The Krissy Mountainside Bucket Crochet Hat was inspired by my dear friend, Kris. You may know her as Krissys Over the Mountain Crochet. It was by chance that I was paired with Kris and Stacy almost 4 years ago to be accountability partners in our crochet businesses.
Since meeting that April, we meet by video almost every Thursday evening to check-in with each other on what we’re designing, or trying to figure out. Kris is one of the most talented women I’ve had the luck to know, as she is a multi-talented crafter and takes cares of the amazing green space on her side of the mountain. Yep, when she’s not crocheting, she might be outside weed whacking, picking fresh berries in the valley, or wrangling her grandkids.
In 2020, Kris began her medical journey that led to a diagnosis of breast cancer by 2021. As a woman of Christian faith, Kris never expressed any worry, and went about each day as usual, unless she was very tired. She was fortunate to not require chemotherapy, but some of the medications contributed to fatigue. It was humbling to see my friend learn to rest when she is an active person, while still working in her crochet business. It’s a reminder that we are capable of so much more than we may be aware.
Now that you know what inspired the Krissy Mountainside Bucket Crochet Hat, let’s talk a bit about the hat. Bucket hats are back from the 90s, especially crochet bucket hats. This hat does not include any granny squares, but it does include lots of texture in a super soft yarn.
If you’re familiar with the alpine stitch, then you’ll love the alternating post stitches along the sides of the hat, except the post stitches are taller than usual. I love the classic alpine stitch, but the curling fabric can become annoying to work with. By making slightly taller front post stitches, the hat keeps its shape in the right direction.
When making a crochet hat to be donated to a cancer patient or survivor, one HAS to consider the type of fiber used. I will admit that I chose a fiber that is not the most convenient to wash, but it is super soft, and this crochet bucket hat can be worn for special occasions. If you want to choose a fiber that is easy to care for, choose a cotton blend or soft acrylic yarn. To learn more about what yarns to use, visit Sweet Potato 3.
This year, I wanted to plan early for the Crochet Cancer Challenge knowing that I was making something for Kris. I visited one of the local Joann Fabrics to peruse the aisles for the perfect shade of pink to represent breast cancer. Also, I wanted it to be super soft with a touch of luxuriousness, as I can only imagine how someone feels when going through cancer treatment, and something soft and stylish may brighten their mood or day.
Red Heart Hygge was the yarn chosen to make this crochet hat because of its softness, and it was the perfect shade of pink to represent breast cancer. Red Heart Hygge is a bulky weight #5 yarn that comes in a 8 ounce skein of 212 yards, which is a generous length for a bulky weight yarn. If purchased from Joann, it will cost $11.99. It is available in 16 colors from shades of white, pink, blues, green, and neutrals to match many fall and winter outfits and coats. If you prefer to shop online, Red Heart Hygge in a 5 ounce skein and 10 available colors can be purchased from Yarnspirations. At the time of this writing, LoveCrafts carries the yarn in four colors, but all but one was out of stock.
I enjoyed making this crochet hat in Hygge, as it’s super soft and the stitches were not that difficult to see in this color, Powder. All though it is a “furry” yarn, there was very little shedding compared to a similar textured yarn, Caron Latte Cakes. If you’re not a fan of furry or fuzzy yarns, below in the Materials section are a few alternative yarn options.
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- Red Heart Hygge, #5 bulky weight yarn (70% acrylic, 30% nylon; 212 yds/ 194 m; 8 oz/ 227 g): 131 yds or 140 g for Adult size
- Alternative yarn options
- US L / 8.00 mm hook or size needed to meet gauge. I used a Furls Crochet Metal Streamline hook.
- Yarn Needle
- Measuring Tape
3 rounds of dc = 4.5” [11.5 cm] in pattern
Child: to fit head circumference up to 20”
Teen: to fit head circumference up to 21.5”
Adult: to fit head circumference up to 22.5”
BL: back loop
BLO: back loop only
CSDC: chainless starting double crochet
Dc: double crochet
FLO: front loop only
Fptr: front post treble crochet
FO: fasten off
Hdc: half double crochet
RS: right side
Sl st: slip stitch
Sc: single crochet
WS: wrong side
YO: yarn over
YO-slst: yarn over slip stitch
SPECIAL STITCHES & TECHNIQUES
CSDC: pull up a loop that is row height, holding loop in place and wrap yarn around hook (yarn over), insert hook in first st, YO, pull up a loop, [YO, pull through 2 loops] twice
Fptr: YO 2 times, insert hook around next post from front to back to front, YO, pull up a loop (4 loops on hook), [YO, pull through 2 loops] 3 times
YO-slst: YO, insert hook in next st, YO (3 loops on hook), pull through st and loops on hook
- Pattern is written in US terms.
- Read entire pattern before beginning.
- Krissy’s Mountainside Bucket Hat is made in 3 parts: Crown, Side and Brim.
- CSDC can be substituted with ch 2.
- For the Crown and Brim, rounds are not turned.
- For the Side, rounds are turned.
- Be sure to skip st behind each FPtr.
- The FPtr are all staggered by making a FPtr around a dc, and all dc are made in the top of a FPtr.
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Rnd 1: Magic Circle, CSDC in center, 10 dc in center, tighten center, sl st to join – 11 dc
Rnd 2: (CSDC, dc) in first st, 2 dc in each st around, sl st to join – 22 dc
Rnd 3: (CSDC, dc) in first st, dc in next st, *2 dc in next, dc in next st; rep from * around, sl st to join – 33 dc
CHILD SIZE ONLY
Rnd 4: Ch 1, *2 sc in first st, sc in next 2 sts, rep from * around, sl st to join – 44 sc
TEEN SIZE ONLY
Rnd 4: Ch 1, *2 hdc in first st, hdc in next 2 sts; rep from * around, sl st to join – 44 hdc
ADULT SIZE ONLY
Rnd 4: (CSDC, dc) in first st, dc in next 2 sts, *2 dc in next st, dc in next 2 sts; rep from * around, sl st to join – 44 dc
Rnd 1: Working in BLO, CSDC in first st, dc in each st around, sl st to join, turn – 44 dc
Rnd 2: Ch 1, sc in same st as join, sc in each st around, sl st to join, turn – 44 sc
Rnd 3: CSDC in first st, FPtr around next st 2 rows below, * dc in next st, FPtr around next st 2 rows below; rep from * around, sl st to join, turn – 22 dc, 22 FPtr
Rnd 4: Rep Rnd 2
Rnd 5: Ch1, FPtr around first st 2 rows below, dc in next st, *FPtr around next st 2 rows below, dc in next st, rep from * around, sl st to join, turn – 22 dc, 22 FPtr
Rnds 6-7: Rep Rnds 2-3, turn
STOP HERE FOR CHILD SIZE; do not turn, CONTINUE TO BRIM
Rnd 8: Rep Row 2, do not turn
Rnd 1: Working in FLO, ch 1, YO-slst in first st, YO-slst in each st around, sl st to join
Rnd 2: Working in 3rd loop only of yo-slst and BL (unworked loop) of 2 rows below, ch 1, *2 hdc in first st, hdc in next 3 sts; rep from * around, sl st to join – 55 hdc
Rnd 3: Ch 1, *2 hdc in first st, hdc in next 4 sts, rep from * around, sl st to join – 66 hdc
Rnd 4: Ch 1, *hdc in first st, hdc in each st around, sl st to join
Rnd 5: Ch 1, *2 hdc in first st, hdc in next 5 sts, rep from * around, sl st to join – 77 hdc
Rnd 6: Ch 1, *2 hdc in first st, hdc in next 6 sts, rep from * around, sl st to join, FO – 88 hdc
Weave in all ends.
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Crochet Cancer Challenge 2022
It’s an honor to be a contributing designer again for the Crochet Cancer Challenge hosted by Sweet Potato 3 during the entire month of October. This is the 10th year that she has hosted this amazing event, and the hope is to have even more pledges each year. It grows bigger each year because of YOU. Yep, you and each crocheter that downloads each hat as a pledge to donate to a cancer patient, survivor or cancer treatment center / hospital, and sharing with your crochet friends all over social media.
For today only, October 28, 2022, you can download the Krissy’s Mountainside Bucket Crochet Hat for free with the coupon code. Get today’s coupon code from Sweet Potato 3. Remember that your download counts as a pledge to make at least one hat from the pattern to donate. If you want to see all of the previous crochet hat patterns, click the Return to Blog Hop button below. Don’t forget to use #crochetcancerchallenge throughout the event. And add #creationsbycourtney when you share your finished Krissy’s Mountainside Bucket Crochet Hat. You might be featured in IG stories.
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