Picot Bind Off

Knitting Picot Bind Off
Tereza / Twenty20
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    Starting the Picot Bind Off

    Casting on for picot bind off.
    Casting on for picot bind off. (c) Sarah E. White, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    A picot bind off is a really cute way to add some girlish flair to an edge. While it does take more yarn and a little more time than usual to complete this bind off, it's really pretty and stretchy, making it a great choice for necklines on children's clothing.

    The picot bind off can be varied greatly depending on how dramatic and how far apart you want the picots to be. You can work the bind off on just one stitch at a time to make the points very small, or you can do several at a time...MORE to make them very large.

    For the purposes of this illustration, I chose to cast on two stitches and bind off four stitches for each point. No matter how many stitches you cast on, always bind off twice as many stitches for each point.

    The first step to making a picot bind off is to cast on the appropriate number of stitches at the front of the needle with the stitches on it. This can easily be accomplished through the use of the cable cast on.

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    Binding Off the Stitches

    Binding off stitches for the picot bind off.
    Binding off stitches for the picot bind off. (c) Sarah E. White, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Now that you have your new stitches in place, it's time to being the bind off.

    Do this in the same way you traditionally bind off, knitting two stitches and then passing the first stitch over the second.

    The number of stitches you bind off at one time should be double the number of stitches you cast on in step one. In this illustration, that means I bound off four stitches.

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    Finishing the Picot Bind Off

    Finished picot bind off.
    Finished picot bind off. (c) Sarah E. White, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    To continue the picot bind off, slip that one stitch that's now on the right hand needle pack onto the left hand needle as if to purl. Cast on the same number of stitches you did at the beginning and then bind off the same number of stitches again.

    Continue in this manner until you have worked all the way across the row. When you're down to just one stitch on the right hand needle, cut the yarn and pull it through the final loop as usual.

    There are many ways to change the look of a picot...MORE edge. Using smaller needles or casting on fewer stitches will make your points smaller, while casting on more stitches make them bigger. You might want to experiment on a swatch to decide what look you like for a particular project.