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How to make a slipknot crochet

September 18, 2023 4 min read

How to make a slipknot crochet - Secret Yarnery

Wondering how to make a slipknot like a pro? Look no further! This blog is your ticket to crochet greatness. If you're new to this craft and eager to learn how to make a slipknot, you're in the right place. The slipknot is the essential starting point for any crochet project, and mastering the technique will set you on the path to creating beautiful handmade creations.

In this comprehensive guide, I will walk you through the step-by-step process of making a slipknot in crochet. Whether you're a complete beginner or looking to refine your skills, this blog will provide you with the knowledge and resources you need to confidently begin your crochet journey. Let's dive in and learn how to make a slipknot like a pro!

Watch the LEFT-HANDED video here!!



What is a Slipknot?

Before I dive into the how-to, let's understand what a slip-knot is in the world of crochet. A slipknot is a loop that acts as the foundation for your crochet work. It allows you to easily adjust the tension of your stitches and create a secure starting point. With a slipknot, you'll have full control over the tightness and size of your stitches, ensuring a polished and professional finish to your crochet projects.

Step-by-Step Guide to Making a Slipknot

Now, let's get into the nitty-gritty of creating a slipknot. Let me walk you through these simple steps to master this fundamental technique:

  1. Begin by holding the end of your yarn in your dominant hand, leaving a tail of about 6 inches.
  2. Create a loop with the yarn, crossing the tail end over the working yarn.
  3. Insert your hook through the loop from front to back, ensuring that the working yarn is behind the hook.
  4. With your hook still inside the loop, catch the working yarn and pull it through the loop, creating a new loop.
  5. Gently tighten the loop by pulling the tail end of the yarn, ensuring that it is snug but not too tight.

Congratulations! You've successfully created a slipknot in crochet. Practice this technique until you feel comfortable and confident in your ability to create consistent slipknots.

Additional Resources and Tutorials

To further enhance your understanding of making a slipknot in crochet, I provide additional resources for you to explore. Feel free to access our right-handed and left-handed video tutorials that guide you through the process step by step. Here are the links to our resources:

  • Right-handed video tutorial for slipknots¬†here.
  • Left-handed video tutorial for slipknots¬†here.


Q1: What is a slipknot in crochet?

A1: A slipknot is the starting point of most crochet projects. It creates a loop that can be easily adjusted and serves as the foundation for your stitches.

Q2: How do I make a slipknot in crochet?

A2: To make a slipknot, start by crossing the working end of the yarn over the tail end to form a loop. Insert your crochet hook through the loop and pull the working end of the yarn to tighten the loop around the hook.

Q3: Why is a slipknot important in crochet?

A3: The slipknot provides a secure and adjustable loop on the crochet hook, allowing you to control the tension of your stitches. It ensures that your stitches are evenly sized and prevents them from unraveling.

Q4: Can I use a different method to start my crochet projects?

A4: While the slipknot is the most common method to start crochet projects, some crocheters prefer alternative methods such as the magic ring or foundation chains. These methods are often used in specific patterns or for specific effects.

Q5: Do I need to make a slipknot for every crochet project?

A5: Yes, a slipknot is typically made at the beginning of every crochet project. It is an essential step that sets the foundation for your stitches.

Your Questions Answered

Q1: Is the slipknot counted as the first stitch in crochet?

A1: Generally, the slipknot is not counted as the first stitch. It's used to secure the yarn to your hook and create the initial loop.

Q2: What is the difference between a slipknot and a regular knot?

A2: A slipknot is a knot that can be easily adjusted by pulling on the yarn ends. In contrast, a regular knot is typically permanent and not used in crochet.

Q3: Can I reuse the yarn from a slipknot?

A3: Yes, you can reuse the yarn from a slipknot by simply undoing the knot and pulling the yarn out. It's a handy technique for frogging or correcting mistakes in your work.

Q4: Are there alternative methods to make a slipknot in crochet?

A4: Yes, there are various methods to create a slipknot. Some crocheters use a magic ring for certain projects, but the classic slipknot is the most common and versatile.

Q5: Is the slipknot the same as a slip stitch in crochet?

A5: No, a slipknot and a slip stitch are different. A slipknot is used at the beginning of a project, while a slip stitch is a crochet stitch used for various purposes within a project.

Mastering the art of making a slipknot is a crucial first step in your crochet journey. With this versatile technique under your belt, you'll be ready to tackle a wide range of crochet projects with confidence. Remember to practice and experiment with different yarns and hook sizes to find the perfect tension for your stitches. I hope this guide has been informative and inspirational, empowering you to embark on countless creative adventures in the world of crochet. 

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As an experienced crocheter with a deep understanding of crochet techniques, I have made countless slip knots in my crochet journey. With my knowledge and expertise, I am here to guide you through the process of making a slipknot with confidence. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced crocheter, mastering the art of creating a slipknot will ensure that your crochet projects start off on the right foot. Happy hooking!