This packable crochet sun hat pattern might be the most stylish, functional project to hit your hook this summer. Scroll down for the complete free pattern or purchase the ad-free, printable PDF here.
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Whether you’re globe trotting or walking your dog, you’ll feel like a goddess of DIY wearing your handmade fedora-style crochet sun hat. There is something so cool about making something with your own two hands that solves a real problem in your life. So today we’re tackling summer SPF and bad hair days!
Read on for all the pattern inspiration, yarn details and easy trick for stiffening your hat brim or scroll down for the free crochet sun hat pattern.
Once Again, Single Crochet Is the Hero
I think single crochet sometimes gets a bad rap as being boring. You can’t deny though that when it comes to making items you want to be a little stiff and moldable like baskets or this crochet sun hat, single crochet comes through like no other.
Using entirely single crochet stitches for this sunhat also means that the pattern is very smooth and easy to work on the go. The top of the hat requires a bit of counting, but after that you’re pretty much just cruising along working an extra single crochet every time you hit a marker.
Legit Shade for Blazing Sun
I’m one of those pigment-challenged people that needs my eyes shaded if I’m even sitting near a window. Ha. So sunglasses and sun hats are pretty much a must six months out of the year here in Colorado. I’ve worn this hat out several times since finishing it and it is truly the most comfortable sun hat I own.
For this crochet sun hat pattern, I knew I wanted to design a hat that could feel stylish, comfortable AND very functional. I’m happy to report the Cleo Fedora is all three. And in a big way.
Thanks the the single crochet stitches and reverse single crochet border on the brim, the hat brim is quite moldable from the get go. Knowing that many of my favorite store bought sun hats (like this one or this one) have a fairly stiff brim though, I wanted to figure out a way to ensure this crochet fedora wouldn’t be flopping in my face while my kids were belly flopping in the pool.
One pre-quarantine trip to Home Depot later and I had found what turned out to be the perfect brim-stiffening supply–galvanized wire rope.
Please don’t get intimidated if you’ve never heard of it before. It’s readily available to buy by the foot at any hardware store and it’s CHEAP. Like 26 cents a foot cheap! If you can’t get to a store or know you want to make several hats, you can also buy it online. (Links: Home Depot, Amazon, Lowes) You’ll want about 6 feet of the galvanized wire rope that is 1/16″ wide.
You can find step by step instructions for adding this optional wire to your crochet sun hat in the free pattern below. Or check out this video tutorial I put together that walks you through the process of stiffening the brim of any crochet hat. This step is very easy and really levels up your crochet sun hat!
A Raffia Crochet Sun Hat Without the Raffia
The story of this fedora-style crochet sun hat would be incomplete without mentioning the yarn. This yarn–I LOVE IT!
It’s called Lion Brand Rewind yarn and it’s what Kimberly used in her Miller Market Tote Bag pattern. Rewind tape yarn is a completely unique combination of softness, moldablity and durability and I can’t think of a better yarn for a crochet sun hat.
Using this yarn allows your crochet sun hat to be stuffed in your beach bag or suitcase and pop back as good as new when you’re ready to wear it. Even my favorite raffia or straw sun hats require a little more delicate handling than that. You can see the flexibility in action in the video below.
If you can’t get your hands on Rewind though, I believe a cotton yarn would be a good substitute as long as you can achieve the pattern gauge listed.
See The “Packability” for Yourself!
I put together this quick video to show you truly how flexibly, comfortable and sturdy the Cleo Fedora is, even with the wire rope added to the brim. Watch and you’ll be convinced too!
Free Crochet Sun Hat Pattern
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Move over beanies, the Cleo Fedora is about to be the most functional, stylish crochet project your head has ever seen. Whether you’re globe trotting or walking your dog, you’ll feel like a goddess of DIY wearing your completely handmade fedora.
Rewind Yarn ensures this packable sun hat is moldable, comfy and surprisingly lightweight. Skills required include single crochet and working in the round.
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• A: Lion Brand Rewind (Weight: 5/Bulky – 219 yds, 3.5 oz)
– Olive You (523-174) – 2 skeins [approx 165 g]
• Tapestry needle
• Size I (5.5 mm) crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge
• Stitch markers or safety pins
Optional Additional Supplies:
• 6’ galvanized wire rope, 1/16th” thick (sold by the foot inexpensively at hardware stores. Links: Home Depot, Amazon, Lowes)
• Wire cutters
• 3/16” grommet kit
• 40” leather lace
• Wooden bead that both ends of leather lace can fit through snugly
• Small piece of scrap leather for tag
Women’s Small – fits 21-22” heads
Women’s Large – fits 22.5-23.5” heads (also appropriate for most men’s heads)
9 sc x 9 rounds = 2”
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
sc – single crochet
slst – slip stitch
st(s) – stitch(es)
WS – wrong side
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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 st of round and the increases to differentiate.
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 loop. (6)
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 !
Take the time to measure your circle now so that your hat fits later! Your circle should be just over 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 seven more times. Piece should increase by 6 sts per round. Round 14 should contain 84 sts. Circle should measure 6.2” across.
LARGE: Rep Round 7 eight more times. Piece should increase by 6 sts per round. Round 15 should contain 90 sts. Circle should measure 6.7” across.
• This section is worked without increasing. Keep first st marker in place and move up each round. All other markers can be removed.
Rounds 1-20: Sc in each st. (84, 90)
Round 21: Sc in each st. (84)
Round 21: [2 sc in marked st, sc in next 14 sts] 6 times. (96) Placing markers in increases is not necessary.
• This section contains increases every other row. Once markers are in place, move them up as each round is worked.
• For a less wavy and more rigid brim look, you can add optional wire rope in Round 18. (See Supplies section for details on where to purchase.) Brim is cute and functional either way, but rope can add extra stability.
• View video tutorial on adding optional wire and working Finishing Round here.
Catch Up Round: [2 sc in next st, sc in next 6 sts] 12 times. (96)
Round 1: [2 sc in next st (PM in first sc made), sc in next 7 sts] 12 times. (108) Hat should now have 12 marked stitches.
Round 2: Sc in each st. (108)
Round 3: [2 sc in marked st, sc in each st to next marker] 12 times. (120)
Rep Rounds 2 and 3 seven more times for a total of 17 brim rounds.
If adding optional brim support, follow Round 18. If not adding brim support rep Round 2 once more and move on to Finishing Round.
Watch a video tutorial on this step here.
Round 18: Hold galvanized wire rope along Round 17. Crochet over it as you sc in each st. Pause when 3” of round remains unworked. Rub brim flat and try on hat to make sure density of stitches around rope is to your liking. (Spreading out stitches more around rope will result in a more wavy look.) Using wire cutters, snip rope so it overlaps itself by 2”. Complete round by sc in each st, working over both ends of rope as you go. Move on to finishing round.
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.) Ch 1, rsc in each st; sl st to first st of round to join.
Fasten off and weave in ends.
Option 1: Braided Accent
Cut six 45” strands of yarn. Tie in a knot, leaving a small tassel. Braid yarn until piece measures about 28”. Tie another knot and trim to create a second tassel. Tie braid in a square knot around bucket of hat. Secure in place with a tapestry needle and a few stitches if desired.
Option 2: Leather Chin Strap and Grommets
To add a fun professional detail, attach two metal grommets in approximately Round 21 of Hat Bucket. Space them equidistant across hat. This kit from Amazon includes 3/16” grommets and the tools to attach them.
Thread leather lace through grommets. Add a wooden bead onto laces and knot at the bottom.
A Little More Optional Bling
To further dress up your hat, attach a small scrap leather tag to edge of hat brim. Placing it where final round was joined can be a nice way to disguise any inconsistencies.
To create the classic fedora shaping, simply lift the hat off your head a bit and use both hands to mold the top front into a V-shape. This magical yarn holds its shape incredibly well!
Hit the trail, beach or playground knowing that your style and SPF are both on point!
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