Easy Crochet Bucket Hat Pattern for Beginners

Looking for an easy crochet bucket hat pattern? Well, you have landed in the right place! Let me show you how to make your own popular square bucket hat. I honestly think this is one of the best crochet bucket hat patterns out there! I love the ruffled, wavy brim! The free crochet pattern is below. 

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Free Crochet Bucket Hat Pattern

I designed my free bucket hat pattern using a solid color. Once you have more crochet experience, you can use more than one different color to show off your personal style.

What is a bucket hat? 

A bucket hat is a type of sun hat that has a narrow, downward-sloping wide brim. These trendy hats are also known as a Fisherman’s hat, Session hat, and Irish Country hat. They keep your head cool and protect it from the sun. I always wear my bucket hat on sunny days, especially during the warmer months of summer.

This is a Beginner Pattern

I promise, this is an easy bucket hat pattern! I designed this free pattern specifically for beginners. It uses only basic crochet stitches.

PDF Version

This basic bucket hat pattern is also available as ad-free PDF pattern in my Etsy Shop.

Materials Needed

  • Crochet Hook Size: I-9 (5.5 mm) or hook needed to obtain gauge.
  • Worsted weight yarn: I recommend using cotton yarn. You will need about 110 grams. 
  • Tapestry needle: Use this to weave in your ends. 
  • Tape measure: Use this to measure your gauge & head circumference.
  • Scissors: Use scissors to fasten off your yarn. 
  • Stitch marker(s): I always use these when I design my hats. They help me keep track of where to make increases. 

Best Yarn for Bucket Hats

The best yarn to use for a bucket hat depends on the desired look and function of the hat. A lightweight, breathable yarn such as cotton or linen is ideal for summer hats. A warmer wool or acrylic yarn would be better for colder months. Consider the weight, texture, durability and washability of the yarn.

Crochet Bucket Hat Pattern

Skill Level

Beginner. This pattern uses basic stitches.

Finished Sizes

CircumferenceHeightBrim
Child Size19-21 inches7.5 inches1.5 inches
Adult Size21-24 inches8 inches2 inches
Crochet Bucket Hat Size Chart

Gauge

Crochet the first five rounds of the hat. Your swatch should measure just over 4 inches across the middle. 

→If your swatch is larger than 4 inches, your gauge is looser than mine. Try using a smaller hook.

→If your swatch is smaller than 4 inches, your gauge is tighter than mine. Try using a larger hook.

Supplies

  • Hook: I-9/5.5 mm crochet hook
  • Yarn: worsted weight 
  • Notions: tapestry needle & stitch markers

Crochet Terms

  • dc = double crochet stitches
  • sc = single crochet stitches
  • ch = chain
  • st(s) = stitch(es)
  • flo = front loop only

Special Techniques

Front Loop Only:

Insert your hook into the front loop only and make your next stitch. 

Pattern Notes

  • This pattern starts with a magic circle.
  • Repeat instructions between the asterisks (*) for the remainder of the round.
  • Pattern is written in US Terms.
Melissa Hassler wearing her crochet bucket hat pattern design

Instructions for the Child Size Hat

Crown of the child hat:

Rnd 1: Magic ring, ch 2, 11 dc, join with sl st (11 sts)

Rnd 2: Ch 2, 2 dc in each stitch, join (22 sts)

Rnd 3: Ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next stitch *, join (33 sts)

Rnd 4: Ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 2 sts*, join (44 sts)

Rnd 5: Ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 3 sts*, join (55 sts)

Rnd 6: Ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 4 sts*, join (66 sts)

Rnd 7: Ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 5 sts*, join (77 sts)

Body of the child size hat:

Rnd 8: Ch 2, dc in each st, join (77 sts)

Rnds 9 – 18: repeat row 8 (77 sts)

Brim of the child size hat:

Rnd 19: Ch 1, *2 sc flo, sc flo in next 10*, join (84 sts)

Rnd 20: Ch 1, *2 sc, sc in next 11 sts*, join (91 sts)

Rnd 21: Ch 1, *2 sc, sc in next 12 sts*, join (98 sts)

Rnd 22: Ch 1, *2 sc, sc in next 13 sts*, join (105 sts)

Rnd 23: Ch 1, *2 sc, sc in next 14 sts*, join (112 sts)

Rnd 24: Ch 1, *2 sc, sc in next 15 sts*, join (119 sts)

Rnd 25: Ch 1, *2 sc, sc in next 16 sts*, join (126 sts)

Rnd 26: Ch 1, *2 sc, sc in next 17 sts*, join (133 sts)

Rnd 27: Ch 1, *2 sc, sc in next 18 sts*, join (140 sts)

Fasten off and weave in your ends. 

Melissa Hassler wearing her crochet bucket hat pattern design

Instructions for the Adult Size Hat

Crown of the adult size hat:

Rnd 1: Magic ring, ch 2, 11 dc, join with sl st (11 sts)

Rnd 2: Ch 2, 2 dc in each stitch, join (22 sts)

Rnd 3: Ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next stitch *, join (33 sts)

Rnd 4: Ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 2 sts*, join (44 sts)

Rnd 5: Ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 3 sts*, join (55 sts)

Rnd 6: Ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 4 sts*, join (66 sts)

Rnd 7: Ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 5 sts*, join (77 sts)

Rnd 8: Ch 2, *2 dc, dc in next 6 sts*, join (88 sts)

Body of the adult size hat:

Rnd 9: Ch 2, dc in each st, join (88 sts)

Rnds 10 – 19: repeat row 9 (88 sts)

Brim of the adult size hat:

Rnd 20: Ch 1, *2 sc flo, sc flo in next 10*, join (96 sts)

Rnd 21: Ch 1, *2 sc, sc in next 11 sts*, join (104 sts)

Rnd 22: Ch 1, *2 sc, sc in next 12 sts*, join (112 sts)

Rnd 23: Ch 1, *2 sc, sc in next 13 sts*, join (120 sts)

Rnd 24: Ch 1, *2 sc, sc in next 14 sts*, join (128 sts)

Rnd 25: Ch 1, *2 sc, sc in next 15 sts*, join (136 sts)

Rnd 26: Ch 1, *2 sc, sc in next 16 sts*, join (144 sts)

Rnd 27: Ch 1, *2 sc, sc in next 17 sts*, join (152 sts)

Rnd 28: Ch 1, *2 sc, sc in next 18 sts*, join (160 sts)

Rnd 29: Ch 1, *2 sc, sc in next 19 sts*, join (168 sts)

Fasten off and weave in your ends. 

Looking for more Free Patterns?

You may also like these other crochet hats: basic beaniehalf double crochet beanie, and slouchy beanie free crochet hat patterns!

Let’s Connect!

I’d love to see pictures of your handmade hats. You can find me on social media: Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and my YouTube channel. Until then, happy crocheting!

Melissa Hassler wearing her bucket hat crochet design

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How do I care for a crochet bucket hat?

Hand wash your hat in cool water with gentle detergent. Avoid twisting or wringing your hat. Instead, gently squeeze out excess water and lay flat to air dry. Do not use bleach or fabric softeners. If the hat gets misshapen, reshape it while damp and allow it to dry in the desired shape.

Will bucket hats go out of style?

Fashion trends are always changing, but bucket hats have been around for decades and have continued to stay relevant. They have made a recent comeback and are popular among many people, including celebrities and fashion influencers. While it’s impossible to predict the future of fashion, bucket hats have become a timeless accessory.

What are some variations on the classic bucket hat pattern?

Variations on the classic crochet bucket hat pattern include using different types of yarn, adding embellishments such as flowers or buttons, changing the color or pattern of the hat, altering the brim size or shape, and experimenting with different crochet stitches such as shell stitch or popcorn stitch.

How long does it take to crochet a bucket hat?

The time it takes to crochet a bucket hat depends your skill level and how difficult the pattern is. 

Generally, it can take a few hours to a few days to complete a hat. If you are an experienced crocheter and using a simple pattern, you can finish a basic hat in a few hours.

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