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Crochet Basics: Slip Knot and Foundation Chain

Crochet Basics: Slip Knot and Foundation Chain

Thank you so much for sharing!

In today’s crochet basics video we will be learning all about the slip knot and the foundation chain.  As a beginner, this is where lots of problems start – so I’m really glad I can go over this in depth with you. Many times, beginners will stitch the foundation chain too tight and then their crochet project tends to curve or form a rainbow. That happens in the foundation chain.  If you are looking for some other crochet basics tips, tricks and videos, CLICK HERE!

Crochet Basics: Slip Knot and Foundation Chain

In this video, I also share where to place your hook – this is something often missed (including me!) when people learn to crochet and can be very helpful later on.

In the video we go over the slip knot, which most people already know how to do.  The thing to keep in mind with this one is to make sure you pull on the free end to tighten.

slip knot

The trick for the foundation chain is not to crochet too tight or too lose. This is tricky for beginners and a very common problem, so if you have this trouble too – you are not alone!

crochet foundation chain

The last thing we go over in this video is where exactly you place your hook into that foundation chain. It seems so simple, but this is actually a very commonly asked question.  Here’s a photo of how that foundation chain should look when you begin your stitching.

I hope you enjoy learning these little tips to help you learn to crochet!  Click the “Crochet Basics” tab at the top of the web site to check out all the other videos in this series.  Next up in the series will be learning different stitches.  Let me know if this was helpful for you!


Monday 19th of March 2018

Thanks Melanie. Great tip. I will certainly utilize this information on future projects.

Vicki Hodson

Monday 12th of March 2018

Needing a pattern on how to make LG crochet basket hamper


Wednesday 7th of March 2018

I need help can you show me how to crochet a forget me not flower I. A square so I can make an afgan

LAuren Mullins

Tuesday 6th of March 2018

Hi there. I'm new to your page and new to crocheting. I watched a video on YouTube that was an easy beginner scarf and it was a terrific first project. I'm just wondering what stitch it is called? I though it was a fpdc but after watching other videos I realize it isn't. We are going through the post and over the top. Please help. 😊

Heather Kovach

Tuesday 6th of March 2018

I just finished a scallop blanket from one of your tutorials and need to put an edge on it. I wanted your idea on the best one for this style.


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