This basic knot comes in handy outside knitting and crochet, too.
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Let the tail of the yarn hang in front of your palm, and loop the yarn loosely around the first two fingers of your left hand.

Illustration B

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Pull the yarn attached to the ball underneath the yarn behind your fingers and then through the loop.

Illustration C

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Hold the tail of the yarn in your left hand and the newly made loop in your right hand. Pull the tail to tighten, and make a slipknot.

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