Thursday, March 31, 2011

Picot Stitch

Picot Stitch

The Picot is typically seen as a decrotive edging. Use it to ruffle up a scarf, add hair to a hat or it's popularly used in lace work. Today we're going to use it to 'pretty up' the square of arches we made yesterday. 

Of course the first thing you're thinking is, what's with the numbers? And then you're thinking, those Picots don't look like they're the same size. -- you are right!!! The number indicated the number of chains I used to make the picot. I did this to show you how the look changes the longer or shorter you make your picot. If you've seen any of my flowers - like these red ones- I used a type of Picot stitch to make the petals. 

So how do you make the Picot stitch? Well, first start with a piece you'd like to add picots too - or a base chain of 12 or so loops for practicing. To crochet the chain 3 picot, first chain 3...

Great! Next you're going to insert your hook in the first of the chain 3 you just crocheted.

There you go!  Now pull a loop through the chain and the loop on your hook.

Your first Picot is created!

When adding Picot's around a piece with 90degree corners, add 2 or 3 picots per corner. You'll need to play around to see whether 2 or 3 works best without puckering.

Continue to go around.

After you complete each Picot work a single crochet stitch in the next stitch (or row stitch if you're going down the side of your piece)

When you finish, slip stitch into the first single crochet stitch you made. And there you go!! Try it out on that scarf you've been working on. Or use the arch pattern with Picot trim to make some great placemats and coasters!!

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