The slip knot and crochet chain are the very first skills you need to know when learning to crochet. Learn them here!
In this tutorial you will learn how to hold your yarn and your hook, how to make a slip knot, and how to crochet a chain stitch. You’ll also learn a bit about the anatomy of the chain. There’s a video and written instruction with photos to help you along.
Slip Knot and Crochet Chain Video
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Written instructions with photos
To begin, it is important to know the difference between the front of your work/in front of your hook and the back of your work/in back of your hook. When you are working, you hold the hook in front of your body (obviously 🙂 ). The front of your hook is between your hook and you, the back of your hook is behind your hook. The front of your work is the part that is facing you, and the back of your work is the part that is facing away.
To make a slip knot, hold your hook in front of you with the hook part facing down. Take the end of the yarn and hold it in back of the hook. Wrap it over top of the hook, around the front, and around to the back again, so that it crosses over itself. Now leaving the cross-over, pick up the end of the yarn that is still attached to the ball of yarn, wrap it around your hook (back to front to back again), and pull that loop through the first loop you created to make a slip knot. It is really much easier to watch this in the video than to read it, so if you are confused, take a look at the video!
yo – yarn over (wrap the yarn over the hook)
ch – chain
To make a ch (chain), start with a slip knot on your hook. Wrap your yarn around your left hand to create tension (see the video.) Pinch just below the knot with the middle finger and thumb of your left hand, having the working yarn (the yarn still attached to the ball) over your pointer finger, yo (wrap the yarn over the hook), keep the slit in the hook facing down and pull the yo through the loop already on your hook, letting the old loop fall off. The yo will become your new loop and you have made a ch. This is really much easier to understand from the video and/or the pictures, so please use those tools as well.
Now let’s talk about the anatomy of the chain. The side of the chain that you see when you are making it is usually referred to as the top or front. The chains look like little tears connected to each other. The loops that are facing you are called the front loops, and the loops that are farther from you are called the back loops. You can turn the chain over and see the bottom. There is another set of loops here called the bottom loops, the bottom bumps, or the third loops.
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Happy stitching my friends!