10 Easy Crochet Hat Patterns for the Summer!

Summer hats are both stylish and functional. A well-made crocheted summer hat can easily elevate a plain outfit while also providing protection from the sun’s harmful UV rays.

Yes, even with your gigantic shades and layers of sunscreen, you still need extra protection from the sun!

But summer hats are not made equally. Some will suit you better than others and sometimes it’s hard to find the right one for YOU! So why not make one instead?

Image of a one-peace swim suite and a crochet hat. This photo shows off an example of the finished easy crochet hat patterns in this round up.

Crochet is a very versatile skill. I’m sure you know about crocheted sweaters or toys, summer hats are no different. Today, I’ll introduce some of my favorite free easy crochet hat patterns so you can try them out!

Why Use Summer Hats?

If you’re not exactly into summer hats, you might be wondering why people would take the time to crochet one for themselves.

Truthfully, summer hats do more than just help you level up your OOTDs. Let’s take a look at their benefits:

  • Lower your risk for skin cancers
  • Prevent skin damage such as age spots, sunburns, and uneven skin tone
  • Lower the risk of eye damage caused by the sun’s harsh rays
  • Protect your hair from damage

Ready to protect your skin while adding some flair in every outfit? Great! The following easy crochet hat patterns will definitely help you out with that!

Finding Easy Crochet Hat Patterns Free of Charge

When you look up “free crochet hat patterns” online, you might get bombarded with hundreds —if not thousands— of results. That will be a fast-lane to information overload.

So I did the internet deep-dive for you!

But as with all our pattern round ups, we’ll first go over the basic materials that you will need to follow easy crochet hat patterns.

Image of a crochet hat hanging on a rack. This photo shows how an easy crochet hat pattern can look like once finished.

What You Need to Crochet a Summer Hat

The materials you need to crochet an easy summer hat will depend on the pattern you choose to follow. Here are the materials that you need to follow easy crochet hat patterns:

  • Crochet hooks – You need crochet hooks to whip up an easy crochet hat pattern. Now, your needle size will depend on the yarn. So make sure to check your yarn band!
  • Yarn – The yarn you choose to use on your crochet hat can greatly affect the outcome. Some fibers are more stiff and can hold the shape of your work, while other fibers are softer and need more support. Pro tip: Find out what yarn material you need by following your pattern’s recommended materials.
  • Scissors – A pair of scissors is another important tool that you will use for all of your knitting projects. You’ll need them to cut yarn tails and hide loose ends.
  • Stitch markers – You’ll need stitch markers to keep track of what round you’re on. If you don’t have stitch markers, you can use a strand of scrap yarn or a thin paper clip—preferably in a different color so it’s easy to see.
  • Yarn/darning needle – You will need a yarn needle or darning needle to sew in the loose yarn ends.
  • Easy crochet hat patterns – Finally, you’ll need some easy crochet hat patterns to follow. So keep scrolling!

10 Free Easy Crochet Hat Patterns for the Warm Summer Days!

“But aren’t crocheted hats hard to make?”

Well, crocheted summer hats come in various difficulty levels. There are hats that require an intermediate to expert-level skill to create, while there are some hats that beginners can easily follow along with.

The ones included in this round up are the latter. You don’t need to be a pro crocheter to accomplish these. We’re all going to be slaying our summer OOTDs! Take a look!

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Image of the Elegant Hat pattern.
Photo Credits: Caron International Yarns

1. Elegant Hat

By:  Kim Guzman

YARN: Aran Weight

SIZE: Approx. 21″ circumference

This elegant summer hat is the perfect crochet beginner’s project. All you need to know is how to create the single magic loop and single crochet!

It’s an easy crochet hat pattern that allows the creator a lot of freedom to customize and some personal touches to the finished project.

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Image of the Crochet Bucket Hat pattern.
Photo Credits: Sirdar

2. 10560 Crochet Bucket Hat

By: Sirdar

YARN: DK Weight

SIZE: Approx. 22″ circumference [56 cm]

Bucket hats are great ways to complete an outfit, as well as keeping your face protected from harmful UV rays.

This Crochet Bucket Hat pattern is perfect for beginners who want to crochet their favorite trendy bucket hats!

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Image of the Scrappy Bucket Hat Pattern.
Photo Credits: Jess Coppom

3. Scrappy Bucket Hat

By: Make and Do Crew

YARN: Worsted Weight

SIZE: Toddler – Adult

Do you have scrap yarn lying around? Sometimes we hesitate to throw them out because they still have the potential to be used.

The Scrappy Bucket Hat is here to save the day! Now you can combine all your long yarn scraps into a unique sun hat!

The magical part here is that no matter how often you make this hat, it will always come out looking a little different because you’re using scrap yarn!

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Image of the Sensational Sunhat pattern.
Photo Credits: CrochetDreamz

4. Sensational Sunhat

By: CrochetDreamz

YARN: Worsted Weight

SIZE: Toddler – Adult

Another easy crochet hat pattern is the Sensational Sunhat! It might look like an intermediate-level project at first glace, but it’s a lot simpler it seems!

This pattern results in a fun, yet elegant spin —no pun intended— to the usual sunhat and is perfect for a stroll in the market or a day at the beach!

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Image of the Everyday Summer Hat pattern.
Photo Credits: Elisa DeSena

5. Everyday Summer Hat

By: Strings and Cuddles

YARN: Bulky

SIZE: Teen – Adult

Everyone loves big, floppy hat! Now, you can make your own at home.

This is another easy crochet hat pattern that everyone should try out. With this Everyday Summer Hat pattern, you can make giant floppy hats in all the colors you can dream of.

The best part is the sun protection you get without sacrificing style!

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Image of the Summer Breeze Hat pattern.
Photo Credits: ABC-knitting-Patterns.com

6. Summer Breeze Hat

By: Elaine Philips

YARN: Fingering Weight

SIZE: Approx. 22″ circumference [56 cm]

Some hats can feel warm on your head. But this light Summer Breeze Hat will keep you feeling cool and safe from the sun’s UV rays.

The fingering weight yarn that is used to create this easy crochet hat pattern creates an elegant finish that will get you a ton of compliments while you’re out!

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Image of the Simple Sun Hat pattern.
Photo Credits: Maz Kwok

7. Simple Sun Hat

By: Maz Kwok

YARN: DK Weight

SIZE: 18″ – 22″ head circumferences

This next easy crochet hat pattern is made with simple double crochets on all rows. The easy ribbing all throughout the Simple Sun Hat adds a bit of charm and texture to this beginner-friendly piece.

This is also a great introduction to rib stitches in crochet!

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Image of the Always Bright pattern.
Photo Credits: DROPS Design

8. 199-14 Always Bright

By: DROPS Design

YARN: Aran Weight

SIZE: Approx. 54 cm x 58 cm

Another great option for a light and airy crochet summer hat is the Always Bright pattern by DROPS Design.

The arrangement of the stitches give a lacy touch to the finished project. It’s beautiful, functional, and quite easy to stitch up!

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Image of the Straw Hat pattern.
Photo Credits: Pierrot Yarns (Gosyo Co., Ltd)

9. 217s-08 Straw Hat

By: Pierrot (Gosyo Co., Ltd.)

YARN: Sport Weight

SIZE: Approx. 22.8″ circumference [58 cm]

One other thing we look for in easy crochet hat patterns is the sleek and clean look of the finished product.

We want to make sure that the summer hats we are wearing go well with most of our daily outfits. Well, this Straw Hat pattern does not disappoint.

Just imagine all the outfits you can style around this one hat!

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Image of the Rancher Hat pattern.
Photo Credits: Jess Coppom

10. Tate Rancher Hat

By: Make and Do Crew

YARN: Aran Weight

SIZES: Fits heads at 22″ – 23.5″

This crochet rancher hat pattern brings in that effortless Bohemian chic.

It looks like it was created by an expert crocheter but actually, it’s just made with single crochets in the round. This is another easy crochet hat pattern that many new crocheters can enjoy making during their free time!

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Final Thoughts On the Easy Crochet Hat Patterns Round Up

Hats, hats everywhere!

There are so many easy crochet hat patterns on this list and it’s understandable that you don’t know where to start. My best advice is to go for the hat that you can see yourself wearing with most of your outfits.

You can also go for the simplest ones such as the Elegant Hat by Kim Guzman or Scrappy Bucket Hat by the Make and Do Crew. Their patterns mainly use single crochets, which can be a great way for you to practice on your stitches.

Image of a girl wearing a beach hat and a pair of sunglasses.

My favorite among this list of easy crochet hat patterns is the 217s-08 Straw Hat by Pierrot Yarns (Gosyo. Co., Ltd.)! It’s so elegant, and I’ll be able to plan so many outfits around that one piece.

— And that is the beauty of handmade pieces. You can let your creativity go as wild as you want!

Looking for more free hat patterns? Check out our 10 FREE Knit and Crochet Bucket Hats and 10 FREE Knit Tote Bag Patterns!

One last tip! Another thing you should learn about is how to weave in yarn ends. But don’t worry, I’m including a link to the step-by-step guide to taking care of all those yarn tails that our team created a while back!

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