It’s understandable for a knitter to shy away from using a crochet hook. But a picot is a great introduction to using a crochet hook in your knitting!
Give a picot a try! It’s a gorgeous way to add a little extra flair to your knitting:
- It makes an ornamental or decorative way to create a beautiful border or edging to a pattern.
- You can use any number of stitches to create a picot. The number of chains you make can create a more rounded or pointed picot.
- It gives the border or edge a wave-like appearance when you intersperse the picots with some plain stitches.
- It’s important to note that you need a crochet hook for this tutorial. While a specific size isn’t required, we recommend a hook size similar to your yarn.
How to Make a Picot in Knitting
For the purposes of this tutorial we are going to use a 6 chain to create the picot. As always, follow the instructions contained in your pattern.
Step 1: Begin by chaining 6 stitches.
Step 2: Insert your hook into the back loop of the 1st stitch of your chain 6.
The 1st stitch may also be referred to as the base stitch.
Step 3: Yarn over and pull through the base stitch and the loop on your hook as one. You have now completed your picot stitch.
Step 4: Place the loop on the hook onto the right needle
Here’s the finished picot after binding off the remaining stitches.
About the Instructor: Andi Gallegos
Andi Gallegos- aka Mysistersknitter on Ravelry- learned to first crochet more than 20 years ago from a coworker, while looking for a way to occupy herself during downtime at a call center job. A couple of years later after many attempts to teach herself to knit from books, she found a video that taught kids to knit and it suddenly clicked. Nowadays it is rare for a day to go by without at least one stitch being knit.
At that time living and knitting in sunny Arizona didn’t warrant a large knitting community, so Andi started a blog called My Sister’s Knitter as a way to connect with other knitters.
Andi believes that if everyone knit or crocheted the world would be a kindler, gentler place.
About the Instructor: Jody Richards
Jody loves pouring over stitch dictionaries and trying out new stitches. And while she likes all things crafting (well ok, except that one thing), yarn crafts are her true love (and she has the stash to prove it).
She’s a serial starter-of-projects and has a serious problem with finishing things without a deadline.
And don’t get her talking about hand-dyed yarns. You’ve been warned.