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Crochet Granny Square Bucket Hat Free Pattern

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In this post, you will see a crochet granny square bucket hat (free pattern).

This hat is perfect for summer days with the brim turned up or turned down.

Made from cotton in three different colors, this crochet bucket hat is a great stash buster.

Plus, it’s a great project to practice the iconic granny squares with a modern take.

Please scroll down to view the free pattern online or grab the inexpensive ad-free PDF in my shop here.

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Crochet Granny Square Bucket Hat Free Pattern

Granny Square Bucket Hat

The granny square bucket hat pattern is great for advanced beginners.

This is a quick project; you only need a few hours to make your hat.

The cotton makes this hat hold its shape well and is easily folded for packing.

Make your own in all your favorite color combinations.

simple granny square bucket hat

Granny Square Bucket Hat Crochet Pattern

Skill Level – Easy (Advanced Beginner)

Notes

  • This granny square bucket hat uses one hook size only.
  • There are no turning chains, the hat is worked in a spiral.
  • You can use stitch markers to denote the beg and end of a round.

Grab the ad-free printable PDF pattern in my shop here.

The stitches and techniques you need to know…

The stitches used in this pattern are (in US terms) single crochet and increasing by completing two single crochet stitches into one stitch.

The rounds of single crochet create the hat shape, increasing to shape the width and the brim.

For the granny squares, you will also need to know how to dc – double crochet.

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Size Information

Gauge 14 sts/20 rounds in 4×4 inches using the 5 mm (US H/8) crochet hook and The Cotton from WAK.

Measurements/Sizes

  • Circumference – 51 cm/18 inches
  • Top of the hat to the edge of the brim – 23 cm/9 inches
  • This hat will fit a head circumference size of around 56/61 cm/22/24 inches
  • If you want a larger size, you could use a larger hook size, a 5.5mm/I/9 hook, or a 6 mm/J/10 hook.

The supplies you need…

Yarn

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

Hooks

Notions

  • Scissors
  • Darning needle/tapestry needle
  • Tape measure
  • Stitch markers

Abbreviations

This granny square bucket hat pattern is written in US crochet terms.

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

  • beg – beginning
  • ch – chain
  • ch-sp – chain space
  • dc – double crochet
  • inc – Increase (2 sc in the next sc)
  • sc – single crochet
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • RS – right side
  • Rep – repeat
  • WS – wrong side

Granny Square Pattern

  • Color 1 – Mint
  • Color 2 – Natural
  • Color 3 – Denim

Make 5 Granny squares.

Granny Square Pattern

With the first color, ch 4, sl-st in the first ch to form a ring.

Round 1: Ch 3, 2 dc in the ring, (ch 3, 3 dc in ring) 3 times, ch 3, join with a sl-st in top of first ch 3, fasten off.

Round 2: Join 2nd color in any corner 3 ch-sp, ch 3, 2 dc in same sp, ch 3, 3 dc in same sp, ch 3, (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc in next sp, ch 3) 3 times, then join with a sl-st in top of first ch 3, fasten off.

Round 3: Join 3rd color in any corner 3 ch-sp, ch 3, 2 dc in same sp, ch 3, 3 dc in same sp, ch 3, (3 dc in next space between 3 dc groups, ch 3, 3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc in next 3 ch-sp) 3 times, 3 dc in next sp between 3-dc groups, ch 3, join with a sl-st in top of first ch 3, fasten off.

Weave in all ends.

Granny square crochet

Bucket Hat Pattern

In Color 3 – Denim

With the 5 mm (US H/8) Crochet hook ch 2.

(Please note, rounds 1-17 are worked on the right side in a spiral.)

  • Round 1 >  Work 10 sc in 2nd ch from hook.
  • Please note > Keep track of where your rows start by placing a stitch marker on the last st of each round. There are no turning chains in the pattern.
  • Round 2 > 2 sc in each sc.
  • Round 3 > *sc in each of next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc (inc made), rep from * around. (25 sc)
  • Round 4 > *sc in each of next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc (inc made), rep from * around. (30 sc)
  • Round 5 > *sc in each of next 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc (inc made), rep from * around. (35 sc)
  • Round 6 > *sc in each of next 6 sc, 2 sc in next sc (inc made), rep from * around. (40 sc)
  • Round 7 > *sc in each of next 7 sc, 2 sc in next sc (inc made), rep from * around. (45 sc)
  • Round 8 > *sc in each of next 8 sc, 2 sc in next sc (inc made), rep from * around. (50 sc)
  • Round 9 > *sc in each of next 9 sc, 2 sc in next sc (inc made), rep from * around. (55 sc)
  • Round 10 > *sc in each of next 10 sc, 2 sc in next sc (inc made), rep from * around. (60 sc)
  • Rounds 11 and 12 > sc in each sc around.
  • Round 13 > *sc in each of next 14 sc, 2 sc in next sc (inc made), rep from * around. (64 sc)
  • Round 14 – sc in each sc around.
  • sl-st and fasten off.

Attach The Granny Squares

  • Next, you will seam the granny squares to the hat.
  • Start by cutting a length of yarn, threading your darning needle, and then attaching the first granny square to the edge of the hat with the right sides facing you.
  • Seam through the top loops only.
  • When all of the granny squares have been seamed to the crown/top of the hat, you will then need to seam the granny square edges to each other.
  • They will also have to be seamed through the top loops only.
  • Once you have completed that, you can then continue to work in Color 3 – Denim.
  • Push the crochet hook through a ch in one of the granny squares and pull the yarn through, then work rounds of sc until the hat measures 18 cm/7 inches from the top of the hat.

Try it on to see if it is long enough to cover your head; you could add rounds to make it a little longer if you wish.

The Brim

I continued working in Color 3 for a few rounds, then changed to Color 1 because I ran out of yarn.

So this can be completed in one color only or 3 rounds in Color 3 and then the rem rounds in Color 1.

All of the following rounds are worked on the right side in a spiral.

Use 2 strands of yarn together to continue…

Round 1 > *sc in each of the next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc (inc made) rep from * around. (80 sc)

Rounds 2-8 > sc in each sc around.

The brim should measure 5 cm/2 inches from the beg of the brim.

To finish off, join with a sl-st into the beg sc of the round.

Cut yarn and weave in any loose ends.

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crochet bucket hat back view

How Big Should A Crochet Bucket Hat Be? 

When making crochet hats, it’s essential to consider the size of both the crown and the brim. 

For the crown, aim for a diameter of approx 7 to 8 inches for adults and 6 to 7 inches for children, ensuring a comfortable fit. 

As for the bucket hat brim, it should typically measure around 2 to 3 inches in width, giving ample shade and style. 

These measurements can vary slightly based on yarn weight, hook size, and individual tension, so experimenting with swatches beforehand is advisable for achieving the right size and shape.

granny square bucket hat

What Yarn Is Best For A Crochet Bucket Hat? 

The best yarn for crocheting a bucket hat depends on personal preference and the desired characteristics of the finished product. 

Generally, a yarn with a blend of cotton or linen works well for warmer weather, as it’s breathable and lightweight, making it comfortable to wear outdoors. 

Worsted weight yarn is commonly used for bucket hats as it strikes a balance between durability and flexibility, allowing for easy manipulation while maintaining the hat’s shape. 

Additionally, considering the yarn’s texture and color is crucial for achieving the desired aesthetic and functionality of the hat.  

It’s always good to make a gauge swatch before starting your project.  

When it comes to color you can make yours in a solid color, or use one main color, and play around with different combinations of your favorite colors for the square motif.

My favorite yarns for summer projects are the We Are Knitters – The Cotton and the Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton

granny square bucket hat crochet

How Do You Stiffen The Brim Of A Bucket Hat? 

To stiffen the brim of a crochet bucket hat, several methods can be used depending on the desired level of stiffness and the materials available. 

One common approach is to apply a stiffening solution such as fabric stiffener or diluted white glue to the brim. 

This solution is gently brushed or sprayed onto the brim, ensuring even coverage, and then left to dry completely. 

Alternatively, sewing a thin wire or plastic tubing along the edge of the brim can provide structure and stiffness. 

Another option is to crochet the brim with a tighter stitch pattern or incorporate a stiffening material such as plastic canvas or interfacing into the brim while crocheting. 

Experimenting with these techniques allows for customization to achieve the desired stiffness while maintaining the hat’s shape and comfort.

crochet granny square bucket hat

Summer Crochet Patterns 

Check out these free patterns for more easy crochet bucket hat patterns and accessories to add to your summer wardrobe. 

Grab the summer crochet pattern bundle here.

Crochet Lessons

If you are crocheting for the first time and need help with the crochet basics, check out the crochet lessons here – Crochet Lessons {With Video Tutorials}.

There, you will find tutorial posts for all the crochet techniques a newbie needs to know and a full video tutorial to help you along.  

Including how to make a slip knot how to create a crochet chain (ch), how to crochet the basic crochet stitches, single crochet stitches(sc), double crochet stitches (dc), and all the crochet abbreviations (in UK and US terms) a maker needs to know.  

And if you need more video tutorials, check out my YouTube channel here – Handy Little Me – YouTube

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

This pattern is great for advanced beginners.

Granny square bucket hat

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