The slip stitch is an essential technique for any crocheter to learn. The shortest of all crochet stitches, the slip stitch (sl st) is most commonly used when crocheting in the round to join stitches, as well as moving across your stitches without adding to your fabric. We'll talk you through how to slip stitch with our tutorial and introduce you to the different ways you can use it in your crochet projects. Grab your crochet hook and some yarn and let's get started!
What is a slip stitch in crochet?
The slip stitch is a simple stitch that will likely pop up in most crochet patterns and tutorials. It's the smallest and flattest of crochet stitches.
If you’re crocheting in the round, the slip stitch is the finishing stitch to complete that round. The slip stitch is also the master of joining two pieces of crochet together (very handy when it comes to making hats), and is the (not so) secret weapon to fastening off your yarn so your craft is always neat and tidy. This utility stitch is a foundational technique for any beginner crocheter that will serve you well as you take on new and exciting patterns.
How to slip stitch step-by-step
When you arrive at the stitch in your row you would like to slip stitch, insert your crochet hook into the next stitch.
Yarn over and pull the yarn through the stitch.
You should now have 2 loops on your crochet hook.
Now, pull your hook through the first loop on your crochet hook and you're done - you’ve just created your first slip stitch!
How to use slip stitch to join a round
Whether you're making a basket or beanie, slip stitch is a great way to join two ends together to secure your circle. These steps are exactly the same as a when you're stitching a row, except this time the slip stitch brings together two ends of a circle. You can use the slip stitch to join any style of crochet stitch.
How to use slip stitch to join in the round
Crochet all the way around in your circle until you reach the end of your round where the two ends meet.
Insert your hook into the beginning of the round. Yarn over.
Pull your yarn back through the loop. You should have two loops on your hook.
Pull the loop you've just created through the loop that is already on your hook to complete your join ready for the next steps of your pattern!