A picot cast on begins a project with a decorative flair that places little knitted nubs along the cast on edge. It’s a lovely addition to feminine projects.
The picot cast on is worked using the cable cast on.
Begin with a slip knot on your left needle.
The second stitch is cast on using the knitted cast on. It’s not as confusing as it sounds.
Insert your right needle into the loop of the slip knot …
and wrap the yarn around the needle as if to knit. Pull the stitch through the slip knot stitch but don’t remove the slip knot stitch from the left needle.
Transfer the newly created stitch onto the left needle.
You now have two stitches on the needle.
Now you may begin the cable cast on in earnest.
Insert the empty right needle between the two stitches on the left needle.
Wrap the yarn around your needle as if to knit and pull the stitch through to the right side on your right needle.
Transfer that newly created stitch onto the left needle.
Repeat Step 3 until you have as many stitches as you need …
… in this case, five stitches.
Now comes the picot part of the cast on.
Knit two stitches.
Slip the first stitch over the second stitch which basically binds it off.
Slip the next stitch purlwise from the left needle to the right needle.
Then bind off that stitch.
Return the last stitch to the left needle. One picot bump completed.
Using the cable cast on, cast on 6 stitches (according to my pattern instructions).
Repeat Steps 5 to 10.
You may alter the space between the picots by casting on more or fewer stitches. You may also alter the size of the picot by binding off more stitches. My pattern uses two-stitch picots separated by four cast-on stitches (2 + 4 = 6 sts to cast on after the picot bump). If you wanted three-stitch picots separated by six stitches then you would cast on nine stitches (3 + 6 = 9) between the picots (as in the photo above).
Both One! Two! Three! and Four! Five! Six! patterns provide the option to customize the hem, cuffs and neckband with a picot edge. The picot edging on the hem and cuffs is created using the Picot Cast On while the neckband edging uses the Picot Bind Off.
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