This is the last of the basic stitches. Once you learn this stitch, you will be able to follow most crochet instructions! Go ahead, pat yourself on the back.
Slip stitch (sl st) is generally used to travel across a piece without adding any height. In wire crochet, it can be useful to help reinforce and strengthen an edge. I often use the slip stitch in teardrop designs. My method for doing multiple rows of slip stitch diverge a bit from traditional crochet construction but it works for me.
A little side note: although the structure of wire crochet is generally the same as crocheted yarn, a little flexibility and improvisation is useful. It is not always possible to execute a pattern in wire exactly as you execute it in yarn. As long as you are satisfied with the appearance and the piece doesn’t fall apart, the crochet police aren’t going to get you. Go ahead and bend the rules.
On to the lesson!
In the example, I am using a no.8 crochet hook and 30 gauge copper wire. I also use a pocket scribe, wire nippers, and needle nose pliers. The sample will be nine stitches wide and nine stitches tall.
Start with a base chain(ch) of ten stitches and insert the hook into the third stitch from the hook.
Yarn over (yo). Then draw the yo through the chain and the stitch on the hook.
That’s it. You just made a slip stitch. Now do it again. *Insert hook into next chain, yarn over, draw the yo through the base chain and the stitch on the hook.*
Repeat the instructions between the *s until you fill up your base chain (that should be eight slip stitches all together).
Chain 1 and then pull out the hook.
Then get your pocket scribe and open up the stitches. This is a bit different from opening in other stitches. If I am making another row on top of the row of slip stitches that I just finished, I only open up the top loop of the stitch.
Then put the hook back in and turn the work. You are ready to start the next row.
Just like with the other stitches, you don’t work in the base of the turning chain.
Now you repeat the slip stitch [Insert the hook. Yarn over. Draw the yarn over through the stitch and the loop on the hook.] eight times for a total of nine stitches including the turning chain. Once you have made your eight slip stitches, your row is done.
Chain 1, pull out the hook, and open the stitches with your pocket scribe.
You’ve now completed two rows. Keep on practicing until your slip stitches look nice and even. In the sample, I did a total of nine rows.
Finish It Up
Once you’ve finished all your rows. Clip the wire and tie in your ends just like for the other samples.
- ch = chain
- lp = loop
- sts = stitches
- st = stitch
- yo = yarn over
- sc = single crochet
- hdc = half-double crochet
- dc = double crochet
- tc = triple crochet
- sl st = slip stitch
This lesson, in abbreviated format, reads as follows:
start: ch 10
row 1: sl st in 3rd ch from hook, sl st 7 sts more. ch 1, turn.
row 2: sl st 8 sts. ch 1, turn.
rows 3-8: repeat row 2.
row 9: sl st 8 sts. Cut off and draw up lp.
Pictured above are all of the samples. You can see that the slip stitch sample is much smaller that even single crochet. That’s it. We’ve covered all of the basics. What do you want to learn next? Any questions?