A slip knot is one of the most important crochet techniques and it is the very first thing you need to learn. You will use a slip knot to connect your yarn to your crochet hook for almost every single project you ever make. Already know how to make a slip knot? Click here to skip this tutorial and go on to the next – Chain Stitch.
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There are a few different ways you can make a slip stitch, but for this tutorial, I am going to show you the one way I make a slip stitch every single time. I am using Lion Brand’s Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in the color Air Force and a N/P (10mm) crochet hook. You can use whatever yarn and hook you have on hand. Always make sure to use the corresponding hook size to the yarn’s weight.
Step One // Using your thumb to hold the yarn end in place, wrap the yarn around your index and middle finger.
Step Two // Wrap the yarn around your index and middle finger again, forming an X, then tuck the yarn under your thumb. Your thumb is now holding two strands of yarn (the yarn end and your working yarn).
Flip your hand over & you should see two strands of yarn across your fingers (see below picture).
Step Three // Insert crochet hook under the first strand, grab the second strand of yarn with hook, and pull that strand under the first strand of yarn.
Step Four // You should have a slip knot around your crochet hook with two strands of yarn underneath. Pull both yarn strands to tighten the slip knot.
To undo the slip knot, simply remove your crochet hook from the loop and pull the yarn end away from the slip knot. It should come undone without leaving any visible signs in your yarn that it was ever there.
Congratulations! You’ve finished the very first step in learning to crochet. Find the next step here – Chain Stitch.