When you get down to the very basics, knitting is simply a series of loops, all pulled through one another to create a fabric. So the first loop, the slipknot, is very important to get right and gives you a good foundation. A good knit relies on a good knot!
Don’t worry, learning how to make a slipknot is not hard. Take your time and practise creating a few – it may seem monotonous but it will pay off in the end.
We also have a method for making this knot using a crochet hook in our how to make a slipknot for crochet guide, so you could give that a try too and see which one you prefer.
How to make a slipknot: step-by-step guide
When you create slipknots for casting on, make sure you leave a fairly long tail of yarn at the end, at least 10cm in length. This way, you can be sure it won’t unravel and it will be easier to weave into your knitting at the end.
Remember, while you’ll need to pull it firmly, don’t make your slipknot too tight once it’s on the needle. It needs to be able to move along the needle, and if it’s a bit looser then it will be easier to knit on the next row. So what are you waiting for? Let’s make a slipknot!
Well done – you’re now ready to cast on! Take a look at our complete guide to knitting for beginners for everything you need to get started.
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