- Knitting yard
- Start by unraveling some yarn. Grip both the working yarn and the tail on your left hand, then allow it drape over the left index finger. The dormant hand should hold the other strand and the bottom together
- Next, while still having the loop on the left index finger, start twisting the two strands. Make sure you cross the yarn.
- Thirdly, use your left hand to reach the loop. Ensure the yarn is a little bit tight to get rid of slipping.
- With that done, now pinch the yarn on the upper side of the right index finger, then pull it far from your right hand. Doing this will develop the beginning of the knot.
- Then finalize your project by pulling the slip knot. But at this time, don’t cinch yet. Move the slip knot to the knitting needle, then make the slip knot cinched lightly on the needle. It should easily slide.
That’s how to make a slip knot. Now be ready to cast on stitches.
How to Make a Slip Knot for Crochet
- A crotchet hook with an appropriate size for the yarn
- Yarn for practicing
Step 1: Hold The Hook and The Yarn
Using a four-inch yarn tail in front and a working strand, one that moves to the ball at the back, hold the yarn using your left hand between the index finger and the thumb. After that, allow the yarn to move over your index finger freely. Use your ring and middle fingers to support the strands of the yarn.
Then using either a knife grip or a pencil grip, grasp the hook using your right hand. At this time, your fingers should be relaxed to move freely, although they should hold tight to have precise control over the hook. First, make sure the hook is facing upwards, then slip the crochet hook between the yarn and your index finger.
Step 2: Create A Loop On the Hook
Don’t release the strands of the yarn on the left hand. Just lift the crochet hook on top of your left hand, then use your right index finger to hold the top of the draped yarn on the hook. After that, rotate the head of the hook to the right (clockwise) below your right hand, then back to the starting position. You will be turning the hook in a circle.
This action will twist all the strands forming a loose loop on the hook. But at this time, it’s not yet secured, but it will begin showing the signs of a crochet project.
Step 3: Yarn Over Hook
Adjust your left-hand fingers to get ready for crocheting. Start by pinching the tail end of the yarn between your thumb and middle finger.
After that, place inside your index finger between the yarn strands and up to the back to easily control the working yarn as it gets loose. The strand loops on top of your index finger and, after that, move it between the other fingers to form tension.
Use your left hand to wrap the yarn on the crochet from the backside then on top. Alternatively, you can manipulate the hook using your right hand. This activity is known as “yarn over” or “yarn round hook.”
All this may look a little awkward initially, but the more you practice, the more it feels natural. Before you become an expert, you’ll be doing it frequently without even thinking.
Step 4: Draw Through a Loop
Draw the yarn over the twisted loop using the head of your crochet hook. The yarn over moves through the loop, creating a loose slip knot around the hook. Now pull the yarn across the loop.
Step 5: Adjust the Loop
Finally, you have constructed the loose slip knot. Please make sure you leave it fixed on the crochet hook. Then gently pull on all ends of the yarn to make it tight. Remember not to make it tight as the crochet must slide inside the loop easily.
The initial slip knot is done, and its time to begin the crochet task. The next thing is forming the starting chain by creating chain stitches.
When making a slip knot for crochet, it doesn’t count as a stitch in the beginning. This is different from knitting, where the first slip knot forms a stich. When monitoring the rules of the first crochet pattern, and taking the number of stiches of the foundation chain, make sure you don’t count that slip knot too.
How to Make a Slip Knot Bracelet
- 5 inches knotting cord
- 5 inches’ jewelry cord
Step 1: Gather The Cord Then Start Looping
To begin the process, you’ll need two cord pieces. A base cord where the knot will be tied around and a piece of cord that you will use to tie the knot. For the knotting cord, you must have four inches of 2 mm or 1 mm thick cord. Too much cord makes tying the knot a little bit harder since it will be hard to secure when tying.
To start, lay the knot on the upper side of the base cord as you hold the cord around 2 inches from the end side, then make a loop. Grasp the loop in the right position using your thumb and index finger through pinching it on the base cord.
Step 2: Wrap Three Loops
Now wrap the cord loosely on the tail and base cord of the knotting cord three times and try keeping the loops straight and even without overlapping.
Step 3: Place The Cord End Via the Loops
As you keep the loops in place, start by inserting the cord end across all the loops. This is the hardest part in this process, but it gets easier when the cord you are using has some stiffness. Using a more flexible cord makes it hard to thread across the center. You must be patient.
Step 4: Now Pull the Cord End Across the First Loop
Immediately the cord end passes through the loose loops, now thread it on the first loop that you had created. This is what will help you hold the knot properly in a good position. Now pull the tail through.
Step 5: Adjust and Tighten the Knot
Carefully tighten as you adjust the knot through pulling on all both ends of the knotting cord. The final loop that you threaded the cord across will move inside the coils. Carefully adjust the coils to make them even then get a grip along the base cord.
Step 6: Keep On Tightening the Knot
At this time, you’ll know that the knot is properly tight when you can slide the base cord. Although it’s not that simple. There must be proper friction to hold the jewelry in a nice in a good place but not that much to make it hard to adjust when it’s time to remove the jewelry.
Doing a practice knot helps you feel once the tension is right. If the knot is pulled tightly, it can be hard to lessen it once more, therefore make the adjustments properly.
Ensure the coils aren’t overlapping and make them sit side by side neatly. The final step is trimming the end parts of the knot cord. Make sure you leave a small tail to prevent it from untying. Furthermore, you can also add glue to keep it in place using a toothpick.
Step 7: Use the Sliding Knots for an Adjustable Bracelet
Among the best ways of using the sliding knot is an adjustable clap with the two ends of the bracelet cord. Here, you’ll be making two adjustable knots. Begin with one end, then lay the knotting cord on the other side of the cord, then knot around the cord using the steps described above.
Step 8: Adjust The Size of the Bracelet
To expand the size of the bracelet, make sure you slide the knots nearer to each other. To reduce its size, slide the knots far from each other.
David Nilsen is the former editor of Fourth & Sycamore. He is a member of the National Book Critics Circle. You can find more of his writing on his website at davidnilsenwriter.com and follow him on Twitter as @NilsenDavid.