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Picot Bind-Off

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You just can’t have a Picot Cast-On tutorial without a Picot Bind-Off one. So, it’s time for another tutorial. This bind off nicely mirrors the look of the picot cast-on used in the birthday sweaters (One! Two! Three! and Four! Five! Six!).

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When you get to the point where you would like to place a picot bump on your bind off edging, slip the remaining stitch from the right-hand needle (RHN) to the left-hand needle (LHN). (Click to make images larger.)

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Using the cable cast-on method, cast on two stitches as follows: insert the RHN between the 1st and 2nd sts on the LHN. Wrap the yarn around the needle as if to knit and pull the loop through to the front (one stitch on your RHN). Slip that stitch onto your LHN—one cable cast-on st completed.

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Repeat to cast on a second stitch.

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Knit those two sts that you just cast on.

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Then pass the first st over the second st, binding it off.

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Knit and bind off one more st.

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Next you want to knit into the st from which the picot bump has emerged. To find the right st, stretch the picot bump up a little from the body of the work. It’s indicated in the above left image (click to make larger). Insert your RHN into the front of the st, wrap your yarn around the needle and pull the loop through.

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Now pass the previously worked st over the last one you knit to bind off one more st—picot bump completed.

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Bind off as many sts as you want in the usual manner until you’re ready to place another picot bump.

The picots are placed four sts apart in my patterns, but you may work them closer or further apart. You may also make the picots larger or smaller by altering the number of cast on and bind off sts when making the picot bump.

3 thoughts on “Picot Bind-Off”

  1. I just had to pop over to tell you that your tutorials are just beautiful! I will never, ever attempt the fabulous projects you have, but I am enjoying the tutorials because they are so well done.

    Any chance you would consider a tutorial on something so simple as a YO!

  2. Thanks so much! This is fantastic! Perfectly described, step by step, and wonderful pictures to illustrate each step. Much appreciated!

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