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January 18, 2024

15 Beginner Crochet Bucket Hat Patterns You Must Try This Summer

I’ve recently been checking out some trendy crochet bucket hat pattern designs on TikTok and was blown away by the coolest ideas & creative twists! 

I found everything from frog bucket hats to strawberry bucket hats, all kinds of animal bucket hats, checkered, striped, flowered, mushroom and even granny square bucket hats!

Oh man! This is so exciting! Summer’s just round the corner and I can’t wait to start working up some of these trendy crochet bucket hats for my kids AND myself of course!! 

I looked around a bit for some really cool designs and thought I’d share them with you for some inspiration.

Most crochet bucket hats use 100% cotton yarn, but you could also use acrylic, raffia or even fuzzy faux fur! If you're looking to purchase your yarns online, have a look at LoveCrafts selection! They're really awesome and reasonably priced 🙂

You might have some questions about how to crochet bucket hats, so I’ve added a FAQs section at the bottom of this post where you’ll find answers to everything related to crochet bucket hats.

Also, many of these crochet bucket hats start off with a Magic Circle (sometimes called Magic Ring or Magic Loop). If you don’t know how to do that yet, have a look at these awesome video tutorials that’ll show you exactly how to do them.

And if you totally give up on the Magic Circle, no worries! There’s several other methods to get around it. Have a look at this post here to find out how.

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Inspired by the pop star and queen of everything Rihanna, who was photographed at a basketball game wearing a bucket hat, Darsi from Darsi Stitches designed her own version of the crochet bucket hat. Have a look and give it a shot yourself!

Terms: US Terms

Skill Level: Beginner

Sizes: Newborn to adult


Size 4 (worsted weight) cotton yarn – approximately 180 yards (or 1.5 skeins) of Lily’s Sugar and Cream in “Indigo”
Size H (5.0 mm) crochet hook
Stitch marker
Tapestry needle

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This is an ideal crochet bucket hat for beginner crocheters. It is worked in a spiral and so achieves a unique seamless look! There's also a video tutorial that goes with it, so this pattern is super easy to follow.

Terms: US Terms

Skill Level: Beginner

Sizes: Newborn to adult


One skein of "24/7 Cotton" by Lion Brand Yarns.
Size H (5.0 mm) crochet hook
Stitch marker
Tapestry needle

Crochet Bucket Hat - Yarn Drasil

For this basic crochet bucket hat, Jane uses only one stitch (the single crochet stitch) and 1 skein of ra-ra raffia yarn. It's a very simple and super  quick crochet bucket hat you can surely whip up in a weekend.

Terms: US Terms

Skill Level: Beginner

Sizes: Adult One Size Fits all 


Ra-ra raffia yarn color desert palm  1 skein.
(3.0 mm) crochet hook
Stitch marker
Tapestry needle

Crochet Bucket Hats - Jenny & Teddy

This is a pattern I designed myself for my 6-year old daughter. It can be adjusted for any size child to adult.

The pattern uses 4 colors and made up of 5 Granny Squares, a flat circle top and a ruffled brim.

Terms: US Terms

Skill Level: Intermediate

Sizes: Child to adult (includes FREE hat sizing template)


Some classic worsted weight yarn (4 colors of your choice).  

I used Paintbox Yarns for this crochet bucket hat.
(Summer Garden by Kate Eastwood). The colors include:
  • Blush Pink (353) - Color A
  • Raspberry Pink (343) - Color B
  • Ballet Pink (352) - Color C
  • Lime Green (328) - Color D
Crochet Bucket Hat Pattern Free Granny Square

This is a fuzzy trendy faux fur crochet bucket hat, an Annie Hall meets Jamiroquai mashup. It caused quite a sensation when Alexandra first posted it on her Instagram stories! This hat is also available in a kit.  Just perfect!

: US Terms

Skill Level: Beginner, but requires a bit of knowledge and understanding of how to feel for your stitches so you know where to crochet since you can't see them. The only technique you need to know is how to single crochet in the round.

Sizes: 1, 2, 3, 4


1 (2, 2, 3) skeins Lion Brand Yarn Go For Faux in Mink (322-200)
(super bulky, weight 6; 65yds/60m per skein)
Size US L/11 (8.0 mm) crochet hook
Stitch marker
Tapestry needle

Crochet Bucket Hat - Two of Wands

This 90's gorgeous Sherpa bucket hat is warm, soft, and comfy AND it blocks the sun from your eyes on bright days. It's a great addition of style to any outfit.

Terms: US Terms

Skill Level: Intermediate (You should feel good with crocheting in the round, and be up for working with sherpa fleece yarn)

Sizes: Women's One Size Fits all  (Fits 22” inch circumference)


1 skein Lion Brand Yarn Go For Fleece Sherpa in Cream or preferred color (184 g/ 89 yds per Pattern uses approximately 145 g total
US Size P/Q (15.0 mm) crochet hook
Stitch marker
Tapestry needle

Video Tutorials For Crochet Bucket Hats

1. Quick & Easy Crochet Bucket Hat Tutorial by VivCrochets

This pattern can be adjusted to fit any size and be easily customized. This is a perfect beginner's  project because it uses the most basic stitches and concepts. This pattern does require a magic circle (MC), but you can substitute this by chaining 4 and slip stitching to the first chain. This hat uses mainly the double crochet (dc), sometimes in the back loop only (BLO) or front loop only (FLO), and slip stitches (sl st) to join each round.

In this crochet bucket hat tutorial, Alexandra shows very clearly how to crochet a simple bucket hat using very basic stitches (slip knot, chain, slip stitch and souble crochet). This makes for an idea project for beginners.

This easy crochet bucket hat is great if you're experimenting with crocheting bucket hats for the first time. It uses 100g (or 2 balls) of cotton Aran yarn. You don't need to know how to start off with a Magic Circle, which is great if you don't know how to do it yet. All you need to know is how to do a HDC stitch (half double crochet) and work in the FLO (front loop only).

Now here is where it start to get real fun and you can start experimenting with different colors for your checkered bucket hat! Lala does a great job in explaining in detail how to work up this hat. You'll get it even if you're an absolute beginner. Lala also has a written pattern for sale at her Etsy Shop.

This is just about the cutest frog crochet bucket hat, perfect for us frog-obsessed crocheters! For this crochet bucket hat, Shirley uses the SC (single crochet) stitch, DC (double crochet) stitch and HDC (half double crochet) stitch. She explains all the steps very thoroughly, so this too is an ideal project if you're a beginner crocheter.

Crochet Bucket Hat Patterns (Etsy)

And finally, here's a list of my favourite crochet bucket hat patterns for sale on Etsy. They include different size options, exact details, images to follow along and are instantly downloadable.

You can print them out and check off the rows as you progress with your work. They're also great to have with you as you follow along the video tutorials.

1. Grab N’Go Bucket Hat by The Hat And I Crochet

A packable, wearable, on-the-go bucket hat for your adventures in the sun. Take a hike or stroll the beach...

Terms: US Terms

Skill level: Easy/Intermediate

Size: Hat pattern includes FIVE sizes:
0–6mo, 6–12mo, Toddler, Child, & Adult

Medium (4) weight yarn -
Lily Sugar'n Cream 
Size H (5.0mm) crochet hook
Tapestry needle

Who doesn't love checkers? This trendy checkered crochet bucket hat is just the hit and is so easy to whip up! There's even a video tutorial to go along with the written pattern.

Terms: US Terms

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: This pattern is written to fit a head measurement of 22 inches. The pattern is very size adjustable, so try on the pieces as you work.

Stitches/ Abbreviations Used:
HDC - Half Double Crochet
SS - Slip Stitch

2 Yarns Colors (Recommended  size 4 or medium weight yarn (Red Heart Super Saver))
4.5 mm Crochet Hook
Measuring Tape
Stitch Marker or Bobby Pin

Super cute bucket hat pattern using Granny Squares.  Works up super quickly and is perfect for summer. You can use a range of different yarn colours. If you're new to Granny Squares, you can learn how to Crochet Granny Squares with this tutorial first.

Terms: US terms

Skill Level:  Medium crochet experience required.

Sizes: Adult

Stitches/Abbreviations: Granny Squares, join as you go method.

Aran yarn (Recommended Drops Paris 100% cotton, less than 50g of each colour)
5mm crochet hook
Tapestry needle

In this pattern there are 3 sizes and 4 styles, 6 if you count each color! While this may not be totally beginner friendly, it is for sure simple! 

Terms: US Terms

Skill Level: Intermediate

Sizes: Newborn to Adult


Acrylic yarn
Fiber fill

This is a hat you'll definitely look hot in!  Feel free to experiment with different colors make blue flames, pink flames, or whatever suits your fancy (or outfit!)

Terms: US Terms

Skill Level: Intermediate, requires knowledge of tapestry crochet. A pixel grid graph is included!

Sizes:  (20", 21.5", 23", and 24.5" circumference)

Yarn/tapestry needle
Worsted weight cotton yarn (Lily Sugar n Cream )
Crochet hook: 6.5mm (if you crochet tightly), 6.00 mm, or 5.5 (if you crochet loosely)

Frequently Asked Questions About Crochet Bucket Hats

Before you start with your first crochet bucket hat, you might have some questions, which is totally normal.

Have a quick look at these FAQs to get more clarity and if you have any other questions that I haven't answered here, please feel free to send me a note in the comments below.

Let's start with the most common question:

How to Crochet a Bucket Hat

Crochet bucket hats are great because they are easy and beginner-friendly.  You’ll need a suitable crochet hook that fits your choice of yarn, a darning needle, stitch markers and a pair of scissors. Most hats basically follow these 3 steps:

  1. Crochet the top of a hat as a flat circle (increases either in continuous rounds or joined rounds)
  2. Crochet the sides of the hat in the round without increases (same number of stitches for several rounds)
  3. Crochet the brim of the hat by starting off by crocheting a round into the front loop only (FLO), then work each subsequent round with increases to get the brim to stand out.

You could also turn some granny squares into a crochet bucket hat and use any type of yarn you like including cotton, acrylic, raffia and even chunky yarn.

How to crochet bucket hat brim

There are several styles of brims for crochet bucket hats. 

  • Straight brim
  • Wavy brim
  • Floppy brim
  • Ruffled brim

The style and length of the crochet bucket hat brim will all depend on the look you want and the instructions for how to crochet the different styles will be included in the pattern you’re following.

See examples in the pattern list above.

How to crochet bucket hat pattern

There are 2 ways to crochet bucket hats and that depends on whether you prefer to follow written patterns or video tutorials. 

I’ve included both options here for you to choose from. 

The free crochet bucket hat patterns have some adverts in the posts, which can get a bit annoying sometimes. 

If you want a PDF printable ad-free version of these patterns, the designers sell them for a small fee on their Etsy shops.

How to crochet bucket hats for beginners

Crochet bucket hats are ideal projects for beginners because you really only need to know one or two basic crochet stitches to be able to make them. 

If you want your crochet bucket hat to be firm, you’d need to use a small stitch like the single crochet (sc) stitch. If you would like a looser crochet bucket hat, you could you half double crochet (hdc) or double crochet stitches (dc). You could even make some granny squares and turn them into a crochet bucket hat!

Most patterns have really easy to follow step-by-step instructions and you know that you can always contact the designer to ask questions if you get stuck.

How to size a crochet bucket hat

It’s important to get the size of your crochet bucket hat just right to make sure it’ll be comfortable to wear.

To be sure you’re sizing your crochet bucket hat correctly, you can follow one of the following methods:

Measure your head with a measuring tape and do some math. According to Hat Country's Store:

  1. Hat circumference: measure around your head (just above your ears) and subtract one inch. This will allow for a snug fit.
  2. Top width: measure the flat circle you begin with. You should divide hat circumference by (Pi) = 3.14.
  3. Hat height: Divide Head circumference / 10 x 4.

If you’re not keen on making calculations, or this crochet bucket hat you’re making is for someone else you can’t measure right now, you can use this Free printable hat sizing template to guide you. This is meant for beanies, but works just as well for crochet bucket hats. The brims are just excluded here.

Crochet Hat & Beanie Sizing Chart + Template
Free Download

Free crochet hat sizing template

How much yarn do you need to crochet a bucket hat?

Most adult-sized crochet bucket hats use from one to two skeins of yarn (an average of 180 yards / approx. 165 m of yarn). For cotton yarns of 50g balls, you would need about 2 balls (100g).

Looking to purchase yarn online? Check out We Crochet for their awesome selection!

Is crocheting a bucket hat hard?

No! Not at all! It’s an easy beginner crochet project that you’ll definitely enjoy and be proud of 🙂 So pick your favourite from the list above.

Which Crochet Bucket Hat Pattern Will You Choose?

I hope you enjoyed this selection of crochet bucket hat patterns and found those that you'd like to give a shot!

As you discovered, there are a wide variety of crochet bucket hat patterns that are so simple, yet beautiful! Don't worry if you're an absolute beginner crocheter! Follow one of the video tutorials above and you'll find that crocheting a bucket hat is easier than it looks 🙂

If you have any more questions about crochet bucket hats, please do let me know in the comments below and I'll be happy to answer them for you!

Happy crocheting!

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