Crochet Basics – How to Slip Knot and Chain

Like Maria says in The Sound of Music, “Let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start, when you read you begin with ABC.” When you crochet you begin with a slip knot and chain. So, to continue with Crochet Basics (did you check out the previous post on What is crochet?) I’ll be showing you How to Slip Knot and Chain.

Slip knots are the just the beginning of any crochet (or knit) project. Once you have a slip knot, the next step is to make chains. The number of chains is specified in the pattern you work on. Chains are usually the foundation of a project but they can also appear within the project itself, such as filet crochet or other projects that have spaces between stitches. Keep scrolling for the instructions and step by step photos.

First, make a loop with the yarn tail on your right and the working yarn on your left.

Insert your hook from the back to the front.

Wrap the working yarn around your hook and pull it through the loop.

Now you have a slip knot!

To make the first chain, wrap yarn around hook and pull through the loop. And remember, the slip knot never counts as a chain! There’s your first chain! Now repeat and practice by making as many chains as you want.

In the next post I will show you how to make the single crochet stitch.

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