Crochet patterns usually start with creating a chain – but it will never tell you to create a slip knot…
Why? Because all pattern creators assume you already know that you need to create a slip knot before you can create a chain.
Trust me, you’ll learn this *need* quickly as you can’t create a chain without the slip knot on your hook, so that in itself should be a helpful reminder when you go to start crocheting and can’t figure out how to get your chain to stay together…
Creating the slip knot
First, a quick tip: when you make a slip knot, always leave a decent ‘tail’ to be able to securely sew in this end when you’ve finished your item. The ‘tail’ is the length of yarn between the free end of the yarn to your slip knot – I suggest 4-5″ / 10-12cm.
There are a few different ways to create a slip knot – but, of course, I think my way is the easiest:
1. Wrap the free end of the yarn loosely over the top of your index finger, from the thumb-side over to the middle-finger-side. The free end of the yarn should now be in between your index finger and middle finger.
2. Pull the free end of the yarn back towards your palm so the it crosses the other end of the yarn, and hold the free end with your thumb.
3. Wrap the other end of the yarn (attached to the ball) over your index finger again, from the thumb-side over to the middle-finger-side.
4. Hold both the free end and the other end of the yarn between your thumb and middle finger.
5. Looking at the top of your index finger, you will see two (2) lines of yarn running parallel. Grab the line that is closest to your hand and pull it up and over the other line and over the end of your finger.
6. Hold the free end of the yarn between your thumb and middle finger, and pull on the yarn that’s attached to the ball to tighten the slip knot and the loop that’s around your finger – not too tight though! We don’t want any fingers to go missing…
7. Slip your hook into the loop that’s on your finger, slip your finger out of the loop, and pull on the yarn that’s attached to the ball to further tighten the loop that’s now around the hook. It needs to be secure on the hook, but not so tight that you can’t then create your chain…
*Voila!* You’re ready to create your chain.
Do you have any tips to share when it comes to creating slip knots? Perhaps you use a different method? If you do, I’d love to hear them in the comments below… Happy crocheting!