Folded Picot Edge

Samina asked if I could show how I did the picot cuff on the Whisper Rib socks.


The folded picot edge is actually quite simple. Start with a provisional crochet chain cast on, knit a few rows, knit a row of *yarn over, knit 2 together* stitches, knit several more rows and then fold the cuff in half and knit the cast on stitches together with the current row. Pictures are worth a thousand words so if you’re interested I took several pictures of the process.

chain_front Crochet a loose chain of stitches using fine mercerized cotton yarn as a waste yarn. This type of cotton has a slick finish which makes it perfect for waste yarn. I trust that you know how to crochet a chain so I’ll spare you the details. If not, I’m sure almost any basic knitting or crochet book shows how to make such a chain. The photo on the left shows what the front of the chain looks like. Now flip the chain to the back.

chain_back Here’s what the back of the chain looks like. Notice the line of loops on the back. With your project yarn, pick up stitches through these back loops.

If you don’t pick up the stitches from the back loop then you might end up having a difficult time removing the waste yarn, but don’t worry if you don’t use the right loop. You can always just cut the waste yarn.

picot_three_rows Once all the cast on stitches are on the needle, join in the round and knit three rows or however many rows you desire. The number of rows you choose will determine how tall your edge will be.

picot_yarn_over1 On the next row work *yo, k2tog* repeating from *. The photo on the left shows a yarn over on the left needle while I knit two stitches together.

Keep in mind that this the row at which the cuff will later be folded.

picot_row_seven Now knit the same number of rows that you knit before the row with yarn over stitches. I began with three knit rows so I knit three more rows for a total of seven rows, including the row with yarn over stitches.

Once all the rows are knit, fold the cuff in half so that the cast on edge meets the stitches on the needle.

It’s time to free the waste yarn by carefully unraveling it stitch by stitch so that each freed stitch can be knit with a stitch that’s already on the needle (aka “live stitches”). picot_pickup_provisional_st This photo shows how I pick up a stitch from the crochet chain by putting the left needle tip into the back of the stitch that I want to free. Transfer this stitch to the left needle. Once it is safely on the left needle, gently remove the waste yarn from the stitch. If the cast on was done correctly you should only need to gently tug on the end to the waste yarn to free it from the stitch. If it was done incorrectly you might need to cut the waste yarn.


Now that the freed stitch is on the left needle, knit it together with the next stitch.

Repeat picking up stitches from the waste yarn and knitting them together with a stitch on the left needle until there are no more stitches on the waste yarn. All of the waste yarn stitches should have been paired with a “live” stitch.

That’s all there is to it. Good Luck.

13 thoughts on “Folded Picot Edge

  1. Thanks Melinda. You make it all so easy! Your directions are very clear & I think I finally have the idea down. I have the Ann Budd book, but silly me, I didn’t even think to go there for instructions. I think your step by step is far more detailed than I’ve seen in any of the books, anyway. My next socks: Picot, baby!
    By the way – Your Toby looks just like my Clea! That photo always makes me smile.


  2. OMG, after looking at your pictures, I finally get it. I would like to do this edge on my next pair of jaywalkers. I plan to knit them in wildfoote bluegrass.


  3. Thank you. I have hunted for the crochet verson of the provisional crochet without success. I have tried the knit verson and I can’t describe the mess it was.
    Again Thank you. I can’t wait to try the picot edge on my socks.


  4. I found you through a Google search, as I’ve been forever trying to find simple directions for the picot edge on a sock (and how to take care of those silly waste yarn stitches!). Thanks so much for sharing the directions, so total strangers like me can have pretty picots ๐Ÿ™‚


  5. Thank you for the easy to follow instructions for this edging. Your tutorials are very much appreciated. Your whisper rib socks are a work of art!


  6. Thanks for this! I found information about picot edging that made my head hurt, and this is so much easier to understand. I will have to try this the next time I do a pair cuff down.


  7. I was so desperate for directions on how to do this that when my Google search turned your directions up I actually hooted! I am going to take you home with me and share your technique with my members….


  8. Hello! thank you so much for the informative page!! I am AT THIS MOMENT ๐Ÿ˜‰ working on a picot edge baby hat. I knit 8 row, did my turning row of (k2tog, YO), and then knit another 8 rows… ow i am ready to knit my CO row to my current row!!! Too bad it looks like i did the wrong cast on – i did a typical long tail cast on, not provisional with waste yarn. Should have looked it up sooner, lOL but my book did not mention this technique. i am winging it ๐Ÿ˜‰
    I suppose it is too late, and perhaps i should just keep knitting, and then later graft the edges together?
    thanks again, i will save this info for next time!!! ๐Ÿ™‚


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