Prehistoric Textiles by E. J. W. Barber
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Picot Edge Bind Off

You may have noticed the picot edge on my Arroyo shawlette that I did:


It's a pretty edging, but it's an awfully useful bind-off technique, too. The bind-off technique that was stated in the pattern was Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-Off, and I have used that on pairs of socks that I knit from the toe up. I like it for that, because it's very stretchy and it looks good when it's stretched. On my scarf/shawlette though, it just needed to lie there and not be tight, but not necessarily stretch, and to tell the truth, I didn't really like the look of it. I would normally have done a tubular bind-off, but given my one-handedness, I thought that was too hard for me right now.

So, I dug into my Vogue Knitting: The Ultimate Knitting Book, and the picot-bind off fit the bill nicely. It is a stretchy bind-of that is pleasingly nice to look at as well!

To do it, you start by casting on two stitches using a cable cast-on (go between the first and second stitches, pull up a loop, and put it on the needle), and then bind off four stitches, then repeat until all your stitches are off but one, and cut the yarn and pull it through.

Watch the video here.  (I love the username "iknitwithcatfur" ... watch out Nicky! Heh.)

It takes a longer amount of time to do, especially when you have 241 stitches like I did; I had to bind off 361 stitches all together, but it was well worth it. I ended up with exactly what I wanted.

This edging makes a bound-off edge that is a bit larger than a regularly bound-off edge would be, making it nice for edgings on shawls or scarves. Perhaps I might try it using a smaller needle and see what happens; something to consider. Might be fun! 


Rhoda Thombs

Good morning Beth, I like the info about the picot edge. I like the look, but have never tried it as a bind off except for the edge on a Noro small shawl. I found the directions very confusing, but yours seem fairly easy to visualize even though it will take a while. Found your yesterdays blog interesting, esp. the idea that if textiles had survived better, we would not think of our civilization being so war focused. Rhoda

Beth Collins

Thanks, Rhoda! I hope you continue to find my blog interesting :)

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