochet cotton thread size 3 and crochet hook 1/2.75 mm, Ch 11,
Row 1. HDC in 3rd Ch from hook, 2 HDC in next, HDC in next 4, HDC2tog, HDC in next, turn. Total – 9 Sts.
Row 2. Ch 2, skip 1, HDC in next 6, 2 HDC in next, HDC in last, turn. Total – 9 Sts.
Row 3. Ch 2, HDC in 1st, 2 HDC in next, HDC in next 4, HDC2tog, HDC, turn. Total – 9 Sts.
Row 4. Ch 2, skip 1, HDC in next 6, 2 HDC in next, HDC in last, turn. Total – 9 Sts.
Row 5. Ch 2, HDC in 1st, 2 HDC in next, HDC in next 4, HDC2tog, HDC. Total – 9 Sts.
We will make edging only along two sides of the cap.
With grey color crochet cotton thread size 10 and crochet hook 6/1.8 mm, join to 1st St of last row of the top part,
Row 1. *Ch 1, Sl St in next St- repeat along the row to last (corner) St, [Ch 1, Sl St in corner St] twice, *Ch 1, Sl St in next St – repeat along the second side of the cap. Fasten off.
With black crochet cotton thread size 3 and crochet hook 1/2.75 mm, Ch 10,
Row 1. SC in 2nd Ch from hook and in each next, turn. Total – 9 Sts.
Row 2. SC in each St across, turn. Total – 9 Sts.
Row 3. SC in 1st St and in next 3, 2 SC in next, SC in next 4, turn. Total – 10 Sts.
Row 4. SC in 1st St and in next 4, 2 SC in next, SC in next 4, turn. Total – 11 Sts.
Row 5. SC in 1st St and in next 3, HDC in next, DC in next, Ch 1, Sl St in top of DC, HDC in same St of previous Row, HDC in next St, SC in next 4. Total – 12 Sts.
With yellow crochet cotton thread size 10, make small tassel.
Sew top part on the bottom part. Shape and block your applique. Attach tassel to the center of the cap and to the side.
Your crochet graduation cap applique is complete, now you can embellish with it your card!
I hope you enjoyed this handmade graduation cap crochet pattern card and that you make one for the special graduate in your life!
Jan Roll says
Where is my free pattern for Lucy’s the adorable Golden Retriever’s hat?
Lucy’s hat is here: https://www.goldenlucycrafts.com/dog-hat-crochet-pattern/
elaine ramirez says
How do we attach the hat to the card?
I used a hot glue gun.
I love this but I don’t use the thread, only yarn. Can it be made with yarn instead & size g hook? Thanks.
Yes, you can use yarn for this applique. I made a graduation garland using this pattern with medium weight #4 yarn. Here is the link: https://www.goldenlucycrafts.com/crochet-graduation-garland/