How to crochet a slip knot for beginners.

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Welcome to our beginner-friendly tutorial on how to make the slip knot! It’s the essential foundation for almost every project. No matter if you are new to the crochet world, or just need a quick refresher – mastering the slip knot is the first step. Bring your yarn creations to life with this step-by-step guide.

We’ll walk you through the simple process of making a slip knot, so let’s dive in and get those creative hands ready!

What is a slip knot?

A slip knot is the fundamental technique in crochet, as it creates an adjustable loop on the crochet hook. It serves as the beginning of a project – the initial step. Without it, you can’t form subsequent crochet stitches.

What can I use a slip knot for?

A slip knot serves various purposes:

  1. Starting Point – It establishes the foundation for your crochet project by creating a loop on the hook.
  2. Initiating Color Changes – to start crocheting with the new color, it’s good to secure the yarn on the hook with a slip stitch first.
  3. Standing Stitches – when you want to apply an advanced method of adding standing stitches, the first thing you must do is create a slip stitch.

Learn How to Tie a Slip Knot

If you are wondering “How do I tie a slip knot?”, rest assured that tying a slip knot is very easy to learn. Choose the way that suits you best – do you prefer a video tutorial, step-by-step photos, or written instructions?


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Follow the steps and written instructions below.

A series of photos showing how to make a crochet knot.
  1. Wrap the yarn so that it creates a pretzel-shaped loose knot. You can see the two diagonal lines inside the knot. Find the part closer to the working yarn.
  2. Pinch it with your fingers and pull up, holding the rest of the knot with your other hand.
  3. Keep both the yarn end and the working yarn with your other hand and pull.
  4. Tighten the knot.
  5. Insert your hook in the loop.
  6. Tighten the loop on the hook by pulling one of the strands (the yarn end or the working yarn).

Congratulations! You now have a slip knot and can start crocheting. The next step is to learn how to crochet a chain.

Common Mistakes

Too Tight Knots

If the knot is hard to adjust or unravel, it means that it’s tied too tightly. You may have problems inserting a hook in it when you reach the end of the row. Unravel it and make it again, but this time be mindful of tension. Keep it snug, but not tight.

Loose Knots

If the slip knot is too loose, it will slide on your hook – it might even slip or unravel during crocheting. Tighten the knot slightly by pulling the working yarn.

Can’t Pull The Working End

Sometimes the yarn may resist being pulled – especially if it’s a furry yarn, scratchy rope, or novelty yarn with boucle or knobs. First, ensure that the yarn end is free of tangles, and then pull the yarn gently for a smooth adjustment.

Tips for Creating a Slip Stitch

  1. Practice tying slip knots regularly to improve your skills and develop a feel for the right tension.
  2. Avoid excess yarn – keep an eye on the appropriate length. If the tail is too long, it may create unnecessary tangles.
  3. Ensure the yarn isn’t tangled before starting.
  4. Don’t pull hard when adjusting the size of the slip knot. Rather, pull gently and make sure the tension is right.
  5. If it doesn’t work, undo it and start afresh because practice makes perfect.


What materials can be used to make a slip knot?

You can create a slip knot with various yarns, including natural fibers, synthetic yarns, and ropes. It’s possible to make a slip knot with virtually any material and yarn weight.

Are there different variations of a slip knot?

The basic concept of a slip knot remains the same, but there are variations in how it’s formed. Some crocheters may prefer tying it with their hands and then inserting a hook in the loop, while others tie it with the use of a hook itself. Experiment with different methods to find the one that suits your style and preferences.

Can a slip knot be used for different purposes?

Sure, the slip knot is a versatile starting point in crochet, but it can also be used to solve everyday problems. The same slip knot is often used for tying rope while camping, fishing, or gardening.

Is a slip knot easy to untie?

Yes, the main advantage of a slip knot is its ease of untying. When you take the slip knot off the hook and pull the yarn end, it should unravel effortlessly.

How secure is a slip knot?

If the slip knot is tied properly, it’s secure enough to keep the yarn on the crochet hook. However, its primary advantage is the easiness with which one can adjust it or untie it.

How do I adjust the size of a slip knot?

You adjust it by gently pulling on the working yarn, or the yarn end. To make it larger, you have to pull the loop.

Are there any alternatives to a slip knot?

Yes, there are other methods of starting crochet projects, such as the magic ring, which is commonly used in the amigurumi project. It offers an adjustable starting point without a slip knot, but it’s used for working in the round.


As you can see, learning how to tie a slip knot is very easy. We hope that these step-by-step instructions, video tutorials and frequently asked questions make it even easier for you. Remember that a slip knot is a crucial part of any crochet project.

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