Inside-out picots & variations

Picots are used in lots of crafts – I’ve made them in knitting, crochet, and tatting, and I know they exist in bobbin lace. They must be part of many kinds of needlework. In tatting, crochet, and bobbin lace, at least, they serve both a decorative and a structural purpose, being a decorative loop applied to the very edge of the work that can also serve as an attachment point for other parts of the work. Picot cast-ons and bind-offs in knitting are generally decorative; the only functional aspect that I’ve seen most people use them for being to help make the edge stretchier. They are also attached to the very edge of the work. So far as I can tell, knitted picot hems are called picots because they make a jagged edge; they seem more of a cousin to all the other picots. They do have loops, but their loopishness isn’t generally visible. Still, they’re worth mentioning here.

I will have more to say about picot bind-offs in a future post. (Indeed, you might be surprised by how much there is to say about knitted picots.) The rest of this post is about the inside-out picot, developed by certain nimble knitters. It’s an alternate way to make a little loop at the edge, centered over a single stitch, without having to cast on extra stitches during the bind off.

(My way to center a picot over a single stitch is still a good one in my opinion; I just like having more than one possibility.)

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Gift-a-long Treasure Hunt 3

Well, and here we come to the third and last of the treasure hunts I’ve put together for the Gift-a-long. I’ve had fun doing this, and I’d venture to guess that you have too, from the responses I’ve been getting!

This is an excerpt of the pattern photo (used by permission of the designer.)

Here is the answer to this puzzle!

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Gift-a-long treasure hunt 1

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One of the things I like best about the gift-a-long is the excuse to spend a lot of time looking at other designers’ work. I can’t possibly make everything I see and like, so I’m going to make a few mini treasure hunts for you. For each treasure hunt post I put up, I’ll be giving away a copy of the pattern in question.

Here is the answer to this puzzle!

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3, 2, 1… Gift-a-long!


This is my third year participating in the Indie Design Gift-A-Long on Ravelry, which is like a giant holiday knitting and crochet party in the last part of the year. It’s a lot of things all at once:

  1. A giant Ravelry forum with threads where you can share your progress on eligible patterns. If you use any paid pattern by the 335 participating designers, you are eligible for prizes from games and various random prize draws. There’s a lot of free yarn, knitting and crochet tools, and coupon codes for patterns. I’m also offering a custom secret code stitch pattern as one of the prizes.
  2. You don’t have to buy a pattern to be eligible – it can be a pattern you already own for whatever reason.
  3. Did I mention the threads? They’re a great place to have conversations about how you’re doing in general as well as to get help from the other participants and designers.

I have found it a delightful and valuable experience, not just because it’s a boost to sales. I really like getting to chat with participants – designers or not. I’ve made some valuable friendships and partnerships with other designers, and have basked in the companionship of other people who are doing the same thing as me as well as knitters making my patterns. Working at home can be isolating; sharing a massive project with several hundred other people working from home or in their spare time makes for a nice community effort.

I’ll be posting three extra posts over the next week to celebrate the Gift-A-Long, and giving away three patterns by other designers. Stay tuned!