Place your yarn across the palm of your left hand – keep the end in place by bending your little and ring fingers over it. Wrap your yarn clockwise around the index and middle fingers creating an “X”. Take your hook with your right hand and insert through the loop – place the strand of yarn furthest from the hook around it and pull through the loop. Pull the yarn end coming from the ball till the loop is closed loosely around the hook. Please note not all patterns will mention this step, however ALL crochet require you start with a slip knot.