Knitting Help – Picot Edge

Knitting Help – Picot Edge


I’m going to show you one way of working
a picot edge. And this edge is really nice anytime you are
using a rolled hem. A rolled hem would be something you’d see
at the cuff of a cap, or the cuff of sleeves, or the bottom of a sweater. Anytime the hem
can be turned, you can do this edge. Um, go ahead and watch the technique, and
you’ll see that this can be easily substituted into patterns for whatever edge they have
that might be plain, this is a nice little decorative technique that you can apply if
you like. Let’s take a look. Here’s a little hat I knit up, and here
is the picot edge. It’s just a little detail that’s different
from a plain edge, and it’s really easy to work. Okay. So I have this sample here, just plain stockinette. And to work this – you’re going to be
shocked, I think, at how easy this is. For one round or one row, this is the same
whether you’re working in the round or on flat – with something flat. You knit two together, yarn over, knit two
together, yarn over, you work this pattern across the whole row. For a round, like I said. Maybe is should demonstrate this. Knit two together is a one stitch decrease,
and to yarn forward, you pull the yarn forward between the two needles which creates this
fakey stitch on the needle with a hole underneath it. Okay, after you finish that row, you’ll
continue to go on and knit your piece. You might not want to seam or roll them hem
until you’re completely finished knitting. But I’ll bring in another sample here. This is what it will look like when you have
more. This will be the inside of the hem, and this
is the rest of my work, on the outside. But watch what magic happens! When you fold that over and roll the hem,
you can see the edge! Isn’t that great? And it naturally folds there because of the
yarn over and knit two together that we did. So to finish this up, I left myself a long
tail here, I’m going to grab a tapestry needle. And it would work best for me if I actually
clipped these down to hold my seam together like that. But this is such a tiny piece, I can easily
just hold it together. So I’ll pick up a little bit from the rolled
hem, and just grab the back of a stitch from the rest of the work. This is really nothing fancy. I think it’s
just whip stitch even. But the important thing is I’m not stabbing
through the work, so nothing will show up on this side. Just make sure you’re consistent all the
way across with the way you’re seaming it. Very easy. And there’s the picot edge, partially held
down. Now, one more trick I want to show you. Back to the little hat. There is this design feature I added [laughs]
with this blue. And I made the pompom to match. But it was really just to make life easier
on myself. That’s why I added this blue stripe. This is what I did. I cast on here, I knit down, I did the picot
edge row, and then I continued knitting. And if I’m not mistaken, this was ten rows,
I knit another ten rows and did the blue stripe. The reason for that was so I had an easy guideline
for where I was supposed to be seaming this down. And I wasn’t going to accidentally jump
up a row or jump down a row while I was seaming it. So that was something that just happened to
work out well with this hat. [laughs] It was an easy enough thing to do,
and it made the seaming really simple. And that’s it. That’s one easy way to
alter a pattern to include a picot edge. [man voice singing off camera: How’s that
sound?] [singing] How’s that souuuuund? Is that a real song, or are we just making
[bleep]? [music]

26 thoughts on “Knitting Help – Picot Edge

  1. Wonderful video. I have been following you for a year now. Thank you. I have been telling everyone to go to your website.

    What kind of brand, type and colors of yarn did you use for your hat and demo. I love the green.
    -melissa

  2. The little pink hat (with the pompom) is knit in Dale of Norway Stork. The green that I used for the sample is Cascade 220 Superwash in color "Lime Sherbert". Sorry – I don't know the names of the colors I used in the Stork.

  3. Stork is cotton yarn. It's available at many online retailers…I don't remember where I bought mine!

  4. There are different ways to work a picot cast-on, but I don't currently have any videos on that. I can add it to the list for upcoming videos. Thank you for the suggestion!

  5. Sorry – there is no pattern available for the little pink hat – at least not yet. It's something I made up on the spot.

  6. Yes – once the video was over and I slipped out of knitting teacher mode, I used a "colorful" word. 🙂 Just being silly with my producer.

  7. Thanks for the video. Its great! What kind of needle is that you're using to sew with? It looks like its got a bend in the end of it. Is it easier to use on knitting than a straight needle?

  8. Whether you use a straight or bend-tip tapestry needle, it's really just a matter of personal preference. I like the way the bent-tip picks up the stitches. I believe both kinds are available online on the Knit Picks website.

  9. Hi Staci! Im trying to knit a scarf and i want to incorporate stars in the scarf using a different color and ive tried reading a chart but it didnt help could you possibly make a video or give me something to help me out

  10. Staci u look even more stunning in this vid! the colors around are makes you radiant. thanks for the vid. I´ve learned a lot from you. I´m knitting Jean Greenhowe´s victorian Dolls and as you can imagine their dresses have picot edge. Hope you knit one doll some time so you can show us other techniques. Thanks again!

  11. The easiest way to add a motif to knitting would be to use duplicate stitch. You can go to my channel page and search for "Knitting Help – Duplicate Stitch". That should help. I also will be releasing a video very soon on reading charts.

  12. Is it just me or does this not work when knitting in the round? When I did the k2t before the YO in the round I ended up with one less st than my original CO bc there was one more k2t than YO. Anyone else get that? When I YO then k2t until the end, it was perfect. Plus if you k2t then YO you get that jog in the edge bc of the nature of knitting in the round.

  13. I knit my hem in by knitting them together, this saves me the hemming. Works with most projects.. If you decrease every other row before & after you can make an awesome picot brim for bonnet style hats (infant, toddlers or older).

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