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How to Tie a Slip Knot for Knitting

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Published on Jul 29, 2010

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So you're staring at your un-knitted ball of yarn wondering, "What have I gotten myself into?" Fear not, a simple slip knot is the first step in any knitting project, so after this lesson you'll be an expert in getting started.

Step 1: Pull out yarn
Pull out about 12" of yarn from the ball. This is the "tail end" of your yarn.

Step 2: Form loop
Form a loop by crossing the yarn about 4" to 6" from the tail end of the yarn—it will make an "X."

Tip
Make sure the loose end of the yarn is at the bottom of the "X."

Step 3: Pinch "X"
Pinch the "X" between the thumb and forefinger of your left hand.

Step 4: Form smaller loop
With your right hand, form a smaller loop, with the strand of yarn still attached to the ball, about 2" to the right of the first loop.

Step 5: Insert loop
Feed the smaller second loop up through the bottom of the first loop, and insert your right forefinger through the second loop.

Step 6: Pull down ends
Grab both ends of the yarn with your left hand and pull down, but don't completely tighten the knot.

Step 7: Knot yarn
Slip the needle through the loop, remove your finger, and pull the yarn attached to the ball into a gentle knot against the needle.

Tip
Pulling the knot too tight will make it difficult to knit your first row.

Step 8: Now cast on
You did it—now get ready to cast on.

Did You Know?
Knitting is a favorite pastime of actresses Julia Roberts, Cameron Diaz, and Sarah Jessica Parker.

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