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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Repeat step 1.
- Knit the newly made stitch. Bind it off, then knit and bind off each of the next two stitches.
- Repeat steps 3 and 4 until only one stitch remains and it is on your working needle.
- 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.