about the picot edge

Just so I’m clear–which I definitely wasn’t in the last post–the picot edging I did was a simple, no-fuss, picot bindoff. Yeah, I italicize a single word and think I’ve made the entire situation clear. But I didn’t do some fancy picot edging, I bound off into picots.

Still saying “dude, you are using synonyms here”? Yeah, I am. I can do better.

I did the following to bind off:
Cast off 2 stitches like normal. *Transfer the stitch on the right needle to the left. Using the cable caston method, cast on 2 stitches. Bind off 4 stitches like normal. Repeat from * around.

This creates little picots. There was no fancy row of picot-making, then some straight knitting, then folding and sewing the flap down. Lolly’s tutorial seemed to only mention these fold-down kinds. Until I read her tutorial, I didn’t even know that this fold-down picot thing existed! I just assumed that all picot-ed socks had a picot bindoff. Maybe it’s clear to the rest of you–or maybe I didn’t read the tutorial closely enough–but I went with what I perceived to be the lazy knitter’s way out! My problem with the technique is that the cable caston sucks, and the whole process was tedious and time-consuming. I couldn’t locate my small crochet hook, or it would have been a TON better.

So anyway, play with your own picot bindoff or edging and see what works for you!

5 Responses to about the picot edge

  1. Liz K says:

    I, of course, asked in the last post, since my fold-over-bind-off picots were way too tight. I’ll for sure be trying yours the next time. I did go through Lolly’s tutorial, and it seemed like many of them would be fine on a cuff-down sock, but when doing toe-up (my preferred method) that stretchy bind off is a must. I stuck with my tried-and-true EZ sewn bind off for the last pair.

  2. Leigh says:

    I’m also a big fan of both the picot bind-off and picot cast-on (same priciple–cast-on 5, bindo off 2, cast-on 5….). I’ve never done the fold down bind off picot either. I just looks like too much trouble especially for a sock.

  3. Rachel says:

    Hmm, I’ve never gotten much involved with picot anything, but for whatever reason I didn’t know there was a bind-off option, only a fold-over edging option. Thank you for enlightening me!

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