How to tie a slip knot in knitting

Published on April 25, 2019 2 min read

You’ve got your needles ready, you’ve worked out how to hold them correctly, and you’ve chosen your yarn – so, what’s next?

The first step to starting any knitting project is learning how to tie a slip knot. A slip knot is simply a knot that produces an adjustable loop, that you can add to your left-hand needle and use as a starting point to cast on your stitches.

If you’re a knitting newbie, this is the first essential skill to learn before you embark on your knitting journey. In this super easy tutorial, we’ll show you how to tie the perfect slip knot with a simple step-by-step guide to get you started.

How to tie a slip knot


With the ball of yarn on your right, unravel approximately 12 inches


Holding the end of the yarn in your left hand, make a loop by folding the right side over the left side


Use your left thumb and index finger to hold the loose loop, then pull the yarn through the loop to form a knot


Slip the knot onto the left needle and pull on the yarn on right side to make the knot smaller. And there you have it!

Pro Tip

Sometimes the slip knot can look too loose at the beginning of the row. To avoid this, don’t include it in the stitch count and unravel once you have finished the cast on row.

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