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15 Free Crochet Bucket Hat Patterns

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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. 

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Free Crochet Bucket Hat Patterns

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. 

15 Free Crochet Bucket Hat Patterns

Enjoy these free crochet bucket hat patterns for your next project. Happy crocheting!

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:

  • Yarn
  • Crochet hook(s)
  • Other notions (scissors, yarn needle, stitch markers, etc.)

What is the best yarn for crochet bucket hats?

In most cases, we recommend using cotton yarn to make your crochet bucket hat. Cotton is breathable, easy to wash, and textured enough to help your hat keep a nice shape. 

A few of our favorite cotton yarns for making crochet bucket hats include Lily Sugar’ n Cream, Dishie Cotton, and Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton.

Some bucket hat patterns suggest other types of yarn, such as acrylic or even raffia.

Crochet Techniques for Bucket Hats

As you work on your bucket hat, you may come across techniques such as:

Is a crochet bucket hat a good beginner project? 

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 above also include video tutorials to guide you step-by-step.

A couple of the easiest patterns for crochet beginners include the Easy Crochet Bucket Hat (#1) and the Crochet Bucket Hat for Beginners (#10).

Tips and Tricks for Crochet Bucket Hats

Choose the right pattern for your skill level.

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. 

More Crochet Patterns

Check out these collections of free crochet patterns.

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Catherine Delmarque

Monday 15th of January 2024

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.

Thank you

Catherine Delmarque

Catherine Delmarque

Wednesday 17th of January 2024

@Sarah Stearns, 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.


Sarah Stearns

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.

Susie Allen

Tuesday 25th of July 2023

Loved the crocheted rugs butterfly and hat patterns. Very talented people.