Slip Stitch

Slip Stitch In Patterns: 

slip stitch

Slip Stitch is abbreviated “sl st” within patterns and is commonly used when decreasing, joining a round when working in the round, or just to get to the next stitch that you need to get to without adding any height.

Here are a list of common abbreviations that you will see in patterns

Steps for Completing the Slip Stitch- 

  • One loop on hook

  • Insert hook into next stitch

  • Yarn over and pull up a loop

  • Two loops on hook

  • Pull loop you just pulled up through the loop that is on your hook

  • One loop on hook



Working into the foundation chain:

When starting out a chain to crochet, you will need one extra stitch in your foundation chain than you plan to have in the row for the slip stitch. So if you plan for your first stitch to be a slip stitch and you want 10 stitches in your row, you are going to chain 11. You will work your first slip stitch into the second chain from your hook, skipping the first chain and counting that as your turning chain.

Working in to an established row:

Once you have completed a row, you will need to turn your work so that you can work into the tops of the stitches you just completed. If you want your first stitch to be a slip stitch in the next row, you will need to chain one, counting the chain as your turning chain. You need the chain so that you can complete the slip stitch. Without the chain one, your slip stitch will unravel into nothing. You will work your first stitch into either the first stitch or the second stitch in the row, depending on the pattern.

Turning Chains – Basic and Alternative <– video and tutorial

 If you’re finished with the Slip Stitch, visit the

Single Crochet Stitch page next!


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