The picot stitch appears on the edges of countless crochet projects. And while it’s a popular edging for doilies, blankets and garments, this stitch is much more versatile than simple borders. In fact, there are several ways to customize the stitch and make it match any pattern. Plus, the picot can also be added to the middle of patterns, often to fill spaces with interesting texture.
Here, you’ll learn the step-by-step for crocheting the picot stitch, as well as some examples for modifications on the simple stitch.
How to crochet the picot stitch
Insert hook into first chain.
Yarn over and pull up a loop.
Yarn over and pull the yarn through both loops on hook.
Single crochet in next stitch.
What you’re doing here is creating a chain three, making a sc into the first chain of that chain three, and then making a sc in the next stitch.
If you want to create a whole row of picot crochet stitches for an edging, simply repeat these steps all the way across the row.
Variations on picot crochet stitch
The instructions above are for the basic crochet picot stitch. However, there are several variations on this popular design. Here are the most common variations:
Increase the number of chains
Instead of beginning the picot with a ch 3, you can begin it with a ch 4, ch 5 or even more chains. This just creates a taller and more open picot stitch. The photo below shows a picot stitch made with a ch 5.
Begin with a single crochet
You can sc, then chain three on top of it (like in step 1) and continue the rest of the steps from there. This gives your picot stitches a little flatter and wider.
Work into black loops only
Insert hook into back loop only of the chain three stitch, and work BLO in step 2.
Add sc stitches between picots
In the description above for working rows of crochet picot stitch, you would chain three directly on top of the sc in step seven. If you want to make a more defined, openwork version of the picot stitch, add one or two more sc stitches after step seven before you begin your next picot.
Faux picot stitch crochet
You can create a look similar to the picot across a row by doing sc, *ch 3, sc in each of next three stitches and repeat from * across the row.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in August 2015 and was updated in May 2018.