Yarn Over Slip Stitch Tutorial

IT is always fun to learn new stitches and this stitch is a favorite of mine. The yarn over slip stitch (yoslst) also know as the Half Double Slip stitch is a really great way to get the look of a knit without actually knitting.

By working this stitch in the back loops you get a texture that resembles alternating knit and purl stitches when knitting. I just love being able to get the look of knit without having to learn a new craft.

The yarn over slip stitch is an easy crochet stitch that makes a beautiful knit like ribbed texture. This stitch is great for hats, scarves and even sweater. I have a video free right and left handed video tutorial to show you how to crochet this stitch. #howtocrochet #crochet #crochetstitch

This stitch is one of the stitches included in the March Texture Madness Crochet A Long. You will be able to find 3 different size sample patterns below. These can be used in my Crochet Sensory Baby Book Pattern and two other patterns included in the Crochet A Long.

I have also used this stitch to create a ribbed look on the sleeves of the Sweet Heart Sweater, the Tons of Texture Slouch Hat, and the Granite Rib Throw.

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Yarn Over Slip Stitch Sample Swatch Materials

Size 4 Weight Yarn 23-160 yds depending on sample size

Size H Crochet Hook

Yarn Needle


Stitches and Abbreviations

Ch – Chain

Sc – Single Crochet

YOST – Yarn Over Slip Stitch

YO – Yarn Over

BLO – Back Loops Only

R – Row

St(s) – Stitch(es)


For a sample swatch the gauge is not important, but if you are using your swatches for the March Texture Madness Crochet A Long you will want to check your gauge.

Gauge is determined by using the Single Rib Stitch.

8 Sts = 2 inches

9 rows = 2 inches

How to do a Yarn Over Slip Stitch

YOST – Yarn over the hook, insert the hook into the next stitch, Yarn Over and pull the loop through the stitch. (You will have three loops on your hook) Pull the first loop through the second and third loop on the hook. Your stitch is complet

I almost always work my YOST in the Back Loop Only so it creates a knit like rib texture.

Learn to crochet a beautiful ribbing texture using the crochet yarn over slip stitch ribbing. #crochetstitch #crochettutorial


Starting Chain

When working the Yarn Over Slip Stitch can start with any number of chains. Please note that I do not count my turning chain as a stitch.

For the Large (Blanket) 12 inch Swatch we will chain 52.

For the Medium (Book) 8 inch Swatch we will chain 30.

For the Small (Block) 4 inch swatch we will chain 20.

Yarn Over Slip Stitch Video Tutorial

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Right Handed Video Tutorial

Left Handed Video Tutorial

Yarn Over Slip Stitch Swatch Pattern


Note: I do not count my turning chain as a stitch.

Ch 20, 30, or 52 depending on the size sample swatch you would like to make.


R1: YOST in the second Ch from the hook and ever Ch across.

R2-?: Ch1, turn, YOST in the BLO in every stitch across.

You will continue repeating Row 2 until your project is as big as you would like it to be.

To make a 12 inch square work until you have a total of 54 rows.

To make a 8 inch square work until you have a total of 36 rows.

To make a 4 inch square work until you have a total of 18 rows. 

Single Crochet Border 

Ch1, working down the side of the rows, Sc into the side of each row, Ch1, turn at the corner, Sc in the bottom of each St across, Ch1, turn at the corner,  working down the side of the rows, Sc into the side of each row, Ch1 , turn at the corner, Sc in the top of each St. Ch1 slip stitch to the first Sc of the border row.

Now your sample square is complete and ready to be used in one of the three March Texture Madness Projects.

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