How to Make a Slip Knot

January 4, 2017Allison Murray
Don't know how to make a slip knot? I swear this is the EASIEST way I've ever seen to learn! Perfect for starting knitting or crochet pieces!

Don't know how to make a slip knot? I swear this is the EASIEST way I've ever seen to learn! Perfect for starting knitting or crochet pieces!

I have not known how to make a slip knot, literally, until last month. For each of my crochet projects I’d loop my yarn around the fattest part of my crochet hook and then I’d tie a double-knot. I knew it wasn’t the “right” way but I didn’t know any other way… this is how my Mimmie taught me to crochet.

But I started to realize that I had this nasty knot at the beginning of my projects and I just don’t care for that. So I decided to figure this business out. And today I’m going to show you the super easy way to make a slip knot so if you, too, have been mystified by the quick hands in Youtube videos that just bang one out, can now know exactly what they are up to!

Today I’m using Michael’s Loops and Threads Huge yarn in the color mountain. I’m using this yarn because it is super big making it much, much easier to see what is going on. I’m also using this because it’s being used in my current crochet project – so fun! 

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Don't know how to make a slip knot? I swear this is the EASIEST way I've ever seen to learn! Perfect for starting knitting or crochet pieces!

Take your yarn and make a single loop on your work surface like you see in the photo. 

Don't know how to make a slip knot? I swear this is the EASIEST way I've ever seen to learn! Perfect for starting knitting or crochet pieces!

Place your hand through the loop you made.

Don't know how to make a slip knot? I swear this is the EASIEST way I've ever seen to learn! Perfect for starting knitting or crochet pieces!

Grab the tail of the yarn.

Don't know how to make a slip knot? I swear this is the EASIEST way I've ever seen to learn! Perfect for starting knitting or crochet pieces!

Begin pulling the tail through the loop like you see above. Don’t pull the yarn all of the way through, you just want a little arc of the yarn coming through the loop you made on your work surface.

Don't know how to make a slip knot? I swear this is the EASIEST way I've ever seen to learn! Perfect for starting knitting or crochet pieces!

To form the slip knot place a few fingers into the the arc of yarn you brought through the loop. Grab the tail of the yarn firmly and begin moving the arc of yarn upward. This will start to close up and tighten the slip knot. If you pull all of the way the knot easily comes apart. You can also tighten the knot on your knitting needle or crochet hook. 

Don't know how to make a slip knot? I swear this is the EASIEST way I've ever seen to learn! Perfect for starting knitting or crochet pieces!

There! Now I have the perfect slip knot to get to work on this JUMBO crochet project I’ve got going. Pretty awesome, right?

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Comments (2)

  • Gail

    October 2, 2018 at 9:27 AM

    This is genius!!!! I’ve looked at so many convoluted, confusing, impossible ways to make a slip knot I was about to give up. Thank you so much for this simple and clear version.

    1. Allison Murray

      October 4, 2018 at 11:20 AM

      Yay! I’m so glad it helped :)

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