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Slip Stitch

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The slip stitch is not just for joining your rounds! There are some wonderful patterns out there with large parts, or sometimes even entirely, made of slip stitch. Here you will learn the basic slip stitch which is worked through both loops, plus you will learn to slip stitch in the front loop only or the back loop only. There are even more techniques, creating even more looks, but these three are a great way for you to get started!

Slip Stitch (sl st): Insert hook into next st, yarn over, pull through all loops on hook.

Here are several ways for you to learn the slip stitch:

This short video gives the basics of using a slip stitch to form a ring for the center of items worked in the round, for using a slip stitch to join a round, and for using a slip stitch to move the start of a round to a new location:

This video with teach you the basics of how to sl st into a starting chain, how to sl st into both loops of a st, how to sl st into the back loop only, and how to sl st into the front loop only.

Here is a practice swatch for you:

The sample in the photos is made with Red Heart With Love yarn and a 6.00mm hook.

Ch ~ chain
Rem ~ remain(ing)
St(s) ~ stitch(es)
Sl st ~ slip stitch

Row 1: With color A, ch 20, turn, sl st into the bottom loop of the second ch from hook and each rem ch. (19 sl st)

Slip-Stitch-Starting-Row-1
Making your first sl st.
Slip-Stitch-Row-1
Row 1 complete.

Row 2 ~ 5: Turn, ch 1, sl st in both loops of each st across. (19 sl st)

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Starting the first sl st of row 2.
Slip-Stitch-Row-5
Row 5 complete.

Row 6 ~ 7: With color B, turn, ch 1, sl st in both loops of each st across. (19 sl st)

Slip-Stitch-Row-7
Row 7 complete.

Row 8 ~ 9: With color A, turn, ch 1, sl st in both loops of each st across. (19 sl st)
Row 10 ~ 11: With color B, turn, ch 1, sl st in both loops of each st across. (19 sl st)
Row 12 ~ 13: With color A, turn, ch 1, sl st in both loops of each st across. (19 sl st)

Slip-Stitch-Row-13
Row 13 complete.

Row 14: With color B, turn, ch 1, sl st in both loops of each st across. (19 sl st)
Row 15: With color A, turn, ch 1, sl st in both loops of each st across. (19 sl st)
Row 16: With color B, turn, ch 1, sl st in both loops of each st across. (19 sl st)

Slip-Stitch-Row-16
Row 16 complete.

Row 17: With color A, turn, ch 1, sl st in both loops of each st across. (19 sl st)

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Row 17 complete.
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Slip stitch in back loop only.

Row 18 ~ 21: With color B, turn, ch 1, sl st in back loop only of each st across. (19 sl st)
Row 22 ~ 23: With color A, turn, ch 1, sl st in back loop only of each st across. (19 sl st)
Row 24 ~ 25: With color B, turn, ch 1, sl st in back loop only of each st across. (19 sl st)
Row 26 ~ 27: With color A, turn, ch 1, sl st in back loop only of each st across. (19 sl st)
Row 28 ~ 29: With color B, turn, ch 1, sl st in back loop only of each st across. (19 sl st)

Slip-Stitch-Row-29
Row 29 complete.

Row 30: With color A, turn, ch 1, sl st in back loop only of each st across. (19 sl st)
Row 31: With color B, turn, ch 1, sl st in back loop only of each st across. (19 sl st)
Row 32: With color A, turn, ch 1, sl st in back loop only of each st across. (19 sl st)
Row 33: With color B, turn, ch 1, sl st in back loop only of each st across. (19 sl st)

Slip-Stitch-Row-33
Row 33 complete.
Slip-Stitch-Front-Loop-Only
Slip stitch in front loop only

Row 34 ~ 37: With color A, turn, ch 1, sl st in front loop only of each st across. (19 sl st)

Slip-Stitch-Row-37
Row 37 complete.

Row 38 ~ 39: With color B, turn, ch 1, sl st in front loop only of each st across. (19 sl st)
Row 40 ~ 41: With color A, turn, ch 1, sl st in front loop only of each st across. (19 sl st)
Row 42 ~ 43: With color B, turn, ch 1, sl st in front loop only of each st across. (19 sl st)
Row 44 ~ 45: With color A, turn, ch 1, sl st in front loop only of each st across. (19 sl st)

Slip-Stitch-Row-45
Row 45 complete.

Row 46: With color B, turn, ch 1, sl st in front loop only of each st across. (19 sl st)
Row 47: With color A, turn, ch 1, sl st in front loop only of each st across. (19 sl st)
Row 48: With color B, turn, ch 1, sl st in front loop only of each st across. (19 sl st)
Row 49: With color A, turn, ch 1, sl st in front loop only of each st across. (19 sl st)

Slip-Stitch-Row-49
Row 49 complete.
Slip-Stitch-Stitchopedia

Here is a chart showing 4 rows of sl st in both loops, then 4 rows of sl st in back loops, and then 4 rows of sl st in front loops.

Stitchopedia-Slip-Stitch-Chart
Stitchopedia-Slip-Stitch-Legend

Now, want to practice with some fun finished items?

Here are a few patterns for you.

Quick-Scrap-Slip-Stitch-Bracelet-Free-Crochet-Pattern
Slip Stitch Scrap Yarn Bracelet
Little Devil Hat & Cape by Kim Guzman
Little Devil Hat & Cape by Kim Guzman
circle-to-triangle-bunting-free-crochet-pattern-square
Slip Stitch your bunting together!
Slip-Stich-Bow-Tie-Free-Pattern
Slip Stitch Bow Tie

Happy Stitching!

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