Crochet Sun Hat Pattern with Brim – Summer Glory

Fireworks, gardening, a walk on the beach, or a summer concert – whatever takes you outdoors this summer, bring your own shade along! The Summer Glory crochet sun hat pattern is made with breathable cotton to keep your head cool. It features a built-in sweat band and a wide, wired brim to shade your eyes.

Summer Glory Sun Hat - a free pattern on Stitches n Scraps. Sun hat with red and white striped brim and blue crown on a foam head with brown yarn "hair". Head is placed on a wood railing overlooking trees and grass.

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Cascade Yarns Ultra Pima

Cascade had originally sent me this yarn for free for my Stars and Stripes Washcloth pattern. I had lots left over, and used it for this crochet sun hat pattern. It’s a luxuriously soft, DK weight, Pima cotton yarn with a lovely shine. Perfect for a hat that gets noticed!

Working with Millinery Wire

This was my first time ever trying something like this, and it turned out to be really easy! I purchased my millinery wire from Kathy Lashley of ELK Studio. You can find it in her etsy shop, along with the joiners that go with it. She has a tutorial for using millinery wire with crochet, which I found super helpful.

A coil of white millinery wire and a metal joiner, on a wood table. Summer Glory Hat pattern on Stitches n Scraps

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Summer Glory Crochet Sun Hat with Brim

Project level Intermediate

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Materials

Project Level

Intermediate: Sc and dc stitches worked in the round, linked dc stitches, working over millinery wire.

Size

Adult – One size fits most

Gauge

Use pattern as gauge swatch – after rnd 7, work should measure about 6 inches in diameter.

Abbreviations used

(Pattern is written in US terms)
ch = chain
sc = single crochet
dc = double crochet
bpdc = back post double crochet
ldc = linked double crochet (see Special Stitch)
st(s) = stitch(es)
sl st = slip stitch
RS = right side
WS = wrong side

Recommended Resources

Special Stitch – Linked Double Crochet (ldc):

See full ldc tutorial here

2nd st of round (ch-3 counts as first st): Insert hook into 2nd ch of the starting ch-3 and pull up a loop. Insert hook into next st and pull up a loop. (Yarn over and pull through 2 loops on hook) twice.

pull up loop in next st - Linked dc tutorial on StitchesNScraps

Remaining sts: Insert hook into diagonal bar of previous st and pull up a loop. Insert hook into next st and pull up a loop. (Yarn over and pull through 2 loops on hook) twice.

Instructions

Crown

Ch 3 at the beginning of a row counts as a dc throughout. Join with a sl st into the first st unless otherwise specified.

Row 1: With blue, ch 4, 11 dc in 4th ch from hook, join. (12 dc)

Row 2: Ch 3, dc in same st, 2 dc in each st around, join. (24 dc)

Rnd 3: Ch 3, (2 dc in next st, dc in next st) around to last st, 2 dc in last st, join. (36 dc)

Rnd 4: Ch 3, dc in same st, dc in next 2 sts, (2 dc in next st, dc in next 2 sts) around, join. (48 dc)

Rnd 5: Ch 3, dc in next st, (2 dc in next st, dc in next 3 sts) around to last 2 sts, 2 dc in next st, dc in last st, join. (60 dc)

Rnd 6: Ch 3, dc in same st, dc in next 4 sts, (2 dc in next st, dc in next 4 sts) around, join. (72 dc)

Rnd 7: Ch 3, dc in next 2 sts, (2 dc in next st, dc in next 5 sts) around to last 3 sts, 2 dc in next st, dc in last 2 sts, join. (84 dc)

Work should now measure approximately 6 inches in diameter.

Rnds 8-13: Ch 3, dc in next st and in each st around, join. (84 dc)

Band – back layer

Rnd 14: Ch 2 (does not count as a st), bpdc in each st around, join with sl st to top of ch 2, pull loop up big and/or secure with a stitch marker or scrap of yarn, remove hook. drop free loop and working yarn to front of work. (84 sts)

Rnds 15-16: Join white with a sl st in first st of rnd 14, ch 3,dc in next st and each st around, join, fasten off after last rnd. (84 sts)

Band – front layer:

Rnd 14: Place blue working loop back on hook. Working into the tops of stitches from rnd 13, dc in next st and in each st around, join, changing to white. (84 sts)

Rnds 15-16: Ch 3, turn, ldc in next st and each st around, join, changing to red at the end of last rnd. (84 sts)

Blue and white crochet piece showing the two separate layers of the sweatband integrated into the Summer Glory Hat from Stitches n Scraps.

Brim

Rnd 17: Working through both layers of band, ch 3, turn, dc in next 4 sts, (2 dc in next st, dc in next 5 sts) around to last st, 2 dc in last st, join. (98 sts).

Rnd 18: Ch 3, dc in next 2 sts, (2 dc in next st, dc in next 6 sts) around to last 4 sts, 2 dc in next st, dc in last 3 sts, join, changing to white. (112 sts)

Rnd 19: Ch 3, dc in next 6 sts, (2 dc in next st, dc in next 7 sts) around to last st, 2 dc in last st, join. (126 sts)

Rnd 20: Ch 3, dc in next 3 sts, (2 dc in next st, dc in next 8 sts) around to last 5 sts, 2 dc in next st, dc in last 4 sts, join, changing to red. (140 sts)

Rnd 21: Ch 3, dc in next 8 sts, (2 dc in next st, dc in next 9 sts) around to last st, 2 dc in last st, join. (154 sts)

Rnd 22: Ch 3, dc in next 4 sts, (2 dc in next st, dc in next 10 sts), around to last 6 sts, 2 dc in next st, dc in last 5 sts, join, changing to white. (168 sts)

Rnd 23: Ch 3, dc in next 10 sts, (2 dc in next st, dc in next 11 sts) around to last st, 2 dc in last st, join. (182 sts)

Rnd 24: Ch 3, dc in next 5 sts, (2 dc in next st, dc in next 8 sts) around to last 7 sts, 2 dc in next st, dc in last 6 sts, join, changing to red. (196 sts)

Edging / Wire:

Check out this great tutorial from Kathy Lashley for adding the millinery wire!

Lay millinery wire along edge of work.

Rnd 25: Ch 1, working over wire (so it is caught inside your stitch), sc in each st around to last 10 sts. Make sure end of wire sticks out at the start of the round and does not slide down into your work.

red and white striped crochet. Current row is working red stitches over white millinery wire and white stitches below. Summer Glory hat on Stitches n Scraps

Remove thread coating from wire to expose about 1/2 inch of bare wire, and insert the end into the joiner.

A piece of millinery wire, with the metal exposed at the tip, being inserted into a metal joiner. Summer Glory Sun Hat on Stitches n Scraps

Adjust wire inside hat edge to desired shape and stiffness. Trim the other end to desired size, expose about 1/2 inch of bare wire, and insert it into the other end of the joiner. If you don’t have wire cutters, you can break the wire by bending it back and forth a few times with the pliers.

Crimp both ends of joiner shut with pliers.

Two ends of millinery wire inserted into a joiner to close the brim of the Summer Glory hat on Stitches n Scraps

Rnd 25 (continued): Sc in remaining 10 sts, join, fasten off. (196 sts)

Weave in ends.


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2 Comments

    • Pia Thadani

      I put it in the sink and wash it by hand, being careful not to bend the wire. If you do bend the wire, you can bend it back, but it’s best not to. The center is the only part that touches your head, so that’s the only part that really needs washing – the rim can be spot cleaned as needed.

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