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How to Make a Slip Knot

Learn how to tie a slip knot with this straightforward tutorial and you will be able to master knitting patterns for beginners in no time.

Updated July 26, 2018

Before you start knitting, you'll need to know how to make a slip knot. It isn't that difficult, especially now that you have this easy-to-understand tutorial, complete with pictures and instructions.
 

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Once you know how to make this basic knot, a whole new world of knitting possibilities will open up to you. After all, prior to starting any type of free knitting pattern, you need to be able to make a slip knot in order to work your yarn in a proper manner.

Check out the instructions and pictures below to learn how to quickly and easily make a slip knot and you will be off and running on your new knitting pattern in no time.

Instructions

  1. Find the spot on your yarn where you want to make your slip knot.

    If you're doing a knit-on cast on, this can be relatively close to the end of the yarn. For a longtail cast on, you'll have to measure the length of yarn you'll need for your cast on row.

  2. Wrap your working yarn around your forefinger and middle finger, forming an X in the front.

  3. Bring the yarn to the back of your hand and wrap it around to the front, securing it with your ring finger, pinky, and thumb.

  4. Insert one of your working needles through the two loops of yarn like this:

  5. Use the needle to pick up the bottom loop of yarn, bringing it behind and through the top loop.

  6. Bring the needle up and release

  7. Tighten the knot.

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This is really helpful! It can be difficult to visualize slip knots when you're starting out so the combination of photos and a video really helps.

A great skill to learn or be refreshed on no matter how long you've been knitting! Completely essential! Thanks for the tutorial!

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