How to Make a Slip Knot in Crochet

Learning how to crochet a slip knot is easy! This step-by-step tutorial will show you two easy ways about how to create a slip knot, which is a basic beginning step of most crochet patterns. After you master this basic technique, be sure to check out my crochet stitch guides for even more stitch tutorials, so you can start creating some unique and fun crochet designs.

To successfully crochet a slip knot, you will need a few crochet tools and the slip knot tutorial (shown using two different methods), which is below. A slip knot is important to learn because it is how you start most crochet projects and is one of the first crochet techniques a beginner should learn.

Materials to Make a Slip Knot

To make a slip knot for crochet, you will only need two crochet supplies, which are yarn and a crochet hook.


For this tutorial, I recommend for beginner crocheters to use an easy-to-use yarn such as Vanna’s Choice by Lion Brand or Brava Worsted by Knit Picks. These yarns are both 100% acrylic medium weight yarns that hold up well to use and are simple enough to find in stores.

You can learn more about medium weight yarn, find other patterns using medium weight yarn, and the hook sizes that are recommended for this weight of yarn here on Easy Crochet. Furthermore, this tutorial can be completed with any yarn weight, so you do not have to use the exact one that I did for this tutorial.

Crochet Hook

Any hook brand will work when making a slip knot. To find out what size hook you will need, you will need to look at the yarn you are using. The package or sleeve on most yarns will have a recommended hook size. I am using a medium weight yarn aka four weight, so the following crochet hook sizes will work best:

I prefer to use the Tulip Brand crochet hooks, but any crochet hook or crochet hook set will work perfectly fine!

How to Tie a Slip Knot in Crochet

Skill Level: Basic

How to Make a Slip Knot in Crochet (Two Ways)

I will highlight two ways to make a slip knot in crochet with video tutorials as well as the written tutorials below, since there are a few methods in crochet to form a slip knot.

  • The first slip knot method is how to make a Slip Knot on a Crochet Hook
  • The second slip knot method is how to make a Slip Knot without a Crochet Hook

When you start a crochet pattern, it will usually begin with a basic slip knot on your hook (my favorite method), but it can also begin without a hook. Be sure to take a look at both methods of forming a knot so that you can begin your crochet projects with the way that is easiest for you.

Use both of the slip knot crochet video tutorial and written pattern (with a photo tutorial) below to learn two easy methods on how to make a slip knot in crochet!

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How to Make a Slip Knot on a Crochet Hook


Written Pattern

Step 1

Begin by crossing the yarn from the ball of yarn (working yarn) over the tail end of the yarn (aka yarn end, yarn tail or tail of the yarn) to form a circle.

Step 2

Insert hook into the loop of yarn (circle) as shown. Yarn over and pull the yarn from the ball end of yarn down through the circle.

Step 3

Step 2 will form a loop on the hook and a loose slip knot. (Steps 1-3 are also how a magic ring,magic loop or magic circle is started)

Step 4

Pull both ends of the yarn to tighten the base of the slip knot around the hook

Step 5

You have now learned how to make a slip knot in crochet! It is a good idea to make sure the slip knot is not too tight. It should be a sliding knot, so it can move easily on the crochet hook.

There should be a 4-6″ yarn tail, so it can be woven in with a yarn needle after a crochet project is complete.

Use the basic steps above to create a flawless and perfect slip knot every time.

How to Make a Slip Knot Without a Crochet Hook

Tip: Knowing how to make a crochet slip knot will set you up for success when you learn how to chain in crochet too, which is what makes the foundation of most projects (aka foundation chain or foundation row).

More Basic Crochet Stitches to Master

As a new crocheter, it is important to get the basic crochet stitches mastered before moving on to more advanced patterns. You will want to know how to chain, slip stitch, single crochet, half double crochet and double crochet.

Chain Stitch

Slip Stitch

Single Crochet Stitch

Half Double Crochet

Double Crochet

Try These Free Beginner-Friendly Crochet Patterns Too

Now that you are a pro at crocheting a slip knot, be sure to check out these beginner-friendly crochet patterns or take a closer look at the beginner guides here on Easy Crochet.

How to make a slip knot in crochet

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