I don't usually get too technical around here. I answer questions when asked, I even draw pictures and diagrams and used colored pens and try to help people out. If I can't describe it or draw it, then I try to find a better source for whatever and tell you about it. Well, hold onto your handknit hat because here we go with me trying something technical -- I even created a new category for "technique," though this may be the only post thus categorized in a while... or ever. ; )
I can picot and you can, too!
To begin, of course, cast on and knit as directed. In this case (and as I've done for all almost-9 socks I've knit), I cast on over two needles. I distributed the stitches on the DPNs and knit 5 rows, did the YO row (the row that will make the pretty picot edge when folded over), then knit 5 more rows. The directions started right off knitting in pattern from this point and sewing down the cast on edge after the toe was kitchenered. I knew that a nice, finished picot edge would be motivation to knit the sock, and something to admire along the way! I don't know about you, but I like to admire my knitting along the way. Knowing that there was an edge to sew down after the toe was kitchenered? Not something I'd really be looking forward to.
There were fairly large, visible loops on the cast-on edge due to the double needles. I threaded a needle with a bit of contrasting yarn and ran it through the loops along the cast-on edge -- the number of loops should be the same as the number of total stitches.
Each loop was knit together with a stitch on the needle to neatly fold down the edge while knitting the next row, removing the contrasting yarn as each loop was knit. The goal is to knit the stitch on the needle and the cast on loop from the same vertical row so there is no twist or bias to the finished edge. This tedious business continues all the way around 'til every loop has been knit with its mate.
Voila! A pretty picot edge that you can admire to your heart's content all the way to the toe!
I can picot, you can picot, let's all picot!!
Disclaimer. If you've read this blog for any length of time, you know that I can blahblahblah with the best. I've tried to keep it short and sweet here, but if there's something that needs clarification or I forgot something, please let me know and I'll try to fix it! There may be a better way, there is likely a better tutorial; perhaps you'll find something useful here.
Thanks for the nudge to do this, V.; I doubt I'd have done it otherwise. Sorry it took so long. ; )
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It's another weekend away... south to Madison this time. I hope to be at the Dane County Farmers' Market, in the area of my sister and her wares (see sidebar at right), in the late morning. On Sunday, we celebrate Mack's first birthday and the high school graduation of one of his big brothers!