A Picot Bind Off is a sweet way to add a little design detail to a project. This bind off nicely mirrors the look of the Picot Cast On as featured in an earlier tutorial. Both the Picot Cast On and Picot Bind Off are used in the birthday sweaters: One! Two! Three! and Four! Five! Six!
The picots are worked by casting some stitches and then immediately binding them off, before resuming the standard bind off. It’s infinitely customizable as far as the size of the picots and the distance between them.
Work to the point where you would like to place a picot bump on your bind off edging.
Then slip the remaining stitch from the right needle to the left needle.
Using the cable cast on method, cast on two stitches as follows: insert the right needle between the first and second stitches on the left needle.
Wrap the yarn around the needle as if to knit and pull the loop through to the front (one stitch on your right needle).
Slip that newly created stitch onto your left needle. One cable cast on stitch completed.
Repeat Step 3 to cast on a second stitch.
Knit those two stitches that you just cast on.
Then pass the first stitch over the second stitch, binding it off.
Knit and bind off one more stitch.
Next you want to knit into the stitch from which the picot bump has emerged.
To find the right stitch, stretch the picot bump up a little from the body of the work. It’s indicated in the above image.
Insert your right needle into the front of the stitch.
Wrap your yarn around the needle and pull the loop through. Two stitches on the right needle.
Now pass the previously worked st over the last one you knit to bind off one more stitch. Picot bump completed.
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 the birthday sweater 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 stitches when making the picot bump.