The Picot Bind Off is a beautiful, decorative bind off that can be used on a wide variety of projects. It’s a fun detail to add to the bottom of a top-down shawl, the bottom of knitted baby items, and more. In this video, knitting expert Jen Lucas demonstrates how to work the Picot Bind Off.
Jen begins by noting that there are many variations of the Picot Bind Off. Many knitters play with the spacing and size of the picots, depending on the project. This bind off can even be modified to work long picots, which act as a thick knitted fringe.
Jen works the bind off on her swatch following these steps:
1. Knit 2 stitches. Bind off 1 stitch.
2. Slip stitch purlwise from right needle to left needle. Cast on 3 stitches using the knitted cast on.
3. Bind off 5 stitches.
Repeat steps 2 & 3 until 1 stitch remains. Cut yarn and pull through to fasten off.
Once the bind off has been demonstrated, Jen shares her tips for blocking a piece that uses this technique. She prefers to pin down the individual picots when wet blocking a project.