tutorial: picot cast-on

Working a picot cast-on - a tutorial by La Visch Designs

Casting on your knitting project using either the thumb or backward loop method, knitting-on, the long-tail cast-on or a similar method is of course perfectly fine. But sometimes using a cast-on that is just a little more decorative can be so much more fun. In this post I want to show you how to work a picot cast-on. There are various ways to do a picot CO, all giving slightly different results, this is just one possible variation.

In this example, I am using needles size 4 mm (US 6) and a generic worsted weight acrylic yarn.

Materials used in the tutorial

Picot cast-on step by step

1. Cast-on 3 stitches with any preferred method, in this example I have used the cable cast-on. However, the long-tail or thumb method, or another method can also be used.

Step 1 in the picot CO

2. Insert the left needle into the second stitch on the right needle and pass this stitch over the first stitch.

Step 2 in the picot CO

3. Insert the left needle again in the second stitch on the right needle and pass it over the first stitch. From the initial 3 stitches you had CO, there is now only 1 left and 1 picot has been completed.

Step 3 in the picot CO

4. Repeat steps 1 to 3 as often as desired for your project. The result will look something like this:

The result of the picot CO

5. You can then continue to knit in any pattern desired. In this example, I knitted a few rows in stockinette stitch, this will however not always be the best choice because of rolling of the fabric.

The result with a few more rows in stockinnete picot CO

What you need to consider with this casting-on method, is that you are actually casting-on three times the number of stitches that you will eventually need. This means that also three times the usual amount of yarn is needed. Good to know if you like to use the long-tail cast-on!

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