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How to Hold the Yarn as you Start a Crochet Project
A slip knot is the first step in almost all crochet projects. There are multiple ways to create slip knots. What you see here is one popular approach and a great choice for beginners to the craft who need to learn how to start their work.
NOTE: These instructions are intended for right-handed crocheters. If you're left-handed, please see how to crochet left-handed for correct instructions.
You only need a few materials to get started in crochet. To make your slip knot you are... going to need:
- Crochet Hook
- Yarn or Thread
If you are going to be working from a crochet pattern then you should use the yarn and crochet hook outlined by the pattern instructions. If you are just working on learning crochet, then you might want to begin with a mid-size hook and yarn. A size G or H crochet hook and a worsted weight acrylic, cotton or wool yarn would be a terrific choice. Choose yarn that is not fuzzy and select a light color because that's easier to work with when you are first learning to crochet and need to see the stitches.
How to Hold the Yarn
Grasp the yarn in your left hand, between your thumb and index finger, and allow the yarn to flow freely over your index finger. Support the yarn with your middle finger. Leave a tail of yarn trailing below your thumb.Continue to 2 of 6 below.
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How to Hold the Crochet Hook
Having completed Step One, you are now holding the yarn in your left hand. Grasp your hook in your right hand, between your thumb, index finger and middle finger. Use the same type of tension that you would use to hold a pen; your fingers should be relaxed enough to move freely, but they should grip tightly enough to maintain precise control over the hook.
To start, keep the hook facing upward. Insert the crochet hook between your index finger and the yarn. You can insert it either from left to... right or from right to left. The photo shows the hook being inserted from right to left, which is the more common method.
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Twist the Yarn to Make a Loop
Use the crochet hook to twist the yarn so that a loose loop is on the hook. This will give you a loose, twisted loop that is not yet secure but is beginning to look like the start of a crochet project.
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Preparing to Hook the Yarn
You should still be holding the tail of yarn between your index finger and thumb. Your middle finger, fourth finger and pinkie can be used to manipulate the other end of the yarn as it unwinds from the ball. This may all feel a little bit awkward at first, but the more that you practice, the more natural it is going to feel. Before you know it, you'll be doing it without thinking about it.
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Wrap the Yarn Around Your Crochet Hook and Draw It Through
Use your crochet hook to hook the yarn and draw it through the loop. Be sure to hook the end that is still attached to the ball, not the tail of the yarn that is between your thumb and forefinger. The yarn that you are working with comes through the loop and forms a loose slip knot.
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Tighten Your Slip Knot
You should now have a loose slip knot on your crochet hook. It will need tightening. Leave it on the crochet hook and tug gently on both ends of yarn to tighten it up. Don’t over-tighten it; the crochet hook should be able to move easily inside this loop so that you can form your starting chain in the next step.It should be snug but not excessively tight.
That's it; you have made your first slip knot and are ready to begin your crochet project!
Note: After the first slip knot has been made, most... crochet patterns start with a foundation chain.
Tip: You might want to know that in crochet the beginning slip knot is not usually counted as a stitch. This differs from knitting, where the first slip knot does create a stitch. This can be helpful when you are first looking at crochet patterns, which typically tell you how many stitches to begin with in your foundation chain.