By now, you have read the previous articles about What you need to start – Basic Crochet Supplies and about How to hold a hook & yarn. In this article, I will try to explain the very beginning of a crochet technique – THE SLIP KNOT & MAGIC RING.
Majority of the projects starts with Slip Knot, some of the round projects (amigurumi, some hats etc. may start with Magic Ring).
Slip knot is releasable knot, which can be undone by pull the loose end of the yarn (the hook is not engaged). It is the very beginning of a majority crochet projects.
There are few variants for tying a slip knot, which you may find on internet, however I will share 3 techniques of making a slip knot with you today:
1. The “table loop technique”
Using the loose end of the yarn and the table, lay down on the table the yarn making 2 loops. For visualisation use the video link : Table Slip Knot Technique. Once you have two loops laid on the table, cross them over. Thread through 1 loop into the other, leaving a small 3rd loop for the hook. Insert the head of the hook and tie the yarn around it. There you go, you have made a slip knot!
2. The “fingers loop technique”
This technique is principally similar to the “Table Loop Technique”. Using only your fingers to create 2 loops, which you cross over in your hand and pull one trough the other creating the knot for hook. Insert the hook and voila, you have a slip knot. For visualisation use the video link: How to do Slip Knot Crochet – Finger Loop Technique
3. The “fingers tie technique”
Using your left hand (for right handed), thread the loose end of the yarn around your middle finger and thumb. For visualisation use the video link: How to do a Slip Knot Finger Tie Technique – Crochet Start Once you have it done, insert a head of the crochet hook under the left string on the thumb and hook the right hand side string on the middle finger. Pull the hooked yarn through the thumb loop. Once through, release all fingers tying the knot on the hook. You have made a slip knot ! I use this technique the most, but must say it takes a little bit of practise to get use to it and make it fast.
Magic Ring is a starting loop knot, which can be also undone by pulling the loose end of the yarn (the hook is not engaged). It is a usual beginning of a majority amigurumis, circular & spherical crochet projects, where you do not want to have opening of the circle visible (e.g. top of the hat, head of a doll etc) – that is why it is a literally MAGIC – the opening is invisible.
There are few variants for tying a magic ring, I will teach you the one, which I find the easiest:
1. The “hand technique”
The hand technique, as it is obvious from the title uses your hands to create the magic ring. You lead the loose end of the yarn around your palm with straight fingers of your left hand making a cross on top of the hand. For visualisation use the video link:
How to do Magic Ring with 2 single crochet stitches
Insert the hook from the fingers direction, under the first yarn string pulling the other through. Once through, hold with your right hand the base of the loop, which is on the hook. With your left hand take some more yarn winding it onto your index finger to obtain a tension of the yarn string between right and left hand. Then swap the loop base holding from right hand to the left hand, leaving only the hook handle in the right hand. With the hook head, grab the tensed yarn thread and pull through the loop of yarn currently on the hook. This is to secure the ring.
Tie the knot that it will not get loose. Now you have a Magic Ring available. Usually your pattern tells you how many and what sort of stitches are required to be made INSIDE the ring. On the video link: How to do Magic Ring with 2 single crochet stitches
I made 2 single crochet stitches just for demonstration and tied the ring. Tying the Magic Ring is done by pulling the loose end of the yarn until no hole is visible, or just as you need it (e.g. if you making a circle with slip stitch, you may want to tie it completely a bit later as it is just easier done with looser ring). Usually you connect the stitches made into the ring with slip stitch creating a circle and then you completely tie the magic ring:
There you go!
Now just practise…….. practise, ……. and again practise….
as more stitches and patterns are coming and you will need these techniques to know by heart 🙂 and master them as they are absolute basic minimum to start with crochet!