Crochet Technique: The Slip Knot

The slip knot is something almost every crochet piece has in common (unless you work in a round and start with the magic circle). It is how you put your first loop on your hook and every piece has at least one, if not multiple slip knots.

It is a knot most people know how to do and isn’t overly complicated.


I’m going share how I use only a couple fingers and 2 seconds, to make my slip knots. I’ve done so many of them that I can now do them with just my ring finger and thumb (see my Instagram post for that little gem).

Skill Level: Beginner

Material Needed: Your lovely fingers and favorite yarn

Step 1: Start with your ring finger at the ready.

Step 2: Wrap yarn once over ring finger.

Step 3: Wrap yarn over ring finger again.

Step 4: Take left side yarn and pull it over the right side yarn.

Step 5: Take the new left side yarn and pull it all the way off your finger. Keeping the new right side yarn on your finger.

Step 6: You now should have a functioning slip knot. Test it by pulling on either side of the knot and it should come undone completely.

Now I know how you do your slip knot isn’t a big deal but it makes a difference for me because I don’t spend more than 2 seconds making one (I’ve timed myself before!) and I can get straight to working up a new project.

Give it a try and tell me what you think about it!



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