Slip stitching is a common way to finish off a piece of crochet. But often, the slip stitch comes loose and starts looking a little sloppy.
This commonly happens when you let go of the feed yarn or when you cut it. There’s no longer tension on it so the stitch settles like this:
Luckily, there’s a neater way to slip stitch!
1. Work the pattern until just before you perform the slip stitch. There should be one loop left on the hook, as seen in the photo below. You want to remove your hook from your work entirely, leaving that loop empty.
2. From the wrong side (or back) of your work, insert your hook towards the right side (or front) of your work through the stitch that the slip stitch is supposed to go into.
3. Then put the empty loop from step 1 back on your hook.
4. Pull that loop through to the reverse side.
Here’s a comparison of this method versus the regular slip stitch. The neater slip stitch is on the left, barely visible. Compare it to the looser, regular slip stitch on the right. Looks much better, doesn’t it?
This is a great way to keep your crocheted rounds looking neat, and you can use this in all sorts of projects including coasters, rugs, blankets, or mandalas!