Free Ruffled Brim Sunhat Pattern…

I get frustrated when I see patterns that are offered for free with the stipulation that you may not sell items made from it. *Sigh….* – that’s just me. No offense intended. Well, you  may rest-assured that the patterns I post on my blog are free, no strings attached.  As long as you don’t copy and sell the pattern as you’re own, then you are free to do what you will with them. If you feel inclined to give me credit for the pattern, go right ahead – if not…. no skin off my nose πŸ™‚ Anyhoooo…..

Here’s one of my designs, that may or may not need a little fine-tuning once I’ve had an opportunity to test it using cotton. Enjoy!

Hook: 4 mm (G)

Yarn: Worsted weight. I used Redheart to test the pattern – but in future I will be using cotton as it is breathable and cool to wear.

Gauge: 64dc stitches = 50cm (20″) approx. So I guess the gauge is around 12st per 10cm (4″)?

Hat circumference: 50cm (20″) approx – to fit a toddler/small child – my daughter is 3 and a half.

Hat height (body of hat – brim not included) 17cm (6.5″)


Magic circle (or ch2 and work the following row into the 2nd ch from hook)

R1. 12dc into ring (or 2nd ch from hook – depending on what method you used) (12 dc)

R2. ch3 (counts as dc from here forward), dc in same stitch…. then 2dc in each stitch around. Join with sl st to to of beginning chain. (24 dc)

R3. ch3, dc in same stitch, dc in next dc, (2dc in next dc, dc in next dc) repeat between brackets around. Join with sl st to to of beginning chain. (36dc)

R4. ch3, dc in same stitch, dc in next 2 stitches, (2dc in next dc, dc in next two dc) repeat between brackets around. Join with sl st to to of beginning chain. (48 dc)

R5. ch3, dc in same stitch, dc in next 3 stitches, (2dc in next dc, dc in next three dc) repeat between brackets around. Join with sl st to to of beginning chain. (60dc)

R6. ch3, dc in same stitch, dc in next 14 stitches, (2dc in next dc, dc in next fourteen dc) repeat between brackets around. Join with sl st to to of beginning chain (64dc)

R7. to 10. DC in each st around – joining with sl st at end of each row (64st)


R11. to 13. ch3, (dc in prev st, skip st, dc) repeat around… there will be one dc in every st – join with sl st at beginning of row (64sts)


(You can join with sl st at end of each row – or alternatively crochet in the round, marking your beginning st to keep track of your stitch count)

R14. (2dc, dc in next 2 sts) around

R15. (2dc, dc in next 3 sts) around

R16. (2dc, dc in next 4sts) around

R17. (2dc, dc in next 5sts) around

R18. Reverse slip stitch in each st around. (I find the reverse slip stitch gives the brim a nice firm edge. If you are unfamiliar with this stitch, just slip stitch around).

Fasten in ends etc etc…

Hope you have fun with this pattern πŸ™‚

41 thoughts on “Free Ruffled Brim Sunhat Pattern…

  1. Just made 2 of these for a birthday/baby shower and I LOVE them! I wanted to make some flowers to pin on that would be interchangeable. A sunflower and maybe something red. Do you have free patterns for all of your super cute flowers?

  2. That’s awesome Crystal. Glad you could make use of the pattern. I don’t have any of my own flower patterns written out (except for the sunflower and daffodil patterns here) – I kinda just wing it or google or look on ravelry for free flower patterns or borrow flower patterns from hat patterns I’ve purchased previously. Pinterest would also be worth looking at for free flower patterns. Hope that helps πŸ™‚

  3. LOVE this pattern! I have to admit that I altered it a little because the hats will be used by my twin nieces during a trip to the Caribbean and I wanted them to be very light and “airy”.
    From R7 to 13 I did dc, ch1, sk1, dc
    They are just too adorable! Thank you!

    • Hey Vicky, glad you liked the pattern. That’s the beauty of it, you can basically alter the textured/airy part once you have the basic hat pattern. Caribbean! I am soooooo jealous! Are you going too?

  4. I have been looking for hats like this for my daughter ever since she had her favorite cloth one stolen from her stroller while we were at the aquarium. So glad I can now make my own for her! Thank you so much for sharing this with us! I pinned it on Pinterest!

  5. hi… cannot lie to myself anymore… i am falling in love with this hat.. keep coming back to see how you did it!!
    tq for sharing.. however, i couldnt get the nice brim as yours.. well probably due to the difference type of yarn… anyway… thks again…

  6. Hi, I’m Mary from Greece. I’ve just finished your gorgeous sunhat for my three years old girl and it’s really so cute. Thank you so much for sharing patterns and being a source of creativity and joy!

    • Hi Suzanne – sorry I didn’t record the amount of yarn I used. This hat was made with Red Heart acrylic yarn, but I made another of these hats out of cotton and used approx 213 yards for that one. Hope that helps.

  7. This is super cute! Trying to make one for dd but I am new to crocheting and can’t for the life of me figure out row 11-13
    (dc in prev st, skip st, dc) repeat around… there will be one dc in every st – join with sl st at beginning of row (64sts)
    I just end up with a big knotty mess….

    • YouTube is your friend when you’re learning to crochet πŸ™‚ This stitch is call Double Crochet Cross Stitch. Here’s a link to a video, but there are plenty more… … you may have to fudge it a bit before you join with a slip stitch. I remember I always had a bit of trouble with that – and I haven’t made this hat in such a long time. I hope that’s a little bit helpful πŸ™‚ Good luck!

  8. This sunhat is so cute! Thank you for sharing your pattern! I am making it for my grand-daughter. I was a bit confused with rows 11-13, but the above posting about the Crochet Cross Stitch video helped me and now it’s a breeze! Thanks again! Love the hat!!! =)

  9. Thank you! I will watch before I make another. Made two and just used double crochets on rounds that had the cross stitch. So many compliments, such a cute hat!.

    • There’s very little difference between a 3 and 4 year old. The white hat in the picture was made for my 3 year old – it still fits her now and she’s 5 years old. So you might not have to alter at all – or maybe try a half size larger hook if you think it looks too small.

  10. I made several sunflowers for pins and headbands! They are adorable and very easy to follow! I made the sunhat and had to alter your pattern for size a little but with the brim I look at your pictures and it seems you did more rows than what you say in the pattern. Did you do the first row 2 dc and 1 dc in next 1 around, then row 2 was dc in next 2 around and so on until it’s 2 dc, dc in next 5? I’ve been trying to experiment a little because my granddaughters are 2 and 1 and don’t want the brim to hang in their face. I like the wavy and stiffness to it that yours seem to have. I thought maybe you altered your pattern a little.

    • The white sunhat is made with Red Heart worsted and the brims sit so nice with that particular yarn. Cotton seems to have more drape. When I made cotton ones I used a smaller crochet hook and I did alter the pattern, but it was very much trial and error – crochet a few rows, decide it wasn’t right, rip it out, and try a different amount of stitches. Sorry I didn’t record what I did for cotton.

  11. On round 3 I’m not getting 36 dc but in round 2 I’m getting 24 so the mistake isn’t there and no matter what I do I either get 35 or 37 so can you tell me what my mistake is

    • My mistake Kayla – basically it wouldn’t matter if you fudged it in order to get the total of 36dcs required… but it should say:

      R3. ch3, dc in same stitch. DC in next dc. (2dc in next dc, dc in next dc) repeat between brackets around. Join with sl st to to of beginning chain. (36dc)

      Sorry for the confusion.

  12. Wanting to make this hat with cotton. What do you recommend for any changes? I know you said you made the brim differently, but that you didn’t record it. I have 10 days (not normally needed) to make a sunhat and I love the way yours looks. πŸ™‚

    • Hi Lexi – sorry for my late reply. I’ve been very busy with my 3 littlies. I believe I used village craft cotton for my daughters hat, and honestly, I crocheted and unraveled, and crocheted and unraveled the brim over and over again to try to get it to ruffle properly. I know I used a 3.5mm hook for the body of the hat and then switched to 2.75mm hook for the brim. I’m looking at my very messy scribbled notes and it says I worked 16 rows before starting the brim. The notes I have on the brim was as follows – hope you can understand them: Row 17/ (2dc, then 1dc in next 3 sts) repeat around. Row 18/ (2dc, then 1 dec in next 3 sts) repeat around. Row 19/ (2dc, then 1 dc in next 4sts) repeat around. Row 20/ 2dc, then 1dc in next 5sts) repeat around. Row 21/ Dc around. Row 22/ Dc around.

      Hope that helps.

      • Hi! I’m love the pic you have posted and am about to make it tomorrow for my daughter. I bought cotton yarn to make it with and read your above changes to the pattern when you switched to cotton. Just wondering if your cotton attempt turned out the way the original pic did, specifically with the wavy edge. I also have red heart in white so I’m debating which to use, though I liked the idea of the cotton for the warmer weather. Thanks for your help and thank you for posting the pattern! πŸ™‚

  13. I just wanted to say thank you for sharing your patterns in this manner – I agree with your sentiment on not being able to sell items made from patterns – it makes me even more frustrated when it’s one you’ve paid for and are not advised of that clause in advance! This hat looks super cute so it is now my next project – as soon as I can decide which yarn to make it with. Time to go stash diving I think!

  14. Thanks so much for this pattern! Saw the hat a while ago but could not find free pattern. Just finished it in white cotton for my 2 year old granddaughter. Absolutely beautiful!

  15. Thanks sooo much!!!! I absolutely love this pattern! Just finished my first one for my baby girl to match her dress that she’s wearing for her pictures in June. ☺☺☺☺

  16. Just finished making one of these for my granddaughter using Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Cotton. I used a size F hook, and didn’t even use up one full skein. I haven’t tried it on her yet, but I think it will be okay by the time summer comes around here in the great white north! She will be a year old in August. Cute, cute, cute!!!

  17. Hello! I love this hat you made! I’m going to the craft store today to pick up some yarn and start the project for my little cutie…I think she’ll love it! I think I might even size it up to make a matching one for myself (currently obsessed with mommy/daughter matchingπŸ˜‰)! Thank you so much for the pattern!

    PS…couldn’t agree with you more about the stipulations of free patterns!

  18. Love the pattern, just made 3 of these (one for a 5yr old, who loves hers-to the point she barely takes it off πŸ™‚ , one for a 6-9 month old and one newborn). This is a super pattern and I hope to use this as a summer staple.

  19. Hi! LOVE this pattern…just whipped up my first hat today. A question though? I’m holding off finishing, as I am not sure I have ever heard to the reverse slip stitch. I have in knitting, and obviously the crochet “reverse single stitch.” Maybe you or one of the commentors can help? Again, love the pattern, just ordered a ton more yarn to make more over the next coming weeks…thank you so much! πŸ™‚

    • Hi there. It’s been so long since I worked up this pattern, but I’m thinking maybe I slip stitched from left to right across my work, in much the same way you would do for reverse single crochet/crab stitch. I think it just made the edge a bit stiffer? Hope that helps πŸ™‚

  20. Hi i just love this pattern. I’m gonna do this for 3 yr old with cotton yarn.! I read through comments you have mentioned as you used 3.5 mm. I’m using sugar n cream yarn . So can i start with 3.5 mm and do 13 rows + 3 rows extra(16rows) and do brim with 2.75 mm? Please help

  21. I made this hate today in cotton, with with the band pink and a pink reverse stitch, added a silk flower and it turn out super cute! Thank you for sharing this pattern, it’s my new favorite!

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