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. Hi Bethany,

    Am ‘new’ to crocheting, and LOVE this pattern. My had ‘sort of’ looked like yours, BUT the different colors are crooked where I joined them. I know I did something wrong – just not sure what!! (I may have used slip stitch)

    If you could explain what I did wrong that would be terrific!

  2. Love the pattern! I really enjoy learning new stitches! I really like the pom as well. Usually I am not a fan of poms but this, I like!

    1. Thank you Michele! I am so glad you like it! I was on the fence about it, but I have gotten some positive feedback, so it think it might be a good idea!

  3. Hi Bethany! I love the look of this hat! I am just getting ready to started using the Caron x Patone ocean waves color way. I started on the band and it seems way too loose. It’s not as snug looking as yours. Do you think I should cut back to a K needle? Then I don’t know if the hat would be to small. What is your suggestion?

      1. Caron x Patone is a bulky 5 weight. The band of the hat was way too loose with the M needle, but the body of the hat was way too tight with the K needle. I did the band with the K and sswitced back to the M for the body. I don’t know how it is going to work but it looks a lot better! Thanks again for the great pattern!

  4. Oh real quick i notice when i do a closing like this on my hats theres always a lil hole so i lock it down by weaving in and out all around the edge of of the top of the hat. Would u mind posting a photo of the inside of ur hats when u have gathered it ti close it like this?

  5. I can hardly wait to try out some colourwork with this stitch! I’ve been experimenting with embroidered crochet, but I think this could work much “cleaner” – without goodside/underside. I also love the Pom Pom! Definitely not a flop!

  6. Hi I am intersting in it but my hand is left and looks diffult for me read on detail.. I try my best what I could do it. Thank yu marilyn

  7. I cannot wait to try this. I keep a notebook of all the projects I want to do/try. Thanks so, so much for all your tutorials and patterns. I so much look forward to your free patterns on Fridays. Keep posting.


  8. Like!! I’m thinking that this pompom washes up well! Great time to change it up for the New Year😁
    With admiration

    1. That’s what I thought too! I am tryin to find it in different colors. My local shop only has neutrals, but I would love to find a couple bright colors too.

  9. I love the look of this cross stitch hat. It’s so lovely. Thanks for sharing Bethany. I look forward to learning a new crochet stitch and making this awesome hat.

  10. Hi Bethany!
    This is an Awesome new look to single crochet!
    I Love the beanie AND faux sheepskin
    pom-pom .
    Thanks for sharing! I so very much enjoy receiving your incredible inspiration and tutorials!

  11. Wanted to wish you a late Happy Birthday & to thank you for all the freebies that you take time to make & share with everyone. I have been crocheting for over 46 yrs. & thanks to you & all of the great artists out there I am still learning every day.

  12. I love it! Great stitch & the pom pom looks amazing. I have some leftover yarn that is going to be this hat right now. Thanks.

  13. We use this technique in amigurumi for achieving a tighter fabric with less chance to see the stuffing, in Octopus for a Preemie we call it the “yarn under” technique.

    1. I have noticed this! At first, I thought the amigurumi pieces were worked inside-out, but on further inspection I could see it’s this stitch! It looks very nice!