20 Easy Free Crochet Bucket Hat Patterns For Beginners

20 Free Crochet Bucket Hat Patterns You Can Wear All Year Round

I have put together a collection of crochet bucket hat patterns, not only for summer but for all year-round wear. Choose from ten beautiful patterns.

Crochet bucket hats are predominantly associated with summer and warmer months. These easy-to-wear hats protect you from the sun.

However, I have found some amazing bucket hat patterns that you can make and wear in colder months too. They are super fun makes.

Most of the patterns use basic stitches like slip stitch (sl st) or single crochet stitches (sc). Commonly they are supported by a video tutorial or step-by-step photos.

The construction remains the same, very often starting with a magic ring and basic crochet stitches.

The hat starts with a magic circle to create the crown of the hat, you can use a selection of stitches worked through the front loop only to create a softer fabric.

The body of the hat can be created in solid color for a modern look, to match your personal style, or to be on point with the latest fashion trend.

All you need to change is the type of yarn you use. For bucket hats for colder months opt for wool blend yarns or merino wool.


free crochet bucket hat patterns

How do you crochet a bucket hat step by step?

There are a few different ways how to crochet a bucket hat easily. The easiest way which guarantees a great fit, is to start from the crown.

You will need to crochet a circle that is big enough to cover the crown of your head. The great thing about crocheting a bucket hat this way is that you can simply place the circle on top of your head and “try it on”.

Once you are happy that the circle covers the crown of your head substantially, you can move onto crocheting the sides of the bucket hat.

You can either carry on working in rounds to build up “the depth” of your bucket hat.

The other way to do this, is to make separate motifs like granny squares that you can attach. Once you have enough to go around your head, you can attach them to the crown circle.

The last part, you need to make for your crochet bucket hat, is the brim.

Usually, the bucket-style hat brim flares out slightly. You can increase the amount of stitches around the brim evenly for a subtle brim.

On the other hand, you can also increase the amount of stitches more frequently for a “ruffle style” brim.

What yarn should I use to crochet a bucket hat?

This greatly depends on the season in which you plan to wear your bucket hat.

Naturally, for warmer months I would choose breathable materials like cotton, linen, raffia or hemp. You can read more about choosing the best yarn for summer on my blog.

On the other hand, you can also make a crochet bucket hat for colder months. In this case, chunky wool, chenille, or faux fur yarns would be the best choices.

How long does it take to crochet a bucket hat for beginners?

On average, I would estimate a crochet bucket hat to take approximately 2.5 – 3 hours.

However, many factors need to be taken into consideration.

Difficulty of the pattern, your skill level, and the thickness of the yarn should all be factored into the amount of time it will take.

However, there is a simple way to work out a rough estimate. You can simply time yourself on how long it takes you to make a certain amount of stitches in the bucket hat. You can then multiply it by the estimated amount of stitches you need, to complete your project.

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How do you measure your head for a crochet bucket hat?

To create a comfortable crochet bucket hat, you need to get the crown circle diameter right. This circle determines the overall fit of your hat.

Make it too small and the hat will be too tight, make it too big and it will indeed look like you are wearing a bucket on your head.

You can use the handy chart below to look up the diameter of the crown circle for your chosen size. Use this as a guide measurement.

Once you reach the diameter the chart calls for, place the circle onto your head and determine whether it feels right. Adjust if necessary.

You will not know the true fit until you work up a few rounds of the sides of the bucket hat. The sides will give you a clear indication of whether your crown circle is the right size.

As to the height of the sides, this is very much down to personal preference.

crochet hat size chart

20 Free Crochet Bucket Hat Patterns

I have put together a collection of ten amazing different patterns for simple bucket hats.

Some patterns are suitable for summer and winter seasons. Here are a few basic materials you will need – a stitch marker to keep track of your rounds and progress or your starting stitch when working in rounds.

Depending on the yarn weight you use you will need a different hook size. Choose between a smaller hook or a larger hook, please refer to the pattern or the yarn ball band.

A tape measure is always handy to have to make sure you are making a well-fitting bucket hat. By measuring you can make one that fits exactly to your head size.

If you are following a written pattern, a gauge swatch is essential to match the gauge of the original pattern.

So expand your crochet skills with these free bucket hat crochet pattern collection.

If you ever wondered How To Choose Best Yarn For Crochet Hats, check out my guide on the blog.

Easy Beginner Crochet Bucket Hat

This great post will show you how to make a cotton hat with simple step-by-step instructions.

This bucket hat is perfect for sunny days. It’s made with one ball of 100% cotton yarn that will keep your head cool in the hottest weather.

CLICK HERE for the free crochet pattern.

Easy Beginner Crochet Bucket Hat

Scrappy Crochet Bucket Hat

This pattern uses mercerized cotton yarn. This ensures that it is moldable, comfy, and surprisingly structured.

It is the perfect beginner-friendly project and uses up scraps.

FOLLOW THIS LINK for the free crochet bucket hat pattern.

Scrappy Crochet Bucket Hat

Seamless Round Crochet Bucket Hat

This easy bucket hat is worked seamlessly in the round. You do not join the rounds together, you continue working in the spiral.

This ensures there is no visible join.

You can find the pattern ON THIS WEBSITE.

Seamless Round Crochet Bucket Hat

Oh Snap!

This checkered style hat is very stylish and lends itself to many color combinations!

The pattern uses cotton yarn so the finished hat is breathable and suitable for warmer weather.

You can find the pattern ON THIS BLOG.

checkerboard style summer hat

Raffia Summer Bucket Hat

This stunning hat uses raffia yarn which is the perfect choice of summer yarn for a hat.

The hat is worked from the top down with a magic adjustable ring. It is beginner-friendly as it only uses the simple single crochet stitch.

Find the pattern HERE.

raffia yarn bucket hat crochet pattern


This modern bucket hat is pretty, feminine, and oh-so-stylish. It is an easy crochet bucket hat pattern that will work up in no time at all.

It uses vintage-style colors of yarn and combines them with granny squares. The ruffle brim of the hat is so different, yet so fun and stylish.

Grab the free pattern BY CLICKING HERE.

dune crochet bucket hat


This pattern turned out to be easy and works up incredibly fast! And what is even more appealing, it is a free bucket hat pattern.

With this pattern, you will use less than one skein of the Sherpa Fleece Yarn from Lion Brand. Working with fleece yarn is much more about feeling the stitches, than seeing the stitches.

The yarn used for this hat makes it the perfect hat to wear in colder months.

Find the free pattern ON THIS WEBSITE.

sherpa hat for winter

Granny Square Crochet Bucket Hat

The Granny Square Bucket Hat pattern is perfect for summer days when you want to spread the happy, summer vibes. It is a great sun hat that would look great in different color palettes too.

It uses the traditional granny square designs and cheerful colors for a real retro-style hat. Acrylic yarn might not be the best choice for this easy bucket hat pattern, however cotton yarn would be a great choice.

Get to the free pattern BY FOLLOWING THIS LINK.

granny square bucket hat

Sun Daze

The Sun Daze Bucket Hat Crochet Pattern uses a few different stitches to create this cute and textured summer hat.

The open lacy design makes this the perfect hat for hot summer weather. It is breathable but still protects from the sun.

Follow THIS LINK for the free crochet bucket hat pattern.

lacy head covering

Annie Crochet Bucket Hat

Annie is a gloriously soft and fluffy faux fur bucket hat that is the perfect hat for cold weather.

Lion Brand’s Go For Faux is the perfect yarn for this project. The yarn is super soft and what is even better it hides all the mistakes!

THIS BLOG POST has the free pattern.


Here are 10 more crochet bucket hat pattern you might like. Simply click on the image to be taken straight to the pattern on the original designer’s website.

Final thoughts…

I hope you have found these crochet bucket hat patterns helpful. If you think your crafty friends would find this tutorial helpful, why not share it with them? 

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10 Free Crochet Bucket Hat Patterns For All Seasons

About Veronika Cromwell

Hi, I’m Veronika! I design modern and wearable crochet garments, accessories and homewares. Grab your hook and find your next project!

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2 thoughts on “20 Easy Free Crochet Bucket Hat Patterns For Beginners

  1. Love this, and all in one place! Thank you so much! I do have a few of these in my Ravelry library!

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