Saturday, 18 July 2015

Picot Cast On

What is picot cast on? Picot cast on is a knitting method used to create a set of small picots or bobbles at cast on edge of your knitting piece. It can be paired with picot bind off and create a really wonderful girlish look edging.

The picot cast on can be varied depending on the size and how far apart you want the picots to be. The picot can be made with just one stitch if you want a subtle look or it can be made with more stitches if you want it to be impressive. So, you can do it with any number of cast on stitches and any number of bind off stitches. Of course the size of a picot may vary depending on the type of yarn you are using.

I am going to show you how I make a two-stitch picot cast on ( cast on four stitches and bind off two stitches for each point). The instruction shown below starts by casting on four stitches.


1. Using the knitted cast on, cast on four stitches
2. Knit two stitches, bind off two stitches. (Now, you should have one stitch left on your right needle.)
3. Transfer the single stitch on the right needle onto the left needle.
Repeat these three steps until the desired number of stitches that needed for your knit.

  • Photo no 1. shown is the four stitches done by the knitted cast on at the starting point.
  • Photo no.2 shown is a picot that created after you have bound off two stitches and transfer the single stitch on the right needle onto the left needle.
  • Photo no 3. shown is a row of three picots.

  • This method is requires a bit of extra yarn and it may take a bit more time than a normal/plain cast on.
  • The picots can be spaced further apart by cast on more stitches. 
  • If you want to make a bigger picot, cast on more stitches and then bind off more stitches. For example, if you want to make a three-stitch picot, you have to cast on 3 stitches for picots and then bind off the three stitches.

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