Crochet 101: Slip Stitch

Welcome back to Crochet 101, friends!  Time to learn our third type of stitch, the slip stitch.  If you were reading a pattern, you’d see this abbreviated as “ss.”   

First, put your hook down through the hole in your previous row of stitches.  You can slip stitch in a single crochet, a chain stitch, or just about any other kind of stitch.

Wrap your yarn around your hook and start to pull it back through the hole as if you were going to do a single crochet.

But, unlike a single crochet, you’re going to pull the yarn through not just the hole, but the loop that was already on your hook.

That’s it…a simple slip stitch!  Clear as mud?  Check out this video to see the live action {and ignore the fact that I sound like a total dork/caffeine addict…ugh.  I hate recording myself talking!  Maybe next time I’ll sing instead…lol.}:

Here’s a peek at how the different stitch types you’ve learned look.
If we were to write this little practice piece you see in the photo below out as a pattern, here’s how it would look:
Foundation: ch 10  
Row 1: sc in second ch from hook and in each ch {9 sc}, ch 1 and turn
Row 2: ss in each sc

Kind of make sense?

If you missed them, be sure to check out:
Slip Knots
Chain Stitches
Single Crochet

There are many more types of stitches to learn, and we will take a look at them in the upcoming weeks.  But for now, you’ve learned enough to make your first simple project.  It’s just a combination of the things you’ve already done, but it looks way cooler than a hot pad, and it will be very useful for most of you!  Come back on Monday to see what it is and get the free pattern!  In the meantime, if you want to be ready, here’s what you will need:

Mystery Project Supplies:
– yarn, any color you like
– crochet hook size I/6
– fun button of your choice, preferably 25-28 mm, that coordinates with your yarn
– scissors, needle, thread that matches your button
See you Monday, friends!
Hugs & Glitter,

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