Slip Stitch Tutorials - Part III

June 23, 2017

There are more ways to do slip stitch increases and decreases. I have found a few on the internet, but had to invent some of my own too, to cover my needs.

Slip Stitch Tutorials - part 3

I'm sharing my preferred methods for each of the basic slip stitch types with you. They are almost invisible on both sides of the work.

Did you read my initial slip stitch tutorials and the slip stitch article: The Forgotten Crochet Stitch? If not, remember to visit those pages as well.

Abbreviations

For clarification reasons. Btw, there are other ways to abbreviate slip stitches.
  • SS = Slip Stitch (or sl st)
  • iSS = Slip Stitch Increase
  • dSS = Slip Stich Decrease
  • BLO = Back Loop Only
  • FLO = Front Loop Only

Increases

Slip Stitch Increase

Between the two holes, where you usually insert your hook, there are two threads. Insert your hook in between those, when you increase. In the image here, I have separated them a little, to make them more visible.
Slip Stitch Increase

See how to do the slip stitch increase in the video.


Slip Stitch BLO Increase

Slip stitches in back loop only is also called Bosnian Crochet. This is the more common of the slip stitches. You can increase like this:
  1. hook into the back loop of the stitch (as usual). Yo (yarn over) and pull through all loops.
  2. hook into the FRONT loop of that same stitch. Yo and pull through all loops.
Slip Stitch BLO Increase

Slip Stitch FLO Increase

When doing front loop only slip stitches, you also increase by making two stitches in the same stitch. But in the opposite order:
  1. hook into the front loop of the stitch (as usual). Yo and pull through all loops.
  2. hook into the BACK loop of that same stitch. Yo and pull through all loops.

Slip Stitch FLO Increase

See how to do the BLO and FLO increases in the video.


Decreases

Slip Stitch Decrease

This is a little tricky. Take it slow the first times. You will hook into 2 stitches right after each other, but in the opposite direction of what you are used to. And don't do yarn over or likewise until told so.
  1. hook into the front loop of the second stitch from your hook
  2. hook into the stitch right before that (both loops) = the stitch that was next to your hook, before you started the decrease.
  3. Yo (yarn over) and pull through all loops.
Slip Stitch Decrease
Slip Stitch Decrease
 
See the video  for a slip stitch decrease here:
 

Slip Stitch BLO Decrease

This is easy. Hook into two stitches before you do yarn over:
  1. hook into the back loop of the stitch right next to your hook
  2. hook into the back loop of the next stitch too
  3. Yo and pull through all loops
Slip Stitch BLO Decrease
Slip Stitch BLO Decrease

Slip Stitch FLO Decrease

Similar as the BLO decrease, BUT hook into the second stitch from your hook first.
  1. hook into the front loop of the second stitch from your hook
  2. hook into the front loop of the stitch you just skipped
  3. Yo and pull through all loops
Slip Stitch FLO Decrease
Slip Stitch FLO Decrease

If you prefer a video, you'll find it here:


Want More?

This was the final slip stitch tutorial for now. There is a lot more to slip stitches though, like playing with colors for instance:
Or how about a couple of free patterns? The patterns might look challenging, but the projects are small and there are a lot of good tips in the patterns. If you are an experienced crocheter and take one step of the time, these are good patterns to try.

Links

Read more about slip stitches here.
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