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40+ Free Crochet Bucket Hat Patterns

Crochet Bucket Hats
Crochet Bucket Hats

Introduction

Rock the ’90s vibe with a bucket hat from this list of free crochet bucket hat patterns.

Bucket hats became popular among rappers and other musicians in the 1980s and remained a part of street fashion throughout the ‘90s. Also called a fisherman’s hat, bucket hats are easy to wear and protect you from the sun. 

While they are usually associated with summer, bucket hats can be worn any time of the year. With a lot of free bucket hat crochet patterns available, you will surely find one that will match your style.

How Do You Crochet a Bucket Hat?

Bucket hats are usually crocheted from the top down, from the crown to the brim. This method allows you to adjust as you go to achieve a better fit. 

You can also make bucket hats using separate motifs like granny squares (or hexagons!) that you attach to each other. 

The brim of a bucket hat can be slightly flared or ruffled, depending on the crochet hat pattern you are following.

What Yarn is Best for Bucket Hats?

Cotton yarn is best for making bucket hats. Cotton fiber is breathable and holds its shape really well. 

If you are making a bucket hat for warmer months, cotton, linen, raffia, or hemp are your best choice of fiber. Here are a few of our favorite yarn choices for crochet bucket hats:

For colder months you can use bulky to super bulky yarn made from wool, chenille, or even faux fur, such as:

How Long Does it Take to Crochet a Bucket Hat?

A simple bucket hat pattern will take around two or three hours to make. 

But keep in mind that the approximate time will vary from one crocheter to another. There are several factors to consider such as the crocheter’s skill level, the pattern’s level of difficulty, and the crocheter’s speed. 

How Do You Size a Bucket Hat?

To be able to create a comfortably fitting bucket hat, you will need to get accurate measurements of the head you are trying to cover. 

Be sure to check the pattern for a sizing guide and gauge to make sure you get an exact fit. 

First, you will need to measure the crown diameter. This is the top part of your hat. If you make this too small, your hat will be too tight. Make it too big and your head will get lost in your hat. 

While you are stitching the hat, once you reach the diameter for your size, place it on your head to check if it feels right and adjust as necessary before continuing on to crocheting your hat. 

If your pattern does not have a size guide, you may refer to the chart below for some basic measurements:

bucket hat size guide chart

What Do You Need to Crochet a Bucket Hat?

To make a bucket hat you will need basic crochet supplies such as yarn, a crochet hook, scissors, a tape measure, and a stitch marker.

  • Yarn: Check your pattern for the suggested yarn and yarn weight to use (in case you will substitute). Most bucket hat patterns use (4) Worsted weight yarn. 
  • Crochet hook: Worsted weight yarn usually calls for a G (4.0mm) to J (6.0mm) crochet hook, but check the pattern you are using to see what it calls for. 
  • Tape measure: Getting the right measurements will help make sure you get a bucket hat that fits.
  • Stitch markers will help you keep track of your rounds, especially when crocheting in continuous rounds. 
  • Yarn needle (tapestry needle) for weaving in ends. 
  • Scissors for trimming yarn. 

You will also need to know basic crochet skills. You should know the basic stitches and their abbreviations such as slip stitches (sl st), chains (ch), single crochet stitches (sc), half double crochet stitches (hdc), and double crochet stitches (dc). You should also be familiar with making a magic ring, crocheting in the front loop (flo) and back loop (blo).

If any of these things are unfamiliar to you, no worries. Check out our Crochet Fundamentals course to learn the basics, from how to work the basic stitches to reading patterns, working in rounds, and more. 

Tips For Crocheting a Bucket Hat

Here are some tips to help make sure you get the perfect bucket hat for you!

Be Sure to Check Your Gauge

Getting the right gauge will make a big difference in making a hat that fits just right versus a hat that is way too big (or too small!). Consult your pattern to check the gauge and make a gauge swatch before you begin crocheting your bucket hat.

Check Your Hook Size

Many brimmed bucket hats will require you to use a smaller hook when making the brim. This helps make the brim a little sturdier because of the more compact stitches you will get from using a smaller hook.

Check the Size As You Go

Most patterns include measurements and adjustments for different sizes. But if you are using a different yarn weight or hook size than what is indicated in the pattern, it is best to check the size as you go.

Take Frequent Breaks

Crocheting with cotton yarn is often more strenuous on the hands. To avoid hand strain, take frequent breaks to stretch and relax your muscles. 

Free Crochet Bucket Hat Patterns

Hop on the 90’s trend that everyone is obsessing over! Check out these free crochet patterns to make cool bucket hats for yourself.


Cute crochet animal bucket hats

Cecil the Cat

Designer: Yarn Society
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Suggested yarn: Knit Picks Dishie

This little kitty is about 4.5 inches tall when made with a worsted weight yarn. But if you use a bigger, bulkier yarn, you can easily make an equally cute, more huggable Cecil.


a girl wearing a blue crochet sun hat
Bluebell Sun Hat

Designer: Snowdrop Creates
Yarn weight: (2) Sport
Yarn suggestion: Schachenmayr Catania

A gorgeous doily feature on the top and a large, flared brim is what sets this hat apart. This hat will look cute in one color, or you can make the doily stand out by using a complementing color. Experiment with different doily designs to create a variety of these cute sun hats.


a kid wearing a crochet bucket hat
Sun and Sand Bucket Hat

Designer: Made with a Twist
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Yarn suggestion: Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton

With or without stripes, this hat will look perfect on your little one. Make themed hats using colors for every occasion. This cute hat will shade your little one’s eyes while still letting them see the world around them.


a baby wearing a crochet sun hat
Easy Crochet Toddler Sun Hat

Designer: Christaco Designs
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Yarn suggestion: Knit Picks Dishie

This easy crochet bucket hat pattern is perfect for those bright sunny days. It is crocheted top down and uses less than a skein of yarn (100g) for the toddler size. Using worsted weight cotton yarn will make it more comfortable and easy to care for as well. Tha pattern contains photo tutorials to help beginner crocheters. 


a kid wearing the Crochet Watermelon Sun Hat
Crochet Watermelon Sun Hat

Designer: Repeat Crafter Me
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Yarn suggestion: Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton

Double crochet stitches are all you need to make this quick and easy hat. Add some black beads for “seeds,” and you will have one adorable baby watermelon in no time. 


a kid wearing a reversible crochet Bucket Hat
Crochet Reversible Bucket Hat

Designer: Nine Inspired
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Yarn suggestion: Lion Brand Pima Cotton

Two colors in one hat! This reversible hat has double the thickness of a regular bucket hat. It’s perfect for keeping those little heads warm during the colder months, or for when they want to switch up their style.


a kid wearing the Liv Crochet Bucket Hat
Liv Crochet Bucket Hat

Designer: Sys Fredens, via Hobbii
Yarn weight: (1) Superfine
Yarn suggestion: Scheepjes Cotton 8

This sweet little bucket hat will make your little one’s summer photos instantly Instagram worthy. Add cute flower buttons for accents and they will be the perfect accessory for any summer outfit.


Crochet Dahlia Sun Hat
Dahlia Sun Hat

Designer: Ned and Mimi
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Yarn suggestion: Knit Picks Comfy Color Mist

This family friendly hat (which is sized up to adults!) has a fun flower motif on the crown and works up really quick! Using just single crochet for the body, you can quickly and easily make matching hats for the whole family.


The Lilac Sun Crochet Hat on a kid's head
Lilac Sun Hat

Designer: Snowdrop Creates
Yarn weight: (2) Sport
Yarn suggestion: Schachenmayr Catania

This beginner friendly hat features a cute ruffled brim. It will keep the head and eyes shaded, and make your little one (or you!) look oh so adorable. You could also make these to sell at craft fairs during the warmer months.


Easy Crochet Bucket Hat Patterns

Crochet bucket hats are making their way back into the fashion scene. Join the trend by making one of these easy crochet bucket hat patterns.


a girl wearing the Scrappy Crochet Bucket Hat
Scrappy Crochet Bucket Hat

Designer: Make and Do Crew
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Yarn suggestion: Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton

The perfect beginner-friendly, stash-busting project. Create a unique look by using up yarn scraps from your stash. No need to worry about ends to weave because you can hide your yarn tails as you go!


a woman wearing the Easy Weekend Bucket Hat
Easy Weekend Bucket Hat

Designer: Leelee Knits
Yarn weight: (3) DK
Yarn suggestion: WeCrochet CotLin

Would you believe that this hat is made with just single crochet stitches? Yes, even the horizontal bands are made with just single crochet stitches worked in the back loop! This super easy crochet bucket hat pattern is easy to follow and is great for beginner crocheters.


A woman wearing the Beach Day Crochet Bucket Hat
Beach Day Bucket Hat

Designer: Hooked on Homemade Happiness
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Yarn suggestion: Lion Brand Pima Cotton

This crochet bucket hat is not only perfect for the beach, it is also a great hat to donate to cancer centers, schools, or homeless centers. It provides complete head coverage with an added length from the brim. 


a woman wearing the Oh Snap! Crochet Bucket Hat
Oh Snap! Crochet Bucket Hat

Designer: Once Upon a Cheerio
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Yarn suggestion: WeCrochet Dishie

This cute checkered bucket hat will surely get a you a lot of Facebook likes. Made with sturdy cotton yarn, this hat will easily become one of your favorites. Use bright colors for summer or muted neutrals for the fall so you will always have one to use for any season.


a woman wearing the Basic Crochet Bucket Hat
Basic Bucket Hat

Designer: Jenny and Teddy
Yarn weight: (3) DK
Yarn suggestion: Wool and The Gang Ra-Ra-Raffia

This super easy crochet bucket hat pattern is made with raffia yarn, which makes it perfect for summer beach outings. The hat is made up of three parts – the crown, the bucket and the brim. You may opt to use mercerized cotton yarn such as Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton instead of raffia. 


Brickhouse Crochet Bucket Hat
Brickhouse Bucket Hat

Designer: Heart Hook Home
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Yarn suggestion: WeCrochet Dishie

This chic, textured crochet bucket hat is perfect for protecting your face from the sun’s harsh UV rays. Make neutral colored ones to use for your daily morning walks, or crochet a hat in school colors to wear to school activities.


Sun Daze Crochet Bucket Hat
Sun Daze Bucket Hat

Designer: Hooked on Homemade Happiness
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Yarn suggestion: Lion Brand Pima Cotton

Using basic stitches, you’ll create a lovely texture for this crochet bucket hat. Available in teen/adult and large adult sizes, this is a sweet hat to wear for beach outings. 


The Willow Crochet Bucket Hat on a wooden surface
Willow Bucket Hat

Designer: Chris Hamada, via Ravelry
Yarn weight: (5) Bulky
Yarn suggestion: Red Heart Hygge

Hygge is the Danish concept of coziness and comfort, which you will definitely get when you use this yarn to make this crochet bucket hat. Because it uses bulky weight yarn, this crochet bucket hat is perfect for keeping your head warm during the colder months.


Basketweave Crochet Bucket Hat
Basketweave Bucket Hat

Designer: Hooked on Homemade Happiness
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Yarn suggestion: I Love This Cotton

This pattern starts as a basic double crochet beanie, but with the added textured brim it becomes a cute bucket hat. Front and back post stitches give this hat its textured, basketweave look. Use cotton yarn for a more breathable hat to use in the summer. 


a woman wearing the Beach Vibe Crochet Sun Hat
Beach Vibe Sun Hat

Designer: Jenny and Teddy
Yarn weight: (3) DK (two strands held together) or (5) Bulky
Yarn suggestion: Patons Grace or Bernat Maker Home Dec

This simple bucket hat uses single crochet stitches for the body and double crochet stitches for the granny stitch pattern on its floppy ruffled brim. The pattern uses two strands of DK weight cotton yarn held together, but you can easily substitute with a bulky weight cotton yarn.


Pretty in Spring Crochet Bucket Hats
Pretty in Spring Crochet Bucket Hat

Designer: Yarn Craftee
Yarn weight: (3) DK
Yarn suggestion: Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton DK

A beginner friendly pattern, this hat uses only single crochet stitches worked in a spiral round. Add some flower appliques to make it the perfect spring hat. Wear it with the brim down or fold it slightly at the side for a cute, casual look. 


a stripe crochet bucket hat on a mannequin head
Bucket Hat Crochet Pattern

Designer: Zamiguz
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Yarn suggestion: I Love This Cotton

This bucket hat pattern uses the yarn under technique to get the x-shaped single crochet look that you usually see in amigurumi patterns. Make it in a solid color or use yarn scraps to make a colorful striped hat.


Brunch Crochet Bucket Hat
Brunch Bucket Hat

Designer: Hooked on Homemade Happiness
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Yarn suggestion: Knit Picks Dishie

Use cotton yarn to make this gorgeous bucket hat perfect for bright, summer days. Single crochet and double crochet stitches give it a simple textured look. This is another great pattern to give to cancer centers or homeless shelters in the summer. 


a woman wearing the Annie Crochet Bucket Hat
Annie Bucket Hat

Designer: Two of Wands
Yarn weight: (6) Super bulky
Yarn suggestion: Lion Brand Go For Faux

Faux fur hats are a must have, especially when the weather starts getting colder. With the different colors of this fun faux yarn, you will have a hard time choosing just one to use to make this soft and fluffy hat! 


A woman wearing the Faux Fur Crochet Bucket Hat
Faux Fur Bucket Hat

Designer: Crafty Kitty Crochet
Yarn weight: (6) Super bulky
Yarn suggestion: Lion Brand Go For Faux

What better way to get that warm fuzzy feeling than to make a warm, fuzzy faux fur hat! This hat is perfect for dressing up your winter wardrobe, selling at craft fairs, and even as holiday gifts. 


a woman wearing the the Sherpa Crochet Bucket Hat
Sherpa Bucket Hat

Designer: Mama in a Stitch
Yarn weight: (7) Jumbo
Yarn suggestion: Lion Brand Go For Fleece

Why buy an expensive fur hat when you can make one for yourself! This warm and cozy bucket hat will add style to any of your winter outfits. Show off that 90’s vibe with style when you wear this fuzzy bucket hat.


a girl wearing the Theo Crochet Bucket Hat
Theo Bucket Hat

Designer: Two of Wands
Yarn weight: (7) Jumbo
Yarn suggestion: Lion Brand Go For Fleece

This snuggly color-blocked bucket hat works up quickly with jumbo weight yarn. These hats make perfect gifts for family and friends. Mix-and-match colors to make matching hats for you and your bffs! 


Granny Square Bucket Hat Patterns

Granny squares add an interesting, colorful boho element to crochet bucket hats. With the many granny square variations available, you’ll be able to crochet a truly unique bucket hat.


Red Heart Crochet Granny Square Crochet Bucket Hat
Red Heart Crochet Granny Square Bucket Hat

Designer: Yarnspirations
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Yarn suggestion: Red Heart Super Saver O’Go

This vibrant crochet bucket hat will surely brighten up anyone’s day! O’Go yarn has perfectly coordinated colors, you won’t have to worry about choosing the perfect color combination. Explore the different O’Go color schemes to create a bucket hat for every season.


Beautiful Crochet Daisy Flower Bucket Hat
Beautiful Crochet Daisy Flower Bucket Hat

Designer: My Accessory Box
Yarn weight: (3) DK
Yarn suggestion: Nako Calico

The embossed crochet daisy flower square is what makes this hat stand out. Make five of these squares and join them together to complete this crochet bucket hat pattern. Modifications to make smaller sizes are also available if you want to make one for your little ones.


Crochet Dot Square Bucket Hats
Crochet Dot Square Bucket Hat

Designer: Raffamusa Designs
Yarn weight: (3) DK
Yarn suggestion: Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton DK

Crochet a hat for every occasion just by changing the colors on the basic circle granny square you will use to make this cute crochet bucket hat. Use pastels to make a hat for spring, orange and black for a hat for Halloween, or red, yellow, and green for a hat with a Christmas theme. And with three sizes available, you can make one for every family member.


Crochet Dune Bucket Hat
Dune Bucket Hat

Designer: Bruna for Bella Coco
Yarn weight: (3) DK
Yarn suggestion: Schachenmayr Catania

The earthy colors of this crochet bucket hat are perfect for a Pinterest-worthy vintage aesthetic. You will need six squares to create the hat circumference. Modifications for using worsted weight yarn are also provided, as well as step-by-step photo tutorials for visual learners.


a woman wearing the Halcyon Crochet Bucket Hat
Halcyon Bucket Hat

Designer: Make and Do Crew
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Yarn suggestion: Lion Brand Pima Cotton

A modern take on iconic granny squares, this crochet bucket hat will definitely pass the 90’s trend check. This beginner friendly crochet bucket hat pattern is a great stash buster if you want to make an eye-catching accessory.


Crochet Blossom Bucket Hat
Blossom Bucket Hat

Designer: Hooked on Homemade Happiness
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Yarn suggestion: I Love This Cotton

Who would have thought that a simple flower granny square pattern would make such an adorable bucket hat? While this crochet bucket hat is constructed differently, it is an easy beginner-friendly pattern. Change the flower colors to make a different blossom for a completely different look.


Crochet Bobble Granny Square Bucket Hat
Crochet Bobble Granny Square Bucket Hat

Designer: Crochet For You Blog
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Yarn suggestion: Ice Yarn Lorena Worsted

The bobble stitch adds an interesting texture to the bobble drops flower granny square that is used in making this crochet bucket hat. Crochet this hat in neutral colors for a classic look, or use colorful yarn scraps to make a bolder fashion statement. A video tutorial for the pattern is also available for step-by-step instructions.


Lily Flower Power Crochet Bucket Hat
Lily Flower Power Bucket Hat

Designer: Yarnspirations
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Yarn suggestion: Lily Sugar’n Cream

Let the flowers bloom on this cute crochet hat. Choose your favorite color combinations to make it your own. This easy crochet bucket hat pattern is made with 100 percent cotton for warm-weather comfort. 


A girl wearing a glasses and the Garden Crochet Bucket Hat
Garden Bucket Hat

Designer: Rich Textures Crochet
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted 
Yarn suggestion: Lion Brand Pima Cotton

The flower motif on this crochet bucket hat makes it the perfect summer accessory. Protect yourself from the sun while working in your garden. Worked with two strands of worsted weight cotton yarn held together, this bucket hat is thick but still breathable and comfy. 


Easy Bucket Hat Patterns with Step-by-Step Video Tutorials

Looking for more unique and quirky crochet bucket hat patterns? Here are some step-by-step video tutorials for bucket hats that will surely make heads turn. 


Easy Crochet Bucket Hat
Easy Crochet Bucket Hat

Designer: Brunacticality
Yarn weight: (3) DK
Yarn suggestion: Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton DK

A simple but oh-so-cute bucket hat that is great for beginners. The embroidered flowers add a light feminine touch to this ruffle-brimmed bucket hat. Make one in pastel colors for the perfect spring hat!


Bucket Hat aka Fisherman’s Hat
Bucket Hat aka Fisherman’s Hat

Designer: Yarn Wars
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Yarn suggestion: Red Heart Super Saver Stripes

Self-striping yarn gives this bucket hat or fisherman’s hat its burst of color. Of course, you can also use your yarn scraps to create this colorful bucket hat. Super simple and easy to make, this pattern also has a photo tutorial for getting the right size for your crochet bucket hat. 


Checkerboard Crochet Bucket Hat
Checkerboard Bucket Hat

Designer: Hooked on Homemade Happiness 
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Yarn suggestion: Knit Picks Dishie

Do not be intimidated by this crochet bucket hat. It’s much easier to make than you think! The video tutorial teaches you some techniques you will need to make the hat, such as how to carry your yarn throughout the project. Once you get the hang of it, you’ll be experimenting with different color combinations for this easy bucket hat pattern.


Starburst Granny Bucket Crochet Hat
Starburst Granny Bucket Crochet Hat

Designer: Day’s Crochet
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Yarn suggestion: Lion Brand Basic Stitch

With its eye-catching sunburst motif, this bucket hat will surely make heads turn! The granny stitch plus a ruffled brim gives this hat an added flair. Make a couple of these in different color combinations to sell at spring/summer market fairs.


a woman wearing the Patchwork Crochet Bucket Hat
Patchwork Bucket Hat

Designer: Brunacticality
Yarn weight: (3) DK
Yarn suggestion: Sirdar Hayfield Bonus DK 

Inspired by J.W. Anderson’s patchwork cardigan made famous by Harry Styles, this crochet bucket hat may be a little challenging for beginners. You will need to make a couple of small squares with different designs. But don’t worry, this video tutorial will walk you through the process to help you create this stylish bucket hat.


Crochet Frog Bucket Hat
Crochet Frog Bucket Hat

Designer: Shirley Designs
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Yarn suggestion: Loops and Threads Impeccable

Frogging your WIP is something you might not like doing, but this is one frog you will enjoy crocheting. With a detailed video tutorial, you won’t be hearing any “rip-its” while making this cute froggy bucket hat.


Strawberry Crochet Bucket Hat
Strawberry Bucket Hat

Designer: Meldy Crochet
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted
Yarn suggestion: Red Heart Pound of Love

This detailed video tutorial is great for beginners who are looking for an adorable and easy bucket hat crochet pattern. To make this hat, you should know basic crochet skills such as making a magic ring, single crochet (sc), slip stitch (sl st) and double crochet (dc). A separate video will show you how to make the stem and leaves at the top.


Crochet Mushroom Bucket Hat
Crochet Mushroom Bucket Hat

Designer: Pretty Much Paradise
Yarn weight: (4) Worsted 
Yarn suggestion: Premier Yarns Premier Anti-Pilling Everyday Worsted 

Make this mushroom hat to match your Pinterest-worthy mushroom/cottagecore aesthetic. This adorable mushroom hat includes the mushroom “gills” that will take your crochet bucket hat to the next level. 


Are You a Beginner Crocheter Who Needs Help Stitching a Bucket Hat?

Most of these crochet bucket hat patterns are beginner-friendly and pretty easy to make. But if you aren’t confident enough with your crochet skills, making a hat can be a little intimidating.

Mastering fundamental crochet skills will help you become more confident in taking on any project. Learn the basic stitches, make some practice projects, and take amazing photos of your work to post on Facebook or Instagram. 

Join us in our Crochet Fundamentals course and be on your way to creating your dream projects with ease!

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