Picot Bind Off

The Picot Bind Off makes a flexible, decorative edge for knitting. Test it on a swatch before applying it, as it will stand straight on some fabrics and curl on others, becoming a completely different sort of design element. The sample swatch was knitted fairly tightly, and has been lightly steamed, and you can see a curve, indicating that on a larger piece this will ruffle lightly unless it is being stretched.

Picot Bind Off

This will work best if you are binding off an even number of stitches, so you may wish to adjust your final row as needed if you are working over an odd number.

  1. Cast on one stitch by “knitting on.” This is accomplished by inserting your working needle into the first stitch on your holding needle and knitting it. Place this newly knitted stitch back on the holding needle, and you have just cast on a new stitch.
  2. Bind off three stitches with a traditional bind off. You will knit the first two stitches normally, then lift the first over the second. One stitch is bound off and one remains on your needle. Knit the next stitch, then lift the former remaining stitch over this new stitch. You have now bound off two stitches. Repeat to bind off the third stitch.
  3. Repeat step 1.
  4. Knit the newly made stitch. Bind it off, then knit and bind off each of the next two stitches.
  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 until only one stitch remains and it is on your working needle.
  6. Cut off working yard about 6-8″ from end of work. Pull the end of yarn through last stitch and weave in ends as usual.
Published on March 21, 2008 at 4:17 am  Comments (2)  

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  1. [...] On the top down sock, we could choose to either rib the top or make a picot edge. Since I have no problem with ribbing and flexible cast ons, I opted for the picot, which I’d never tried. I got off to a rough start, having to frog 2-3 times before I got going right, and it has nothing to do with the difficulty of a picot edge and everything to do with trying to knit when I’m usually asleep, right after driving for 90 minutes in heavy fog. Once I got going, I did fine, and I didn’t have any trouble again except when I was interrupted halfway through my Kitchener stitch and laid it down… sigh… We did heel flaps on the top down and short row heels on the toe up socks, experienced Judy Becker’s magic cast on for the toe ups, and played with not one, but four flexible bind offs when we reached the top. I love the picot bind off, and I’m eager to try it on a ribbed edge. I didn’t have time to work any ribbing on my practice sock, so the edge rolls, which could be a great design element on the right item. Charlene says it doesn’t roll on ribbing, so I know it’s going to find its way to the top of a pair of socks sooner than later. If you look at the smaller of the two socks, it has all four options, and the picot is the one that shows on the part of the edge toward the toe. If you would like to try knitting it yourself, click here: Picot Bind Off. [...]

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