02 Slip Knot

For the beginning of any type of crochet project, you will start with a slip knot. This crochet basic knot is a simple starting knot for the beginning of any crochet job.

Crochet Slip Knot, basic stitch
Step 1 Slip Knot – left-handed
Wrap the tail end your yarn around two fingers to form a loop with your yarn.

Crochet Slip Knot, basic stitch step 1, right-handed
Step 1 Slip Knot – right-handed

Crochet Slip Knot, basic stitch step 2
Step 2 Slip Knot – left-handed
Cross the tail of the yarn over the looped yarn piece.

Crochet Slip Knot, basic stitch step 2, right-handed
Step 2 Slip Knot – right-handed

Crochet Slip Knot, basic stitch step 3
Step 3 Slip Knot – left-handed
Remove the loop from your fingers. It is now in a form of a pretzel.

Crochet Slip Knot, basic stitch step 3, right-handed
Step 3 Slip Knot – right-handed

Crochet Slip Knot, basic stitch step 4
Step 4 Slip Knot -left-handed
Insert your crochet hook through the ring of yarn, behind the tail piece of the yarn, and lift the tail piece of yarn up. Keep the yarn secured in the other hand.

Crochet Slip Knot, basic stitch step 4, right-handed
Step 4 Slip Knot – right-handed

Crochet Slip Knot, basic stitch step 5
Step 5 Slip Knot – left-handed
Hold your hook in one hand, and pull both yarn strands in the other to form a loose knot.

Crochet Slip Knot, basic stitch step 5, right-handed
Step 5 Slip Knot – right-handed

Crochet Slip Knot, basic stitch step 6
Step 6 Slip Knot – left-handed
To move the knot closer to the hook, pinch one strand of yarn between two fingers of each hand and tighten the loop around the hook loosely.

Crochet Slip Knot, basic stitch step 6, right-handed
Step 6 Slip Knot – right-handed

Watch the tutorial video for a better understanding and check out another version on how to make a slip knot:

01 Hand Hook Position

It is important to hold the crochet hook comfortably in your hand.

Left-Handed Hand Hook Position
Left-Handed Hand Hook Position

Either hold the crochet hook like a pencil in your hand,

Right-Handed Hand Hook Position
Right-Handed Hand Hook Position

Left-Handed Hook Position
Left-Handed Hook Position
or in the palm of your hand like a knife. Get used to both ways of holding the crochet hook, to alternate when you get tired.

Right-Handed Hand Hook Position
Right-Handed Hand Hook Position