This characterful free crochet bucket hat pattern by Anne Egan puts an up-to-the-minute spin on 90s style. It’s a simple bucket hat shape, yes, but the granny squares and clashing brights keep things playful. Switch to a cotton yarn to make a breezier version to rock as the weather warms up.

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You will need

Any Aran weight yarn (why not try Rico Design Creative Cotton Aran or Stylecraft Special Aran Acrylic yarn), 1 ball of at least 190m each:

  • Yarn A - Neon Pink
  • Yarn B - Yellow
  • Yarn C - Lime Green
  • Yarn D - Orange
  • Yarn E - Blue
  • Yarn F - Red

A 5mm (US H/8) hook

Measurements

Height of hat 22cm (8¾in), circumference at the ring of mini squares 46cm (18in)

Notes

Hat is made by starting with a band of mini granny squares, then working the brim down from one side and joining the top of the hat to the other side. This crochet bucket hat pattern was originally published in issue 53 of Simply Crochet magazine and was originally designed in Knit Picks Mighty Stitch (20% superwash wool, 80% acrylic, 100g/190m) yarn, we've substituted this so that you can make alternative yarn choices.

Abbreviations

You can find a full list of all abbreviations we use in our abbreviations and conversions guide. This free crochet bucket hat pattern is written in UK terminology but you can easily convert it to US terms using the guide.

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Free crochet bucket hat pattern

Mini Granny Square motif

Make 9 squares with shades as follows:

  • Yarn D and Yarn F
  • Yarn C and Yarn E
  • Yarn A and Yarn D
  • Yarn E and Yarn B
  • Yarn F and Yarn C
  • Yarn B and Yarn A
  • Yarn E and Yarn D
  • Yarn A and Yarn E
  • Yarn C and Yarn B.

Ch4, ss to first ch to join into a ring.

Round 1 Ch3 (counts as tr), 2tr in ring, (ch2, 3tr) 3 times, ch2, ss into top of beg ch-3 to join. Fasten off.

Round 2 Join new colour in ch-2 sp, ch3, (2tr, ch2, 3tr) in same ch-2 sp, (3tr, ch2, 3tr) in each rem ch-2 sp, ss in top of beg ch-3 to join. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Join the squares tog into a Band, holding wrong sides tog and using Yarn F, work a dc seam between each square.

Brim

Join Yarn F to lower edge of granny square Band.

Round 1 Ch1 (does not count as st throughout), dc evenly around, working a dc into each tr, each ch-2 sp and each seam, ss to first dc to join. [81 dc]

Round 2 Ch1, (dc in next 8 sts, 2dc in next st) 9 times, ss to first dc. [90 dc]

Round 3 Ch1, (dc in next 8 sts, 2dc in next st) 10 times, ss to first dc. [100 dc]

Round 4 Ch1, (dc in next 9 sts, 2dc in next st) 10 times, ss to first dc. Fasten off. [110 dc]

Round 5 Join Yarn D in first st, ch1, (dc in next 10 sts, 2dc in next st) 10 times, ss to first dc. [120 dc]

Round 6 Ch3, 2tr in base of ch-3, skip 2 dc, *3tr in next st, skip 2 dc; rep from * around, ss in top of beg ch-3 to join. Fasten off. [120 tr]

Round 7 Join Yarn C between any two 3-tr groups, ch1, *2dc between 3-tr groups, skip next tr, dc in next tr, skip next tr; rep from * around, ss to first dc to join.

Round 8 Ch1, (dc in next 11 sts, 2dc in next st) 10 times, ss to first dc to join. [130 dc]

Round 9 Ch1, dc in each st around, ss to first dc.

Round 10 Ch1, (dc in next 12 sts, 2dc in next st) 10 times, ss to first dc to join. Fasten off. [140 dc]

Round 11 Join Yarn E in first st, ch1, dc in each st around, ss to first dc to join. Fasten off.

Change to Yarn C.

Round 12 Join Yarn C in first st, ch1, (dc in next 13 sts, 2dc in next st) 10 times, ss to first dc to join. Fasten off. [150 dc]

Round 13 Join Yarn A in first st, ch3, 2tr in base of ch-3, skip 2 dc, *3tr in next st, skip 2 dc; rep from * around, ss in top of beg ch-3 to join. Fasten off.

Round 14 Join Yarn F between any two 3-tr groups, ch1, *(2dc between 3-tr groups, skip next tr, dc in next tr, skip next tr) 4 times, 2dc between 3-tr groups, skip next tr, 2dc in next tr, skip next tr; rep from * around, ss to first dc to join. [160 dc] Fasten off and weave in ends.

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Top of hat

Using Yarn B, make a crochet magic loop.

Round 1 Ch3 (counts as tr throughout), 11tr into ring, ss to top of beg ch-3 to join. Fasten off. [12 tr]

Round 2 Join Yarn F in first st, ch3, tr in st at base of ch-3, 2tr in each tr around, ss in top of beg ch-3 to join. Fasten off. [24 tr]

Round 3 Join Yarn D in first st, ch3, 2tr in next tr, *tr in next tr, 2tr in next tr; rep from * around, ss in top of beg ch-3 to join. Fasten off. [36 tr]

Round 4 Join Yarn C in first st, ch3, tr in next tr, 2tr in next tr, *tr in each of next 2 tr, 2tr in next tr; rep from * around, ss in top of beg ch-3 to join. Fasten off. [48 tr]

Round 5 Join Yarn A in first st, ch3, tr in each of next 2 tr, 2tr in next tr, *tr in each of next 3 tr, 2tr in next tr; rep from * around, ss in top of beg ch-3 to join.
Fasten off. [60 tr]

Round 6 Join Yarn E in first st, ch3, tr in each of next 3 tr, 2tr in next tr, *tr in each of next 4 tr, 2tr in next tr; rep from * around, ss in top of beg ch-3 to join. [72 tr]

Round 7 Ch1, dc in each tr around, ss to first dc to join. Fasten off.

Round 8 Join Yarn C in first st, ch3, 2tr in st at base of ch-3, skip 2 dc, *3tr in next st, skip 2 dc; rep from * around, ss in top of beg ch-3 to join. Fasten off.

Round 9 Join Yarn E between any two 3-tr groups, ch1, *2dc between 3-tr groups, skip next tr, dc in next tr, skip next tr; rep from * around, ss to first dc to join. Fasten off. [72 tr]

Round 10 Join Yarn D in first st, ch1, dc in each dc around, ss to first dc to join. [72 dc]

Round 11 Ch1, (dc in next 17 sts, 2dc in next st) 4 times, ss to first dc to join. [76 dc]

Round 12 Ch1, (dc in next 18 sts, 2dc in next st) 4 times, ss to first dc to join. [80 dc]

Round 13 Ch1, 2dc in first st, dc in each st around, ss to first dc to join. [81 dc]

Fasten off and weave in ends.

To make up

Join Yarn F to top of mini granny square Band. Rep Round 1 of Brim. Do not fasten off. With RS held tog, join Top of Hat to Bottom using a ss seam. Fasten off and weave in all ends.

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If you enjoyed this free crochet bucket hat pattern, why not add to your hat collection with our free coral beret crochet pattern. Fancy some matching accessories to go with your new crochet bucket hat, then you'll love our matching free festival earrings crochet pattern and our free embellished sandals crochet pattern.

Authors

Anne Egan
Anne EganCrochet Designer

A committed crafter, Anne works with glass, metal and clay as well as textiles and yarn. She’s been designing for Simply Crochet magazine since way back in issue two!

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