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Bucket Hat Knitting Patterns


Klara Nilsson | Updated on November 28, 2021

Knitted hats aren’t just for cold weather. You can knit a light, bucket-style hat with a brim to keep the sun out of your eyes in the summer, too.

This type of hat isn’t just convenient; it’s coming back into style as designer streetwear brands like Stussy release knitted bucket hats into mainstream fashion.

Bucket hats are usually easy to work up – in fact, you can knit your own bucket hat with one or two balls of yarn in just 3 hours or less, which makes them an excellent project for beginners.

Unfortunately, most bucket hat designs are made for crochet, which can make it difficult to find good patterns from knitwear designers. That’s why we’ve curated this list of stylish bucket hat knitting patterns from knitwear designers in the UK, US, Denmark, and more.

In this list, we’ve selected patterns that require a mix of knitting techniques and difficulty levels. You’ll find both free and paid patterns for women and even some for babies, too. Most of the knit bucket hat patterns are unisex and can be worn by all adults, including men.

The bucket hat knitting patterns in this collection use a variety of yarn types and knitting needle sizes. However, all of them exemplify the classic summer bucket hat style with a stiff brim that can also be used as a sun hat.

Although most of these hats are knit with chunky yarn in the round, some are knit with straight needles too. To make the best use of yarn you’ve already got, make sure to use our yarn weight conversion chart.

12 Bucket Hat Knitting Patterns (Free and Paid)

Here is a list of 12 bucket hat knitting patterns that you can stitch with just a few basic materials. Whether you’re an intermediate knitter or a complete beginner, you’ll only need one or two balls of yarn, some straight or circular needles, and a couple of hours of spare time.

1. Deima’s Bucket Hat

Deimas Bucket Hat
Price$6.22/£4.61
Techniques RequiredStockinette Stitch
Suggested YarnDrops Alpaca Bouclé – Garn Studio
Designer’s WebsiteDeima’s Bucket Hat – Deima Knitwear

This pattern from Deima Knitwear is knit from the top down using stockinette stitches and circular needles. Once the body is complete, you simply collect the stitches up to the crown.

Using 2 skeins of alpaca bouclé yarn and circular needles, Deima’s bucket hat is a beginner-friendly pattern with a soft and warm texture. For a chunky knit bucket hat, simply knit the hat with two yarn strands held together, which is included in the pattern instructions.

The final hat comes in one size measuring 50cm in circumference, though this can be increased or decreased in the last round.

Recommended Materials

To knit this pattern, you will need the following materials:

Needle SizeUS Size 8/5mm Circular Needles (80cm)
Yarn Weight50g = 140m
Yarn Quantity2 Skeins

2. “Brightwool” Bucket Hat Pattern

Brightwool Bucket Hat
Price$8.50/£6.30
Techniques RequiredIncreasing
Decreasing
Knit & Purl
Suggested YarnFlette Bulky – Woolfolk Yarn
Dream State – SpinCycle Yarns
Designer’s Website“Brightwool” Bucket Hat Pattern – Brightwool

The Brightwool bucket hat is also worked in one piece, but this time from the bottom up. The hat’s brim is created using a pattern of increases, purl stitches, and decreases, which is then folded and sewn into the body of the hat at the end.

This bucket hat pattern is best for intermediate knitters who are comfortable with these techniques. It uses 2 skeins of yarn (one bulky weight and one worsted weight) to create a hat measuring 51cm in circumference with a tight gauge to hold the shape of the brim.

Recommended Materials

To knit this pattern, you will need the following materials:

Needle SizeUS Size 10/6mm Circular Needles (80cm)
Yarn Weight100g = 120m (Yarn A)
91g = 137m (Yarn B)
Yarn Quantity1 Skein (Yarn A)
1 Skein (Yarn B)

3. “Chonky” Bucket Hat

Chonky Bucket Hat
Price$4.72/£3.50
Techniques RequiredMagic Loop (optional)
Suggested YarnThe Wool – We Are Knitters
Designer’s Website“Chonky” Bucket Hat – TheWoolTiger

This chunky bucket hat knitting pattern is suitable for beginners. It uses one skein of super bulky wool and circular needles to create a thick brimmed hat measuring 28cm wide and 22cm tall. This pattern is great if you want to knit something stylish for winter. If that’s the case, you can also check out our list of super bulky hat knitting patterns.

Recommended Materials

To knit this pattern, you will need the following materials:

Needle SizeUS Size 17/12mm Circular Needles (40cm)
Yarn WeightSuper Bulky (5-6 wpi)
Yarn Quantity56m-70m

4. “Peche” Bucket Hat

Peche Bucket Hat
Price$6.18/£4.58
Techniques RequiredN/A – See Pattern
Suggested YarnASAP – Madeline Tosh
Designer’s Website“Peche” Bucket Hat Pattern – PecheCreative on Etsy

The “Peche” hat pattern will create a knitted bucket hat for both men and women. It is knit in the round with just one skein of super bulky wool, and comes in just one universal size.

Recommended Materials

To knit this pattern, you will need the following materials:

Needle SizeUS Size 8/5mm Circular Needles
Yarn WeightSuper Bulky
Yarn Quantity1 Skein

5. “Sopka” Bucket Hat With Brim

Sopka Bucket Hat with Brim
Price$0.00 (Free)
Techniques RequiredGarter Stitch
Suggested YarnRainbow Cotton – Hobbii
Designer’s Website“Sopka” Bucket Hat With Brim – Hobbii

The “Sopka” hat is a free bucket hat knitting pattern with a classic style. By the end of this pattern, you’ll have mastered intermediate techniques like garter stitches and back forth knitting to create a summery hat with a practical brim. What’s more, you can choose any color combination you’d like to make it your own.

Recommended Materials

To knit this pattern, you will need the following materials:

Needle SizeUS Size 4/3.5mm Circular Needles (80cm)
Yarn Weight50g = 75m
Yarn Quantity3 Skeins

6. Vintage Women’s Cloche Hat Pattern

Vintage Bucket Hat
Price$1.75/£1.30
Techniques RequiredN/A – See Pattern
Suggested YarnN/A – See Pattern
Designer’s WebsiteVintage Women’s Cloche Hat Pattern – BCFunkFactory on Etsy

This vintage knitting pattern creates an item halfway between a women’s bucket hat and a cloche hat. This classic pattern has been scanned and transferred to a PDF with the original instructions and photographs, so you can knit an authentic vintage hat at home.

The pattern uses worsted yarn and three different needle sizes. It’s worth noting that the inner brim will also require a crochet hook and basic crochet techniques.

Recommended Materials

To knit this pattern, you will need the following materials:

Needle SizeN/A – See Pattern
Yarn WeightWorsted Weight (Aran)
Yarn QuantityN/A – See Pattern

7. 90’s Knitted Bucket Hat Pattern

Knitted Bucket Hat
Price$3.73/£2.76
Techniques RequiredLinen Stitch
Chain Stitch
Double Decreases
Suggested YarnPima Cotton – We Are Knitters
Designer’s Website90’s Knitted Bucket Hat Pattern – FridayKnitsDesigns

Bucket hats peaked in popularity in the 90s, and this knitting pattern from FridayKnitsDesigns brings that style back perfectly. It is knit from the bottom up primarily using the linen stitch, starting at the brim and using decreases to shape the hat’s body.

This pattern will help you practice the linen stitch both flat and in the round, as well as the chain stitch. If you’re having difficulty, you can also find video tutorials on the designer’s YouTube channel.

The final knitted bucket hat measures approximately 55cm in circumference and is knit using just one ball of chunky yarn. You can also find a free version of the pattern available on Ravelry.

Recommended Materials

To knit this pattern, you will need the following materials:

Needle SizeUS Size 10/6mm Circular Needles
Yarn Weight100g = 211m
Yarn Quantity1 Skein

8. Cable Knit Bucket Hat

Cable Knit Bucket Hat
Price$5.00/£3.70
Techniques RequiredStockinette Stitch
Brioche Stitch
Cable Knitting
Suggested YarnYarnArt Merino Bulky – Etsy
Designer’s WebsiteCable Knit Bucket Hat – Daeri Kim on Ravelry

If you’re looking to practice brioche stitches or cable knitting, this pattern is for you. It uses both flat and round stockinette stitches with bulky weight yarn to create a feminine bucket hat that will provide some warmth in the cooler months. The pattern includes written instructions in English as well as a full video tutorial.

Recommended Materials

To knit this pattern, you will need the following materials:

Needle SizeUS Size 10/6mm Circular Needles
Yarn WeightBulky/12 ply (7 wpi)
Yarn Quantity130m-150m

9. “Tulip” Bucket Hat Knitting Pattern

Tulip Bucket Hat
Price$6.18/£4.58
Techniques RequiredGarter Stitch
Suggested YarnN/A – See Pattern
Designer’s Website“Tulip” Bucket Hat Knitting Pattern – NophiesTulipKnits on Etsy

The “Tulip” bucket hat is knit in the round using one skein of super chunky yarn and 5.5mm circular needles. Using the garter stitch, it creates a casual, one-size hat with a brim that also works well as a sun hat in bright weather.

Recommended Materials

To knit this pattern, you will need the following materials:

Needle SizeUS Size 9/5.5mm Circular Needles
Yarn WeightSuper Bulky
Yarn Quantity1 Skein

10. Big Cotton “The Bucket Hat” Knitting Pattern

This pattern from Lauren Aston Designs is knit from the rim upwards and then decreased, which makes it a good choice for confident intermediate knitters looking to practice the cable cast on method. Designed to be knit with chunky cotton yarn, it creates a bucket hat that is super soft, stretchy, and comfortable in all seasons.

You’ll find instructions for two sizes in the pattern: 50cm and 54cm in circumference. As long as you’re confident, you’ll be able to knit this bucket hat in just a few hours with two balls of bulky yarn.

Recommended Materials

To knit this pattern, you will need the following materials:

Needle SizeUS Size 10/6mm Circular Needles (60cm)
Yarn Weight100g = 70m
Yarn Quantity200g

11. Classic Jute Bucket Hat

Classic Jute Bucket Hat
Price$0.00 (Free)
Techniques RequiredJute Stitch
Suggested YarnEco Cotton – Stitch & Story
Designer’s WebsiteClassic Jute Bucket Hat – Stitch & Story

This free bucket hat knitting pattern is a good option for advanced beginners or intermediate knitters. You’ll use the jute stitch to knit the bucket hat in sections and then sew them together at the end.

If this seems difficult, Stitch and Story also have a selection of tutorials to help you along the process. The pattern includes instructions for various hat sizes between 54cm and 59cm in circumference.

Recommended Materials

To knit this pattern, you will need the following materials:

Needle SizeUS Size 7/4.5mm Circular Needles
Yarn Weight100g = 150m (Aran/Worsted)
Yarn Quantity2 Skeins

12. Checkered Knitted Bucket Hat

Checkered Bucket Hat
Price$0.00 (Free)
Techniques RequiredShort Rows
Suggested YarnN/A – See Pattern
Designer’s WebsiteCheckered Knitted Bucket Hat – Ribblr

This free pattern uses short rows to create a stylish checkered bucket hat. It includes sizes for adults as well as instructions for a baby bucket hat. Knit from the top down, this pattern uses light worsted yarn for a soft, even texture that will stay comfortable in summer or on sensitive skin.

Recommended Materials

To knit this pattern, you will need the following materials:

Needle SizeUS Size 7/4.5mm Circular Needles
Yarn WeightDK/Light Worsted
Yarn Quantity100g

How Do You Knit a Bucket Hat?

Most DIY bucket hats are made with crochet, which often produces a slouchy fit that tends to sag over time. By contrast, knitted bucket hats use tension and sturdy yarns to hold their shape, ensuring you can keep the hat’s brim stiff throughout several years of wearing it.

Though you can knit a bucket hat or a sun hat with straight needles, most knitting patterns for these hat styles use circular or double pointed needles. That’s because the majority of patterns include both flat and round knitting. You can learn more about how needle types affect your knitting in our guide to knitting needle types.

To knit a bucket hat or sun hat with a brim, you’ll usually begin by casting on at the brim. From here, you’ll knit in the round from the bottom up until you make it close to the crown of the hat. Here, the top of the hat is shaped using a series of decreases. While this is the most common method, it can vary by style, design, and more, so make sure to follow the instructions in your knitting pattern carefully.

How Much Yarn Do I Need to Knit a Bucket Hat?

You can knit a bucket hat with just one or two skeins of yarn. That’s why knitted bucket hats are great project ideas if you’ve got some leftover yarn or you’re on a budget.

Though it’s rare to find a bucket hat pattern that requires more yarn than this, many contemporary patterns require yarns of different weights and in different colours. This can be for both style and texture reasons.

For example, a bulky yarn might be combined with a light worsted yarn for sturdiness and integrity, while a chunky bucket hat might use super bulky yarns in two different colors to create a striped effect.

Thanks to their stiff brim, bucket hats are often used as sun hats. For this reason, cotton yarns and other lightweight yarn types are considered good options to ensure the final hat remains cool and breathable.

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