Beginner Crochet: Lesson 6: Learn to Crochet the Slip Stitch

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Welcome Back! Thank you for following along with our Tutorial Thursday Series. In Lesson 6: Beginner Crochet you will learn how to crochet the Slip Stitch.

This week I will demonstrate how to crochet the slip stitch.

To review our previous lessons please visit:

Beginner Crochet: Lesson 1: Stitch Anatomy – The Starting Chain

Beginner Crochet: Lesson 2: Learn to Crochet – Single Crochet Stitch

Beginner Crochet: Lesson 3: Learn to Crochet – Half Double Crochet

Beginner Crochet: Lesson 4: Learn to Crochet – Double Crochet Stitch

Beginner Crochet: Lesson 5: Learn to Crochet – Triple Crochet Stitch

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How to Crochet the Slip Stitch

Beginner Crochet How To Crochet the Slip Stitch Lesson 6

Tip: Unless the pattern instructions you are following indicate otherwise, the slip stitch is worked under both loops of the stitch (i.e. the front and back loops).


For those of you who prefer photo tutorial instructions,

please see below:

Slip Stitch

Slip Stitch (sl st): Insert your hook into the specified stitch. Yarn over the hook and pull up a loop and pull the same loop through the loop on your hook.

Things to Remember:

  • It is important to remember not to pull to tighten after each slip stitch you crochet. Allow your tension to remain relaxed and the stitch to remain the size of the hook you are using.
  • The slip stitch is the shortest of all stitches and adds very little height when crocheted.
  • You can use the slip stitch to move across groups of stitches, rather than breaking your yarn and rejoining further along a row.
  • The slip stitch can also be used to join rounds together and for seaming pieces of fabric together. Please see this post: Slip Stitch Seams
  • The slip stitch can also be used as a joining technique, when you need to add new yarn in your project. Please see this post: Joining New Yarn With a Slip Stitch
  • The slip stitch can also be used to create a dense, stretchy fabric. Please see these posts: Slip Stitch Crochet Square or Rib Stitch Crochet Square.


Step 1: Insert your hook into the specified stitch (under both loops of the stitch unless otherwise indicated). Yarn over the hook.

Beginner Crochet How To Crochet the Slip Stitch Lesson 6 - Photo 1


Step 2: Pull up a loop and pull through the loop on your hook. Slip Stitch complete.

Beginner Crochet How To Crochet the Slip Stitch Lesson 6 - Photo 2

Helpful Tip:

US Crochet Term: Slip Stitch (Abbreviated: sl st)
UK Crochet Term: single crochet (sc)
German Crochet Term: Kettmasche (Kettm)
Dutch Crochet Term: Halve Vaste (hv)
Spanish Crochet Term: punto enano / punto deslizado / punto raso / punto falso (pe/pr)
Danish Crochet Term: kademaske (km)
French Crochet Term: maille coulee / petite maille (mc)
Italian Crochet Term: maglia bassissima
Polish Crochet Term: oczko scisle (o.s.z.)
Portuguese Crochet Term: ponto baixissimo (pbs / p.bxmo)
Finnish Crochet Term: Piilosilmukka
Russian Crochet Term: Slip Stitch Russian Translation

For a handy printable table with all the basic terms please see this post: Basic Crochet Terms Translated

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Crochet Hook pictured in the video: 5.5 mm (I) {Furls Hollywood}


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