How To Cinch A Crochet Hat – X Closure Free Video Tutorial

This is a free tutorial on how to cinch a crochet hat using two methods. Choose between X closure or classic round cinch to create your hat.


Crochet hats are such fantastic crochet projects – they are small portable projects and very often easy to make.

There are many ways to make a crochet hat. Whether you start at the bottom and decrease towards the crown.

Secondly, you can start with the circle at the crown and increase the circumference as you work your way down towards the brim.

The easiest way to make a hat is to crochet a simple rectangle. You can add a ribbed brim on one end and then cinch the other.

Secondly, you can start with the brim and work the crochet hat bottom up, very often in joined rounds.

In this case you will also end up with a rectangle where the top needs to be cinched in order to create a hat.

These are all easy ways to crochet a hat or a beanie where you do not have to worry about increasing or decreasing stitches.

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How To Cinch A Crochet Hat – Video Tutorial

I have filmed a tutorial on how to cinch a crochet hat in two different ways.

Firstly, it is the X closure for a cinched hat. This is a special way you can fold the top of the hat and sew it together.

When you then turn the hat the right side out, the top will create the letter X.

Secondly, I am also showing you how to do the classic round cinch on the crochet hat.

This way you use running stitch around the top and simple pull the opening closed.

Take a look at the YouTube video tutorial to see how to cinch a crochet hat. Alternatively, scroll down for the written tutorial and some step by step photos.

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For the hat I used in the video, check out the pattern for Easy Knit Look Crochet Hat Tutorial – Bay Tree Hat Free Pattern.

How To Cinch a Crochet Hat Tutorial

Firstly, we will look at the classic way on how to cinch a crochet hat. This is the easiest way how you can turn a simple crocheted rectangle into a fashionable accessory.

Step 1: thread a large yarn needle using the tail end still attached to the hat or use a new piece of yarn and securely attach to the first stitch of the hat

how to cinch crochet hat classic round method

Step 2: insert the needle through the stitch from outside in, miss the next stitch. Then insert the needle through the next stitch from inside back out. This is called running stitch as it is movable and adjustable.

insert needle into crochet hat to cinch

Step 3: continue around the hat opening inserting needle in and out through every other stitch. I do not recommend using every stitch as they bunch up too much. It is also easier to close the hole tightly if you use every second stitch.

work all the way around the top of crochet hat to cinch it

Step 4: once you have worked all the way around the hat opening and you have reach the first stitch you started from, pull on the working yarn and start closing the hat.

pull the hat closed to cinch

Step 5: pull the opening closed as tight as you can until all the stitches are bunched up and there is no hole left. Secure the yarn tail end by making a knot and sewing in securely so your opening will not come undone.

how to cinch a crochet hat

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X- Closure For Cinching a Crochet Hat

The second option for closing the top of your crochet hat is X closure.

This type of closure is exactly what it says on the tin. The finished seam resembles the letter X.

You can achieve this type of cinch on your crochet hat by folding the fabric into layers and sewing it closed.

The X closure is made on the wrong side of the hat. Then you turn the hat the right side out and you have a X shaped closure.

Let’s take a look how you can make this fun closure for the top of your hat!

Step 1: turn your hat inside out as we will be working on the wrong side of your work. Mark the corresponding stitches splitting the hat into two equal halves.

Example: I have 64 stitches so I marked the first and 32nd stitch and lined them up.

looking for middle stitches

Step 2: Using a needle and the yarn tail end (or attach new yarn), stitch the two stitches together.

fix the middle of stitch with needle

Step 3: mark out the middle stitch of the left half or simply fold it and grab the stitch at the edge

fold the left side of crochet hat to cinch it into X closure

Step 4: bring this stitch to the middle of the hat where you have fixed the two stitches already

X closure how to cinch crochet hat

Step 5: fix the stitch with the needle into the middle

fix the middle stitches on crochet hat

Step 6: fold the left half into 4 layers of fabric

Step 7: repeat the process on the other side of the hat, fixing the middle stitch into the centre

fix the right side of the crochet hat

Step 8: the fold created should start to resemble the shape of letter X

X closure fold on how to cinch crochet hat

Step 9: using the needle, sew the left side of the fold making sure to insert the needle through all 4 layers of the fabric

working through all four layers of X closure

Step 10: fasten off at the end and rejoin yarn in the middle again and sew the right side of the hat, again making sure to insert needle through all 4 layers of the fabric. Fasten off at the end and securely sew in all ends.

left side finished

Step 11: turn the hat right side out and gently flatten the join into an X shape.

how to cinch crochet hat X closure finished

Final Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed the how to cinch crochet hat tutorial. I have more free crochet tutorials that you might enjoy right here on the blog. 

If you liked this tutorial, why not check out the How To Choose Best Yarn For Crochet Hats article here on the blog.

I also have some fun crochet hat collections on the blog you might like:

  1. 10 Free Crochet Bucket Hat Patterns For All Seasons
  2. 10 Free Cosy Crochet Hat and Beanie Patterns

Here are some crochet hat pattern that you might like where you can use this fun hat closure:

  1. Free Textured Crochet Beanie For Women – Marta Hat Pattern
  2. How to work Single Crochet Bobble and Free Hat Pattern
  3. Free Houndstooth Crochet Beanie Pattern – Jesse Beanie

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About Veronika Cromwell

Hi, I’m Veronika! I design modern and wearable crochet garments, accessories and homewares. Grab your hook and find your next project!

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4 thoughts on “How To Cinch A Crochet Hat – X Closure Free Video Tutorial

  1. Thank you for this detailed instruction on How To Cinch A Crochet Hat with the X closure! Your instructions are clear and the photos show exactly how it will look in the process. I needed this since I was planning to crochet a hat from a rectangle where I normally just pick up the stitches with a needle and just cinch it shut. Now I have a new method that is neat and tidy and will fit tight to the head. I don’t like pompoms because when I’m wearing a coat with a hood, the hood catches on the pompom and then I have to struggle to get the hood over it. It also leaves room for the wind to get inside the hood which defeats the purpose of pulling up the hood. It’s windy here and we have just entered the month of March which I call ‘the month of storms’ so your tutorial was timed perfectly.
    Thank you for your generosity in sharing your patterns and tutorials

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