Crochet Bumblebee Sun Hat – Free Pattern in All Sizes!

This summer I wanted to darn my babies in sun hats inspired by bugs, since they are all boys and love to play outside in the dirt and find bugs! Here is a free pattern for one of them – a bumblebee and it comes in all sizes, from newborn to adult!

Free Crochet Pattern for a Bumblebee Sun Hat in All Sizes

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Abbreviations

  • CH = chain
  • DC = double crochet
  • SL ST = slip stitch
  • BLO = back loop only
  • SC = single crochet

Color Pattern

I don’t like the way that color changes look when using the double crochet stitch looks – they appear more ragged and are nice clean edges. So, I like to start and end each new color by doing front or back loop only and that really cleans up the look. Here’s the color pattern I used for the bumblebee hat.

  • Yellow
  • Yellow
  • Black, BLO
  • Yellow, BLO
  • Yellow
  • Black, BLO

Materials Needed

  • Cotton worsted weight yarn, I used Sugar’n Cream in Yellow and Black
  • Hook (unless otherwise stated for the face pieces): H, 5.0 mm
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle to sew on pieces and sew in tails

Tutorials to Help You

Newborn to 3 months

Round 1 (yellow)

  • CH 3, SL ST to form a ring
  • CH 2 (counts as first DC)
  • 9 DC in ring, SL ST to top of beginning CH 2 (10 DC total)

Round 2 (yellow)

  • CH 2 (counts as first DC)
  • 1 DC in same space
  • 2 DC in each space around
  • SL ST to top of beginning CH 2 (20 DC total)

Round 3 (black, BLO)

  • CH 2 (counts as first DC)
  • 1 DC in same space
  • 1 DC in next space
  • *2 DC in next space
  • 1 DC in next space
  • Repeat from * all the way around
  • SL ST to top of beginning CH 2 (30 DC total)

Round 4 (yellow, BLO)

  • CH 2 (counts as first DC)
  • 1 DC in same space
  • 1 DC in each of the next 2 spaces
  • *2 DC in next space
  • 1 DC in each of the next 2 spaces
  • Repeat from * all the way around
  • SL ST to top of beginning CH 2 (40 DC total)

Round 5 (work an increasing stitch just 2 times this round, doesn’t matter where) (yellow)

  • CH 2 (counts as first DC)
  • 1 DC in same space
  • 1 DC in each of the next 19 spaces
  • 2 DC in next space
  • 1 DC in each of the next 19 spaces
  • SL ST to top of beginning CH 2 (42 DC total)

Done with the crown!

The Sides: Rounds 5-8

(or keep working rounds until the hat is about 6 inches tall) Continue working the color pattern, yellow-yellow-black, doing black in BLO and the following yellow round also BLO.

  • CH 2
  • 1 DC in each space around
  • SL ST to top of CH 2 (42 DC total)

3 to 6 months

Round 1 (yellow)

  • CH 3, SL ST to form a ring
  • CH 2 (counts as first DC)
  • 9 DC in ring, SL ST to top of beginning CH 2 (10 DC total)

Round 2 (yellow)

  • CH 2 (counts as first DC)
  • 1 DC in same space
  • 2 DC in each space around
  • SL ST to top of beginning CH 2 (20 DC total)

Round 3 (black, BLO)

  • CH 2 (counts as first DC)
  • 1 DC in same space
  • 1 DC in next space
  • *2 DC in next space
  • 1 DC in next space
  • Repeat from * all the way around
  • SL ST to top of beginning CH 2 (30 DC total)

Round 4 (yellow, BLO)

  • CH 2 (counts as first DC)
  • 1 DC in same space
  • 1 DC in each of the next 2 spaces
  • *2 DC in next space
  • 1 DC in each of the next 2 spaces
  • Repeat from * all the way around
  • SL ST to top of beginning CH 2 (40 DC total)

Round 5 (yellow)

  • CH 2 (counts as first DC)
  • 1 DC in same space
  • 1 DC in each of the next 9 spaces
  • *2 DC in the next space
  • 1 DC in each of the next 9 spaces
  • Repeat from * all the way around
  • SL ST to top of beginning CH 2 (44 DC total)

Done with the crown!

The Sides: Rounds 6-9

(or keep working rounds until it’s about 7 inches tall) Continue working the color pattern, yellow-yellow-black, doing black in BLO and the following yellow round also BLO.

  • CH 2
  • 1 DC in each space around
  • SL ST to top of CH 2 (44 DC total)

 

Back of Crochet Bumblebee Hat

This is to show you how the back loop only stitching looks so neat and clean around the black bands.

6-12 Months (16 to 18 inch head)

Round 1

  • CH 3, SL ST to form a ring
  • CH 2 (counts as first DC)
  • 7 DC in ring, SL ST to top of beginning CH 2 (8 DC total)

Round 2

  • CH 2 (counts as first DC)
  • 1 DC in same space
  • 2 DC in each space around
  • SL ST to top of beginning CH 2 (16 DC total)

Round 3

  • CH 2 (counts as first DC)
  • 1 DC in same space
  • 1 DC in next space
  • *2 DC in next space
  • 1 DC in next space
  • Repeat from * all the way around
  • SL ST to top of beginning CH 2 (24 DC total)

Round 4

  • CH 2 (counts as first DC)
  • 1 DC in same space
  • 1 DC in each of the next 2 spaces
  • *2 DC in next space
  • 1 DC in each of the next 2 spaces
  • Repeat from * all the way around
  • SL ST to top of beginning CH 2 (32 DC total)

Round 5

  • CH 2 (counts as first DC)
  • 1 DC in same space
  • 1 DC in each of the next 3 spaces
  • *2 DC in next space
  • 1 DC in each of the next 3 spaces
  • Repeat from * all the way around
  • SL ST to top of beginning CH 2 (40 DC total)

Round 6

  • CH 2 (counts as first DC)
  • 1 DC in same space
  • 1 HC in each of the next 4 spaces
  • *2 DC in next space
  • 1 DC in each of the next 4 spaces
  • Repeat from * all the way around
  • SL ST to top of beginning CH 2 (48 DC total)

Done with the crown!

The Sides: Rounds 7-10

(or keep working rounds until it’s about 6.5 inches tall) Continue working the color pattern, yellow-yellow-black, doing black in BLO and the following yellow round also BLO.

  • CH 2
  • 1 DC in each space around
  • SL ST to top of CH 2 (48 DC total)

 

Toddler – 12 Months to 3 Years

Round 1 (yellow)

  • CH 3, SL ST to form a ring
  • CH 2 (counts as first DC)
  • 9 DC in ring, SL ST to top of beginning CH 2 (10 DC total)

Round 2 (yellow)

  • CH 2 (counts as first DC)
  • 1 DC in same space
  • 2 DC in each space around
  • SL ST to top of beginning CH 2 (20 DC total)

Round 3 (black, BLO)

  • CH 2 (counts as first DC)
  • 1 DC in same space
  • 1 DC in next space
  • *2 DC in next space
  • 1 DC in next space
  • Repeat from * all the way around
  • SL ST to top of beginning CH 2 (30 DC total)

Round 4 (yellow BLO)

  • CH 2 (counts as first DC)
  • 1 DC in same space
  • 1 DC in each of the next 2 spaces
  • *2 DC in next space
  • 1 DC in each of the next 2 spaces
  • Repeat from * all the way around
  • SL ST to top of beginning CH 2 (40 DC total)

Round 5 (yellow)

  • CH 2 (counts as first DC)
  • 1 DC in same space
  • 1 DC in each of the next 3 spaces
  • *2 DC in next space
  • 1 DC in each of the next 3 spaces
  • Repeat from * all the way around
  • SL ST to top of beginning CH 2 (50 DC total)

Done with the crown!

The Sides: Rounds 6-11 (black, BLO)

(or keep working rounds until it’s about 6 1/2 to 8 inches tall) Continue working the color pattern, yellow-yellow-black, doing black in BLO and the following yellow round also BLO.

  • CH 2 (counts as first DC)
  • 1 DC in each space around
  • SL ST to top of beginning CH 2 (50 DC total)

Child Size – 3-10 Years

Round 1

  • CH 3, SL ST to form a ring
  • CH 2 (counts as first DC)
  • 9 DC in ring, SL ST to top of beginning CH 2 (10 DC total)

Round 2

  • CH 2 (counts as first DC)
  • 1 DC in same space
  • 2 DC in each space around
  • SL ST to top of beginning CH 2 (20 DC total)

Round 3

  • CH 2 (counts as first DC)
  • 1 DC in same space
  • 1 DC in next space
  • *2 DC in next space
  • 1 DC in next space
  • Repeat from * all the way around
  • SL ST to top of beginning CH  2 (30 DC total)

Round 4

  • CH 2 (counts as first DC)
  • 1 DC in same space
  • 1 DC in each of the next 2 spaces
  • *2 DC in next space
  • 1 DC in each of the next 2 spaces
  • Repeat from * all the way around
  • SL ST to top of beginning CH 2 (40 DC total)

Round 5

  • CH 2 (counts as first DC)
  • 1 DC in same space
  • 1 DC in each of the next 3 spaces
  • *2 DC in next space
  • 1 DC in each of the next 3 spaces
  • Repeat from * all the way around
  • SL ST to top of beginning CH 2 (50 DC total)

Round 6

  • CH 2 (counts as first DC)
  • 1 DC in same space
  • 1 DC in each of the next 4 spaces
  • *2 DC in next space
  • 1 DC in each of the next 4 spaces
  • Repeat from * all the way around
  • SL ST to top of beginning CH 2 (60 DC total)

Done with the crown!

The Sides: Rounds 7-13

(or keep working rounds until the hat is about 7 inches tall) Continue working the color pattern, yellow-yellow-black, doing black in BLO and the following yellow round also BLO.

  • CH 2 (counts as first DC)
  • 1 DC in each space around
  • SL ST to top of beginning CH 2 (60 DC total)

Pre-Teens and Teens

Round 1 (yellow)

  • CH 3, SL ST to form a ring
  • CH 2 (counts as first DC)
  • 9 DC in ring, SL ST to top of beginning CH 2 (10 DC total)

Round 2 (yellow)

  • CH 2 (counts as first DC)
  • 1 DC in same space
  • 2 DC in each space around
  • SL ST to top of beginning CH 2 (20 DC total)

Round 3 (black, BLO)

  • CH 2 (counts as first DC)
  • 1 DC in same space
  • 1 DC in next space
  • *2 DC in next space
  • 1 DC in next space
  • Repeat from * all the way around
  • SL ST to top of beginning CH  2 (30 DC total)

Round 4 (yellow, BLO)

  • CH 2 (counts as first DC) BLO
  • 1 DC in same space BLO
  • 1 DC in each of the next 2 spaces
  • *2 DC in next space
  • 1 DC in each of the next 2 spaces
  • Repeat from * all the way around
  • SL ST to top of beginning CH 2 (40 DC total)

Round 5 (yellow)

  • CH 2 (counts as first DC)
  • 1 DC in same space
  • 1 DC in each of the next 3 spaces
  • *2 DC in next space
  • 1 DC in each of the next 3 spaces
  • Repeat from * all the way around
  • SL ST to top of beginning CH 2 (50 DC total)

Round 6 (black, BLO)

  • CH 2 (counts as first DC)
  • 1 DC in same space
  • 1 DC in each of the next 4 spaces
  • *2 DC in next space
  • 1 DC in each of the next 4 spaces
  • Repeat from * all the way around
  • SL ST to top of beginning CH 2 (60 DC total)

Round 7 (yellow, BLO)

Work an increasing stitch only 5 times this round (an increasing stitch is 2 DC in one stitch).

  • CH 2 (counts as first DC)
  • 1 DC in same space
  • 1 DC in each of the next 11 spaces
  • *2 DC in next space
  • 1 DC in each of the next 11 spaces
  • Repeat from * all the way around
  • SL ST to top of beginning CH 2 (65 DC total)

Done with the crown!

The Sides: Rounds 8-15

(or keep working rounds until the hat is about 8 inches tall) Continue working the color pattern, yellow-yellow-black, doing black in BLO and the following yellow round also BLO.

  • CH 2 (counts as first DC)
  • 1 DC in each space around
  • SL ST to top of beginning CH 2 (65 DC total)

Crochet Bumblebee Hat - Free Crochet Pattern by My Merry Messy Life

Adults (for a 22-23 inch head)

Round 1 (yellow)

  • CH 3, SL ST to form a ring
  • CH 2 (counts as first DC)
  • 9 DC in ring, SL ST to top of beginning CH 2 (10 DC total)

Round 2 (yellow)

  • CH 2 (counts as first DC)
  • 1 DC in same space
  • 2 DC in each space around
  • SL ST to top of beginning CH 2 (20 DC total)

Round 3 (black, BLO)

  • CH 2 (counts as first DC)
  • 1 DC in same space
  • 1 DC in next space
  • *2 DC in next space
  • 1 DC in next space
  • Repeat from * all the way around
  • SL ST to top of beginning CH  2 (30 DC total)

Round 4 (yellow, BLO)

  • CH 2 (counts as first DC)
  • 1 DC in same space
  • 1 DC in each of the next 2 spaces
  • *2 DC in next space
  • 1 DC in each of the next 2 spaces
  • Repeat from * all the way around
  • SL ST to top of beginning CH 2 (40 DC total)

Round 5 (yellow)

  • CH 2 (counts as first DC)
  • 1 DC in same space
  • 1 DC in each of the next 3 spaces
  • *2 DC in next space
  • 1 DC in each of the next 3 spaces
  • Repeat from * all the way around
  • SL ST to top of beginning CH 2 (50 DC total)

Round 6 (black, BLO)

  • CH 2 (counts as first DC)
  • 1 DC in same space
  • 1 DC in each of the next 4 spaces
  • *2 DC in next space
  • 1 DC in each of the next 4 spaces
  • Repeat from * all the way around
  • SL ST to top of beginning CH 2 (60 DC total)

Round 7 (yellow, BLO)

(If you find your hat is getting too big, make less increasing stitches – just add 1 or 2 instead)

  • CH 2 (counts as first DC)
  • 1 DC in same space
  • 1 DC in each of the next 5 spaces
  • *2 DC in next space
  • 1 DC in each of the next 5 spaces
  • Repeat from * all the way around
  • SL ST to top of beginning CH 2 (70 DC total)

Done with the crown!

The Sides: Rounds 8-17

(or keep working rounds until the hat is about 8-9 inches tall) Continue working the color pattern, yellow-yellow-black, doing black in BLO and the following yellow round also BLO.

  • CH 2 (counts as first DC)
  • 1 DC in each space around
  • SL ST to top of beginning CH 2 (70 DC total)

The Sun Hat Brim

I worked the whole brim in yellow, finishing in black for the edge. This pattern is the same for all the sizes, except for the teen and adult, you’ll need to add an extra 2-3 rounds. This does make a slightly ruffled brim. If you’d rather it be more straight, then work less increasing stitches in the second round and and so on.

Round 1 (remove this round for Newborns and Babies up to 1 year, start at round 2 instead)

  • CH 2
  • 1 DC in each space all the way around, BLO
  • SL ST to top of beginning CH 2

Round 2

  • CH 2, DC in same space
  • DC in each of the next 3 spaces
  • *2 DC in same space
  • 1 DC in each of the next 3 spaces
  • Repeat from * all the way around
  • SL ST to top of beginning CH 2

Round 3

  • CH 2, DC in same space (or if using a new color, SL ST, CH 2)
  • DC in each of the next 2 spaces
  • *2 DC in same space
  • 1 DC in each of the next 2 spaces
  • Repeat from * all the way around
  • SL ST to top of beginning CH 2

Round 4

Repeat round 2

Rounds 5-6

For Teen and Adult hats, add an extra 1-2 rounds, depending on your preference, but decrease down to just 1 DC increase every other stitch – so, 2 DC in same same, 1 DC in next space, 2 DC in next space…and so on.

Finishing Round

I ended with black and did a 1 round of SC, 1 in each stitch around.

Free Crochet Pattern for a Bumblebee Sun Hat

Patterns for the Bumblebee Face

Face

Round 1

  • CH 3
  • SL ST to form a ring
  • CH 1
  • 7 SC in ring (8 SC total)
  • SL ST to close

Round 2

  • CH 1
  • 1 SC in same space
  • 2 SC in each stitch around (16 SC total)
  • SL ST to close

Round 3

  • CH 1
  • 1 SC in same space
  • *1 SC in next space
  • 2 SC in next space
  • Repeat from * all the way around (24 SC total)
  • SL ST to close

Round 4

  • CH 1
  • 1 SC in same space
  • 1 SC in each of the next 2 spaces
  • *1 SC in next space
  • 1 SC in each of the next 2 spaces
  • Repeat from * all the way around (32 total)
  • SL ST to close and leave a long tail to sew onto the hat

Eyes

White Part

  • CH 3
  • SL ST to form a ring
  • CH 1
  • 9 SC in ring (10 SC total)
  • SL ST to close and leave a tail for sewing on

Black Part

  • CH 3
  • SL ST to form a ring and pull really tight so it bunches up into a tiny ball
  • Leave a long tail for sewing on

Antennae

Make 4 of these and sew two of them together so they become stiff.

  • CH 8
  • In 2nd CH from hook, 1 SC
  • 1 SC in each space (7 total)

Yellow Accent on the Antenna (or just use cute buttons!)

  • CH 3
  • SL ST to form a ring
  • CH 1
  • 5 SC in ring (6 SC total)
  • SL ST to close, leave a tail for sewing on

Pattern for the Straps

Make two and sew to the bottom of the inside of the hat, before the brim.

Newborn to 12 months – CH 35. 1 SC in the 2nd CH. 1 SC in each stitch all the way down.

12 Months to 3 Years – CH 45.  1 SC in the 2nd CH. 1 SC in each stitch all the way down.

3 Years to Pre-Teen – CH 50.  1 SC in the 2nd CH. 1 SC in each stitch all the way down.

Pre-Teen to Adult – CH 55.  1 SC in the 2nd CH. 1 SC in each stitch all the way down.

Smile

Just a simple chain – CH 7. Make sure to leave a beginning and ending tail long enough to sew in!

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About Sara McFall

Sara is the owner and founder of My Merry Messy Life, which started in 2011 as a way to chronicle her journey to a natural, chemical-free lifestyle and to share her passions of mothering, real food, homeschooling and crochet. She is a mama to three precious and energetic little boys and wife to a university professor who loves to sing, dance ballet and ballroom, and live simply and naturally.

Comments

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