By Janice Jones |Last Updated 06-01-2023
The crochet slip stitch is rarely covered as an actual crochet stitch because it's main purpose is to move from one place on a piece of fabric, to join a ring, or as an edge when finishing off a project.
You could work the stitch in rows, but the stitch is so short that the fabric you create would be so dense. But if dense is what you need such as making handles for a bag or tote, they the slip stitch is very practical.
The only other reasons for using a slip stitch is to join a new ball of yarn or join rounds if you are doing circular crochet. In fact, circular crochet is likely the place where you would see this stitch used the most.
The Crochet slip stitch is called the same in both the US and UK, but in the US, it is abbreviated “sl st," and in the UK, it is often abbreviated “ss.”
The symbol for the slip stitch is “•” which can be seen in crochet charts.
Make a foundation chain to the length required and add one chain. Insert the hook into the second chain from the hook.
Turn the hook so it is facing you, wrap the yarn around the hook and draw through both stitches.
To continue, insert the hook into the next chain stitch, wrap the yarn around the hook and draw through both stitches. Continue in this manner for the rest of the row.
Here are ways to use the crochet slip stitch:
This is one method you can use when working in the round such as granny squares.
This is another way of joining rounds
A slip stitch seam can be used to join two separate pieces of crochet fabric. I use this method sometimes when I stitch granny squares together.
There may be a couple of reasons why you might want to use the slip stitch as an edging around a piece of fabric.
First, if you are looking for a very simple edge, say in a different color, the slip stitch won't add much to the length or width, but it can add a bit of contrast.
To add a slip stitch edging, simply go around the finished fabric working into the stitches you've already finished. Don't pull to tight or the fabric won't lay flat.
If you are working a lacy fabric and the edge is too flimsy, you might decide to stabilize it with a row of slip stitches in the same color and fiber as the finished piece. Don't pull each stitch too tight. You'll find that a slip stitch edge is nearly invisible by doing it this way.
You can add a decorative touch that looks like an embroidery chain to a finished crochet fabric by working a slip stitch on the front of the fabric.
To work the Decorative Slip Stitch:
While the crochet slip stitch is normally not used to create fabric, it is, nevertheless, a very useful stitch for the beginner to learn.