A slip knot is a great way to start off your knit and crochet projects. Although making a slip knot is a simple concept they can sometimes be a challenge to actually make. In this video tutorial I will simplify the process of making your first slip knot.
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Why Use a Slip Knot:
Many patterns will tell you to start off with a slip knot, and even if they don’t most people will start their project that way. A slip knot is a great way to start off both your knit and crochet projects.
When it comes to knitting your first stitch will be made by making a knot. The slip knot is a great option because you can adjust the size of your loop. Start by making the loop larger, insert your needle, snug the yarn and start knitting.
Over the corse of your knit and crochet journey you may have heard that you don’t want to have knots in your project. It is suggested that when you join yarn (either a new color or a new ball) that you don’t use a knot. You might also have been told that it is better to cut the yarn and rejoin when you find a knot in your ball rather than just working it into your piece.
Why is that? Knots in your work can come undone over time. It is more secure to weave in your ends vs. knotting the yarn to join it. The only time when a knot is ideal is when you first start your project.
Slip Knots in Crochet:
Slip knots are especially ideal for crochet because of the construction of the knot. With a slip knot you are able to snug the knot to the size that you want, unlike most other knots. What does this mean for your crochet projects?
Working a slip knot first when working stitches into your first chain will allow you to tighten that knot when you are finishing. Closing the hole you might have created when working back into that first chain is much easier when you started with a slip knot.
Mastering the slip knot now will allow you to use it when working a standing starting stitch as well. You may find that some patterns call for a standing stitch, and you will already be on your way to accomplishing that.