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How-to Make a Slip Knot and Crochet a Chain

By Edited Sep 12, 2015 0 0

This is how to get started with your crocheting if you are still a beginner. The first thing you will need to know to get started is the slip-knot. This knot is the beginning of every crochet project, and often many other crafts. The slip-knot is called this name for its handy way of being able to slip, to the point of  undoing itself when put under pressure. This makes it very useful for starting projects with yarn because it is adjustable and you can change its length and tension for whatever you need the knot to do.

  • The first thing you need to do to start this knot is to have the yarn in your hands. Make a loop with it so that the yarn crosses itself. Pinch it where it crosses itself.
  • Take the end of the yarn that connects to the ball or skein of yarn that you are using. Pull it through the loop. It doesn't matter how big of a loop you pull through since you can adjust it later, but you can lose control of the knot if you aren't careful.

  • Tighten the knot around the loop and then you have a slip-knot. To shrink or grow the loop pull on the yarn that comes from the knot. One will shrink the loop and the other will make it bigger.

Once you have figured out how to make the slip-knot the next step for you will be that chain stitch, which is the ground-floor for every crochet pattern out there.

  • To start you will need one crochet hook, yarn that you want to use. Make a slip-knot like you learned before. Place the knot on the crochet hook and tighten it. You don't want it too loose otherwise you will have a harder time making the chain look like a chain. You also don't want it too tight or you will not be able to move it around the hook as you need it to.

  • Hold the crochet hook with the slip-knot in your dominant hand. With your other hand wrap the yarn around your fingers for tension, and pinch the knot with your middle finger and thumb. There are different ways that the hook and yarn can be held so if one way doesn't work for you look at how other people do it and play around with it until it feels right.

  • Wrap the hook around the yarn or vasa-versa and pull it through the loop on the hook. Pull on it to tighten things.

  • Now repeat. Keep pulling yarn through the loop on the hook. Each time making a new loop and a new chain.  Keep in mind that while you do want to chain to be tight you don't want it so tight that you can't fit your hook in the already made chain.

Once you have this chain made you would then be able to start looking into other stitches that actually look like crocheting, and even patterns for beginner crocheters.

 

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