Three Ways to Make a Slip Knot

The first thing all crocheters learn to make is the Slip Knot. Every project, every chain, even foundation stitches start with a slip knot! I have three favorite ways to make them.

The Big E

The Big E is how I teach kids to make the slip knot. My students 10 and under usually get this method. However, I think adults would love to have this method in their skill bank too! It is called the Big E because you are making an “e” with your yarn to start and that is something that kids can remember. It is easy to create using the flat surface of a table so that little hands don’t get all confused. Watch my video and learn to make the Big E slip knot.

The Pretzel

The Pretzel is another one I use for older kids (tweens and teens) as well as adults. It is called the pretzel because you are making a “pretzel” shape with the yarn. You can do this one on a flat surface too, as I show in the next video. I’ll be honest, it is one of my favorites to teach adults because it is easy to remember. Watch this next video to learn to make the Pretzel slip knot.

“Nonna’s” Way

This is the way my Nonna taught me to make a slip knot when I was learning to crochet. This is what I use all the time, and I teach this to teens and adults too. As you will see in my video, this is super-quick for me to make. Watch this last video to learn “Nonna’s” Way to make a slip knot.

As you can see, there isn’t just one way to make a slip knot. You probably noticed that they are all similar variations, but different minds need different ways to learn to make slip knots. These three are my favorite ways, but you may have one that is your favorite. Make sure you share with all of us how you make your slip knots!

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  1. Joanne Siewierski
    Joanne Siewierski

    I didn’t know that every time I make a slip knot, whether for crocheting, knitting, or whatever, I’ve been using the pretzel method, as taught to me by my Mom when I was about 8 years old, and that was over 60 years ago! It’s so nice to know these things! Thank you for explaining the different methods!

  2. Cheryl

    I just hold the tail between thumb and first finger of my left hand, wind the yarn around my finger, wind it a second time, crossing the first, take the hook and go under the first, over the second and pull it through. Same when I’m knitting. So there is a fourth way to do a slip knot. My older sister taught me years ago. There are probably more ways than four too. 🙂

  3. Brenda DesJardin
    Brenda DesJardin

    I do a variation on the pretzel. Hold yarn between thumb and first finger with a loop above, end strand and other end of loop being what is held. Pull top of loop down creating two smaller circles. Pull one circle through the other. tighten.

  4. Linda Hammer
    Linda Hammer

    I watched the free beginners video a few days ago for flower washcloths and basket and printed the instructions and wanted to replay the video as I purchased the supplies. I can not locate the video now by: Brenda K. B. Anderson. (Mini Meadow Washcloth Set)
    Please advise. Thank you.