Crochet 101: Making a Slip Knot + Free Checklist!

This week, I wanted to get right back to the basics and start teaching crochet here on the blog. I released this series of videos back when I made The Beginner’s Guide to Crochet, but now I’m sharing the videos directly on the website. This way, it’s easier for you guys to find the video tutorials, share them, and take each lesson bit by bit. And, in addition to the video, you can also get step by step pictures and a free checklist below.

Related: The Beginner’s Guide to Crochet

I always meant to publish these videos to the website, but on the old site, it just wasn’t possible. Now that I’ve moved the website, I have more options on how to share content with you. I can create better posts, tutorials, and now I can even publish videos. So, please excuse the fact that these videos still say shehlagrr.com on them; that was the old site and it redirects back here, anyways!

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Making a Slip Knot

Learning to crochet is easy. Once you know the basics, it’s really just a matter of building on what you know and following a pattern. This Crochet 101 series is all about learning those basics and a few crochet stitches so that you can make just about anything. Our first lesson is on how to make a slip knot.

Slip Knot 1

1. Start by unwinding some of the yarn from the ball. The end of the yarn is the yarn is the tail and yarn coming from the ball is working yarn. For this tutorial, I’m using really chunky yarn so that it’s easier for you to see what I’m doing, and also because it’s easier to learn with and doesn’t get tangled as easily as thinner yarn.

Slip Knot 2

2. Fold the tail over, parallel to working yarn so that you have something that looks like a U-turn.

Slip Knot 3

3. Cross the tail over working yarn to form a ribbon shape.

Slip Knot 4

4. Fold the looped end over working yarn.

Slip Knot 5

5. Insert your fingers through the loop and grab the working yarn through loop. Pull the working yarn through the loop to make another loop.

Slip Knot 6

6. You can insert your hook into the loop now (or your index finger). Tug the working yarn and tail to tighten the slip knot, but be sure to keep the top of the loop open.

And you’re done!

Slip Knot 7

That is the finished slip knot and you can use it to start any of your crochet (or knitting) projects. It may take a few tries to get it right, but go slowly at first and you’ll  be making slip knots in your sleep before you know it! I used to have a hard time figuring out how to hold the yarn to do this, so I would just lay the yarn on the ground and do each step like that. Then, I got used to it and now it’s something I do without thinking about.

Making a Slip Knot

I promised you a free checklist, didn’t I?

When you start out with any new hobby, you’re going to need supplies. With crochet, there are hooks and yarns and notions of all kinds to choose from, and it can be a little overwhelming. To help make sense of it all, I’ve made a checklist of 5 things every crocheter needs. This list includes only the things I think any crocheter, even a beginner, needs in their kit and  recommendations for a few of my favorite products.

Related: Knitting/Crochet Supplies + Organization

Just enter your name and email in the box below and you’ll have access to the resource library. There, you can find the checklist, the ebook, and other freebies!


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  • I save all your tutorials! 🙂

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for crafts, recipes, and tips: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

    • Aw, thanks, Jess! I’m so glad you enjoy them!

  • Great tutorial! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at the DI & DI Link Party. I hope you enjoyed it as much as we did having you.

    • Thanks, Christine! I loved sharing and joining the parties. Thanks for hosting every week 🙂

  • meghan

    Great lesson! Can’t wait to finally learn crochet 🙂

  • Pumpkin Phi

    Where is the next step?

    • The next step will be posted on Friday! You can wait for that, or you can download the ebook and get all of the lessons right away. You can do that by subscribing and getting the ebook from the resource library.

  • I need to hand out on your blog. I know I would be picking up on crochet faster. Thanks for the great tips! & this. Thanks for joining the #InspirationSpotlight party.Shared

    • Thank you so much! I try to break things down and make it really simple. If you want to learn, just follow along with the lessons and you’ll be crocheting in no time!