SlipKnot and Incorrect Foundation Chain Count - Crochet Tip #59

When I learned to crochet, I was taught that a slip knot was added to the crochet hook as a crochet technique alone. After that, you made a specific number of chains. I have never counted the slip knot as a stitch. Some people have been taught to count the slip knot. This will be another reason why the foundation chain count may be off when working a project. It will depend on how the crocheter was taught and how the pattern author was taught. This is something to keep in mind as a crocheter and deciphering the many patterns you come across. Each author is going to have a different interpretation in how they guide you to make a project.

This video shows how to attach a slip knot to the crochet hook.


  1. Teresa -

    Thank you so much for this video. The way you make your slip knot is so much easier than the way I do it. Thank you and I also was taught not to count the slip knot as a stitch. I really appreciate your site and all the wonderful information you have provided.
    I have just started crocheting again after many years of absence. Your blog and videos have been a wonderful refresher.

    Elaine Allen

  2. Thanks a lot for your all tips, they are really helpful to me.
    I feel so happy to find out your blog and your great videos, they make me love crochet more and more...


  3. Teresa-

    I follow Red-Heart Super-Saver through Facebook and I noticed that they made a post about this years Winter Olympics.

    I thought I would let you know so that you could make a formal post, if you'd like, to everyone who would like to make something this year if they didn't get the chance last year.

  4. Great video! I have never counted the slip stitch as a stitch either but it's good to know that some crocheters might in their pattern. I like the way you do your slip stitch knot and that's how I do mine now too. You're a great teacher.

    Teacup Lane (Sandy)

  5. So what are you suppose to do with the "tails" of the yarn? I'm a beginner and really appreciate your blog. Thanks for taking the time to do it for us.

  6. Brigit, you will sew the tails in to your work when you are finished. I do have a video showing how to sew in the tails.


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