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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Learning to Crochet Step 1: Slip Knot


Are you trying to learn how to start crocheting? Well here is the article that will tell you how from the very basics. Before we even start the part called crocheting we will need to tell/show you how to make a slip knot. The slip knot is call this for its handy way of being able to slip, and even undo itself when put under pressure. This knot is the way most people start crocheting the chain stitch, and many other basic stitches for other crafts thanks to its adjustable nature.
  • The first thing you need to do to start the slip knot is to have the yarn in your hand. With the yarn you want to make a loop so that the yarn crosses itself.
  • Now take the end of the yarn that connects to the yarn ball or skein that you have and pull it through the loop.
  • To tighten pull on the side of the string that leads to the knot.
  • If done right you should now have a slip knot. Be careful not to pull too much yarn through the loop otherwise you will have a loopy mess that will be hard to make a knot out of.
Scarf from Etsy.com
Now if you were to pull on the tail of the yarn and the end of the yarn attached to the skein at the same time the loop will shrink, and eventually the knot will undo itself. This knot will be handy to know for almost any yarn or thread craft that you can learn, so even if you don't plan on learning crocheting, but maybe some other craft this knot is a must know for you to have in your knowledge base.
The next step for crocheting is the chain stitch. Once you get used to this next stitch you might start to get the feeling that making a chain is like making a really extended slip knot.

If you would like to see my article about this on examiner.com click here. Sometimes I put a video on examiner.com that helps with my instructions so if this doesn't make sense jump over to examiner to see the video and hopefully that will help you.