Perfect Picots

Perfect Picots





Perfect Picots

Picots can look so pretty as an edging, especially when working with finer yarns, either on blankets, shawls or doilies.
Some patterns will require you to work a stitch through a picot.....
And then rather than pretty picots, they become perfectly, pesky picots!!

Traditional Picot

picot 1

The traditional way to make a picot is to chain 3 and join with a slip stitch in the first chain.
Now this is great when you are working on an edge, but when you need to be able to get your hook through the centre of that tiny loop you just made it can be really tricky.
The other problem I have found is that the picot tends to push the next stitch over slightly, leaving a gap in your stitches.

So here is my way of making a perfect picot every time, no gaps and easy to get your hook right in the middle of that tiny loop.

Picot worked in the side of the stitch.

picot 2

The hook in photo 1 is pointing to the 2 loops at the side of the stitch, simply put your hook through, yarn over and draw through all 3 loops to make your slip stitch.
Now doesn't that look neat!


Picot worked in front loop at top of stitch and front of stitch.

picot 3

Chain 3 as normal and then put your hook through the front working loop at the top of the stitch and the 2nd front loop. Yarn over and draw through all 3 loops on hook.
Again you can see how neat and tidy your picot is.
This is my preferred way of working a picot, it is quick and easy and perfect every time.


From left to right, front loop picot, side loop picot, first chain picot.

picot 4
See how easy it is to get your hook through the picot?
Making your picot through the 2 front loops means it is easy peasy to make a normal stitch into the stitches before and after the picot.

picot 6


And oh so simple and easy to make stitches through your picots.

picot 5


Little hints and tips like this make for a much happier hooker, and the design possibilities are endless.

Please let me know if you find this helpful and if there are any other tips you would like me to share.

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24 Responses

  1. Omg this is way way better!!! Thank you!!!

  2. merci pour ces pas a pas ils sont superbes a bientΓ΄t biz

  3. This is amazing! I really can’t thank you enough.. xx

  4. Thanks for your tips I tried it right away and its a big big different

  5. Sarah

    OMG! How have I crocheted for 50 years and not known this? I have never seen or done such a perfect picot. Thanks Helen! You’re brilliant!

    • Helen Helen

      πŸ™‚ Happy to help πŸ™‚

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  7. I really like your preferred way of making picots! They do look so neat! Thank your for this tip, Helen!

    • Helen Helen

      you’re welcome πŸ™‚

  8. Dear Helen, at the risk of being a pest, I must tell you that I just started my Mandala Madness with It’s All in a Nutshell. Doing picots in Round 3 by slipping stitch through both loops of single crochet. So far they appear to be perfect!!! So excited, and Thanks!!!!!!!

    • Helen Helen

      Glad you are finding it works well πŸ™‚

  9. Never mind. Looking carefully, I’m pretty sure it’s top and second loop of original stitch. If I’m wrong, let me know. Otherwise, never mind!!!
    Your Picots are SOOOoooo much better than I’ve ever seen!!! Thanks!!

  10. Sorry – I hit enter by mistake the first time. I am a little confused on the picots – are you using the top loop of the original stitch and the top loop of the previous stitch; or is it the top loop and the second loop of the original stitch? I hope my question is clear. So sorry to be such a lame brain!!

    • Helen Helen

      to make the picot, you go through the front loop and 2nd loop at front of same stitch, so you got it πŸ˜‰

  11. I had no idea! Thank you for this – and what a difference it makes.

    • Helen Helen

      you’re welcome πŸ™‚

  12. Thank you! Very helpful.

  13. Tips like these are invaluable. My mum taught me as a child, we never had the web back then, no wonder our crochet sometimes looked a bit like something granny would make.. Now granny’s crochet has become blooming lovely. I love your beautiful patterns. Thank you so much

    • Helen

      Bless you Jane πŸ™‚ and yes, what would we do without the internet?

  14. I love the way you work in the picot afterwards again πŸ™‚ Very simply explained here.

    • Helen

      Thank you Simone πŸ™‚

  15. Thanks so much Helen. I too was ever very happy with my picots. This method will make them so much sharper.

    • Helen

      It does make a massive difference…enjoy πŸ™‚

  16. This is GREAT! I always hate making picots, especially when you have to get your hook into them in the next row. I’m definitely trying this next time I have to do them! Thanks, Helen!

    • Helen

      you’re very welcome…. anything to make life a little easier πŸ™‚

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