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Crochet Slip Knot
Attaching Yarn to a Crochet Hook

A crochet slip knot puts the yarn on the crochet hook in a manner that's easy to use, and can be easily undone if needed. I admit, when I started crocheting I didn't 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 didn't have to take. Now, all my projects start with it.

As you learn crochet, take the time to learn this first, 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.

Beginner's Crochet Supplies

Beginner's Crochet Supplies

* Crochet Hook: In my free crochet lessons, here on the website, 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: Any worsted, 4 ply yarn will work. I always suggest that a person starts with cotton, 4 ply, worsted weight. Cotton makes clean stitches that are 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 (see the picture above). Start with a nice light color (dark colors make it hard to see stitches), or get a variegated (several related colors together) color ball.

* 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. You do not need one to make a slip knot, but it’s a good idea to have one handy.


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Making a Slip Knot on a Table. I call it a Pretzel.

When I was originally taught to do this, I was shown how to make (what my Mom called) a pretzel, on a table top. As I started teaching crochet, for lack of a better description, I kept calling this method "making a pretzel." Funny thing is, as I look at what other people are teaching, many of them are calling this a pretzel. So either that is the correct name, or my Mom started something back in 1966.

Start by making a loop on a tabletop in front of you. Make sure your yarn end is on the left side, with the yarn that's still connected to the skein on the right.

Bring the right side (the yarn that's still connected to the skein) up and cross it OVER the yarn end.

Bring the same end (yarn connected to the skein) down and UNDER the original loop. You can now see the pretzel.

Attaching the 'Pretzel' to Your Crochet Hook

Starting on the right side, weave your crochet hook over the first thread, under the second thread, and over the last two threads.

Grab both bottom ends (the yarn still attached to the skein, and the beginning end), and gently pull down while holding your crochet hook in place. This tightens the knot.

Drop the loose end, and while holding your crochet hook, pull on the end that's still attached to the skein. This brings the knot up close to your hook. Don't pull too tight, you want your hook to move smoothly inside the knotted loop.

You can practice this on a tabletop to get the hang of what it does. When I'm teaching crochet for beginners, in person, I have them do a few on a table. However, I've learned that most people want to do this using their fingers instead of a table top.

Making a Slip Knot on Your Fingers.

Learning how to do a slip knot on a table is great, it teaches you how it works. But, most crocheters want to do it quickly, on their fingers, before they start a project. There are almost as many ways to make a slip knot, as their are people who crochet. This is just one way. Take some time to watch a few videos on YouTube to find other ways, and possibly a way that's easiest for you.

Start by holding your yarn, just as you see in the picture. You want two fingers out, your index and middle finger. Your yarn end goes down, the yarn connected to the skein goes up. Lightly hold this with your thumb.

Allow the yarn on top (the side that's connected to the skein) to drop behind your fingers.

Bring the end that's connected to the skein back up and cross over the yarn that's already on your fingers.

Carefully slide your fingers out and allow the yarn to drop down and behind the loop.

Attaching the Slip Knot, done on your fingers, to your Crochet Hook

The only difference between this and the pretzel is that you are holding it. Starting on the right side, weave your crochet hook over the first thread, under the second thread, and over the last two threads.

Grab both bottom ends (the yarn still attached to the skein, and the beginning end), and gently pull down while holding your crochet hook in place. This tightens the knot.

Drop the loose end, and while holding your crochet hook, pull on the end that's still attached to the skein. This brings the knot up close to your hook. Don't pull too tight, you want your hook to move smoothly inside the knotted loop.

Either method is going to take a little time to get used to. And, as I said above, this is not the only way to do this. Watch videos, talk to friends and find the way that works best for you. Until then, you have a perfectly good (and easy) way to get your knot onto your hook.

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