Stitching has always been a great past time.
It usually begins with a slip knot and is also known as a stopper knot, then the work startsThe use of the knot has advanced to a variety of areas: from knitting and crocheting to make a bracelet and even tightening a yo-yo.
Decide how you wish to adopt the slip knot in your work, and let the creativity flow:
1. Slip Knot for Knitting and Crocheting
It is important to know what a tail-end is before commencing your stitching endeavor. When you pick up yarn, there are two ends: One, entangled within the yarn, and another let loose. The loose end is the one you can pick up easily and is called a tail-end. Decide the amount of tail-end yarn you will require for the task and begin with that.
- Grab your favorite yarn and hold it in the form of a dome or arch.
- Leave an adequate amount of tail-end yarn on the right side of the arch to fulfill your needs.
- It is now time to make a loop. This can easily be done by twisting the arch in a clockwise direction. Ensure that the top of the loop is the tail-end yarn.
- You will have to pull through the loop. Therefore, widen it enough to ensure your index finger and thumb can go through. For those unaware, the index finger is the forefinger, that is, the one next to the thumb.
- Next, reach in with the thumb and forefinger and pull the part of the yarn which remains attached to the yarn-ball.
- Do not tighten the loop just yet. In case you wish to crochet, grab your crochet hook and put it within the loop. Thereupon, pull the yarn again and tighten it against the crochet hook. For those knitting, the crochet hook can be replaced by a knitting needle and thereupon tightened.
Your slip knot is ready. You can continue with your knitting and crocheting to produce the textile of your desire.
2. Slip Knot Beaded Bracelet
At a time dominated by standardized gifts, a great way to show you love and care is by giving a bracelet (perhaps a friendship bracelet).
Making a slip knot bracelet is very easy:
- Decide on the string and beads you wish to use; the color, the type, shapes, sizes, etc.
- Get approximately 14 inches of bracelet string. Hold one tail-end of the string and pinch it with the mid-part of the whole string. This creates a loop.
- The same way as in knitting, pull through the loop the remainder of the string, and tighten it completely (since there is no crochet’s hook, in this case). This tightened slip knot at the end of the bracelet ensures the beads do not fall off.
- Next, pass the beads through the string until your heart’s desire. Remember, a lot of beads will result in a stiff bracelet, which seldom complements the hand’s structure. Instead, it stands rigid on the hand. Thus, it is best to put in the right number of beads (the number depends on the size of each bead), while allowing space and flexibility for the string.
- Make a similar knot as the first one made on the other end of the beads to make sure they do not escape the string.
- Stretch the two ends of the string, to eliminate any looseness or elasticity remaining in the string.
- Overlap the remainder of the string, with one end reaching the opposite knot, and the other end reaching the other opposite knot. The remainder of the string should essentially be able to pass over the thickest part of the hand i.e. the knuckles, thus on average, a 10-inch string suffices.
- Create knots like the first one made, at each of the two ends of the string, further assuring no beads fall off. Leave some string at the tail for further adjustments.
- Now, wrap the string around your hand, with the bead-side facing at the front, while the smaller knots are at the back.
- Make a simple knot behind your hand, and make another knot over it, but do not tighten completely – this allows the bracelet to easily be reopened.
Your bracelet is ready to be worn or gifted.
3. Slip Knot for a Yo-Yo
A great way to pass time while flexing muscles is the Yo-yo. Highly popular amongst children, the yo-yo acts as a toy, and a way to play with it is by tying its string around the finger. Although it comes with a knot, it seldom is a good fit for everyone’s finger. Thus, an adjustable slip knot is created around the finger in the following way:
- Consider the ready-made knot of the yo-yo. There will be one loop, and a long string connecting the loop to the yo-yo disks. Place your finger at least one inch away from the loop, keeping it pinched.
- Next, take the one-inch segment of the string and pass it between the loop – this will result in a sort of small lasso or noose.
- Since you may be unaware of the exact size of your middle finger, and the way to keep the string tightened, it is best to then wear the loose slip knot on your middle-finger.
- The slip knot should be fixed on your middle-finger in such a way, that it lies exactly below the nail, and above the mid-portion of the finger.
- After the loop is around your middle finger, pull down the connecting string between the slip knot and the yo-yo, and tighten it according to your size and wish. Rest assured, the loop will not come to lose this time.
Your adjusted slip knot is ready. You can now make your way to your friends and challenge them to a match of yo-yo skills.