Quick & Easy Crochet Bucket Hat

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This crochet bucket hat is the perfect first crochet project! This pattern is quick to make, uses minimal yarn, and comes with my step-by-step video tutorial to help you make your very own hat!

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Straight Brim

This crochet bucket hat pattern features a straight brim, rather than a wavy brim. I, personally, really like the straight brim look, but if you prefer a wavy brim, you can do more increasing in the brim portion to achieve that look!

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Crocheting Bends/Folds

Also, this pattern has minimal adjustments to produce folds where the hat bends for a more structured and less rounded bucket hat.

By working in the front or back loops, you can produce bends in crochet. It makes it easier for the fabric to turn a certain way. In this case, crocheting in the back loops helps with the 90 degree bend from the top of the hat to the middle.

It’s a pretty minor adjustment, but it makes a big difference in how the bucket hat looks! Working in the front or back loops is an important technique in crochet. This crochet pattern makes for great practice for beginners learning new techniques.

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Blank Canvas

I love that this is such a simple crochet bucket hat pattern. It means that this hat is a blank canvas for whatever you want to add to it!

One thing I added to my crochet bucket hat is this brown arrow to make an Appa bucket hat. It resembles the sky bison, Appa, in the show Avatar: The Last Airbender. There is no written pattern for the arrow, but I have an Appa bucket hat video tutorial to go through the arrow crochet pattern and the application onto the bucket hat.

Crochet appa bucket hat

There are so many different things you can add to your bucket hat to make it more unique and your own. You can add appliqués like stars, hearts, or flowers. Or 3-D ones would look cool, too!

Not only that, but you can edit the colorwork very easily in this pattern. You can make it have stripes or color block it. Or you can make a checkered bucket hat, which is what I did!

My checkered bucket hat uses the same techniques as this bucket hat pattern, but with colorwork and a wavy brim. I don’t have a written pattern for it since it’s so similar, but you can find the crochet checkered bucket hat video tutorial on my YouTube channel.

Crochet checkered bucket hat with wavy brim

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Video Tutorial

You can follow along with my YouTube video to crochet your very own bucket hat! I have timestamps included to section the video and help you jump to any point you need to!

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Materials

Gauge

8.5 rows of 15 double crochets makes a 10 x 10 centimeter square

Notes and Tips

  • You can find FAQs and common issues after the written pattern
  • This pattern is written using US crochet terms
  • The chain 2 at the beginning of each round does NOT count as a double crochet
  • Working in the back loops only or front loops only helps to create the bend in the hat
  • For the “Middle” and “Brim” portions, the numbers in parenthesis() are the different stitch counts for small, medium, and large sizes

Abbreviations

blo = back loop only

ch = chain

dc = double crochet

flo = front loop only

inc = increase

rep = repeat

st = stitch


Top

This part is what determines the size of your bucket hat. The circumference of the circle you make before moving onto the middle portion should match the circumference of your head (or whoever you’re making it for).

To follow the sizing guide, your gauge should match mine.

Round 1: Make a magic ring, ch2, dc10 into the magic ring, sl st (10)

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Round 2: ch2, inc in each st around, sl st (20)

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Round 3: ch2, rep [dc in the first st, inc in the next] around, sl st (30)

Round 4: ch 2, rep [dc in the first 2 st, inc in the next] around, sl st (40)

Round 5: ch 2, rep [dc in the first 3 st, inc in the next] around, sl st (50)

Round 6: ch 2, rep [dc in the first 4 st, inc in the next] around, sl st (60)

Round 7: ch 2, rep [dc in the first 5 st, inc in the next] around, sl st (70)

Stop here and move onto the middle for a small sized hat (if your gauge matches mine).

Round 8: ch2, repeat [dc in the first 6 st, inc in the next] around, sl st (80)

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Stop here and move onto the middle for a medium sized hat (if your gauge matches mine).

Round 9: ch2, repeat [dc in the first 7 st, inc in the next] around, sl st (90)

Stop here and move onto the middle for a large sized hat (if your gauge matches mine).

If you would like a smaller hat, do less rounds for the top. For a larger hat, add more rounds and continue doing an increase after one additional stitch than the round before.

Middle

Do regular double crochet rounds until you get the length of the middle you want. For a shorter middle part of the bucket hat, do less rounds. For a longer middle, do more rounds.

Round 1: ch2, dc in the blo of each st around, sl st (70, 80, 90)

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Round 2-7: ch2, dc in each st around, sl st (70, 80, 90)

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Brim

This pattern is for a flat, downward-angled brim, which is why we only increase in every other round. If we were to increase every round, the brim would stick out straight, without that downward angle. With no increases, it would drop straight down, as if we were still doing the middle.

Round 1: ch2, rep [dc in the flo of the first (6, 7, 8) st, inc in the flo of the next] around, sl st (80, 90, 100)

Round 2: ch2, dc in each st around, sl st

Round 3: ch 2, rep [dc in the first (7, 8, 9) st, inc in the next] around, sl st (90, 100, 110)

Round 4: ch 2, dc in each st around, sl st

Round 5: ch 2, rep [dc in the first (8, 9, 10) st, inc in the next] around, sl st (100, 110, 120)

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Fasten off and weave in loose ends.

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FAQs and Common Issues

I received many comments on my YouTube video from people who had similar problems with their project. I compiled this list to answer any questions you might have and help guide you to finding a solution to common problems that beginners had!

If you have a question or problem not addressed here, please leave a comment at the bottom of this post and I will do my best to help you out!

Sizing

For reference, my head is about 53 cm and the medium fits my head loosely!

Increase the top until the circumference of the circle is about the same circumference as your head. Then, start the middle.

Magic Ring

If it’s not working out, try making a slip knot, chaining 4, then slip stitching into the 1st chain (4th chain from the hook). This will give you a little circle to work into.

Or, you can make a slip knot, chain 3, then start double crocheting 10 into the 1st chain (3rd chain from the hook).

Top

If it’s not flat and curling into a bowl instead, you may have missed increases or your tension may be too tight.

If it’s not flat and getting wavy instead, you may have added too many increases or your tension may be too loose.

Middle

There are no increases in the middle portion.

Brim

In the first round, you increase 10 times evenly.

In the second round, you double crochet all around.

In the third round, you increase 10 times evenly.

Then, repeat the second and third round until your brim is at your desired length.

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11 Comments

  1. I am so confused. 1st round of the brim, I get to the last couple stitches, and there’s not enough stitches to end with the increase. Every 8th stitch I increase but im almost at the end and I only have 5 stitches left until the end of the row where I slip stitch but I need 3 more to increase in the 8th stitch. Does that make sense lol? I undid it twice but still end up with not being able to do the 10 rows evenly. Help??

    1. If you’re ending on the fifth stitch, you probably have 77 stitches, but you should have 80! I think you may have missed some stitches in previous rounds.

      If it fits well and you don’t want to undo it, you can just put your last increase in the last stitch. Your stitch count will be off for the rest of the brim, but you won’t see it in the final product!

  2. omg girl, this is perfect. the video, the clear instructions with the pictures, I’m definitely using this website again, thank you, thank you, thank you, you are a crocheter’s dream.

  3. Thank you so much for the great YouTube video and pattern! Everything was super easy to follow and turned out so nice. But now I’m stuck at the first row of the brim, it’s getting tighter in that row and I don’t know why…
    I’m not sure what this means t [dc in the flo of the first (6, 7, 8) st, inc in the flo of the next.
    What does the numbers mean?

    1. They are for the (S, M, L) sizes! The number will be different depending on the size you want. So, small is 6th st, medium is 7th, large is 8th.

      If your first row of the brim tightens, it means you’re losing stitches. You should be adding increases in the appropriate stitch to make it flare out

      1. Thank you!

        When you’re increasing stitches, you do that in both loops or only front loop in this first row?

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