In my post about inside-out picots, I mentioned that I’d come up with some variations on the theme of the picot bind off. Here they are, including borrowing a concept from tatting.
One day I was knitting a long picot when I had a thought: what if I bound off some of the picot stitches and then started a new one? This is the result of that question.
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 (Ravelry link). 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.)