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Invisible Slip Stitch

Updated May 20, 2024

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I’ve recently shared a few tips on my blog which will help you to take your crochet skills to the next level! Today I’m delighted to bring you the invisible slip stitch. This technique is perfect for keeping your work nice and neat when working in a line and avoiding that unsightly diagonal line.

Take a look at the other techniques to take your skills to the next level:




The only things you’ll really need for this project is your selected yarn and your hook which you are using for your project.

The yarn that I have used in this sample is Paintbox Simply Chunky in Slate Grey


I have demonstrated this technique using UK Double Crochet/US Single Crochet

  1. Work your round

    Work you double crochet round up to the last stitch of the round.

  2. Remove hook

    Pull up some slack on your working loop and remove your crochet hook

  3. Insert hook

    Insert your hook into the first stitch of the round from the wrong side to the right side.

  4. Loop yarn

    Loop your working yarn back around the hook and pull on your tension to reduce the size of the loop

  5. Pull through

    Pull the loop through the stitch and rotate your hook round to position. Your working yarn should now be under your hook from front to back.

  6. Double crochet

    Pull working loop up slightly so that it’s slightly higher than a standard double crochet. Work a double crochet into the base of the chain.

  7. Repeat

    Work around the round and repeat from step 1.


You can find the step-by-step video tutorials for the knotless foundation chain below in right and left handed versions. Don’t forget to share with your friends and subscribe!

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  • Anuradha
    July 20, 2020 at 1:03 pm

    Thank you for this great tip Sarah Jayne ! How do I adapt this technique to the US Double Crochet ?

    • BellaCocoTeam
      July 22, 2020 at 5:37 pm

      You’re welcome! The invisible slip stitch works best for projects that are worked in the round, which are normally done in US single crochet. However you can use the technique in the same way for US double crochet stitches; you would just need to pull your loop up slightly taller when making your first stitch after the join.

    July 22, 2020 at 11:59 pm

    Changing color and pulling through the loop in the back. Slip the stitch with the new color then chain on and continue to work around to the beginning and work the invisible slip stitch. Am I correct? Maybe you can add to this tutorial and show ‘how to ‘ with color change. I have a better understanding now that I have watched your tutorial. Keep them coming for us. Thank You.

    • BellaCocoTeam
      July 23, 2020 at 7:24 am

      Hi Wendy You’re very welcome and I already have a tutorial on how to change colour :- 🙂

  • Em
    September 21, 2020 at 1:21 am

    Thanks for another wonderful tutorial.

    I’m still a beginner at crochet, so I’m sorry if this sounds like a silly question: does this invisible slip stitch replace a typical “slip stitch + chain 1”? I’m working on a mug cozy pattern that ends each row with a “slip stitch + chain 1”, and I was wondering, does your invisible slip stitch would replace that entirely, without the need for the “chain 1”?

    • BellaCocoTeam
      September 30, 2020 at 6:33 pm

      You’re very welcome Yes, if you are using the invisible slip stitch, there is no need to chain 1, you can just begin your first stitch

      • Em
        October 5, 2020 at 10:50 pm

        Got it, it worked perfectly. Thank you!!

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