Kindergarten Graduation Cap Crochet Pattern

I can’t believe this school year is already coming to an end. I remember the beginning of the year; the fear of letting my child go. I was so anxious to see my 5-year-old start her first year of school. Now with only 14 days left of Kindergarten, the anxious feelings have turned into excitement and my daughter is almost a first grader.

I remember the excitement from when I finished my year in Kindergarten. There was a ceremony, mini caps and gowns and a lot of excited parents joining together to celebrate our accomplishments. I couldn’t wait to experience a similar ceremony with my daughter. Unfortunately, I’ve only recently learned that due to the “staggering amount of testing and curriculum and large class sizes” that graduation ceremonies for kindergartners were given up on years ago at my daughter’s school.

I do deeply understand the importance of my child’s education, and I know that my child’s (VERY WONDERFUL) teacher does her best on a daily basis, but I can’t help to feel a tiny bit disappointed to know that a Kindergarten graduation ceremony won’t be taking place.

I told my hubby there would be no ceremony at my daughter’s school and we quickly decided we would simply do all of the celebrating at home. In order to have a Kindergarten graduation ceremony, there needs to be some sort of graduation attire… right? So of course I put my yarn and favorite crochet hook to use and created a graduation cap made especially for my princess. I typed up the pattern and took a few photos to share with everyone.

I would love to hear about how you’ll be celebrating your child’s graduation, whether from Kindergarten, high school. college, etc. Will there be a ceremony at your child’s school?

Materials Required:

*Worsted weight yarn (I used Red Heart Red and White)

*One Large Button, About 1″ in Diameter or Larger (I used red to match the cap)

*Darning Needle (for sewing in ends and attaching top to cap)

*Coordinating Sewing Thread (for sewing on your button)

*Size US H Crochet Hook

*Stitch Marker


*One piece of cardboard for the top of your hat, about 8×8″.


Stitches Used:

*SS- Slip Stitch

*Ch- Chain

*SC- Single Crochet

*HDC- Half Double Crochet


Graduation Cap (Should fit most 5, 6, 7 year-olds)

Cap Bottom (worked in the round, use a stitch marker to keep track of your rows)

Please note that I crocheted this hat to be shorter than your average crocheted hat. This hat fits over only the very top portion of my daughter’s ears. You can choose to crochet yours a bit shorter by eliminating rows (between rows 9-16).

To begin, ch 2

Row 1. 9 hdc in 2nd ch from hook (9)

Row 2. 2 hdc in each st around (18)

Row 3. 1 hdc, 2 hdc in next st, repeat around (27)

Row 4. 2 hdc, 2 hdc in next st, repeat around (36)

Row 5. 3 hdc, 2 hdc in next st, repeat around (45)

Row 6. 4 hdc, 2 hdc in next st, repeat around (54)

Row 7. 5 hdc, 2 hdc in next st, repeat around (63)

Row 8. 1 hdc in 20 st, 2 hdc in next st, repeat around (66)

Rows 9-16. 1 hdc in each st around (66)

Row 17. 1 hdc in each st around, ss to 1st st, ch 1 (66)

Row 18. 1 sc in each st around, ss to ch 1 from last row, finish off (66)


(make 2)

To begin, ch 31

Rows 1-37. 1 sc in each st across, ch 1, turn (30)

Row 38. 1 sc in each st across, finish off. (30)

Your top pieces should measure approximately 8×8″. Once you have completed two of these pieces you will need to stitch them together. Attach your yarn, and while holding both of your top pieces together evenly, insert your hook through one stitch on both pieces and complete a single crochet like normal. Continue stitching around until you’ve stitched 3 out of 4 sides together. Before you stitch up the last side to complete the top piece, insert your 8×8 piece of cardboard evenly into the top. Stitch up the last side and finish off.


Weave in ends.

Sew your button onto the center of your top, and then sew your cap and top pieces together.


Last but not least, you have to complete a tassel. Below is a link to my favorite DIY tassel Youtube video. I simply tied the two strands together that meet above the tassel to complete a loop for hanging from the button.


I hope you enjoyed this pattern and found it easy to follow. Please leave me a comment below if you have any suggestions on how to improve this pattern or post.

Congratulations to all of the graduates this year!

Thank you for stopping by. Happy crocheting!



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