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Mastering the Slip Knot: Your Ultimate Guide [+Video]

This article will help you establish the most basic crochet skills and start on your creative journey! I’ve created a comprehensive guide on how to start crocheting and included not one but two video tutorials. Learn how to make a slip knot and start a crochet project!

Everyone is invited – total beginners, kids, and those of you who need a refresh of the basics.

Understanding the Basics

What is a slip knot?

Every crochet project begins with it, because it secures the yarn to the crochet hook. A well-made slip knot should be stable but not too tight, allowing you to make the foundation chain.

Is tying a slip knot easy?

Yes, it’s very easy! Once you get it, it will be second nature to you. The most important thing in learning manual skills is repetition, so make sure you practice often.

Are there different methods to tie it?

There are a few ways to make it, but they all result in the same type of knot. In my video tutorials, you will learn how to tie it in your hands. More advanced crocheters can make it only with their crochet hook.

Once you know the basic methods, make sure to explore other ways that will make the crocheting easier for you.

How to Make a Slip Knot Step-by-Step

  1. Make a loop with the yarn that looks like a pretzel, with two diagonal lines inside the loop.
  2. Grab one of the diagonal threads that is closer to the working yarn.
  3. Pull it up, keeping both the working yarn and the tail in your other hand.
  4. Insert your crochet hook in the slip knot and adjust the size by pulling one of the yarn ends.

Video Tutorial for Right-Handed Crocheters

This tutorial will show you slowly how to start crochet.

Video Tutorial for Left-Handed Crocheters

This tutorial will show you how to start the work when you crochet with your left hand.


Learn more on how to tie a slip knot in the article I wrote for YourCrochet.com.

The Most Important Qualities of a Slip Knot

There’s a reason why we use this knot and not the others, and it’s because it has some unique qualities.

  • It’s adjustable – you can adjust the size of the loop by pulling one of the strands
  • It unties easily – once it’s off the hook, you can untie it with one movement of your hand.
  • It mimics the chain stitch – it becomes practically indistinguishable from the rest of the foundation chain.
  • It’s universal – you’ll make it with ANY yarn type.


I hope that this article helped you learn how to start crochet projects! Mastering the slip knot is essential if you want to learn more about crochet. Gaining confidence in such a fantastic craft will help you unleash your creativity and experiment!


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