Crochet Slip Knot Tutorial

A crochet slip knot is the very first step in getting your yarn onto your crochet hook to begin your project. There are several ways to create a slip knot and I urge you to do what feels the most comfortable to you. I will teach you how to do a simple slip knot through photo and video instruction.

Crochet Slip Knot Tutorial


  • 1 Skein Yarn (any weight/type)
  • Crochet Hook (any size)

How to Make a Crochet Slip Knot

To begin you’ll need to pull about a foot of yarn from the skein. This way you’ll have plenty to work with to tie your knot. You can use any type of yarn or hook size you’d like.

Note: This tutorial is for right-handed. To do this with your left hand, simply reverse the instructions.


Crochet Slip Knot Step 1

Using your yarn, make a loop. The easiest way to complete this step is to lay the yarn flat and pick it up in the center, rotate your hand counter-clockwise, and drop the yarn. This will ensure that the end of the yarn is under the part that is still connected to the skein.

Crochet Slip Knot Step 1

You might find this part easier to do on your fingers. If so, loop the yarn around your first two fingers as shown in the video below (making an x). Then you can easily slide it off of your fingers and it will be going the correct direction.

Crochet Slip Knot Step 2

Pull the yarn on the right side (the side still attached to the skein) into the loop.

Crochet Slip Knot Step 2

If you are following the video instruction below, you can also use your hook to do this part.

Crochet Slip Knot Step 3

Pull the yarn up and over the loop as shown in the diagram below.

Crochet Slip Knot Step 3

Crochet Slip Knot Step 4

Grabbing the top of the yarn you just pulled through the loop with one hand, and both ends of the yarn with your other hand, pull in opposite directions from each other.

Crochet Slip Knot Step 4a

Continue to pull until the knot tightens up. Be careful to not pull so hard though that you can’t move the knot. If you pull too hard, you will have to cut your yarn and start over.

Crochet Slip Knot Step 4b

Crochet Slip Knot Step 5

Place your crochet hook inside of the loop you’ve just made. Grab one of the strands of yarn with each hand and pull out, moving the slip knot up to the hook. To straighten, place both ends in one of your hands and pull a bit, putting the knot in place. Again, be careful to not pull too tight. You want the knot against the hook comfortably, not so tight that you have a hard time getting the hook back out.

Crochet Slip Knot Step 5

It’s important that it is against the hook, yet not super tight because from this step you move forward into the chain stitch. You will come back to this slip knot when you crochet your foundation row, and you will also have to place a stitch right before your slip knot. So you’ll want it to be easy to place your hook back into.

Let me know in the comments below if you have any questions.

Video: How to Get Your Yarn on Your Hook to Crochet







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