Before You Begin
  • Hook Type
  • Hook Size
  • Yarn
  • Holding the Hook
  • Tension
  • Turning Chains

    Hook Type

    Before you begin slip stitching, there are a few things to keep in mind. The first is what type of hook to use. It is best to use an inline hook with a pointy tapered tip.  This type of hook makes it easy to work with slip stitches. Using a hook with a bulbous head and/or a round tip, will make slip stitching anywhere from difficult to impossible.

    Hook Size

    Next, think about hook size. When slip stitching, you'll use a larger hook than you may be accustomed to. Give yourself time to get used to this. Using larger hooks is one of the main things that makes this type of crochet drape so well.

    You'll generally need two hook sizes when slip stitching - one for the starting chain and final row and a hook 4 to 6 sizes larger for the rest of the piece. The hook sizes you use will depend on your individual tension. For a drapey solid fabric, use the largest hook that keeps the fabric solid. For worsted weight yarn, start with hook sizes J and P. Then adjust your hook sizes from there.  

    Note: Not using a smaller hook for the starting chain and final row, produces sloppy looking ends with loose loops.


    Be careful about the yarn you use. Be sure to pick a soft yarn that isn't stiff. This will help you slip stitch project to hang (drape) even better. It is best to start off using a plain yarn instead of a fun fur, slub or other novelty yarn. The textures of novelty yarn will make it hard for you to see what loops you are working with.

    Holding the Hook

    Many find the best way to hold the hook for this type of crochet is by using the "knife hold." In other words, hold the hook in your closed fist like a knife as if you're eating. You may find it more than challenging to slip stitch holding your hook like a pencil. When entering stitches, use the index finger of your hook hand to help guide the yarn onto the hook.


    Use a light or slack tension when slip stitching. Many crocheters pull the yarn after forming each stitch. Doing that when working with slip stitches closes the stitches and makes it very hard to enter those stitches on the next row. Be careful not to yank the yarn after forming each stitch.

    Turning Chains

    While some may prefer to make a turning chain on each row when turning, it is not necessary. You can simply turn and begin your row by crocheting into the first stitch - the stitch next to the loop that is on the hook.



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