How To Make A Slip Knot For Crochet In Easy 5 Steps

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How To Make A Slip Knot For Crochet In Easy 5 Steps
Slip Stitch Step 5

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What is a slip knot?

A slip knot is a basic knot you can use in knitting or crochet as the starting point for almost all projects. It is unique in that it is both strong and fast, but still easily releasable. It can be easily adjusted and undone simply by pulling the tail end of the yarn. Since you can undo your stitches at the slip knot and start over again with unraveled yarn. 

What is a slip knot used for?

The slip knot secures the yarn and prevents unravelling. The loop made by a slip knot is adjustable which allows you to adjust it accordingly to the yarn thickness and the size of your crochet hook. A slip knot is a base for projects made in rows like headbands, blankets and cardigans.

If you want to learn how to start circular project such as amigurumi, round potholders or rugs, start with the magic loop. 

There are a few ways to make a slip stitch. Below, is the one I found the easiest for a beginner to master.

Here’s a step-by-step tutorial on how to crochet a slip stitch for newbies:

Step 1

Place the tail end (free bight) of your yarn on your index finger with the end downwards.  Pin the yarn down with your thumb and wind the yarn twice around your finger.
Slip Stitch Step 1
Slip Stitch Step 1

Step 2

Pinch the two strands of yarn between your middle finger and thumb.  
Slip Stitch Step 2
Slip Stitch Step 2

Step 3

You’ll see 2 loops on your index finger. Grab the leftmost loop of yarn and pull it over the rightmost strain. You can then notice that the yarns change places.
Slip Stitch Step 3
Slip Stitch Step 3

Step 4

Next, grab the leftmost loop of yarn and pull it over your finger and pull tight.
Slip Stitch Step 4
Slip Stitch Step 4

Step 5

Insert your crochet hook and then tighten the loop (a slip knot) as appropriate to the yarn and project. Now, ready, set, go! Start crocheting.

Slip Stitch Step 5
Slip Stitch Step 5

I recommend that you practice making a magic loop when crocheting simple projects such as earwarmers. You will find great and easy earwarmer patterns here: 21 Best Free Crochet Headband Patterns. These patterns will be perfect for practicing what you have just learned. However, if you are looking for more challenging projects, you can also see our amigurumi collection of free patterns.

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