In most crochet tutorials, a normal slip knot is used to start a crochet project before beginning your chain. Sometimes, however, it’s beneficial to use an adjustable slip knot, which incorporates the first chain stitch into it. The adjustable slip knot allows you to tighten the beginning of your project–much like a magic circle. This gives you less of a gap near the initial knot and the first stitch (or chain). While both the normal slip knot and the adjustable slip knot are quite easy to create, one may be more preferable over the other in specific projects. In the video below, I show you how to create a chain with a normal slip knot, and a chain with an adjustable slip knot.