Often times you are required to make a slip stitch or otherwise known as a slip knot before starting your cast on method and you as a beginner knitter might not what this means. The purpose of the slip stitch/slip knot is to stop your cast on stitches unraveling. And it’s easy.

Slip stitch/slip knot is usually counted as your 1st stitch of the cast-on process. For example, if instructions say you need to cast on 5 stitches, then you make a slip stitch as a first stitch and cast on 4 more stitches. I hope it makes sense.

Here’s a tutorial for you, but if you prefer the video – scroll down a bit 🙂


Step 1:

Take your yarn and make a loop.


Step 2:

Bring your right yarn behind the loop…


Step 3:

…and pull it through the loop.


Step 4:

Pull the loop closed by gently pulling the yarn tails with your left hand.


Step 5:

Insert the needle and tighten up by pulling the yarn tails again.


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