From today I am starting a beginners guide to crochet. If you are an absolute beginner or maybe want to freshen up on your crochet skills, why not follow along!
As this is the first I though I would start right at the beginning with the slip knot. Any project that I have started all start with a slip knot (usually). I have set out the 2 main ways that I make a slip knot with step by step picture tutorials. I also have a video over on YouTube if you perhaps find it easier to follow someone actually showing you. I will link this at the bottom.
OK then, here we go.
Get yourself a ball of yarn, I am using a double knit weight yarn and size 4mm hook. You may find it easier if you start with a slightly bigger hook (5mm or 6mm maybe). Also don’t use a dark coloured yarn as you will find it hard to see your stitches at first, keep it to a medium colour.
Hold your yarn in both hands. Have the working end (the end attached to the ball) in your right hand and the free end in your left hand.
Next create a circle. Do this by take the working end (end attached to the ball) and wrapping it around into a circle shape (make sure that the yarn is sitting above the free end of yarn)
Then again with the working end go behind the circle you have made so there looks to be line running down the middle circle at the back.
Pick up your hook and place it under the yarn coming down the middle of circle and gently start to pull it threw to the front of circle.
Holding onto both the free end of your yarn and the working end pull until your yarn looks like the above.
Finally, pull the working end (end attached to the ball) until the slip stitch works up to the hook. There you go, you have done a slip stitch.
I also use another way to make a slip stitch and to be honest I find this the quickest and use if the most often. So here we go with this one too.
Same as before hold the working end of the yarn (end attached to the ball) in your right hand and the free end in your left hand.
Now start and wrap the yarn over your index finger and middle finger come under your fingers and out towards you again.
Again wrap the yarn around your index finger and middle finger this time slightly further up you fingers. Go over the top and round toward yourself under your fingers.
Now take your hook and place it under the first loop on your fingers and over the second loop, with the hook grab hold of the second loop of yarn.
Still holding onto that second loop, pull it threw and under the first loop.
With a slight twist move your hook under the loop and gently pull through just like the first slip knot we worked on.
Again holding onto both the free end of your yarn and the working end pull until your yarn looks like the above.
And finally pull on the working end of your yarn until the slip knot is at the top of your hook.
There you are, two ways to make a slip knot. If you find it easier to learn by following on video I also have a Youtube channel and have made a video showing you how to make the slip knots, which you can watch below.
If you have any questions about starting to crochet please feel free to pop a comment in the comment box or you can find me over on Instagram or Facebook and message me there.
Next time I will be showing you how to make a chain.