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Bucket Hat Knitting Pattern

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In this post, you will see a bucket hat knitting pattern.

This simple bucket hat pattern is super easy, knit flat, and seamed.

Made with Pima cotton, and knit on size 4 mm (US 6) straight needles.

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Knitted bucket hat and shawl

Make A Knitted Bucket Hat

The bucket hat knitting pattern is a great pattern for a beginner.

The hat is knit in The Cotton from We Are Knitters in one color.

Perfect to wear with the brim turned up or turned down.

bucket hat pattern

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The stitches and techniques you need to know…

The stitches used in this pattern are the knit stitch, the purl stitch, the garter stitch, and the stockinette stitch.

The technique you will need to know is K2tog (knit the next two stitches together) used to decrease.

The bucket hat is created with a garter stitch brim and the stockinette stitch is used for the main body of the hat.

Knitted bucket hat back view

You might also want to make matching items…

You may also want to make matching items to take with you on vacation!

View those patterns here:

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Resources and tutorials you may find helpful in following this pattern:

This pattern is great for beginners and advanced beginners.

knitted bucket hat

Bucket Hat Knitting Pattern

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Notes

This hat is knit flat using either straight needles or circular needles.

The hat is then seamed using the mattress stitch when complete.

The brim is knit with two strands together which can seem a little tight on the 4mm/US 6 needles but is better for the shape.

If you decide to go up a needle size for the brim it is not advised because it will be too big and floppy later.

Bucket hat knit in cotton and cotton top

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knitted bucket hat and knitted top

Skill Level – Basic (Beginner)

Gauge

  • 18 sts / 36 rows in 10×10 cm/4×4 inches of garter stitch.
  • 18sts / 26 rows in 10×10 cm/4×4 inches of stockinette stitch.

Measurements/Sizes

  • Hat circumference = 46 cm / 18 inches
  • Height including brim = 23 cm / 9 inches
  • It will fit an average head size (it is looser because of the cotton)
Bucket hat back view

The supplies you need…

Yarn

  • 1 x We Are Knitters – The Cotton in the color Natural.
  • This cotton is 100% Pima Cotton/10g/3.05oz/232 yds/212m.
  • Use my code – MGM4VHHAT – for 10 off on your WAK yarn order.

Needles

Notions

Knitted bucket hat and shawl

Abbreviations

You can grab a free list of US and UK knitting terms here.

  • CO – cast on
  • Cont – continue
  • K – knit
  • K2tog – Knit the next two stitches together (decrease)
  • Garter stitch – every row knit
  • P – purl
  • PM – place marker
  • SM – slip marker
  • St(s) – stitch(es)
  • St, st – stockinette stitch
  • Rep – repeat
  • RS – right side
  • WS – wrong side
knitted bucket hat

Bucket Hat Pattern

The Brim

With 4mm (US 6) knitting needles and two strands together of the Pima cotton CO 120 sts.

Work in garter stitch for 5 cm/2 inches ending on a WS row.

The Main Body Of The Hat

You will continue to work the hat using one strand of yarn only…

Row 1 (RS): *K2, K2tog* – rep from * to * to the end of the row. (90 sts)

Row 2 (WS): Purl

Cont to work in st, st until the piece measures 17 cm/6.5 inches from the CO edge, ending on a WS row.

Decreasing The Hat

  • Row 1 (RS): K8, PM, *K9, PM* – Rep from * to * to last st, K1.
  • Row 2 (WS): Purl (slipping all markers).
  • Row 3: K6, K2tog, SM, *K7, K2tog, SM* – Rep from * to * to the last marker, SM, K1. (80 sts)
  • Row 4: Purl (slipping all markers).
  • Row 5: K5, K2tog, SM, *K6, K2tog, SM* – Rep from * to * to the last marker, SM, K1. (70 sts)
  • Row 6: Purl (slipping all markers).
  • Row 7: K4, K2tog, SM, *K5, K2tog, SM* – Rep from * to * to the last marker, SM, K1. (60 sts)
  • Row 8: Purl (slipping all markers).
  • Row 9: K3, K2tog, SM, *K4, K2tog, SM* – Rep from * to * to the last marker, SM, K1. (50 sts)
  • Row 10: Purl (slipping all markers).
  • Row 11: K2, K2tog, SM, *K3, K2tog, SM* – Rep from * to * to the last marker, SM, K1. (40 sts)
  • Row 12: Purl (slipping all markers).
  • Row 13: K1, K2tog, SM, *K2, K2tog, SM* – Rep from * to * to the last marker, SM, K1. (30 sts)
  • Row 14: Purl (slipping all markers).
  • Row 15: K2tog, SM, *K1, K2tog, SM* – Rep from * to * to the last marker, SM, K1. (20 sts)
  • Row 16: Purl (slipping all markers).
  • Row 17: K1, SM, *K2tog, SM* – Rep from * to * to the last marker, SM, K1. (11 sts)
  • Row 18: Purl (removing all markers).

Cut the yarn and thread through the darning needle, then thread through the rem sts on the needle, pulling uptight and starting to seam the hat closed using the mattress stitch.

The mattress stitch is an invisible seam and will make the closing of the hat look neat.

Weave in all loose ends.

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