A slip knot is an adjustable loop and forms the first stitch on your needle. It’s used to begin most cast-on methods.
- Start at least 6in from the end of the yarn, wrap the yarn in a loop, and then place the working yarn (the yarn coming from the ball) beneath the loop.
- Using the tip of your knitting needle, scoop up the strand of yarn coming from the ball, and pull it through the center of the loop.
- Tighten the slip knot by tugging on both ends of the yarn at the same time. Avoid pulling it too tight – it should only gently hug the needle and yet slide easily.
I love this video by Allison from Knit Picks. At the start of the video, she demonstrates how to create a slip knot in the way I have just described above. She goes on to talk about the long-tail cast on method, which we cover in a future lesson.
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Here’s another method for creating a slip-knot, by Kristen from Studio Knit: