How to Make a Slip Knot

Slip Knot

How to Make a Slip Knot

Slip knots are simple but oh so useful knots. 

There’s a plethora of possibilities for these little knots.

Here’s 4 handy ways I’ve used a slip knot in the past:

  • Knitting
  • Tying balloons onto children’s wrists.
  • Crochet
  • Tying bugs onto children’s wrists.

A slip knot has the ability to “slip” into smaller or larger sizes.  Pull on one side of the knot and it gets small and snug.  Pull on the other side, and it loosens up easily and without fuss.  That’s what makes it such a great option for securing various things *ahem* to kids’ wrists.  It’s also the absolute beginning of pretty much every knitting or crochet project you’ll find.

For the purposes of this site, you’re probably visiting to learn how to make a slip knot for either knitting or crochet.

If you prefer to learn by video tutorial, check out the video at the end of this post.

How to tie a slip knot

Step One: Prep your yarn or material.

Yarn prepped for tying

How to Tie a Slip Knot Step One

 

Step Two: Fold the yarn over your fingers with working end in back as shown.

fold yarn over fingers

How to Tie a Slip Knot Step Two

Step Three: Wrap the working end up and across the other end so you have an X on your fingers.

fold yarn with X on fingers

How to Tie a Slip Knot Step Three

Step Four: Push a loop of the working end of the yarn underneath the tail end of the yarn.

Push loop of working yarn under

How to Tie a Slip Knot Step Four

Push loop through shown without fingers

How to Tie a Slip Knot Step Four

Step Five: Remove loops from fingers.

Remove knot from fingers

How to Tie a Slip Knot Step Five

Step Six: Pull on yarn end and working end while holding onto loop to tighten the knot.

Pull on ends to tighten

How to Tie a Slip Knot Step Six

Step Seven: Pull on loop to loosen.

pull on loop to loosen

How to Make a Slip Knot Step Seven

Step Eight: Pull on working end to tighten and make loop smaller.

pull working end to tighten

How to Tie Slip Knot Step Eight

Slip Knot

How to Tie a Slip Knot Step Seven

This post features both step by step photos and a video tutorial on how to tie a slip knot.  Slip knots are simple, useful knots great for knitting and crochet.

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