Free Quick & Easy Crochet Bucket Sun Hat Pattern

This is an easy crochet bucket sun hat pattern that will make a great accessory for summer. Protect yourself on sunny days while following this year’s fashion trends! Check out this free pattern for a stylish bucket hat.


I am excited to share this crochet project with you for an easy crochet hat that can capture your personal style.

Whether you want to use it for summer hats or beach hats, this simple bucket hat pattern will work up in no time. 

This free crochet pattern has a simple construction and is suitable for beginner crocheters too. The pattern starts with a simple magic ring using basic crochet stitches.

I used the half double crochet stitch for a softer hat with a little movement. However, if you prefer you could use single crochet stitches in combination with a smaller hook for a slightly stiffer hat.

You repeat increase rounds until you reach the number of stitches that is big enough for your head circumference. The main body of the hat is then worked up in rounds joined with a slip stitch (sl st).

I recommend using a stitch marker to keep track of the starting point of each round. You will also need a tapestry needle for sewing in any tail ends of yarn. 

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Crochet Bucket Sun Hat Yarn Details

For crochet sun hats, I thoroughly recommend using cotton yarn. It is the best yarn to use for its durability.

You can wash your crochet bucket hat many times and don’t have to worry about getting it wet or covered in sand on the beach. One of the best yarns to use as an alternative would be cotton lily sugar yarn. 

The other alternative would be raffia yarn which provides more stability and avoids the floppy brims that come with using cotton yarn.

You should also use as small hook as possible, I would suggest a 4 mm crochet hook size for a simple hat in a solid color. 

Handmade hats are great projects for crafting on the go too. They are super portable and you can pick them up and put them down anywhere.

One thing you have to keep in mind is the gauge swatch. I know it can be a tedious process, however, you are making an accessory that needs to fit well on your head.

So I definitely don’t recommend skipping this part of the process. 

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Easy Crochet Bucket Sun Hat Pattern

Materials

Tension/Gauge

the circle diameter after finishing round 4 is 10 cm / 4 inches

Please note: you will need the yarn from your swatch for the main project, do not cut yarn.

Crochet Bucket Sun Hat Finished Size

one size fits most

adult size

crown diameter 18 cm / 7 inch

main body of hat height only 14 cm / 5.5 inch

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Stitches And Abbreviations (US Terms)

ch – chain stitch

mc – magic circle

hdc – half double crochet

hdc blo – half double crochet worked through back loop only

sl st – slip stitch

puff st- insert hook, yoh and pull up loop, yoh, insert hook, yoh and pull up loop, yoh and pull through all 4 loops on hook

rnd – round

Free Bucket Hat Pattern Notes

  • the bucket hat consists of three parts – the crown circle, the main body of the hat, and the brim
  • the crown circle starts with a magic circle
  • you will work increase rounds in hdc until the circle is big enough to cover the crown of your head
  • please refer to the crochet hat sizes chart below if you would like to adjust the size for smaller bucket hats
size chart
  • for a seamless join, use standing half double crochet in place of the starting 2 ch, you can see a tutorial for standing stitches on my blog here https://bluestarcrochet.com/standing-double-crochet-tutorial/ , for hdc instead of pulling through 2 loops twice, you will pull through all three loops on your hook at once
  • the main body of the hat is worked in joined rounds of hdc without increasing
  • once you work up the desired height of the hat, you will again increase the brim
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Free Crochet Bucket Sun Hat Pattern 

Crown Circle

Start with creating a magic circle.

Rnd 1: 2 ch (counts as first hdc), 11 hdc into mc, sl st to top of first st to join. [12 hdc]

Rnd 2: 2 ch, 1 hdc in same st, (2 hdc into the next st) repeat around, sl st to top of first st to join. [24 hdc]

Rnd 3: 2 ch, (1 hdc, 2 hdc in next st) repeat around, sl st to top of first st to join. [36 hdc]

Rnd 4: 2 ch, (2 hdc, 2 hdc in next st) repeat around, sl st to top of first st to join. [48 hdc]

Rnd 5: 2 ch, (3 hdc, 2 hdc in next st) repeat around, sl st to top of first st to join. [60 hdc]

Rnd 6: 2 ch, (4 hdc, 2 hdc in next st) repeat around, sl st to top of first st to join. [72 hdc]

Rnd 7: 2 ch, (5 hdc, 2 hdc in next st) repeat around, sl st to top of first st to join. [84 hdc]

crochet bucket sun hat crown circle

Main Bucket Sun Hat Body

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Rnd 1: 2 ch, 1 hdc blo around, sl st to top of first st to join. [84 hdc]

Rnd 2 – 10: 2 ch, 1 hdc around, sl st to top of first st to join. [84 hdc]

Brim

Rnd 11: 1 ch, 1 puff st (see stitch abbreviations) in each st around, sl st to top of first st to join. [84 puff sts]

Rnd 12: 2 ch, work 4 hdc, 2 hdc in next st, (5 hdc, 2 hdc in next st) repeat around, sl st to top of first st to join. [98 hdc]

Rnd 13: 2 ch, work 2 hdc, 2 hdc in next st, (6 hdc, 2 hdc in next st) repeat around, 1 hdc to end, sl st to top of first st to join. [112 hdc]

Fasten off, and sew in all ends securely. Happy Crocheting!


Final Thoughts

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