Crossover Slip Stitch allows you to cross your crochet hook over a chain. It keeps the chain looking smooth and right-facing, while allowing you to do some fancy stitch patterning.
The exact location of the slip stitch—that is, what the slip stitch is crossing—will depend on your pattern and the purpose of the crossover slip stitch.
Crochet a Decorative Chain
Let’s look at a little decorative chain as an example. The “pattern” for this chain is:
*Chain 8, crossover slip stitch in 4th chain from hook; repeat from * for desired length.
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How to Crochet Crossover Slip Stitch
Step 1. Insert hook into designated stitch.
Step 2. Cross chain over working yarn. Alternately, you can cross the yarn ball under the work in progress.
Step 3. Yarn over, pull through everything on your hook to complete the slip stitch.
When to Use Crossover Slip Stitch
Crossover slip stitch bit of a hidden technique, in that I don’t know that it has a widely accepted name. It’s long been my argument that crochet suffers from a lack of nomenclature that would help us share knowledge easily. When I coined the term standing stitches, somehow people started “discovering” the technique. I hope that by naming this technique crossover slip stitch and using the technique in my patterns, more crocheters will learn about it and spread the word!