The utility stitch: Slip stitch



The slip stitch (abbreviated slst) is the flattest (or smallest) of all the crochet stitches, and only the chain stitch is easier to make. Although you can use it to crochet a fabric, the slip stitch is really more of an utility stitch. Here are a few of its uses:

  • Making a seam: Slip stitching is good for joining pieces of crocheted fabric. Because the slip stitch is relatively flat, it doesn’t create a bulky seam.
  • Shaping your work: If you have to travel from one point to another to shape a crochet item, such as for armholes in a garment, and you don’t want to fasten off your yarn and rejoin it, the slip stitch is ideal because it’s so flat it’s almost invisible.
  • Joining a new ball of yarn: When you have to join your yarn in a new place, whether for shaping purposes or to change colors you use the slip stitch to attach it.
  • Creating a ring: If you’re working in rounds (like for a doily), the slip stitch joins one end of the chain to the other to create a ring.
  • Finishing the edges of your work: Used as a final row or round on a design, the slip stitch creates a nice, neat border.
  • Embellishing crocheted fabric: You can slip stitch across the surface the piece of crocheted fabric to create the look of embroidery.
  • Forming combination stitches: You can combine the slip stitch with other stitches to form fancy-schmancy stitches. For example, you can combine the chain stitch with the slip stitch to form a picot stitch.
How a slip stitch looks like


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