Monday, November 26, 2007

Picots

I heart the picot cuff. It is my favorite cuff and has been used on a statistically significant number of socks over other cuffs of late...i.e. a heck of a lot of my socks have picot cuffs!!!

I've had a couple of requests for a picot tutorial, so I thought I'd start the week off with a little picot-ing around. This technique works well for me; your mileage may vary. Without further ado, let's get started:

1. Cast on required number of stitches (an even number, you can adjust afterward as necessary)
2. Knit 6 rounds in stockinette stitch
3. *YO K2tog*, repeat between * * for 1 round
4. Knit 6 rounds in stockinette stitch

This picture shows the sock needles holding the stockinette stitches at the top, and the cast on edge is at the bottom, as if you had just finished the round.

From here, re-orient your knitting so that the wrong side is facing you

AND the cast on edge is held in your hand and the stockinette stitches are at the bottom.

You will be picking up stitches from the cast on edge, while the stockinette stitches wait.

I pick up stitches in the purly bump just below the cast on edge. Some people pick up a stitch from the cast on edge. Your choice. I like the finished look of the former method better. In the picture above I've just finished picking up a white stitch, the next bump I'm going to pick up

is the orange one. Pick up one bump for each stitch you have on the needle. In this example, I have 12 stitches on my needle. I will pick up 12 purl bumps below the cast on edge,

then fold up my knitting so that the wrong sides are facing each other on the inside, and the right sides are facing the public side.

Knit the first stitch on the front needle together with one stitch from the back needle (the just picked up stitches)

and slip off. Repeat K2tog as established until all the stitches from the front needle have been knit together with a picked up stitch from the back needle.

On the next needle, whether you use dpns, magic loop or the 2-circ method, pick up enough stitches to equal the number of stitches already on the front needle, knit the stitch on the front needle together with the picked up stitch from the back needle. Repeat this process of picking up and knitting together, until all stitches on all needles (magic loop, double points, etc) have been worked. The number of stitches remaining on your needles should equal your cast on number. From here you can add or decrease stitches as your pattern dictates.

Voila! Finished picot cuffs!

You can see the inside view here.

This picot production was made possible with the use of

See Jayne Knit Yarns "Fishy Wishy in a Dishy"

Good luck! Let me know how you fare! If you need clarification, feel free to comment and ask!

3 comments:

L-B said...

Great tutorial!
My favorite thing about the Picot Cuff is how contrasting colors in the yarn give a beaded look to the edge!

shannon said...

you are amazing, g! fan-freaking-tastic tutorial, and, as always, super-fly photos! yeee-hawwwww

Donna said...

I just have a hard time teaching myself the picot edge. Looking at a flat photo, tell me, does the picot edge fold into your leg a little? Or doe it stand straight up? Thanks so much for the hint. I love your blog, read it every day.