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Fedora Crochet Sun Hat – Free Pattern

Woman wearing a raffia crochet sun hat in the fedora style.

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.

Woman standing in a field wearing a fedora crochet sun hat made with raffia-like yarn.
This free women’s crochet sun hat pattern is part of a collaboration with Lion Brand Yarns. This post contains affiliate links.

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. You can find the Cleo Fedora Mini with sizes baby-tween here! And watch a step-by-step video tutorial here!

Woman standing in a field wearing a fedora crochet sun hat made with raffia-like yarn.

Related Video: How to Stiffen the Brim of Any Crochet Hat

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!

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.

Woman standing in front of a pink wall wearing a fedora crochet sunhat made with straw-like yarn.

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. My kids are loving theirs so much too.

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.

Woman standing in a field wearing a fedora crochet sun hat made with raffia-like yarn.

Related: The Cleo Fedora Mini in sizes baby – tween

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!

Learn By Video

If you’d like me to walk you through the pattern step-by-step, watch the video tutorial that covers exactly how to crochet the Cleo Fedora. Alternatively, the detailed photo tutorial below has got you if you just need a quick overview.

And if you’d like to take a peek at the Cleo in all it’s moldable, packable, stiff-brimmed glory, check out this brief pattern overview video above.

Work in progress crochet sun hat being made with Lion Brand Rewind yarn in the color "Olive You."
Printed copy of the Cleo Wide Brim Fedora crochet sun hat pattern by Jess Coppom of Make & Do Crew

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.

Rewind comes in some fantastic stone-washed colors (see them all here!) and I highly recommend sourcing this yarn to make your Cleo Fedora. (Links: LionBrand.com, Amazon or Herrschners.com.)

If you can’t get your hands on Rewind though, a cotton yarn can be a good substitute as long as you can achieve the pattern gauge listed. A lot of crocheters have had luck with Lion Brand Re-Up yarn as an alternative to Rewind.

I love to see your finished projects! Use #MakeAndDoCrew and #CleoFedora and tag me Instagram (@MakeAndDoCrew) to show off your stitches and have a chance to be featured.

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A gird of photos of a woman standing in a field wearing a packable crochet sun hat made with raffia-like yarn.

Cleo Fedora
Free Crochet Sun Hat Pattern

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Explanation:
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. 

Supplies:
Purchase a kit with yarn + pattern here.
• 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

Sizes:
Women’s Small – fits 21-22” heads

Women’s Large – fits 22.5-23.5” heads (also appropriate for most men’s heads)

Get the free children’s version here with sizes baby – tween

Gauge:
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.

iPad showing the Cleo Wide Brim Fedora crochet sun hat pattern by Jess Coppom of Make & Do Crew

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

Want some company while you crochet?
Get support (and camaraderie!) in the Make & Do Crochet Crew Facebook Group here.

Permissions + Copyright:
Please do not publish or share this pattern as your own. You may make items to sell with this pattern. In exchange, please link back this post. Do NOT use my photos as your own sales photos.

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.

• Follow along with the step-by-step video tutorial here.

A crochet circle that is becoming the top of a crochet sun hat.

HAT TOP

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.

Side view of a crochet sun hat in progress made with Lion Brand Rewind Yarn in "Olive You."

HAT BUCKET

Notes:
• This section is worked without increasing. Keep first st marker in place and move up each round. All other markers can be removed.

ALL SIZES:
Rounds 1-20:
Sc in each st. (84, 90)

SMALL:
Round 21: Sc in each st. (84)

LARGE:
Round 21: [2 sc in marked st, sc in next 14 sts] 6 times. (96) Placing markers in increases is not necessary.

HAT BRIM

Notes:
• 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.

SMALL ONLY:
Catch Up Round: [2 sc in next st, sc in next 6 sts] 12 times. (96)

ALL SIZES:
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. 

Hands crocheting a wire rope into the brim of a crochet sun hat in order to stiffen the brim.

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.

Overhead shot of hands crocheting the brim of a crochet sunhat using the reverse single crochet stitch (aka the crochet crab stitch).

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. 

A crochet fedora sun hat made with Lion Brand Rewind Yarn in the color "Olive You" with grommets and a chin strap.

FINAL TOUCHES

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. 

Styling Suggestion

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!

I love to see your finished projects! Use #MakeAndDoCrew and #CleoFedora and tag me Instagram (@MakeAndDoCrew) to show off your stitches and have a chance to be featured.

More Free Crochet Patterns You’ll Love

We’ve got lots more free crochet patterns and video tutorials where this came from. Check out our blanket patterns, patterns to make for babies, easy sweaters, Tunisian crochet patterns or corner-to-corner crochet patterns.

And you can always find all our free crochet patterns here!

34 Comments

  • CM
    May 29, 2020 at 8:52 pm

    Hi,
    I was wondering about the galvanized wire rope. I know that galvanized steel wire is not intended for human contact. The inexpensive galvanized wire is tempting to use for jewelry making but it isn’t advised since it is potentially toxic. I would love to make this hat.

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      August 3, 2020 at 12:54 pm

      Thanks for that tip. I didn’t know that. I don’t see how much human contact would occur with this rope outside from cutting it and holding it in place while crocheting. Once it’s in the hat, it shouldn’t really be accessible to touch your skin much.

      I appreciate you pointing this concern out. 🙂

      Jess

      Reply
  • Olga
    June 3, 2020 at 9:45 am

    Absolutely love the look of this hat. I ordered from LB the yarn in two colors. However I have to ask are you a tight crocheter? Becuase the first time around the hat was HUGE!! so i dropped down to H hook and still huge. so i went to a G and my rounds afer row 7 was 6.25 i thought close enough, after row ten of the bucket i plopped on my head and i could tell it was still going to be a bit loose so i dropped my hook to F! to continue with out frogging it again. I think i will jump back to a G hook once i srart on the brim. Im gonna make it work, i just love this hat.

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      August 3, 2020 at 12:53 pm

      Yes, the stitches are intended to be worked intentionally tight. 🙂 Changing your hook size to make that easier for you is totally fine!

      Reply
  • Sue
    June 12, 2020 at 12:02 pm

    Is there any chance you will be writing the fedora hat pattern for children?

    Reply
  • Laura
    June 20, 2020 at 9:20 pm

    I started the fedora tonight, but I am confused about round 7. It says “Round 7: [2 sc in marked st, sc in each st to next marker] 6 times. (42)” I have marked the first stitch in each row, but I don’t see how that helps me to know where to put the 2 sc stitches. Unless I did something really wrong, they are fairly close together. It looks to me as if I would start the row as 2sc, 1 sc, 2 sc, 1 sc, etc, having all of the 2sc stiches in the first part of the round. Is this right? Wouldn’t that make this round bow out some? I’m sorry if this is a stupid question, but I don’t crochet much in the round, so it feels strange to me. Any direction you can give me would be most appreciated.

    Reply
  • Teri
    June 23, 2020 at 6:02 am

    I so love this hat! I so badly want to make it. I ordered Lion Brand Rewind directly from Lion Brand and after waiting 4 weeks and them billing my credit card, I contacted them to see where my yarn was. They in turn told me it was on back order until October 2020! Needless to say I cancelled the order. Can you suggest any other yarn for this pattern?

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      August 3, 2020 at 12:52 pm

      Oh boo! I’m so sorry to hear that. Other crocheters have had good luck with Lion Brand Re-Up. Just check your gauge to make sure the hat will fit when it’s finished.

      Jess

      Reply
  • Teri
    June 25, 2020 at 5:39 am

    I ordered Rewind yarn to make this hat directly from Lionbrand and it is not available until October 2020. It is not available either from my local craft stores. Is there any other yarn this hat can be make from?

    Reply
  • Hazel
    June 28, 2020 at 4:47 pm

    Hi, I can’t wait to start the fedora. I have one question, though, what modification do you suggest to make to the bucket to make it more rounded, as a beach hat, and less of a western style fedora

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      August 3, 2020 at 12:51 pm

      I think you’ll find that it defaults to rounded and that to make it the fedora shape, you just need to shape it with your hands. So I think you’ll like it as written and just style it a bit differently than I did in the photos. 🙂

      Jess

      Reply
  • Kelly Gardner
    June 30, 2020 at 5:31 pm

    Hi! I finished this hat today, but the brim on mine seems much wider than yours. Could you tell me the finished measurements of yours? Thanks!

    Reply
  • Sarai
    July 7, 2020 at 7:01 am

    Jess, I’ve made two of these hats. One for my mom and one for me. They are quickly becoming a favorite in our hot Oklahoma summertime.

    Reply
  • Jeanette H Hamrick
    July 7, 2020 at 7:51 am

    I love hats especially the Cleo Fedora! I am thinking about crocheting the fedora but I am a little confused by your instructions. After seeing your video about stiffening the brim it looks like you are crocheting with 2 strands together. I have read the instructions a couple times and can’t tell if the entire hat is crocheted using 2 strands together or if it is just on the brim. Can you clarify this for me please.

    Reply
  • Mariana
    July 9, 2020 at 3:09 pm

    I love my hat! I got the kit and couldn´t stop until I finished it. Wore it that same weekend. Thank you for sharing!

    Reply
  • Jill
    July 12, 2020 at 6:05 pm

    Awesome tutorial! I have made the hat and it looks great. Just adding the wire, but I wasn’t able to find the video on adding the wire on the https://makeanddocrew.com/how-to-stiffen-crochet-sun-hat-brim/ page. Am I missing something?

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      August 3, 2020 at 12:50 pm

      If you have an ad-blocker running, you’ll need to turn that off in order to see the video. 🙂

      Reply
  • LauraB
    July 13, 2020 at 1:31 pm

    I kind of accidentally saw thus picture somewhere…and “ran” right to it!!! This hat us EXCRUCIATINGLY awesome and all I could see was my little sister under the brim. She also mostly grew up in Colorado (in the 70s). I was a teenager during those 10 years. But we both wore leather quasi-western hats! Ok… my question…what color is the one you are wearing in the photos??

    Reply
  • Taryn MacDonald
    July 16, 2020 at 2:07 pm

    Hi there! I absolutely love this pattern and just had to try it. In starting the top circle of the hat my attempt always ends up way too big. I am using size 5 yarn and even tried a second time with a 5mm, size 8 hook. I am keeping my stitches tight, but still the circle ends up way bigger than yours did. Do you have any ideas on what I might be doing wrong? Thank you!

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      August 3, 2020 at 12:49 pm

      Just continue to decrease your hook size–it’s totally acceptable! 🙂

      Honestly, gauge is super personal and changing your hook size doesn’t mean anything is wrong. The stitches are intended to be worked quite tightly, so using a smaller hook will likely help you do that.

      Happy crocheting!

      Reply
  • Donna c
    July 21, 2020 at 5:31 am

    On my second one. Score! Great pattern

    Reply
  • Judy
    July 21, 2020 at 8:04 am

    I made this hat and love it! Please make a hat pattern for a sun hat that is open in the back for a ponytail. Love the yarn too!!

    Reply
  • Sara
    July 21, 2020 at 8:33 am

    Does this pattern work with other types of yarn or just the tape yarn?

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      August 3, 2020 at 12:48 pm

      You can use a cotton yarn as well. People are having good results with Lion Brand Re-Up. Just be sure to check your gauge with whatever yarn you sub so that the finished hat fits. 🙂

      Jess

      Reply
  • Laura
    July 21, 2020 at 3:34 pm

    NOT ARTHRITIC FINGERS FRIENDLY!! Just to let anyone know who intends to make this pattern, you have to really pull your stitches tight. I have very mild arthritis in my hands and only 8 rounds in building the crown, I have had to stop for a good break. So…just a cautionary note. It’s cute as the Dickens, but it’s not going to go nearly as quickly as I had expected. BUT…I will press on at least some each day.

    Reply
  • Olga
    July 25, 2020 at 9:38 am

    I made this hat, tore it apart 2 times before I actually got the sizing right. I dont believe i am a loose crocheter, but i had to go down two hooks i think. I really cant remember now. But it was easy to do and instructions perfect as always. I bought the natural and the black yarn. Have yet to make the black one.

    Reply
  • Kendra P
    July 27, 2020 at 11:49 am

    Can you easily adjust for sizes? I have a big head and can’t wear a lot of these cute hats in stores 🙁 I would love this!

    Reply
  • Jacki
    July 29, 2020 at 12:49 pm

    I made my Fedora using the galvanized wire rope and overlapping the ends by 2 to 3 inches. The problem that I am having is that the ends of the wire keeps sticking out between the stitches and I have to stretch the brim and re feed them back through the stitches of row 17. I am afraid that over time the edge of the wire will cut my yarn. How do you prevent this from happening and keep the wire securely in place???

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      August 3, 2020 at 12:47 pm

      I’d try taping the ends to the overall circle with electrical tape. 🙂

      I wear my hat often and have had no issues of the wires poking me or cutting the yarn so I hope that’s the case for you too!

      Jess

      Reply
  • rene soto
    August 2, 2020 at 10:03 am

    Hi there what size is your hat that you are wearing?? Also any chance of doing a video tutorial for the hat? A few of us in the group are having issues. It’s so lovely!

    Reply
  • Teri
    September 6, 2020 at 6:11 pm

    Just finished my fedora. I am thinking my brim has too many rows and it is very heavy. It doesn’t stand out as yours does. I made the small. Could you tell me how many inches is your brim? Approximately. Before I start pulling out rows…..I love the hat I just think the brim that I made is too big

    Reply

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