slip stitch


: a concealed stitch for sewing folded edges (such as hems) made by alternately running the needle inside the fold and picking up a thread or two from the body of the article
: an unworked stitch
especially : a knitting stitch that is shifted from one needle to another without knitting it

Examples of slip stitch in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Single crochet or Sc in next st, slip stitch or sl st in next st to finish off. Sarah Martens, Better Homes & Gardens, 2 Aug. 2023 Use a slip stitch to join the ends together, creating a ring. Mariah Thomas, Good Housekeeping, 31 Oct. 2022 And to bring it all together, a slip stitch—done by hand, of course. 4. Jonathan Evans, Esquire, 19 June 2015

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1882, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of slip stitch was circa 1882

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Cite this Entry

“Slip stitch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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