Learn how to crochet the picot stitch in this easy tutorial. This stitch makes an amazingly easy, lacy edging!
Common Questions about the Crochet Picot Stitch
The picot stitch is worked by chaining the number called for in the pattern (usually 3) and then working a slip stitch or single crochet into the chain closest to the work.
The picot stitch is so easy a beginner could master it. You chain 3 and then work a slip stitch or single crochet into the chain closest to the work. You’ll see how in the video and photo tutorials below!
Pretty much anything! They make an excellent border for a blanket and they also are good for edging anything you want a light, lacy look on, including fabric. I used a picot edge on a baby bonnet pattern and it turned out lovely. They are also amazing as a buttonhole stitch or hem. You will also see them in crochet thread on snowflakes and doilies.
This stitch is usually abbreviated simply with the letter “p”. You might also see the variation “mp” for make picot.
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Picot Stitch Video Tutorial
In this video tutorial, I will teach you step by step how to crochet the picot stitch. The skill level for this stitch is beginner, as it is just chains and either a slip stitch or single crochet.
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How to Work the Picot Crochet Stitch
Materials: Yarn in any weight. I use super bulky so you can clearly see the stitches.
Crochet Hook: Any hook appropriate for the weight of your yarn will work. Be sure to check the yarn’s ball band if you are unsure.
We will be working a basic picot stitch in our example, which uses a chain of 3. Picots can be made with more chains if desired. If you want your picots to be more noticeable, you will chain more stitches between sc.
Chain Stitch (ch)
Slip Stitch (sl st)
Picot Crochet Tutorial
Step One: Chain 3.
Step Two: Insert hook into 3rd ch from hook (ch closest to your work).
Step Three: Complete a sl st or sc in this chain.
The sl st gives it more of a pointed look, while the sc rounds it out. It’s totally up to you which one you want to use.
Many patterns will specify how do complete a picot, so be sure to check pattern instructions when working this stitch.
Repeat the steps above for the stitch pattern. Picots are usually separated by single crochet, but sometimes you will find them alone as a picot border on the edge of a crochet project.
Variations on the Picot Stitch
There are many different variations of this stitch, besides just the option to sl st or sc. We will discuss a few of the most common ones.
1. Instead of working your sl st or sc into the first chain, you can also work it into the stitch where the chain is originating from. So you would ch 3, sl st or sc into st below ch-3.
This can give a neater result and some crocheters prefer it.
Check out this free pattern that uses the Picot Stitch:
Simple Baby Bonnet
This free crochet pattern uses the picot single crochet stitch as a simple edging for the bonnet. A simple row of picots creates a beautiful edge.