Beginner Crochet: Make a Slip Knot and Chain Stitch
In order to learn crochet, the very first thing you have to master is the chain stitch, also known as the foundation stitch. It is the basis for all crochet projects, and essentially involves the same movements that you’ll need for all other crochet stitches.
In order to create a chain stitch, the first thing you have to create is a slip knot. A slip knot is a knot that is removable, and allows you to decrease or enlarge its width. While some people create a simple knot when crocheting, a slip knot gives added versatility to your projects. I am left-handed, so the following instructions are great for left-handed beginners, although right-handed people can easily follow along as well.
To create a skip knot, first grab a piece of your yarn and bring it over your index finger. The end of your yarn should be in the front of your finger (the side away from you), and the yarn connected to the skein (or larger portion of yarn) should be in the back of your finger (the side facing you.
With your other hand, take your yarn end (the side away from you) and bring it around your finger and over the yarn on top of your finger. Do not go through as you would a normal knot. Just let it stay there.
Take the same end and form an upside-down “U.” Hold it with your thumb.
Next, pull the loop off of your finger, without unraveling its shape. Hold it with your thumb and index finger.
Take the end of your yarn and pull it through the loop that you just took off your finger.
Grab your crochet needle and insert it over the bottom portion of your entire shape,then under the portion of the yarn still connected to your skein.
Grab both yarn ends and pull to tighten.
I hope that didn’t sound confusing. It’s really simple (a lot easier to show than explain), and I’m sure you’ll get it with practice.
With your slip knot all done, you’re now ready to begin your chain stitch.
Holding your crochet needle and yarn end in one hand (for me, it’s the left), grab the yarn connected to the skein with the other hand and bring it over your needle (this is called “yarn over” or “YO” in most crochet pattern books).
Holding the knot and yarn firm, catch the yarn you just brought over with your hook and bring it through your loop, slightly twisting the hook as you bring it through (this will make the entry smoother).
Bring the yarn over and pull it through again, just like you did in the last two steps. Repeat and repeat as necessary until you get the length you want!