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The Picot Bind-Off

In the Oct. 26 issue of this newsletter we discussed the picot cast-on. Here are a couple of ways to work a picot bind-off, which creates little points of picots along the edge. One method involves casting on and binding off; with the other method you turn the lower edge to the inside and form a shallow hem.

Picot Cast-On Method 1

This method uses a combination of the knitted cast-on and regular binding off.

  1. Knit the first 2 stitches and bind off 1 using a regular bind off (Photo 1).

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    Photo 1

  3. Slip the remaining stitch from the right needle to the left needle. Use the knitted-on cast-on to cast on 3 stitches (Photo 2). Click here for illustrated instructions for this cast-on.

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    Photo 2

  5. Bind off 5 stitches.

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    Photo 3
  7. Repeat steps 2 and 3 until 1 stitch remains. Cut yarn and pull it through the last stitch.

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    Photo 4

Variations

You can make your picot points longer by casting on and binding off more stitches. Photo 5 shows the bind-off worked by casting on 5 stitches and binding off 7 stitches.


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Photo 5

You can space your picots farther apart by binding off more stitches between them. Photo 6 shows the bind-off worked by casting on 3 stitches and binding off 7 stitches.

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Photo 6

Picot Bind-Off Method 2

This method uses a combination of yarn overs and knit 2 together decreases. Once the edge is completed, you'll turn it to the inside and form a shallow hem. The bind-off is worked on an even number of stitches.

  1. When your piece is the desired length, work stockinette stitch for 4 rows.
  2. On the next RS row, knit 1, *yo, k2tog; repeat from * to the last stitch, knit 1. Work a purl row and you'll see that you have a line of eyelet holes along the pattern row.
  3. Work 4 rows of stockinette stitch. Photo 7 shows the piece before turning up the hem.
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    Photo 7
  5. To finish the hem, thread the tail onto a yarn needle, turn the cast-on edge to the inside, and whipstitch the live stitches to the inside along the first stockinette-stitch row (Photo 8).
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    Photo 8
  7. Here's what the finished hem looks like.
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    Photo 9

Picot cast-ons and bind-offs can be used at the ends of scarves, on afghan edges or at the edge of socks and hats. Consider trying it out instead of beads on the Traveling Lace Beaded Shawl, which is the free pattern featured in this issue.