Are you wondering how to create a slip knot for your crochet or knit project? You've come to the right place! As a Craft Yarn Council Certified Instructor, I'm here to offer you tutorials that will teach you the best way to complete techniques and stitches.
Creating a slip knot for crochet is the first skill that most beginners will learn. It's the first step of creating a chain. Chains are the foundation stitches that all subsequent stitches in your project are worked into. The humble little slip knot prevents the chain from unraveling. You must create a slip knot before getting your yarn on the hook. The only exception to this is when you're making a magic circle.
It's important to note that there are different methods of creating a slip knot. What you'll find here in my preference and instructions for what I believe to be the easiest way to make a slip knot.
📖 About the tutorial
🧶 Step-by-step photo tutorial
- Any yarn
- Corresponding crochet hook
There are multiple ways to create a slip knot. This is my preferred method.
🎥 Video tutorial
📓 Written tutorial
- Drape the tail end of the yarn over the backs of your fingers
- Wrap the working end of the yarn around your fingers to make a circle
- Bring the working yarn underneath the circle
- Pinch the working end of the yarn through the middle of the circle
- Tighten the slip knot by pulling the loop
- Insert hook into the loop
- Pinch the tail end and pull the working yarn to fit snuggly around the crochet hook
💭 Top tip
Slip knots do not count as a stitch. Their purpose is to stop the beginning of your project from unravelling. It appears as the horizontal bar underneath the "v" of the first stitch. You can see that, highlighted in yellow, in the photo below.