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Granny Square Bucket Hat Free Pattern

I’m sharing my free and easy pattern for a crochet bucket hat that uses granny squares as part of the construction.

montage of three photos 1) a woman wearing a bucket hat is looking to the side 2) and looking to the front 3) a crochet bucket hat laid out flat

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Looking for a pattern without granny squares? I have an easy crochet bucket hat too.

Bucket hats have been popular for a couple of years and although they’re quite expensive to buy, you can crochet your own at a fraction of the cost!

You probably have the yarn you need in your stash keeping you well within budget for your crafting costs.

granny squares in pinks with the yarn, crochet hook and scissors in a yarn bowl
Use your yarn stash

With only four granny squares, a crown and a brim, this easy bucket hat is also a really quick project! 

It should only take about 4 hours before you’ll be wearing your granny square bucket hat.

If you enjoy working with granny squares, have a browse of these granny square projects and patterns

Bucket hats are for everyone – not just for festival goers!

Design Inspiration

I love to wear hats of all designs.  I think it probably comes from many years of standing at the school gates welcoming children to the start of their day and touching base with parents.  I’ve had many a conversation at the gates in all types of weathers!

I wanted to use granny squares for that retro vibe (and if I’m honest, to stand out from the traditional silhouette). 

Since crocheting my hat I’ve had a look at other patterns and created a collection of free patterns for crochet bucket hats which are constructed differently.

I’ve seen a few dog walkers wearing the traditional silhouette style so I might give that a go too at some point.

I’ve named my hat Raspberry Ripple because the colours remind of raspberry ripple ice-cream!

My easy crochet bucket hat is made from 100% cotton and suitable for wearing all year.

Substituting a wool blend will also keep you cosy during the colder months.

woman wearing a crochet bucket hat
great for wearing for lunch in a pub garden!

How to get this pattern

Text sharing how to get this crochet pattern

How the pattern is worked

This pattern is written in UK and US Crochet Terms.

The pattern is worked in (five) rounds for the granny squares, crown and brim.

Four granny squares are crocheted first (three colours are needed for my flower granny square).

The granny squares are then joined to each other to form a strip.

This strip forms the foundation of the size of your bucket hat.

Next, the crown is crocheted using double crochet (US single crochet) in rounds. 

4 granny squares joined in a strip and a crown needed to crochet the bucket hat
4 granny squares and the crown

The crown is joined to the granny squares using double crochet.

Finally, the brim is crocheted in double crochet (US single crochet).

The yarn is re-joined to the bottom edge of the strips and stitches picked up evenly. 

4 rows of increases are worked in amongst double crochet rounds to obtain the flop/wave of the brim. 

Increases for the brim are made by crocheting 2 stitches in the same space.

I’ve crocheted my brim in stripes using the three colours of my flower granny squares but you could also crochet in one colour.

bucket hat crocheted in different shades of pink granny squares, a white crown and a striped brim
4 granny squares, crown and a striped brim

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Yarn

I’m wearing this bucket hat during the summer months so needed to use a yarn that would keep my head cool.

DROPS Muskat is made from 100% Egyptian mercerized cotton and perfect.

Spun from multiple thin strands making it extremely strong, durable and perfect for wearables!

I’ve enjoyed working with this yarn.

  • Content: 100% Cotton
  • Weight/length: 50 g = approx 100 m
  • Care: Machine wash on gentle cycle 40°C / Dry Flat
  • Made in: EU
  • Raw material origin: Egypt

This yarn has an Oeko-Tex® certification (certificate number 951032), Standard 100, Class I. This means that it has been tested and found completely free from harmful chemicals and that it is safe for human use. Class I is the highest level, and it means the yarn is suitable for babies (ages 0-3)

Pattern Notes

  • Ch1 does not count as a stitch
  • Ch3 does count as a stitch
  • Yarn A Colour 18 (white); Yarn B Colour 29 (lighter pink); Yarn C Colour 39 (dark pink)
  • Colour changes for the brim take place on the last pull through before the new round of colour begins
  • If you would like to follow my colour scheme: Square 1 and 2 – round 1 and 2 in Yarn A, Round 3 in Yarn B, Round 4 and 5 in Yarn C; Square 3 and 4 – round 1 and 2 in Yarn B, Round 3 in Yarn A, Round 4 and 5 in Yarn C
  • Whichever colour scheme you choose, use a light colour for the crown in the warmer months (you want the sun to be reflected) and a darker colour in the colder months (to absorb the heat from the sun).
  • I’ve joined the crown to the granny squares using double crochet (US single crochet) but you could also whip stitch/slip stitch.
  • To obtain a patchwork effect with double crochet, join the squares with a lighter colour and with right side facing outwards. Make sure you crochet through both loops.
photo shows crocheting through both top loops of a granny square to join together
crochet through both loops with right side facing outwards will give a patchwork effect
  • Join squares into a strip as follows:
Diagram showing how to join granny squares and in which order for the band of a crochet bucket hat
4 granny square band pinned to the crown of the bucket hat
Pin the crown to the granny square strip
how to join the crown to the band for a bucket hat
Join the squares to the crown using double crochet
  • The strip is joined as a circle once it has been sewn on to the crown.
Crown is joined to the granny squares and now the two granny squares need joinng to complete the band for the circumference of a bucket hat
Final granny squares join – do not fasten off as once the seam is joined, we will be turning to pick up stitches for the brim

Level

Easy

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Materials

  • Drops Muskat (cotton)

50g Yarn A Colour 18 (white)

50g Yarn B Colour 29 (lighter pink)

50g Yarn C Colour 39 (dark pink)

  • 4mm crochet hook
  • Tape measure
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle

Stitches

Special Stitches:

For the flower granny square:

3-Bobble Stitch (3-bob): yarn over, insert hook into stitch, pull up a loop, yarn over, draw through 2 loops on hook, [yarn over, insert hook into same stitch, pull up a loop, yarn over, draw through 2 loops on hook] 2 times more (4 loops on hook), yarn over and draw through all 3 loops.

4-Bobble Stitch (4-bob):  yarn over, insert hook into stitch, pull up a loop, yarn over, draw through 2 loops on hook, [yarn over, insert hook into same stitch, pull up a loop, yarn over, draw through 2 loops on hook] 3 times more (5 loops on hook), yarn over and draw through all 5 loops.

Abbreviations

  • ch = chain
  • dc = double crochet / US single crochet
  • tr = treble crochet / US double crochet
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • yo = yarn over
  • st = stitch
  • lp/s = loops
  • beg = beginning
  • sp = space
  • blo = back loop only (work into the back loop of the stitch)

Measurements

One size to fit head circumference 21” / 53.5cm

Gauge

UK 13 tr and 8 rows with a 5mm hook = 4”/ 10cm

US 13 dc and 8 rows with a 5mm hook = 4” / 10cm

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Testimonials

Pattern Bucket Hat Testimonial Oct 2023

5 stars – “The item met my expectations” Source: Etsy 21st October 2023

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4 stars “Nice pattern for hat ok” Source: Etsy 9th September 2023

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5 stars “I love this cute pattern. So many color variations to make with this. Pattern seems simple to follow and will be a quick work up.” Source: Etsy 21st June 2023

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Bucket Hat Instructions UK Crochet Terms

Flower granny square (make 4)

See pattern notes for colour scheme.

Using colour A, B or C, ch4, join with sl st to first ch to form a ring

Round 1:  (RS) ch1, 8dc into ring, join with sl st to first dc (8dc)

Round 2: ch3, [yo, insert hook into same st as ch3, pull up a lp, yo, draw through 2 lps on hook] 3 times (4 lps on hook), yo, draw through all 4 lps, ch2: [4-bob in next dc, ch2] around, join with a sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch3.  Fasten off and weave in ends (8 x 4-bob, 8 x ch2-sp)

Round 3: Join Yarn A, B or C with a sl st to any first ch2-sp, ch3, 2tr in same sp, ch1, (3-bob, ch3, 3-bob) in next ch2-sp, ch1, *3tr in next ch2-sp, ch1, (3-bob, ch3, 3-bob) in next ch2-sp, ch1 *rep around, join with sl st to first tr.  Fasten off and weave in ends (12 tr, 8 x 3-bob, 8 x ch1-sp, 4 x ch3-sp)

Round 4: Join Yarn A, B or C with a sl st to any corner sp, ch3, tr, ch1, 2tr in corner sp, *tr to next corner sp, 2tr, ch1, 2tr in corner sp * rep around, join with a sl st to first tr (46tr, 4 x ch1-sp)

Round 5: rep round 4

Fasten off and sew in ends

Crown

With Yarn C

Ch4, sl st in first chain to make a ring

Round 1: 6dc into magic ring

Round 2: (2dc into next dc) 6 times (12 sts)

Round 3: (1dc into next dc, 2dc in next dc) 6 times (18 sts)

Round 4: (1dc into each of next 2dc, 2dc into next dc) 6 times (24sts)

Round 5: (1dc into each of next 3dc, 2dc into next dc) 6 times (30 sts)

Round 6: (1dc into each of next 4dc, 2dc into next dc) 6 times (36sts)

Round 7: (1dc into each of next 5dc, 2dc into next dc) 6 times (42sts)

Round 8: (1dc into each of next 6dc, 2dc into next dc) 6 times (48 sts)

Round 9: (1dc into each of next 7dc, 2dc into next dc) 6 times (52 sts)

Round 10: (1dc into each of next 8dc, 2dc into next dc) 6 times (60sts)

Round 11: (1dc into each of next 9dc, 2dc into next dc) 6 times (66st)

Round 12: (1dc into each of next 10dc, 2dc into next dc) 6 times (72 sts)

Round 13: (1dc into each of next 11dc, 2dc into next dc) 6 times (78 sts)

Round 14: (1dc into each of next 12dc, 2dc into next dc) 6 times (84 sts)

Round 15: (1dc into each of next 13dc, 2dc into next dc) 6 times (90 sts)

Round 16: (1dc into each of next 14dc, 2dc into next dc) 6 times (96sts)

Round 17: 1dc into each dc (96sts)

Do not fasten off.

Joining the squares to the crown

Pin the joined granny squares evenly around the crown and using the yarn from the crown, join, either with dc or sl st.

Join the final granny square seam.

Brim

With RS facing outwards and Yarn C join with a sl st to any granny square st.

Round 1: 1dc into each st evenly around

Round 2: 1dc blo into each st

Round 3: *[1dc into each of next 5dc, 2dc into next dc] * rep around

Change to Yarn B

Round 4: 1dc into each dc

Round 5: *[1dc into each of next 9dc, 2dc into next dc] * rep around

Round 6: 1dc into each dc

Change to Yarn A

Round 7: 1dc into each dc

Round 8: *[1dc into each of next 5dc, 2dc into next dc] *rep around

Round 9: 1dc into each dc

Change to Yarn C

Round 10: *[1dc into each of next 11dc, 2dc into next dc] * rep around

Round 11 and 12: 1dc into each dc

Ss into next dc, fasten off.  Weave in ends.

Bucket Hat Instructions US Crochet Terms

Flower granny square (make 4)

See pattern notes for colour scheme.

Using colour A, B or C, ch4, join with sl st to first ch to form a ring

Round 1:  (RS) ch1, 8sc into ring, join with sl st to first sc (8dc)

Round 2: ch3, [yo, insert hook into same st as ch3, pull up a lp, yo, draw through 2 lps on hook] 3 times (4 lps on hook), yo, draw through all 4 lps, ch2: [4-bob in next sc, ch2] around, join with a sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch3.  Fasten off and weave in ends (8 x 4-bob, 8 x ch2-sp)

Round 3: Join Yarn A, B or C with a sl st to any first ch2-sp, ch3, 2dc in same sp, ch1, (3-bob, ch3, 3-bob) in next ch2-sp, ch1, *3dc in next ch2-sp, ch1, (3-bob, ch3, 3-bob) in next ch2-sp, ch1 *rep around, join with sl st to first dc.  Fasten off and weave in ends (12 dc, 8 x 3-bob, 8 x ch1-sp, 4 x ch3-sp)

Round 4: Join Yarn A, B or C with a sl st to any corner sp, ch3, dc, ch1, 2dc in corner sp, *dc to next corner sp, 2dc, ch1, 2dc in corner sp * rep around, join with a sl st to first dc (46dc, 4 x ch1-sp)

Round 5: rep round 4

Fasten off and sew in ends

Crown

With Yarn C

Ch4, sl st in first chain to make a ring

Round 1: 6sc into magic ring

Round 2: (2sc into next sc) 6 times (12 sts)

Round 3: (1sc into each of next sc, 2sc in next sc) 6 times (18 sts)

Round 4: (1sc into each of next 2sc, 2sc into next sc) 6 times (24sts)

Round 5: (1sc into each of next 3sc, 2sc into next sc) 6 times (30 sts)

Round 6: (1sc into each of next 4sc, 2sc into next sc) 6 times (36sts)

Round 7: (1sc into each of next 5sc, 2sc into next sc) 6 times (42sts)

Round 8: (1sc into each of next 6sc, 2sc into next sc) 6 times (48 sts)

Round 9: (1sc into each of next 7sc, 2sc into next sc) 6 times (52 sts)

Round 10: (1sc into each of next 8sc, 2sc into next sc) 6 times (60sts)

Round 11: (1sc into each of next 9sc, 2sc into next sc) 6 times (66st)

Round 12: (1sc into each of next 10sc, 2sc into next sc) 6 times (72 sts)

Round 13: (1sc into each of next 11sc, 2sc into next sc) 6 times (78 sts)

Round 14: (1sc into each of next 12sc, 2sc into next sc) 6 times (84 sts)

Round 15: (1sc into each of next 13sc, 2sc into next sc) 6 times (90 sts)

Round 16: (1sc into each of next 14sc, 2sc into next sc) 6 times (96sts)

Round 17: 1sc into each sc

Do not fasten off

Joining the squares to the crown

Pin the joined granny squares evenly around the crown and using the yarn from the crown, join, either with sc or sl st.

Join the final granny square seam.

Brim

With RS facing outwards and Yarn C join with a sl st to any granny square st.

Round 1: 1sc into each st evenly around

Round 2: 1sc blo into each st

Round 3: *[1sc into each of next 5sc, 2sc into next dc] * rep around

Change to Yarn B

Round 4: 1sc into each dc

Round 5: *[1sc into each of next 9sc, 2sc into next sc] * rep around

Round 6: 1sc into each sc

Change to Yarn A

Round 7: 1sc into each sc

Round 8: *[1sc into each of next 5sc, 2sc into next sc] *rep around

Round 9: 1sc into each sc

Change to Yarn C

Round 10: *[1sc into each of next 11sc, 2sc into next sc] * rep around

Round 11 and 12: 1sc into each sc

Ss into next sc, fasten off.  Weave in ends

Copyright Notice

The pattern and photographs of this design are the property of Sharon Goodwin at Jera’s Jamboree.  This pattern and design are subject to copyright and are for personal, non-commercial use only.  You may not share, resell, alter or redistribute this pattern in part or in whole. You may, however, sell any finished items you make.  If you would like to include this pattern in a roundup, you may take one photo and link back to this pattern.

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