Get Ready for Summer with this Easy Crochet Sun Hat Pattern for Ladies
I hear summer is coming – or so they say. The weather has been so back and forth lately I am not really sure. BUT! If you are an eternal optimist and are looking for a crochet sun hat that is stylish and easy to follow this crochet sun hat pattern is perfect for you!
The lace-like textured stitches make this hat look professional and stylish, while the big crocheted brim keeps the sun out of your face. A win win in my opinion!
This is a great crochet pattern and video for beginners who are are still learning how to crochet. I quickly show you the stitches as we make them so whether you are new or already know how to crochet you can make this sun hat!
This crochet sun hat is delicate looking, and it is actually very easy to make. The lace pattern is very basic, and it is easier to crochet than you would think.
It is perfect for the summertime because it is made out of cotton yarn, which is lightweight and breathable. Plus, the wide brim will help keep the sun out of your eyes.
Summertime is the perfect time to enjoy the outdoors and spend time with friends and family, but it can also be quite dangerous if you forget your sunscreen, forget a hat or just are having so much fun you don’t realize how long you are outdoors.
I can tell you pretty much every year at the beginning of the summer season we all end up with a wee burn because we totally lose track of time. What I am getting at, is protecting our noggins is so important!
Why I Chose Cotton Yarn for Crochet Sun Hat Pattern
5 reasons to use cotton yarn for a sun hat
There are many different types of yarns you can use for a crochet sun hat, but I prefer cotton yarn because it is lightweight and comfortable. I have made sun hats from acrylic before and they are great – but not great in the hot months when perspiration is a factor.
Here are five reasons why you should use cotton yarn for your next sun hat:
- Cotton yarn is lightweight, so it won’t weigh down your hat or make it feel too hot or uncomfortable.
- Cotton yarn doesn’t trap heat like other materials can, so it will keep your head cool in summer weather.
- Cotton yarn is breathable, so it will keep your head fresh and free from sweat.
- Cotton is natural and doesn’t contain harmful chemicals.
- Cotton is absorbent, so it can hold up to sweat and water better than acrylic.
What do you think? Is cotton yarn best?
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How do you crochet a floppy sun hat?
Crocheting a floppy sun hat is one of the easiest and most fun crochet projects you can make.
All you need is 6.5 mm for the base of the hat and 5.5mm crochet hook for the brim and some cotton yarn!
The basic stitches used for this sun hat are chain stitch, single crochet, and double crochet, so if you are new to crochet, this is perfect for you. Watch the video tutorial – I will quickly cover how the stitches are made as I go.
The instructions below will show you how to create a basic floppy sunhat for adult. Once you have mastered the basic stitches, you can try out some of the more advanced techniques for added complexity and flair.
For example, you can use half double crochet stitches to create a deeper brim for extra protection from the sun. You can also personalize your hat by stripping, adding flowers or other embellishments to the hat.
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The Lacey Ladies Crochet Sun Hat pattern works up great in a cotton, cotton blend and acrylic yarn beautifully! The yarn I used for this hat was the Bernat Handicrafter cotton but really any cotton or cotton blend will work.
A great choice if you want to crochet for the warmer months. Cotton is excellent as it conducts heat away from the body, keeping baby cool and comfortable!
Another advantages to using cotton is that it doesn’t pill and really shows off this stitch beautifully! If you do decide to use cotton yarn be sure to lay the hat flat after washing! Cotton can get very heavy when wet and you don’t want your beautiful project to lose its shape after washing it.
This sun hat could also be made in acrylic, which is great for fall or cooler spring days. It would work up in Vanna’s Choice or any of the stiffer worsted weight yarns. Acrylic yarn is great for cooler days, it is soft, easy to work with, washes beautifully and rarely will garments lose their colour even upon multiple washings.
With so many acrylic yarns available the colour choices are endless – and remember! This one looks great with contrasting bands and roses!
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How to choose a wire for your crochet sun hat
Here are some tips on choosing the right wire for your brim:
– Think about the application of the wire – is it holding up a big brim? Or do you just want a little support? (Think bras on this one ladies.)
– How will the hat be used? Is it worn by a toddler that will bend and throw the hat all over the place but grow out of it quickly? Or will it be worn by a fashionable young lady who will care for it treat it gently.
If you are looking for the best wire for the brim of your sunhat, then you may want to consider using a stiff wire. This type of wire will hold its shape better and will not create any flapping or movement when you are wearing your hat.
Another important factor to consider when choosing a wire for the brim of your sunhat is the gauge. This refers to the thickness of the wire. A thicker gauge will make the brim of your hat more durable, while a thinner gauge may be less sturdy.
Let me know – did this take the mystery out of putting a wire in your hat?
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Lacey Ladies Crochet Sun Hat
Beginner / Easy
- ch – chain
- dc – double crochet
- sc – single crochet
- st – stitch
- sts – stitches
- slst – slip stitch
- rpt – repeat
Adult 22” x 8 ½”
- 5.50 mm crochet hook
- 6.50 mm crochet hook
- Bernat Handicrafter Cotton 200 grams
- 50″ of 12-15 Gauge wire for the brim
Choose one of the following for securing your wire in place
- Hot glue gun
- Clear floral tape
- Wire crimp connectors – be sure that the size you choose is correct for your wire size.
Finished Crochet Sun Hat Measurement
21″ x 6.5″ Not including brim.
I can’t wait to see your finished sun hats! You can share on social media by tagging #prettydarnadorable
Happy crocheting, Cyp 💕
Ladies Lacey Crochet Sun Hat Free Pattern
*Rounds 1 thru 15 are worked in continuous rounds. Do not join. Use a stitch marker at the beginning of round for easier counting.
Starting at the top of the hat
Using 6.50 mm hook Ch2
Rnd 1: Work 6 sc in 2nd st from hook. (6)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in 1st st and each st around. (12)
Rnd 3: 1 sc in 1st st *2 sc in next st, 1 sc in next st* rpt from * to * till end of rnd. Place 2 sc in last st. (18)
Rnd 4: 1 sc in 1st 2 sts *2 sc in next st, 1 sc in next 2 sts* rpt from * to * till end of rnd. Place 2 sc in last st. (24)
Rnd 5: 1 sc in 1st 3 sts *2 sc in next st, 1 sc in next 3 sts* rpt from * to * till end of rnd. Place 2 sc in last st. (30)
Rnd 6: 1 sc in 1st 4 sts *2 sc in next st, 1 sc in next 4 sts* rpt from * to * till end of rnd. Place 2 sc in last st. (36)
Rnd 7: 1 sc in 1st 5 sts *2 sc in next st, 1 sc in next 5 sts* rpt from * to * till end of rnd. Place 2 sc in last st. (42)
Rnd 8: 1 sc in 1st 6 sts *2 sc in next st, 1 sc in next 6 sts* rpt from * to * till end of rnd. Place 2 sc in last st. (48)
Rnd 9: 1 sc in 1st 7 sts *2 sc in next st, 1 sc in next 7 sts* rpt from * to * till end of rnd. Place 2 sc in last st. (54)
Rnd 10: 1 sc in 1st 8 sts *2 sc in next st, 1 sc in next 8 sts* rpt from * to * till end of rnd. Place 2 sc in last st. (60)
Rnd 11: 1 sc in 1st 9 sts *2 sc in next st, 1 sc in next 9 sts* rpt from * to * till end of rnd. Place 2 sc in last st. (66)
Rnds 12 – 15: Sc in 1st st and each st around. (66) Continuing working round 16 do not join or fasten off.
Texture Starts Here
Rnd 16: (Sc, ch 2, sc) in 1st sc, *sk next 2 sc, (sc, ch 2, sc) in next sc* rpt from * to * around (22 ch 2 spaces made). Skip the last two stitches then join with slst to 1st sc, ch 1 turn.
Rnd 17: 3 dc in 1st ch 2 space and each ch 2 space around (66). Join with slst to 1st dc. Ch 1 turn.
Rnd 18: Skip 1st st, (sc, ch 2, sc ) in 2nd dc, *sk next 2 dc, (sc, ch 2, sc) in next dc* rpt from * to * around (22 ch 2 spaces made). Skip the last two stitches then join with slst to 1st sc, ch 1 turn.
Rnd 19: 3 dc in 1st ch 2 space and each ch2 space around (66). Join with slst to 1st dc. Ch 1 turn.
Rnd 20: Skip 1st st, (sc, ch 2, sc) in 2nd dc, *sk next 2 dc, (sc, ch 2, sc) in next dc* rpt from * to * around (22 ch 2 spaces made). Skip the last two stitches then do not turn. Continue with round 21 below.
The following rounds will be worked continuously without joining including the brim.
Change to 5.50 mm hook
Rnd 21: Sc in 1st sc, sc in ch 2 sp, sc in next sc. *sc in next sc, sc in ch 2 sp, sc in next sc* rpt from * to * until the end of the round. (66)
Rnd 22: Sc in 1st and each sc around (66)
Crochet Sun Hat Brim
Using 5.50 mm hook
Rnd 1: 1 sc in 1st 5 sts *2 sc in next st, 1 sc in next 5 sts* rpt from * to * until end of rnd. Place 2 sc in last st. (77)
Rnd 2: 1 sc in 1st 6 sts *2 sc in next st, 1 sc in next 6 sts* rpt from * to * until end of rnd. Place 2 sc in last st. (88)
Rnd 3: 1 sc in 1st 7 sts *2 sc in next st, 1 sc in next 7 sts* rpt from * to * until end of rnd. Place 2 sc in last st. (99)
Rnd 4: 1 sc in 1st 8 sts *2 sc in next st, 1 sc in next 8 sts* rpt from * to * until end of rnd. Place 2 sc in last st. (110)
Rnds 5 & 6: Sc in 1st and each st around (110)
Rnd 7: 1 sc in 1st 9 sts *2 sc in next st, 1 sc in next 9 sts* rpt from * to * until end of rnd. (121) Place 2 sc in last st.
Rnd 8: Sc in 1st and each st around (121)
Rnd 9: 1 sc in 1st 10 sts *2 sc in next st, 1 sc in next 10 sts* rpt from * to * until end of rnd. (132) Place 2 sc in last st.
Rnd 10: Sc in 1st and each st around (132)
Measure around brim of hat and then cut wire allowing for a 3-4 inch overlap. We will trim this at the end, it is better to have extra wire so that it is easier to work with.
Rnd 11: Work sc around the wire in each single crochet around, stopping before you work the last 8 – 10 stitches.
At this point we want to secure the wire and this can be done a number of ways. Pick which ever works best for you. My favourite method is using the hot glue gun but all work well.
Securing wire in place
No matter the method you choose this next step is important. We need to mark the wire so that when we are securing it, it stays the exact size that it needs to be.
This is really easy, but there are just a couple of steps to make sure to get it in the right place.
Step 1. Lay your hat flat, and smooth the brim down with your hands.
Step 2. Make sure the wires are over lapping at least one inch.
Step 3. Get a permanent marker and mark both wires in the middle of the overlap.
Step 4. Trim wires so that the overlap is no larger than 1” to 1 ½”.
At this point, you will want to choose the method of securing the wire in place. The two I recommend are either the floral tape or hot glue.
I used the hot glue, as shown in the video.
When using the hot glue, you will need to hold the wire in place as it cools and starts to set. I did the top part of the wire, then flipped the hat over to do the underside next.
If you are using the tape, start in the middle where we marked with the black marker and work to each end wrapping the tape continually around the wire until then ends are covered. You want to make sure that there are no sharp ends exposed.
Once you have worked to one end, cut the tape and start from the middle again working back to the opposite end.
Once the wire is secure, continue to work sc around the unfinished stitches of round 11.
Rnd 12: For the final round, work a spike stitch or long single crochet into round 11 all the way around the brim. Fasten off.
Spike Stitch: Insert hook into sc in round 11 and complete single crochet. Note, because this is a tall stitch be sure to pull the loop to the current height of round 12 then, finish pulling through the two loops on your hook.
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