Mercerized cotton yarn ensures this easy crochet bucket hat is moldable, comfy and surprisingly structured. The free pattern is below or you can purchase the ad-free, printable PDF here.
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This portable, packable and gift-able crochet bucket hat pattern is the perfect mindless-yet-creative project to stash in your purse this season. Read on for all the pattern details or use the links below to jump to the free pattern.
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Video overview + tips
See the Scrappy Crochet Bucket Hat in action in the brief video tutorial below. Watch how the pattern comes together as you prepare to crochet your own!
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How to crochet a bucket hat?
There's no denying that bucket hats are having a fashion moment right now. And since designing an easy crochet bucket hat pattern is really no different than an upside down basket (lol), I knew this could be the perfect beginner-friendly project to get jazzy with some creative looks and use up scraps.
Here are the simple steps to crocheting a bucket hat:
- TOP: Crochet the circle top using single crochet stitches. This involves a series of simple increases each round.
- BUCKET: Crochet the "bucket" portion of the hat, which is essentially just going round and round in single crochet without increasing.
- BRIM: Add the brim by crocheting additional rounds with less frequent increases than the top. (This is what creates the classic slope of a bucket hat.)
Ends to Weave In?
I know what you're thinking when you look at this bucket hat pattern in all its stripy, scrappy glory – WHAT ABOUT ALL THE ENDS TO WEAVE IN!?
Ha. I feel you and I've gotcha covered. This scrappy look is achieved by keeping all the colors attached throughout and just picking them up inside the hat as needed. Yeah, it can be annoying to juggle multiple yarn balls, but it's also annoying to weave in a zillion ends, so pick your poison.
Really though, this pattern is really forgiving because no one will see the inside of your bucket hat, so I encourage you to do whatever makes it easy and fun to crochet.
What yarn to use
For vibrant color options and a yarn that offers some structure, Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton can't be beat. 24/7 Cotton is mercerized which means it is both extra strong and the colors are more saturated. It was the PERFECT fiber for this easy crochet bucket hat pattern! See all the colors of 24/7 Cotton here.
I love that these hats are super packable and scrunchable, but they retain their shape so well when worn. (I mean, my daughter's Scrappy Bucket Hat has literally been wadded up on our mudroom floor for days and it'll pop right back into shape as soon as she e v e n t u a l l y decides to rescue it.)
YARN SUBSTITUTIONS: If Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton is not available near you, you can check YarnSub.com for similar suggestions. Please note that 24/7 Cotton is on the thinner side for a category 4 worsted weight yarn. When subbing yarn, be sure to check your gauge and adjust your hook size if necessary.
Bucket hat crochet kit
If you don't live near an amazing cotton yarn depot or if you just like to get fun packages in the mail, the all-in-one crochet kit is a perfect way to make your Scrappy Crochet Bucket Hat. This bundle from Lion Brand includes all the 24/7 Cotton you'll need to crochet TWO hats, plus a free printable PDF of the pattern (delivered digitally).
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How to customize
The aesthetic possibilities are really pretty endless with this bucket hat pattern. You can add a little sunshine to your noggin’ by using up all your colorful scraps or if you'd like to choose a deliberate stripe scheme, the basic bucket hat pattern is a perfect foundation to create your own unique vision.
The pattern is divided into three main sections: Circle Top, Bucket and Brim. This makes it quite easy to plan a three-color color block design or customize each section on its own.
Some ideas for customizing your crochet bucket hat:
- Work the Top and Bucket section in one main color. Crochet the brim using a contrasting color.
- Create an ombre bucket hat by using a different shade of the same color for each of the three hat sections.
- Use a main color throughout hat and alternate in stripes of a different color in each section of the hat.
Can a beginner crochet a bucket hat?
Yes! I wouldn't suggest this as your very first project because it includes some counting and measuring, but if you know how to do a basic single crochet, you can make this easy bucket hat pattern.
Here's what I'd suggest to make this pattern extra beginner-friendly:
- Instead of switching colors every round, simply choose hold the same two strands of yarn together throughout the hat. This means you'll either crochet a solid-colored bucket hat (if you use two strands of the same color) or a marled bucket hat that looks consistent throughout (if you use two different color strands).
- CHECK YOUR GAUGE! This is the single most important thing you can do to make sure your bucket hat fits. If you're new to checking gauge, don't worry, there are detailed instructions included in the pattern. (These stitches are intended to be worked tightly.)
- Skip the finishing border round. If reverse single crochet is a skill you're not ready to tackle yet, you can simply omit the last round of the pattern and your crochet bucket hat will still look fantastic.
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Scrappy Crochet Bucket Hat
Explanation: This portable, packable and giftable bucket hat is the perfect mindless-yet-creative project to stash in your purse this season. Add a little handmade sunshine to your noggin’ by using up all your colorful scraps or choose a deliberate color scheme to crochet your next favorite accessory.
In any case, mercerized cotton yarn ensures this bucket hat is moldable, comfy and surprisingly structured. Flip the brim for a cute peek-a-boo or wear it down for maximum SPF.
Advanced beginner level skills you’ll practice include single crochet, meeting gauge and working in the round.
Colors used in samples*
* Each sample uses five colors. Five balls of 24/7 Cotton is enough yarn to make two
hats in any of the sizes listed below.
• Tapestry needle
• Size J (6.0 mm) crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge
• Stitch markers in at least two colors
When choosing a size, go by head actual head circumference as measured just above ears. This style looks better slightly oversized (rather than on the tighter side) so if between sizes, size up. Checking gauge as described in pattern is essential to ensuring hat fits as expected.
|Size||Fits Head Measurements||Brim Length||Amount of Yarn Needed|
|XL (larger adult)||22-24”||3||240g|
Seven rounds of circle pattern should measure 3” across.
Gauge is difficult to swatch since pattern works in the round, so instructions are given for measuring gauge a few inches into the pattern.
Abbreviations and Glossary (US Terms):
ch – chain
PM – place marker
rep – repeat
RS – right side
rsc - reverse single crochet
RS - right side
sc – single crochet
slst – slip stitch
st(s) – stitch(es)
WS – wrong side
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Explanation of Color Planning:
• Hat is crocheted holding two strands of Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton together throughout until final round of pattern. Samples pictured use two different colors of yarn at all times working in a random pattern where each color is used for two rounds in a row.
Round 1: A/B
Round 2: B/C
Round 3: C/D
Round 4: D/E and so on.
In sample hats, no particular pattern was followed besides the
each-color-is-used-for-two-consecutive-rounds rule, meaning that the stripes are not uniform or necessarily predictable.
To create the fewest ends to weave in, you may choose to keep all colors of yarn attached throughout. When doing this, drop unused colors and pick each up when you need to use them again. (See photos in blog post above the yarn floats this creates.)
If keeping all colors attached is too cumbersome for you, cut yarn when rounds are complete and crochet over yarn tails so as to avoid having as many ends to weave in.
Overall, this bucket hat is intended to be playful and organic in its color patterning. Don’t stress too much about planning your stripes and instead enjoy watching your art unfold!
Overall Pattern Notes:
• Pattern is worked in the round with the RS facing throughout. Rounds are spirals and therefore are not joined at the end of each.
• Stitches are intended to be worked tightly. If in doubt, use a smaller hook to achieve tighter tension. Circle is measured several rounds in to ensure gauge.
• Place marker in first stitch of round and move as each round is worked. This is critical in keeping track of the beginning/end of each round.
• Similarly, markers are used beginning in Round 6 to keep track of where increases are placed. Move markers up as each round is worked. Use a different color marker for the first stitch of round and the increases to differentiate.
• It’s not essential that color transitions take place in the first stitch of each round. In fact, varying their placement slightly helps create less of a visible join in the finished hat. Keep the transitions within 5-10 stitches of the beginning-of-round stitch marker though so that yarn floats don’t have to span too far.
With two strands of yarn held together:
Preferred Foundation Round: Create a magic loop, ch 1 and work 6 sc within. (6)
Alternative Foundation Round: Ch 4, sl st to join into a loop. Ch 1, work 6 sc within
Continuing in spiral:
Round 2: 2 sc in first st (PM in first sc made), 2 sc in each st. (12)
Move marker to first st of each round from here forward.
Round 3: [2 sc in next st, sc in next st] 6 times. (18)
Round 4: [2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts] 6 times. (24)
Round 5: [2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 sts] 6 times. (30)
Round 6: [2 sc in next st (PM in first sc made), sc in next 4 sts] 6 times. (36) Piece should now have 6 marked stitches. These indicate the stitches to increase in moving forward.
Round 7: [2 sc in marked st, sc in each st to next marker] 6 times. (42)
! Gauge Check - Important!
Take the time to measure your circle now so that your bucket hat fits later! Your circle should be 3” across. If it’s much larger than 3”, remake either with a smaller hook or working your stitches more tightly. If it’s smaller than 3”, remake either with a larger hook or working your stitches more loosely.
SMALL: Rep Round 7 twice. Piece should increase by 6 sts per round. Round 9 should contain 54 sts. Circle should measure 4.5” across.
MEDIUM: Rep Round 7 three more times. Piece should increase by 6 sts per round. Round 10 should contain 60 sts. Circle should measure 5” across.
LARGE: Rep Round 7 four more times. Piece should increase by 6 sts per round. Round 11 should contain 66 sts. Circle should measure 5.5” across.
EXTRA LARGE: Rep Round 7 five more times. Piece should increase by 6 sts per round. Round 12 should contain 72 sts. Circle should measure 6” across.
ALL SIZES Complete the final two Hat Top rounds:
Final Circle Round 1: Sc in each sc.
Final Circle Round 2: [2 sc in marked st, sc in each st to next marker] 6 times. 60 (66,
Remove all markers except the marker that indicates the beginning of the round. Place one additional marker of a different color anywhere in last round. This marker is helpful in indicating where Hat Top ends and Hat Bucket begins.
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• This section is worked without increasing. Keep first st marker in place and move up each round.
• “Work even” means to single crochet in each stitch without increasing.
SMALL: Work even for 8 rounds. When complete, Hat Bucket should measure approximately 2” from last Hat Top round.
MEDIUM: Work even for 9 rounds. When complete, Hat Bucket should measure approximately 2.25” from last Hat Top round.
LARGE: Work even for 11 rounds. When complete, Hat Bucket should measure approximately 2.75” from last Hat Top round.
EXTRA LARGE: Work even for 12 rounds. When complete, Hat Bucket should measure approximately 3” from last Hat Top round.
ALL SIZES: Place marker anywhere in last round. This marker indicates where Hat Bucket ends.
• This section contains increases every other round. Once markers are in place, move them up as each round is worked.
• Make sure marker indicating first increase of round is a different color than all other marked increases so as to keep track of the beginning/end of each round.
• All sizes: For a longer brim, continue repeating Rounds 3 and 4, making sure to end with a Round 4.
• This video tutorial covers how to work the Finishing Round if reverse single
crochet is a new stitch to you.
Round 1: [2 sc in next st (PM in first sc made), sc in next 9 sts] 6 times. (66) Brim should now have 6 marked stitches.
Round 2: Sc in each st. (66)
Round 3: [2 sc in marked st, sc in each st to next marker] 6 times. (72)
Round 4: Sc in each st. (72)
Rep Rounds 3 and 4 three more times for a total of 10 brim rounds.
Round 1: [2 sc in next st (PM in first sc made), sc in next 10 sts] 6 times. (72) Brim should now have 6 marked stitches.
Round 2: Sc in each st. (72)
Round 3: [2 sc in marked st, sc in each st to next marker] 6 times. (78)
Round 4: Sc in each st. (78)
Rep Rounds 3 and 4 three more times for a total of 10 brim rounds.
Round 1: [2 sc in next st (PM in first sc made), sc in next 11 sts] 6 times. (78) Brim should now have 6 marked stitches.
Round 2: Sc in each st. (78)
Round 3: [2 sc in marked st, sc in each st to next marker] 6 times. (84)
Round 4: Sc in each st. (84)
Rep Rounds 3 and 4 four more times for a total of 12 brim rounds.
Round 1: [2 sc in next st (PM in first sc made), sc in next 12 sts] 6 times. (84) Brim should now have 6 marked stitches.
Round 2: Sc in each st. (84)
Round 3: [2 sc in marked st, sc in each st to next marker] 6 times. (90)
Round 4: Sc in each st. (90)
Rep Rounds 3 and 4 four more times for a total of 12 brim rounds.
When final round is complete, slst into next two stitches to create a tapering off effect.
Finishing Round: (This round is worked with RS facing still, but in opposite direction as all other rounds. View video tutorial linked above for extra help.) With only one single strand of yarn: Ch 1, rsc in each st; slst to first st of round to join.
Fasten off and weave in ends.
TIP: When weaving in tail from Finishing Round, whip stitching a few times around final slst of round can help create the most seamless-looking brim edge.
Hit the trail, pool or coffee shop and show the world how cute a crochet bucket can be!