The slip stitch (abbreviated sl st or ss) is the flattest (or smallest) of all the crochet stitches. Slip stitch is used to join ends into a circle or to invisibly move to a different position on your project. Also it can be the last stitch before you end your work to give it a smooth blended end.
Although you can use the slip stitch to crochet a piece of project, the slip stitch is more of a technical stitch and to work an entire project in slip stitches is very uncommon.
A little hint in regards the tension of the Slip Stitch
This stitch forms very tight loops so make sure that you always keep them a little bit looser than other stitches especially if you will be required to crochet some other stitches into them later. You can make the slip stitch tight if it is used as connecting, moving or joining stitch.
How to make Slip Stitch
- Starting with the slip knot (how to make a slip knot read my previous article here How to start crocheting – Slip Knot & Magic Ring
- Work a chain of chain stitches (how to make a chain stitch read my previous article here Chain stitch & Single Crochet Stitch
- Take the hook, from front to back, insert in the loop of the foundation chain.
- Yarn over (yo), from back to front, over the hook. Catch the yarn in the barb of the hook.
- Draw the hook backwards to pull the yarn through both loops on the hook. That means pulling the first loop (that was created from the yo pulling) into the second original loop on the hook (middle and end picture here below). It is all done in one motion.
A one new loop remains on the hook.
- Repeat steps 3. – 6. to slip stitch remaining stitches of the chain or until you reach desired position on your project work (that is why it is used for moving stitch as well).
The use of Slip Stitch
- to join circle work 1 slip stitch as per above instructions to the first chain stitch
- to move into a position (e.g. shaping and armhole on the jumper piece) work as many slip stitches as required to move you into the required position
- edging – work the last row of your project all in slip stitches till the end
- fastening off – the last stitch of your work is slip stitch to the next available stitch and then fast off. This is usually used in circular and spiral projects to blend the ending into the rest of the piece (e.g. amigurumis).