Follow this beginner crochet stitch tutorial to learn how to crochet the surface slip stitch. This is a great technique for personalizing crochet pieces.
Welcome to Stitches Be Crazy! This is a new series where I will share a new crochet stitch every month!
Are you ready to dive into the world of surface stitch crochet? This tutorial will take you through each step of the process. So grab your yarn and let’s get started!
Watch the full video tutorial here:
Materials I Used
- Hobby Lobby I Love This Yarn (Be sure your yarn color is a contrasting color from the project you are going to Surface Slip Stitch onto.)
- 5mm Crochet Hook
- Tapestry Needle
In today’s step-by-step tutorial, we are learning how to create the Surface Slip Stitch. It is kinda like drawing with yarn! It is really fun! It also looks like you are putting chain stitches on top of your crochet project.
The abbreviation for Slip Stitch inside of crochet patterns is usually SL ST or SS.
We used this stitch technique to create the whiskers on the Bitty Kitty Bag.
Ways to use the surface slip stitch
This stitch is great for personalizing your items. You can use this for things like
- Adding names to the top of your Christmas Stockings
- Adding decorative details like stripes to things like blankets or bags
- Personalizing blankets by adding a name
- Adding design elements to a sweatshirt
This simple stitch can be used on nearly anything to customize or personalize it like granny squares, garments, pillows, crochet blankets, and more!
Surface Slip Stitch Instructions
In this tutorial, I am starting with a single crochet square swatch. The Surface Slip Stitch works easiest when working with a project where your fabric is constructed of single crochet stitches, but you can use it for other projects too.
Outline the image or word you want to create on your project. Use a marker, pen, or stitch markers- whatever works best for you.
Make sure it’s not permanent though just in case you mess up.
I am creating a heart and using a marker to place dots of a heart outline on my project.
Insert your crochet hook into the space you want to start your design.
I am placing my hook at the bottom V of my heart outline.
Grab your contrasting yarn from the back of your work, and pull up a loop.
Keep hold of your yarn under your work. Leave a long tail so you don’t accidentally pull your yarn loose.
Aim your hook in the direction of the next space in your outline.
Insert your hook through your project, grabbing your working yarn from underneath.
Pull your yarn through your project, and through the loop on your hook. You just created your first stitch.
Repeat Step 3, following your outline.
I like to try to keep my Slip Stitches 1 stitch or 1 row apart.
Once you finished your design, and you’ve created your last Surface Slip Stitch- Cut your yarn.
Pull your tail up through the loop on your hook.
Use a tapestry needle to sew in any ends.
I hope you enjoyed the Crochet Surface Slip Stitch! If you post any pics, I’d love to see them. You can tag me @ACraftyConcept . If you are excited about this new series reach out to me on Instagram and send me a DM. I’d love to hear your thoughts!