Crochet bucket hats aren’t just trendy, they’re also a fun DIY project you can make at home! Keep reading for a roundup of our favorite free bucket hat patterns – from quick and easy beginner patterns to eye-catching intermediate designs.
In the last couple of years, the 90s bucket hat style is back in fashion. From students to celebrities, everyone is jumping in on the fashion trend.
And why not? Crochet bucket hats are a super fun project to make this spring and summer. They’re the perfect blend of fashion and function – a statement accessory that also keeps the sun out of your eyes!
Quick and easy. Bucket hats are relatively quick projects. Most take 3-6 hours to make. Bonus points – they’re excellent stash busters!
Great for beginners. While crocheters of all skill levels will enjoy making bucket hats, most patterns in this list use basic crochet stitches and are suitable for the confident beginner.
Super practical. Bucket hats are a soft, comfortable way to keep the sun out of your eyes, whether you’re spending the day at the beach or going on a walk. Plus, unlike some hats, they’re super flexible and easy to fold and pack in a backpack or suitcase.
Make a couple of bucket hats for yourself, or start crocheting to give these out as stylish gifts! Either way, there’s something for everyone in this list of free and easy crochet bucket hat patterns.
Supplies You’ll Need for Your Crochet Bucket Hat
Before we dive into the patterns, here are the supplies you’ll need to crochet your bucket hat:
Crochet bucket hats can be great projects for beginners. You’re well on your way if you know basic crochet techniques and stitches, such as the magic circle, chain stitch, single crochet, and double crochet!
Before starting, read through your pattern to make sure you’re comfortable with the stitches and techniques required. Many patterns below also include video tutorials to guide you step-by-step.
Each pattern will list its suggested skill level. Read through the instructions for yourself to ensure you understand everything you’ll need to do. If there are any stitches or techniques that you haven’t tried before, do some practice rows before jumping into your hat.
Get the right fit.
Using the right yarn weight is important for getting a good fit. We’ve added yarn suggestions for each pattern below to help you choose the best option. Feel free to switch it up, of course! But if you use a different yarn weight, make a gauge swatch to be sure you have the correct size hook.
Speaking of gauge: Making a gauge swatch before starting a wearable project is always important. Even if you use the same yarn that the pattern’s author suggests, you’ll still want to create a gauge swatch first to ensure the best fit for your hat.
Make your hat uniquely you!
There are plenty of ways to make your crochet bucket hat unique to you! The benefit of creating your own hat is that you can choose your style, colors, and even any extra decorations you want to add.
15 Free Crochet Bucket Hat Patterns
Enjoy these free crochet bucket hat patterns for your next project. Happy crocheting!
This easy crochet bucket hat is lightweight and perfect for beginners. It’s that everyday hat that you’ll find yourself grabbing for beach days, going to the park, or enjoying lunch out with friends. This pattern is worked in spiral rounds and fits a medium-sized adult head.
This granny square bucket hat is easy to make and oh-so-cute! It’s worked by making the motif sides, then attaching the top, and then the brim. Choose your favorite colors for this fun and flowery pattern!
Shake things up with this super colorful hat! This granny stripe pattern creates a bold look that’s perfect for adventuring. You could choose summer colors or pick autumn tones to easily tailor this hat for your favorite time of year.
Use up those scrap pieces of yarn with this colorful, striped hat pattern. This stylish hat is an excellent intermediate pattern that’s made primarily with single crochets. It’s estimated to take approximately six hours to make.
This sophisticated-looking hat made with raffia yarn features crochet cable stitch detail. It’s both beautiful and breezy for those warm summer days. You can make this hat in less than a day and enjoy it for many spring and summer days to come!
This bucket hat is worked from the top down and features a distinctive textured brim. This carefree look is created with chains, single crochets, and double crochets. You’ll also need to know how to both front post and back post double crochet to complete this pattern.
This crochet bear bucket hat has lots of character with its adorable little ears! It’s made with super bulky yarn and would work well for fall or even winter. This quick project is ideal for intermediate crocheters.
This seamless crocheted bucket hat pattern is made using the spiral method. This pattern includes both written and video instructions that will walk you through step by step. It takes about 3 hours to complete and is a perfect project for beginners!
This 90s bucket hat crochet pattern features a checkerboard design that’s fashionable for beach days or summer get-togethers! It’s worked from the top down in joined rounds. As you crochet, you’ll carry the colors to avoid lots of loose ends.
This trendy granny square pattern is a great way to bring your favorite colors plus breathability to the bucket hat idea. Flip the brim up or down to create a look you love! This pattern is made entirely with single crochets and is great for using up scrap yarn.
Show off your free spirit with this colorful and comfy bucket hat. Use it to keep the sun out of your eyes while you’re in the garden or take it out on the town. There are two sizes available for a narrow brim and a wider brim.
This pattern is made with raffia to create a cute and super-breathable summer hat! Made with cotton and wood fiber, raffia is durable and holds its shape. This hat is worked in the round from the top down.
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Saramaker, sorry this post is more of a question than a comment! I absolutely love the Easy Crochet Bucket Hat Pattern. The story behind this question. My sisters family and my family recently purchased summer trailers at a summer park. My daughter, my sister and her two daughters were all floating in the water on a very hot summer day when my niece mentioned that we all should have matching bucket hats. When I priced them out I was surprised at the cost for all five to start. I would imagine when two of my other nieces come to visit will want a matching hat as well.
Now to my question, when I came across this pattern and I love to crochet. Although I have not yet figured out how to alter a pattern. I am wondering if there is some way that you can advise how to I corporate the words MIAMI BEACH in the middle section of the hat.
If this is not possible I will understand.
Wednesday 17th of January 2024
Thank you so much.. I probably could do the tapestry crochet. My other problem is how do I know which stitches to use. Would it be easiest to put the pattern into an excell spreadsheet. Locate the centre of each row and work from there. I have never done this before, and I would like to learn.
Wednesday 17th of January 2024
Hi Catherine, It is possible to add words using the tapestry crochet technique. But I think for this particular pattern, the easiest way would be to embroider the words on after the hat is complete.
Tuesday 25th of July 2023
Loved the crocheted rugs butterfly and hat patterns. Very talented people.