How to Tie a Slip Knot for Crochet

This crochet tutorial shows how to tie a slip knot for starting your crochet projects. It is very easy to make, and is the first step in learning how to crochet. I’ve included a video tutorial as well as a photo tutorial to make this easy for beginners.

How to Tie a Slip Knot

The slip knot is secure and is the most widely known knot when starting a crochet project. Unlike the magic circle, which is used only for projects that are started in the round, the slip knot can be used for all types of projects, whether in the round or in rows. 

When done correctly, you never have to worry about your stitches coming undone. The short end, also known as the tail end of the yarn, is nice and tight so it doesn’t come loose. And the working yarn is easy to slide over the crochet hook to the tension that you want it at.

There are different ways of making the slip knot, but once complete, the function is the same.

How to Make a Slip Knot for Crochet

The first step is to make a loop with your yarn strand. You can make this loop around your thumb, index finger, or even around a couple of fingers, whichever comes natural for you. Some crocheters will do it right on the hook. It looks super easy when they do it, but I’m more comfortable using my fingers.

Anyways, once you have your loop, take your working yarn and pull it through the loop. The working yarn is the ball end of the yarn that you’ll be crocheting with.

Next, take the short end and pull tight. This forms the knot and makes it secure so the tail end cannot come undone.

Then with the working yarn on the left side and the yarn tail on the right side, place the loop on your hook and pull the working yarn tight. (If you are left-handed, you’ll need to reverse that.) You should now have a sliding knot that you can move back and forth. 

And regardless of whether you are right or left handed, the working yarn that freely slides should always be facing you when you start your crochet project. In other words, it should come around from the back of the hook and down on the front side of the hook. (This is also true when you’re in the middle of your crochet project and you happen to drop your hook from the active loop. When you go to re-insert your hook, the sliding part of the loop with the working yarn is always facing you!)

And that’s it, that is all there is to making a slip knot! You are now ready to make your first stitch or crochet chain, whichever the pattern calls for. 

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How to Tie a Slip Knot

Learn how to tie a slip knot for crochet with this photo and video tutorial. The knot is easy to learn and perfect for all crochet projects.
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Instructions

  • The first step is to make a loop with your yarn strand.
  • Then take your working yarn and pull it through the loop. The working yarn is the ball end of the yarn that you'll be crocheting with.
  • Next, take the short end and pull tight.
  • Place the loop on your hook and pull the working yarn tight. You should now have a sliding knot that you can move back and forth. 
  • And that's it, that is all there is to making a slip knot! You are now ready to make your first stitch or crochet chain, whichever the pattern calls for.

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