Slip Knot Crochet – All The Facts, Tips & Tricks In My Guide

By Jodie Morgan

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Making a slip knot is the first step for all crochet projects, even before creating the foundation row. Essential for any crocheter. Here is your complete guide on how to tie a slip knot.

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It creates a knot you can easily untie. If you make a mistake on your crochet project, it’s easy to go back and fix.

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How To Make A Crochet Slip Knot

How Do You Start A Slip Knot?

To start, you need a crochet hook and a ball of yarn.

  • Step #1. Pick up a bit of yarn, and leave a five-inch tail.
  • Step #2: Make a loop and hold it in place with your thumb and index finger
  • Step #3. Take the tail end and put it under and up into the loop. Pinch the yarn together between your thumb and index finger.
  • Step #4. Hold the ends with one hand, and pull the loop at the top with the other hand until it creates a knot. Do not pull the tail end up through the loop. It needs to stay behind.

You’re ready to start making your first crochet chain! It’s a bit fiddly and the technique can be difficult to learn, but you’ll improve with practice. Here is a video tutorial by Crochet Guru on Youtube for beginners.

Or, here’s a tutorial by Knitiversity on Youtube.

If you’d prefer a photo tutorial, here is one on Instructables.

See my post about the best yarn to use for baby blanket.

Different Methods To Make A Slip Knot

An excellent video tutorial from Bella Coco for beginners. This video describes three ways to tie a slip knot, including the method above.

Next Step – Making A Chain Stitch

Making a chain stitch, (the easiest of the crochet stitches and the first stitch in the foundation chain or starting chain) is easy. All you have to do is:

  • Step 1 – Yarn over by putting your hook under the working yarn and then putting your crochet hook behind it and over.
  • Step 2 – Keep the yarn on your crochet hook, then pull the yarn through the loop on your crochet hook.
  • Step 3- Completed chain stitch! You’re ready to continue making your starting chain.

FAQs About Making A Slipped Knot

Do You Crochet Into The Slip Knot?

No, when you make a length of chains, you don’t crochet into the actual knot. You crochet into the chain that’s right after the knot.

What Is A Slip Knot Good For?

Slip knots are the foundations of crochet projects. It creates a loop that you can put on your hook and start stitching with. A slip knot is also the starting point of knitting. 

How Do You Tie An Adjustable Slip Knot?

The great thing about slip knots is they are adjustable. They aren’t permanent, so you can make the loop bigger or smaller.


I hope you found this guide on how to make a slip knot for crochet helpful. Learning to make a slip knot is an essential part of doing crochet projects. Do you have another method of making this knot in crochet? I’d love to hear about it, let me know down below.

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About The Author

Jodie Morgan From Crochet Penguin

Jodie Morgan (Author & Founder)

[email protected] | Lives In: Regional Australia

Author: Jodie Morgan is a passionate crocheter and blogger with 17+ years of experience currently living in regional Australia. Taught by her mother, she fell in love with crocheting after her first child was born. When she’s not crocheting, you’ll find her enjoying a cup of coffee with cream, or sharing helpful resources and tips with the online crochet community. Please say hello, or see what she's making on socials.

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