...grabbing the yarn below...
...and twisting my fingers clockwise so the ends cross to form and "x" with a loop at the top.
Then with the loop around my index finger and thumb, I use those two digits to reach under the loop and pinch the end of the yarn on top of the "x" (the yarn closest to your body)...
...and pull it through the loop forming something like a noose.
You will place your crochet hook in the loop, or knot, you’ve formed and then pull the ends to tighten.
Wish someone could show you in person? Try this video (video has no sound). Here I actually twist the yarn with my bottom hand--so the top hand doesn't move--so the action is reversed from above. The important thing to remember is that you are making a knot, so when you reach through your loop to grab a strand of yarn to pull through, make sure you are grabbing the one that will make the knot by wrapping around the other strand. Practice a few times and it will make sense to you!
You will form a slip knot over your hook to begin anything in crochet, and you will also use it when attaching a new skein of yarn in the middle of a project. So If you've got it, congratulations! You're on your way. Next up is the all-important "chain stitch."
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Here's a quick list of all the "How to Crochet" posts:
How to Crochet 1: The Slip Knot
How to Crochet 2: Holding the Yarn
How to Crochet 3: The Chain Stitch
How to Crochet 4: The Single Crochet
How to Crochet 5: Seaming Your Work
How to Crochet 6: The Double Crochet
How to Crochet 7: Weaving in the Ends
How to Crochet 8: The Half Double Crochet
How to Crochet 9: The Triple Crochet
How to Crochet 10: Working in the Round
How to Crochet 11: Understanding Gauge