Free Red Heart Crochet Bucket of Stripes Hat

I’ve been wanting to make baby Kate this little sun hat for a while and finally had a chance to babysit her over the weekend and get it done! 

I like having her around when I want to crochet something that will fit her just right. I kept trying this little hat on her as I went to make sure I wasn’t adding too many rounds for the crown portion and just enough rows for the height. 

It turned out so cute!! 

She was a bit of a wiggle worm as I tried to get her to wear it long enough for me to get her picture in it though. Kate is 19 months old now and definitely on the move. She will love wearing this out at the pool and will hopefully be distracted enough with swimming to keep it on. 

But for crochet modeling? I had to have her big brother Jack help me distract her with veggie straws to stay still long enough for a photo. 

He was such a good helper! I hope these shots can give you a good idea of how cute this little bucket hat is. My daughter-in-law fell in love with it. The granny stitch crochet hats are still so popular right now and this one is a super easy pattern to do. 

If grandma babysits the grandkids, they are going to go home with a crochet hat, right?  Jack asked me “where’s mine?” So I’ll get busy making him a different bucket hat, I saw another cute pattern that I think will work for him. 

This is a beginner-friendly pattern I found on the Yarnspirations website and changed the yarn type. Instead of using Red Heart Super Saver as suggested, I substituted for Bernat Handicrafter Cotton. It is 100% cotton and actually is very similar to Lily Sugar n’Cream cotton. 

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They had some very fun summer colors that I was attracted to and I thought would work just great for this hat. I used 1 skein of each color, (they are quite small in yardage (77 yards) in each skein) and I did choose to use white in between each color change. The colors I used are Coral Rose, Pale Yellow, and Robins Egg. I also used an H-5.00mm size hook.

I adjusted for size to make it smaller for Kate by stopping the increase rounds after row 5. And for the length I worked 6 rounds of row 7 instructions. I worked the brim as stated in the pattern except in all white and disregarded the stitch counts as it didn’t apply since I had skipped the extra row of increase. 

But the best was that I had Kate playing around me and as I worked the first 4 rows, I was able to try it on her and make sure it was covering the crown of her head. Then I knew that one more round of increase was great and I worked on the length. 

You will love this pattern as it also comes with a stitch chart. So if you don’t like reading patterns, you can follow the provided diagram. 


Tap here to download the Free Red Heart Crochet Bucket of Stripes Hat


You can also buy Bernat Handicrafter Yarn on the Yarnspirations website as well by tapping here. 


I thought I’d share this fun simple summer hat in case you need a fun little gift to make for the little girl in your life. I hope you all are having a fun summer too! 

XO, Tiffany