The slip stitch crochet should never be confused with the slip knot with which you start your crochet. It is abbreviated to sl st. in crochet patterns. It is the shortest of all stitches and is seldom used by itself to create crochet fabric, as it creates a very dense and tight fabric if used by itself. It does, however, create an almost knit appearance to your fabric, and many crocheters use it as a ‘rib’ on garments.
Slip Stitch Crochet
Slip stitches are often used when shaping a garment, to move the yarn across a group of stitches without adding to the height. They are also used to join circles when working in rounds, to add decorative elements to any basic crochet fabric, or to join different pieces of crochet fabric together.
Slip Stitch Crochet - Supplies
- Hook - Which matches your yarn thickness. The crochet hook size should be indicated on the label of your yarn.
- Yarn - There are many types of yarn suitable for crochet. Your slip stitch may be crocheted in a matching or contrast color.
If you are a beginner, read my article on how to crochet for beginners for an overview of choosing yarns and hooks as well as some basic stitches.
How to Do Slip Stitch Crochet
Slip Stitch Crochet to Move Yarn Across
To practice this technique, you will need to create some crochet fabric to start off with. Make a sample rectangle in double crochet.
Making a Practice Rectangle
- Start with 10 chain stitches, make 3 turning chains, then double crochet into each chain.
- Work two rows of double crochet. Turn your work.
- Now you are going to slip stitch across four stitches before continuing your row of double crochet. I have changed the color of my yarn here, so you can see what is happening.
- Instead of 3 chains to turn, make just 1 chain.
How to do Slip Stitch Crochet
- Insert your hook into the next double crochet stitch, under both loops.
- Yarn over.
- Draw your loop through both loops of the stitch and the loop on the hook, all at the same time. There will be one stitch remaining on the hook.
- You have made one slip stitch.
- Repeat in the same manner into the next 3 stitches. You can see how the slip stitches lie flat on your work, and don’t add any height at all.
How to Shape a Crochet Item
It is possible to switch back to double crochet. You will see the shape that you have created is ideal for shaping when crocheting garments, such as indenting an armhole on a sweater.
Now, to resume your double crochet you will have to make 3 chain stitches to get your yarn up to the correct height. This counts as one double crochet. Continue working a double crochet into the rest of the row.
Slip Stitch Crochet to Join Chain to a Circle
This is necessary for crocheting in the round or to create crochet motifs, such as granny squares.
- Chain 6. You will be joining this chain 6 with a slip stitch crochet to form a ring.
- Insert hook into the first chain. (Not the slip knot!)
- Yarn over and draw through that chain as well as the loop on the hook. It is kind of an ‘all at once’ movement and stitch.
- Your circle will be created and joined up.
Slip Stitch Crochet to Join The End of a Round
To practice this, you need to create a circle of double crochet.
- Begin with Chain 6.
- Join the chained 6 stitches with a slip stitch (as explained above) to form a ring.
- Now chain 3 (as your first double crochet stitch.)
- Work 11 double crochet into your ring.
- After your 11th double crochet, insert the hook into the third chain of your starting chain for this row.
- Yarn over, draw through that chain and the loop on your hook at the same time.
You have joined the round of double crochet. Continue in this manner, joining each round of stitches with a slip stitch.
Slip Stitch Crochet as a Decorative Stitch
You can work slip stitch across a row of crochet to form a stripe in a contrasting color. You will simply form your slip stitches in the same way as when using slip stitch to move your yarn across stitches, but you will complete your item first, and then slip stitch across the top of the relevant rows in a contrasting color.
Slip stitch can form a decorative edging around your crochet fabric. It will give a smoother appearance to the edges of the fabric. You can choose to do it in the same color as the base fabric, or in a contrasting color as a decorative edging.
To make decorative shapes or monograms on your work, mark the shape or initials on the fabric with a removable marker. Slip stitch along the top of your fabric along those lines, in a contrasting color.
Slip Stitch Crochet Used for Joining
This useful little stitch can also be used as a seam to join items together- either pieces of a garment or to join motifs for a granny square type of blanket. It is great for those of you who dislike the ‘sewing together' part of crochet work. It also results in a very neat, evenly spaced seam.
To do this, insert the hook through both edges of your work, yarn over, and pull through all the loops in one movement.
How to Slip Stitch Crochet - In Conclusion
You can see that slip stitch is a very easy stitch to master, and is handy to know as it has so many uses. Whatever you are using the slip stitch for, it is always worked in exactly the same way.