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How to Make a Crochet Slip Knot / Slip Loop

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Tighten the Slip Knot
Tightening a Loose Slip Knot for Crochet

Tug Gently on the Yarn to Tighten the Slip Knot.

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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.

Next: After the first slip knot has been made, most crochet patterns start with a foundation chain.

Tip: Note that, in crochet, the beginning slip knot or slip loop is not usually counted as a stitch. This differs from knitting, where the first slip knot does create a stitch.

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