Making a slip knot

IF YOUR RIGHT-HANDED…

Step 1 Crocheting is just a series of loops worked into other loops. To start crocheting, you need to make an initial loop. The first loop you make on the hook is called a slip knot. You’ll probably have made one of these before, but perhaps not like this. Hold the tail end of the yarn in your left hand and drape the yarn clockwise over the top of it, to form a loop in a circle, as shown above.

Step 2 Holding the loop between your left thumb and your index finger, insert the crochet hook through the centre of the loop from front to back.
Step 3 Use the groove at the end of the hook to catch the ball end of the yarn, and then keeping the yarn on the hook, pull it back through the centre of the loop, bringing the yarn with it.

Step 4 Pull both ends of the yarn until the knot below the hook comes up close to the hook. Then pull on the ball end of the yarn only – this will tighten the loop on the hook. Don’t pull the loop too tight though or you won’t be able to get the hook through the loop to make any stitches. You’re aiming for the knot to be close to the hook, but not touching it.

IF YOU”RE LEFT-HANDED…

Step 1 Crocheting is just a series of loops worked into other loops. To start crocheting, you need to make an initial loop. The first loop you make on the hook is called a slip knot. You’ll probably have made one of these before, but perhaps not like this. Hold the tail end of the yarn in your right hand and drape the yarn clockwise over the top of it, to form a loop in a circle, as shown above.

Step 2 Holding the loop between your right thumb and your index finger, insert the crochet hook through the centre of the loop from front to back.
Step 3 Use the groove at the end of the hook to catch the ball end of the yarn, and then keeping the yarn on the hook, pull it back through the centre of the loop, bringing the yarn with it.

Step 4 Pull both ends of the yarn until the knot below the hook comes up close to the hook. Then pull on the ball end of the yarn only – this will tighten the loop on the hook. Don’t pull the loop too tight though or you won’t be able to get the hook through the loop to make any stitches. You’re aiming for the knot to be close to the hook, but not touching it.