|The crochet slip knot puts the yarn on the crochet hook in a manner that can be easily undone if you need to. I admit, when I started crocheting I did not know how and simply tied the yarn onto the hook. As I made mistakes (and had to unravel my work) I ended up cutting a lot of yarn ends to get rid of the knot. Even after I learned how to make the slip knot, I thought it was a pesky step I did not have to take. Now, I do not start a project without it.|
As you learn crochet, with these tutorials, take the time to learn this now and make it a habit right from the beginning. The nicest thing about this knot is that you can make it loose or tight and adjust it as you need. It also makes a nice first stitch that you can easily crochet into as you proceed with your project.
Crochet Supplies Needed:
* Crochet Hook: In my crochet tutorials I suggest a person starts with an I/9 - 5.50 mm Crochet Hook. This is a good size that is easy to work with.
* Yarn: Crochet Cotton Yarn makes a clean stitch that's easy to see and count. You can buy a small ball of it for a few dollars. Look for Worsted, 4 - Ply on the label. Start with a nice light color (dark colors make it hard to see stitches).
* Other Supplies: A small scissors is a good idea, but honestly any scissors with a point will work well for your craft. I simply prefer a small scissors as it's easy to get into tight places to snip ends of yarn.
I started calling this a Pretzel way back when I was around 10 years old, it sort of stuck with me.
|Starting with the loose end make a loop and bring the connected end over the loose end and around behind the loop.|
|To thread the Knot on your Crochet Hook pick up the yarn that went behind the loop, keeping the loop (top and bottom) behind the hook.|
Pull both ends to tighten the knot. Pull the connected end to bring the knot up to the crochet hook.
You can practice this on a table top to get the hang of what a it does. When I'm teaching crochet for beginners I have them do a few on a table. However, most people want to do this using their fingers instead of a table top.
Make a Slip Knot on Your Fingers:
|Hold the yarn so the loose end hangs down, gently secure this with your thumb.|
|Loosely wrap the yarn behind and around your index finger and middle finger. Gently secure both threads, where they cross, with your thumb.|
|Drop your middle finger out of the loop.|
|Allow the connected-to-the-skein end to fall behind the loop. You've just made the pretzel on your fingers.|
|Your crochet hook picks up the thread that fell behind. Basically it goes over the first thread, under the next, and over the last.|
Tightening the Knot:
|Holding the yarn in place, on the crochet hook, with your right index finger. Gently pull both threads to tighten the knot.|
|Drop the loose end thread and pull on the thread that's connected to your yarn. This will move the knot up to the crochet hook.|
|Not too tight, you need to be able to move the knot on your crochet hook.|
You've just attached the yarn to your crochet hook with a slip knot.