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First, Form a Slip Knot.
Slip Knot for Crocheting a Chain Stitch

Form a Slip Knot

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Instructions:

These instructions are intended for right-handed crocheters.

Step 1: First, form a slip knot.

How to Hold the Yarn:

Grasp the slip knot in your left hand; the slip knot should be facing you.

Position your thumb so that it is securing the tail of the yarn that is directly below the slip knot.

The yarn that is still connected to the ball will flow over your index finger, and you will use your middle finger, fourth finger, and pinkie to manipulate the yarn as you crochet.

How to Hold the Crochet Hook:

Grasp your crochet hook in your right hand, between your thumb, index finger, and middle finger.

The hook should be inserted into the slip knot from front to back.

To start, the crochet hook will be facing upwards, but you will rotate it by approximately one-quarter turn counterclockwise with each chain stitch that you crochet. It’s OK to turn it more than that if you need to, but the goal is to make each motion as precise and fluid as possible.

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