The cross stitch sc hat is worked using the cross stitch single crochet. This stitch is achieved by working the sc just slightly different, and it has a very pretty effect. Make this easy hat to practice this fun stitch, you will love it! 

cross stitch sc hat stitch pattern slouchy free crochet pattern

A few weeks ago, someone in the Facebook group shared a project using a new, pretty stitch called the cross stitch single crochet. I was intrigued, because I love the look of cross stitch and I was curious how the stitch was done. 

(Spoiler alert, it’s way easy! )

close up texture of cross stitch single crochet stitch

This look is achieved by simply grabbing the top of the yarn instead of putting your hook under it to hook it though the stitch. It’s much easier to watch, so check out this video

I also decided to do something a bit crazy and make the pom-pom out of faux sheepskin. 

You can use my faux fur pom-pom tutorial and pattern to make them, but eyeball your cut about 1″ larger than the pattern, as the sheepskin is less thick. 
It’s really plush! I am scouting for more colors because this might be my new favorite pom-pom. It even kinda looks like a very plush yarn pom-pom. 

What do you think? 

sheepskin pom-pom crochet hat
sheepskin pom-pom on crochet hat


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What you need: (affiliate links)
9 mm hook 
Brava Bulky #5  (Black, White, Dove Heather, Cobblestone Heather)
Darning Needle

Abbreviations: US Terms
Ch – chain
Sc – single crochet
Dc – Double Crochet
Hdc – Half Double Crochet
Sl st – Slip Stitch
St – stitch
BLO – Back Loops Only 

Cross Stitch Sc Hat Brim: 

Ch 6. 
1. Hdc in 2nd ch from hook. Hdc in each remaining ch. Turn. (5 sts)
2. Ch 1. Hdc in same st. Working in Back Loops Only, hdc in next 3 sts.  Hdc in last st going through both loops.  Turn. (5 sts)

Repeat row two until your band reaches:
about 20″ for man 
about 19″ for teen/woman

You will get this measurement by gently stretching your band and measuring the length, not the pre-stretch length. You want the hat to be snug and due to differences in yarn stretchiness, I am not providing a row count. Instead, use your measuring tape. It should stretch 2 inches or more 

Note: You can make the hat band longer to make the hat larger ( or visa versa). 

Fold long piece in half and sl st up the side, making a band. Turn so the seam is on the inside and your loop is at the top. 

1. Ch 1. Sc in across the top of the band, achieving approx. 55 – 60 sts. Join with a sl st. 
2. – 3. Working a cross stitch sc, work a st in each st around. Join. 
Join Cobblestone Heather. 
4. – 9. Ch 1. Work a cross stitch sc in each st around. Join. 
Join Dove Heather. 
10. – 15. Ch 1. Work a cross stitch sc in each st around. Join. 
Join White. 
16. – 21. Ch 1. Work a cross stitch sc in each st around. Join. 
Tie off, leave a long tail. 

cross stitch single hat free crochet pattern

Closing the cross stitch sc hat:
Turn the hat inside-out. Using the tail, sew a loose running stitch across the top of the hat. Cinch it tight to close the hat and weave in the end well and firmly. Turn back right-side out. 
Attach a pom-pom on top to finish. 

What do you think of this stitch? 





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  1. I just finished this project and enjoyed the pattern very much! I will be making more. I enjoy being able to get more creative with yarn colors while the pattern stays simple. Highly recommend!

  2. Hi Bethany!

    Thank you so much for this pattern! I wanted to make something easy for my sisters for Christmas and this the pattern I used. I used a black for the ribbing and pompom and then different colors for the body of each of the hats.

    I was completely satisfied with the result and will def make more!

    Can’t wait for more of your free patterns!

  3. This is off topic but just watched your chainless foundation video and it is the best one that I have seen and easy to understand. Thanks for all your hard work!

  4. Bethany – I’m feeling a bit stupid… as this is the way I’ve always done single crochet?? I didn’t realize that there was a difference…….. OOOps!

    1. Definitely don’t feel that way! It’s actually the preferred method when it comes to making toys. The stitches look fuller and more even.

  5. Hey Beth!

    Thanks for all you do. Your such an inspiration for us ❤️

    My question for this fabulous hat is how would I accommodate this pattern for a medium 4 weight yarn, using a 5/5.5mm hook?

    Would I just be sure to get the appropriate measurement for the band and go from there?

    Thanks so much,

    1. Hi Celli!
      Yes you can do that, it’s quite a simple pattern, so make sure the band fits your head snugly, and then work an appropriate amount of stitches around the top (around 70-75 might be a good starting off point).

      1. I’m using worsted too. I need to adjust the number of rows in the body of the hat. What’s the finished height using bulky? Thanks!