Crochet Basics: Slip Stitch


Welcome to Crochet University!

Over the course of 12 blog posts we will introduce you to the basics you need to know for most any crochet project. From a slip knot to a treble crochet, you’ll learn all of the basic stitches and concepts.

For Crochet University you will need some basic supplies. To begin, we’re going to be using Macra-Made super bulky yarn and a large crochet hook. The advantage of using a bulky weight yarn to begin with is that the loops and stitches are much more easily visible as you’re learning.


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You will also need an easy-to-use crochet hook. We recommend Dreamz Crochet Hooks. Dreamz hooks are designed by people who know and understand the art of crochet. All hooks have grooves that stitch slippage, making life a bit easier for beginning crocheters. Dreamz hooks have a polished wood surface that insures effortless glide – they work with every type of material.

dreamz hook set

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Lesson 5: Slip Stitch


The Slip Stitch (sl st) is the considered the shortest of the crochet stitches available, even though it is a technique and not a real stitch. Slip stitches are used to join work together or move yarn across several stitches without adding any height to the work.

A sl st involves inserting the hk into the desired stitch, yo, draw the yarn through the stitch and the lp on hook to complete the technique. This is the method used to join work together, such as a chain to make a loop.

Move yarn across several stitches by completing a sl st across the row for the desired number of stitches. You will make multiple slip stitches next to each other. This technique is generally done at the end of a row.


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Although the slip stitch isn’t really considered to be a “stitch”, it can still be used in combination with other techniques to create some interesting designs. The book Learn to Short Row Slip Stitch will teach you how to make seven fashionable items: fingerless gloves, stocking cap, wrapped scarf, Flanders poppy, wedge cowl, four seasons top and a cozy vest. These projects are designed to be easy to crochet. Take a look and give it a try; you might just surprise yourself!


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Maggie is excited to bring you Crochet University: First Semester. Lessons for this semester are: Crochet Basics: Slip Knot, Crochet Basics: Hand Position, Crochet Basics: Chain, Crochet Basics: Foundation Chain, Crochet Basics: Slip Stitch, and Crochet Basics: Single Crochet.


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