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How to Crochet the Picot Stitch With Video Tutorial

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Learn the crochet picot stitch in this easy tutorial. Add picot edging to the borders of your crochet projects for a beautiful design.

The Picot Stitch is one of my favorite crochet techniques. I love the little detail it can add to an otherwise simple fabric.

The picot is a number of chains that are then slip stitched together. Usually a picot is written as chain 3, slip stitch to first chain made.

Coaster edge row 1 complete.

This forms a little bloop, bump, bobbly thing. You get the idea. It’s much prettier in practice than any of those words might have you think.

Sometimes I like to change up the number of chain stitches for a large picot. But the standard is 3.

Designs that use the Picot Stitch

There is a picot stitch edging on the Merletto Crochet Poncho. I love the little detail especially on this one since it’s a rectangle poncho. This free poncho pattern includes multiple size for children and adults.

Picot border in white on lacy poncho.
The Merletto features such an easy stitch pattern.

The Juliet Crochet Coaster Pattern has a picot edge that really adds to these simple single crochet stitches of this coaster. My favorite part about these coasters is that the picot border is worked at the start of each row. So when you’re finished, so is the border!

picture of glass of lemonade with lemon wheel on crochet coaster

You might also enjoy this lovely one skein lace scarf from Annie Designs. I love her shawls and scarves. They’re all so pretty!


In this tutorial I’m using Loops n Threads Impeccable Glitter. The color is Ice Queen White. You can crochet the picot stitch in any weight yarn and compatible hook.


  • any weight yarn, pictured in Loops and Threads Impeccable Glitter
  • in this tutorial I’m using my 6mm ergonomic Furls’ Streamline Swirl* in Cherry




(US Terms)


sl st-slip stitch 

The basic picot stitch is written in crochet patterns as:

picot = ch 3, sl st back to first ch


The picot stitch can be used different ways. Try making it with extra chains, for a different look. Your pattern will tell you the specifics. And if it doesn’t, assume it’s the regular version.

You can use picot stitch after a single crochet, a double crochet, or really any stitch. Again look to your pattern for the details.

Video Tutorial

Watch the video on my YouTube channel.

Pattern Instructions

picture of crochet snowflake with picot detail

How to Crochet the Picot Stitch

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 30 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 21 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $1

Learn how to crochet picot stitches.


  • any yarn, for this tutorial I'm using #4 medium worsted weight


  • hook compatible with your yarn, I'm using a 6mm here


  1. Ch 3 picture of chains for picot crochet stitch
  2. Insert hook in the 3rd ch from your hook, yarn over and pull the loop through the chain and the loop on your hook.picture of snowflake with picot crochet stitch One picot stitch made. And that 's it, you're done!


Give it a try as a lacy edging on your next crochet project!

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