Before embarking on your crochet journey, you’ll need to master the essential first step: creating a slip knot. A slip knot is one of the first techniques beginner crocheters learn; it’s like the foundation of your crochet project, and it’s a fundamental skill every crocheter should know.

In this crochet slip knot tutorial, I’ll walk you through the process step by step.

At the end of this post, after the photo tutorial, I’ll share with you some projects you can start even if you’re a new crocheter.

How to make a slip knot, final step, a pair of hands holding a green yarn slip knot
This is what your final result will look like, depending on the desired size of your knot.

Easiest Ways to Make a Crochet Slip Knot:

How to make a slip knot with your hands:

Follow these easy steps to create the perfect slip knot with your fingers:

Step 1: Hold the tail end of the yarn in your left hand and the working yarn (the one that goes back to your yarn ball) in your right hand (or opposite hands if you’re left-handed).

How to make a slip knot using your hands, step 1, grab the two ends with your thumbs and index fingers
The slip knot is the first thing you have to learn.

Step 2: Create a loop of yarn by bringing it over the top of the tail end that you’re holding. 

How to make a slip knot using your hands, step 2, create a loop that is not too tight
Make a loose loop.

Step 3: Reach through the loop you’ve just created, grab the working yarn, and maintain as much tension as possible to make it an adjustable loop.

How to make a slip knot using your hands, step 3, pull through the loop
The slip knot is the most common type of knot.

Step 4: Pull the working yarn through the loop, creating a knot. Ensure that the knot isn’t too tight; you want it to slide easily along the yarn.

How to make a slip knot using your hands, step 4, pull tightly from both ends
If you want a loose slip knot, don’t pull so tightly.

And your slip knot is ready! Adjust as much as necessary.

How to make a slip knot with a crochet hook:

There are different ways to create a basic slip knot, for example, here’s how to make a slip knot using a crochet hook:

Step 1: Insert the crochet hook through the loop and repeat steps 2 to 4. This way, you have a slip knot on your hook without an excessively long tail.

How to make a slip knot using a crochet hook, step 1, create a loop and put the hook inside
Grab a strand of yarn and follow the same first steps.

Step 2: With the slip knot on your hook, gently pull the long end of the yarn until the loop is the same diameter as your crochet hook.

How to make a slip knot using a crochet hook, step 2, put the hook through and start pulling it back
Slowly, start pulling through.

Step 3: Take the working end of the yarn and the hook and the same time, and pull tightly.

How to make a slip knot using a crochet hook, step 3, pull the hook and hold the other end of the yarn at the same time
Now pull tighter.

Step 4: Once you’ve got the slip knot the size you need, remove the hook, and your slip knot is all ready.

How to make a slip knot using a crochet hook, step 5, once your knot is as tight as needed, just take out the hook
Now, simply remove your hook.

Now that you know how to make your first stitch with the slip knot method, you’re ready to move on to the next step for whichever crochet pattern you want to try.

If you’re looking for the best crochet tools, try my favorite ones: 

My Favorite Crochet Tools

  • If you are like me and like to crochet on the go this tote is a stylish way to keep everything you need at your fingertips!
  • My MOST FAVORITE tool is these portable scissors that always make it through security and fit perfectly in my hook case.
  • A️ yarn bowl is a beautiful way to wrangle yarn while crocheting
  • Keep organized with this crochet hooks kit with a case. This 85-piece kit has over 2,500  ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ five-star reviews.
  • Crochet Stitch Dictionary: 200 Essential Stitches with Step-by-Step Photos is the most helpful resource to keep handy!

Easy Crochet Projects For you:

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