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How to Make a Slip-Knot

Hi folks.   Welcome to the first lesson in my crochet beginner series!

Today I want to show you how to make a slip-knot.

This is a super easy technique, but also a vital one because you simply cannot start any crochet project without doing it!

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And since I don’t want to start this beginner crochet series assuming that you know anything at all about crochet, I am actually going to assume that you are an absolute beginner – someone who may have never even picked up a crochet hook before.

Thus, I want to start with the very first step in crochet, no matter how easy it may be.  

And making a slip-knot is quite literally the absolute first thing you do when you start a crochet project.

 

What is a Slip-knot?

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First, let’s go over exactly what a slip-knot is.

 A slip-knot is often called a running knot and it is quite simply a knot that can be undone or “slipped” by pulling on the free end.

Slip-knots are made by tying an overhand knot around the standing part of a piece of rope or yarn in the case of crochet (and knitting as well).  

The knot can then slip along the yarn around which it is made. So when you tug on it, it comes completely undone.

Of course, there are several ways to do this.  Let me show you mine.


Things to know before you start your first crochet project:

2 Popular Ways to Hold the Crochet Hook

10 Best Crochet Tips for Absolute Beginners

How to Crochet:  Basic Steps for Beginners

My other Crochet Resources


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How to Make a Slip-knot

Step One:

Hold the yarn in your “yarn hand”.  This is the hand that does not hold the crochet hook, but instead, controls the flow of your yarn.  For me, this is my left hand as I crochet with my right hand.

  • Start by laying the yarn on your pointer and middle fingers so that it can be held against these two fingers by your thumb.
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Step Two:

Using your crochet hand (the hand that will hold your crochet hook), wrap the yarn around the back of your pointer and middle fingers and bring it up making a cross over the yarn already laying on the inside of your two fingers from step one.

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Step Three:

Do NOT let go of the yarn being held by your crochet hand.  Place your thumb (on your yarn hand) on the center of the X you have made with the yarn.  Then gently slip your pointer and middle fingers out of the loop.

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Step Four:

You should still be holding the tail of the yarn in your crochet hand.  Take that tail and pull it down so that it now crosses along the backside of the loop.

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Step Five:

Drop the yarn from your crochet hand and now pull it through the center of the loop.

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Step Six:

While you are pulling the yarn through the loop with your crochet hand, slide your yarn hand down to the loose tail of yarn and pull it.  You should be pulling the tail down and pulling the yarn through the loop at the same time.

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As you pull, a knot will form with a loop on the end.

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Step Seven:

Once you have your knot, slip your crochet hook into the loop and slide the knot up to tighten.

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Slip-stitch Video Tutorial

Need to see it in action?  Check out this video!


I learned this technique quickly and I am sure you have too!

Ready to learn some more crochet?  Then check these out!

How to Make a Foundation Chain (Chain stitch)

How to Crochet a Turning Chain

How to Crochet the Single Crochet (sc)


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Until next time…  Happy Crocheting!

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Deborah

Tuesday 7th of January 2020

Thank you! I've been crocheting for over a decade but never could understand the slip knot so I just tied a knot to start. This was easy to understand and complete!

Itchin4Stitchin

Thursday 9th of January 2020

Hi Deborah,

Wow! That's honestly incredible. It never occurred to me that this tutorial might help a seasoned crocheter, but I am so glad to hear that it did! No more knots for you from now on! :)

Best wishes,

RaeLynn

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