How to Tie a Slip Knot for Knitting

So you're staring at your un-knitted ball of yarn wondering, "What have I gotten myself into?" Fear not, a simple slip knot is the first step in any knitting project, so after this lesson you'll be an expert in getting started.

You will need

  • A knitting needle
  • A ball of yarn

Step 1 Pull out yarn Pull out about 12″ of yarn from the ball. This is the “tail end” of your yarn.

Step 2 Form loop Form a loop by crossing the yarn about 4″ to 6″ from the tail end of the yarn—it will make an “X.”

Step 3 Pinch "X" Pinch the “X” between the thumb and forefinger of your left hand.

Step 4 Form smaller loop With your right hand, form a smaller loop, with the strand of yarn still attached to the ball, about 2″ to the right of the first loop.

Step 5 Insert loop Feed the smaller second loop up through the bottom of the first loop, and insert your right forefinger through the second loop.

Step 6 Pull down ends Grab both ends of the yarn with your left hand and pull down, but don’t completely tighten the knot.

Step 7 Knot yarn Slip the needle through the loop, remove your finger, and pull the yarn attached to the ball into a gentle knot against the needle.

Step 8 Now cast on You did it—now get ready to cast on.