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The Picot Stitch is a classic crochet stitch that is commonly found in lace designs, but can also be worked in those projects with thicker yarn as well.
I first learned how to work the Picot Stitch when I was learning to crochet and worked a lot of lace including table cloths and doilies. Picot stitches were often used to create a delicate edging, or even worked within a lace design. Although it is most commonly seen in lace, it can be used in other projects as well with thicker weights of yarn.
Later on in the week I will be introducing a new crochet pattern where I will work the Picot stitch in a worsted weight yarn in the edging of a project. Regardless of the type of project, picot stitches can still add a lot of elegance.
For this tutorial today I will be using a small amount of cotton yarn. This yarn is a worsted weight yarn called Pima Cotton by Lion Brand Yarn. I will also be using a 5 mm crochet hook. The hook you will see me using in the video tutorial below is a Clover Soft Touch Hook also available on Lion Brand through the link above.
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Crochet Picot Stitch:
Stitches and Abbreviations:
Ch – Chain Stitch
Rpt – Repeat
Sc – Single Crochet
Sk – Skip
Sl St – Slip Stitch
This stitch is worked in rows in this tutorial. I will be working the stitch in a solid colour and as the edging to a project. A picot can be worked anywhere in a project and with any stitch multiple as it is worked out of the top of a stitch.
You will want to have a foundation row of stitches when working the picot as an edging. I will work my picots out of the tops of a single crochet.
To start, *sc in the next st, ch 3, sl st into the 3rd ch from your hook, sc in the next st: Rpt from * across.
The act of working a ch-3 and then slip stitching back into the 3rd ch from your hook creates a little bump of texture in the edging. This is called your picot stitch.
Depending on the project, I find working the slip stitch into the stitch below the ch-3 to make a tighter picot. But this is all personal preference.