Hey, I'm Andrea Lemire, the education coordinator here at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio. I'm going to show you some really cool techniques for beginning crochet, and hopefully, you'll have as much fun as I have with it. Okay, lets get started.
What you have to start with when you're starting anything in crochet, is what's called a slip knot, and all it is is just an adjustable knot meaning it can get bigger and smaller. So I'm going to show you how to make that right now. My favorite way to make a slipknot, and there are many ways, so someone else may show you a different way, and as long as it can get bigger and smaller then its fine. You just don't want to tie a knot itself. But my favorite way to make it is to begin with almost like a pointer with your pointer and your middle finger out and your thumb upright at ninety degree angles. And your going to take the tail of your yarn, and just drape it over the fronts of your fingers like this. Then you're going to take the long piece of your yarn, the one that's still attached to your ball, and it's going to come back around and then over, back over your fingers kind of like to make an X there with your tail underneath. So then if I turn this around, on the backside of your fingers you should see kind of a loop here on the outer side with that long piece of yarn coming to the right. And so all we need to do is either take your finger or your crochet hook and that's just going to go right under that loop, hook that long piece of yarn, and just pull a little bit through. Now, here you want to be careful that you're not pulling the entire tail of your yarn through, because then it won't actually make the slip knot. So I'm just pulling a little bit through like this. Once I'm here I can take my fingers out, bring your ends together and pull apart to tighten. And now I can pull my ends apart to just tighten that up against my hook. And when you are tightening that slipknot on your hook, you want to be able to see enough room in that skip knot for almost two hooks to fit in there, you don't want it to be choking that hook. So if it is too tight, you can just tug on that knot part to open that loop up and that's about what you should see. So that's how you make a slip knot, and now you are ready to make your chain.