Making a Slip Knot
The First Stitch to Begin Knitting 

While many of you may already know how to make a slip knot I want to make sure you all know by giving you a quick knitting lesson.  This is a very easy knitting lesson for you too.

It's also called a running knot and a slip loop, and the handy thing about it is that when you pull on one end the loop will tighten and when you pull on the other end it loosens it.  When you pull on both ends together the loop comes undone.

When you begin knitting, the slip knot becomes the very first stitch you will make. More importantly it's the stitch that fastens the yarn to your knitting needle so that you can cast on the rest of your knitting stitches. 

I have been asked whether you include this stitch in the stitch count after all the stitches are on your needle.  The answer is yes. It is the very first stitch. When you cast on all the stitches you need, you don't take the slip loop off the needle.

Not only is it used when you cast on your knitting stitches but it is very helpful when you need to add a new color of yarn in your knitting. It's a way to help anchor the first few stitches and keep them all consistent.

Here's How to Make a Slip Knot

slip knot

Take a length of yarn about 6 - 10 inches long and make a loop crossing the long end of the yarn (the ball end) over the shorter end to create the loop.

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With the working yarn (the ball end) stick the yarn behind the loop kind of cutting the loop in half like in the picture.

Then take your knitting needle and insert it underneath that piece of yarn and just pull it through the loop.

Now just pull the end so that the loop snugs up nicely on the needle. Not too tight.

And that's all there is too it.  Simple right? 

Now you are ready to learn how to cast on the rest of your knitting stitches. I'll give you three cast on methods so you can choose one that you like and then on my knitting instructions page you will find all the knitting lessons you need to learn how to knit.  

Go slowly and enjoy.


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