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New Stitch Wednesday: The Slip Stitch and Working in the Round

Happy Wednesday, crafters!

For this New Stitch Wednesday, I thought I would go into some detail on the slip stitch, which is used in almost every single one of my crochet patterns. For example, when a crochet hat pattern calls for you to join to the beginning of the round you just worked, it’s asking you to join with a slip stitch. It’s a very useful little bit of crochet information to know, and it’s very easy.

The Slip Stitch:

The slip stitch (sl st) can be used to do a few different things, though it’s mostly used to join rounds or seams together in projects. It’s the shortest of all crochet stitches and can also be used to fill a space in a pattern without adding much height. There are a few different times you would be working with a slip stitch: to join a chain, working in a row, and working in the round. I will demonstrate each of these methods.

Using the slip stitch to join a chain :

  1. Make your foundation chain as long as desired.
  2. Insert your hook into the far end of the chain (your first chain stitch), making sure your chain is not twisted.
  3. Yarn over from back to front.
  4. Pull this yarn over loop through your first chain stitch and through the loop on your hook in one motion. Congrats – the slip stitch has been made!

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Using the slip stitch while working in a row :

  1. Work your swatch as large as you like. At the end of your last row, ch 1 and turn.
  2. Insert your hook into the 2nd chain space from hook.
  3. Yarn over from back to front.
  4. Pull this yarn over loop through your first chain stitch and through the loop on your hook in one motion. Pretty easy, right?

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Using the slip stitch to join rounds (working in the round) :

  1. Make a magic circle and sc 6 inside the circle.
  2. Insert your hook into the first sc stitch from the step before. (This is where you are “joining” the beginning of the round to the end.)
  3. Yarn over from back to front.
  4. Pull this yarn over loop through your first chain stitch and through the loop on your hook in one motion. Voila! Your round has been joined!

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And there you have it! The slip stitch is so useful and so easy. Why not try your hand at this stitch with the Basic Beanie pattern? (Patterns like this have LOTS of rounds for you to practice your joining!)

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