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How to Crochet the Picot Stitch Tutorial

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Learn the picot stitch in this easy crochet tutorial. Add picot to edgings and 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 several chains that are then slip stitched together. Usually a picot is written as chain 3, slip stitch to first chain made.

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 chains 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.

The Juliet Crochet Coaster Pattern has a picot border that really adds to these simple single crochet coasters. 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!


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

Stitches/Abbreviations (US Terms)


sl st-slip stitch 



Written in Crochet Patterns as

picot=ch 3, sl st back to first ch

The picot stitch can also be used with a different number of chains, for a different look. Your pattern will tell you the specifics.

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 this stitch in motion on my Jumprope.

Picot Tutorial

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 the picot stitch.


  • 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. Slip stitch back into the first ch you madepicture of snowflake with picot crochet stitch And that 's it, you're done!

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