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Here comes the Gradu-Tater Crochet Pattern

Updated: Apr 4

I was searching the world wide web for some cute graduation themed designs to make for some special upcoming graduates recently and was a bit deflated by the results. I wanted something really cute with a dash of silly, that would give the receiver a smile on their special day.








So my brain went on it's merry ADHD way and started thinking. The thought process went something like this:

Graduation........ graduate......... graduater.......... gradutater........ GRADU-TATER!!!!





And so off I went on my creative journey.......... TA DA!!!!

Gradu-Tater

Do you know any graduates who would get a kick out of this little cutie?



Here's what you'll need to get started:

MATERIALS:

Caron One Pound in Taupe & Black(approx. 75 yds total)

& a couple yards of your choice accent color for the Tassel

H(Boye 5mm) Hook

Fiber Fill

2- 10.5 mm Safety Eyes

Scissors

Needle


Abbreviations(US Terms):

SK = Skip

sts = Stitches

ST = Stitch

SL= Slip Stitch

MR = Magic Ring

CH = Chain

SC = Single Crochet

INC = Increase, 2 sts in the same ST

DEC = Decrease, SC 2 sts together: insert your hook into the front loop of the first ST, insert your hook into the front loop of the second ST, yarn over & pull up a loop through both front loops, yarn over & pull through both loops on your hook.


NOTES: You will be working the base pattern in a continuous round up through round 21. Finished Gradu-Tater should measure approximately 5” tall.


Create a Magic Ring to begin,

ROUND 1: place 6 SC in your MR


ROUND 2: INC in each ST around (12)


ROUND 3: repeat (INC, SC) around (18)


ROUND 4: repeat (SC, SC, INC) around (24)


ROUND 5: repeat (INC, SC, SC, SC) AROUND (30)


ROUND 6- 9: SC in each ST around (30)


ROUND 10: DEC, DEC, SC in the next 24 sts, DEC (27)

ROUND 11: DEC, SC in the next 8 sts, DEC, DEC, SC in the next 13 sts (24)


ROUND 12: SC in the next 9 sts, DEC, SC in the next 13 sts (23)

ROUND 13: INC, SC in the next 7 sts, DEC, SC in the next 2 sts, INC, INC, SC in the next 8 sts, INC (26)


ROUND 14: INC, SC in the next 14 sts, DEC, DEC, SC in the next 7 sts (25)


ROUND 15: SC in the next 10 sts, INC, INC, INC, SC in the next 12 sts (28)

ROUND 16: SC in each ST around (28)

ROUND 17: SC, DEC, SC in the next 17 sts, INC, INC, SC in the next 6 sts (29)


ROUND 18: DEC, SC in the next 27 sts (28)


ROUND 19: SC in the next 5 sts, DEC 4 times, SC in the next 15 sts (24)


ROUND 20: SC in the next 7 sts, DEC 4 times, SC in the next 9 sts (20)

STOP! Add your safety eyes on round 15 leaving 2 sts between them.

Gradu-Tater

Stitch a slanted “J” shape under the right eye with black yarn. Stuff your tater before continuing on.


ROUND 21: repeat (DEC, SC in the next 8 sts) twice, SL to your beginning SC to connect (18)


ROUND 22: CHANGE TO BLACK(hat color),CH 1(does not count as a ST), SC in each ST around, SL to your beginning SC to connect (18)

round 23: CH 1(does not count as a ST), SC in each ST around, SL to your beginning SC to connect (18)


Cut leaving a long tail to be used to attach your hat topper. Finish stuffing your tater.

HAT TOPPER:

To begin CH 9

ROW 1: SC in the 2nd CH from your hook & in each CH across (8)


ROW 2-8: CH 1(does not count as a ST) & turn, SC in each ST across (8)

Cut, tie off, and weave in your ends.


Gradu-Tater cap

To attach your hat topper place it on top of the tater opening sideways. Attach by going up through the topper, back down through the topper, and through the next stitch on the opening. Continue that all the way around the opening. Tie off on the underside of the topper and weave in your end.




Gradu-Tater tassel



TASSEL:

Cut about 8 strands of yarn about 8” long. Fold the strands in half over another strand of Black yarn(to be used to attach the tassel to the hat). Cut another strand about 12” long. Wrap that strand 4 or 5 times around the tassel about 3/4” from the fold and tie off. Trim the ends so they are even. Attach the tassel to the corner point of your hat topper and weave in your ends.


Gradu-Tater


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