I have gotten a few emails regarding my Last Minute Picot (Scalloped) Edging (LMPE). Consequently, I thought it might be best to write a post with step by step description and pictures regarding this finishing technique.  You may also find an article and a children cardigan pattern I wrote using this finishing in March 1012 issue of the Creative Knitting Magazine (titled Afterthought Picot & Fields of Spring Cardigan respectively). This edging is also used for the Bolero Jacket pattern in 60 Quick Baby Knits book.

As you will see, this finishing is highly customizable and fairly easy to do. Since each picot/scallop is completed before moving to the next; you can do a few repeats and see if you need to change needle size or tension. The edging can be worked on live or bound-off stitches. The LMPE can work double duty and be used in place of a buttonhole detail as a small hole is created at the center of each picot. Since both sides are attractive, this technique works well for scarves, shawls or any reversible garment.

Bolero Jacket- published in 60 Quick Baby Knits Book, sixth & Spring Books, 2011

Last Minute Picot Edging is used all around the body and sleeve cuffs

Fields of Spring Cardigan- Creative Knitting Magazine, March 2012

The pattern involves 3 rows. Here are the steps:

Row 1 (right side): Pick up/knit 1 stitch, yarn over needle, pick up/knit the next stitch (for a flatter finish, skip the next loop and pick up the next one instead), turn {3 stitches}







Row 2 (wrong side): Purl 1 stitch, knit through the front, back and front of the yarn over, purl the last stitch, turn {5 stitches}







Row 3 (right side): Bind off all stitches as follows: *knit 2 stitches together through the back loop, slip the stitch on right needle to left needle, repeat from * until only 1 stitch remains on right needle – 1 picot/scallop is completed







Repeat the above steps for desired length.


For more definition or to space out the picot/scallops, consider squeezing in the next step in between each repeats (as set above):

Separate- pick up/knit the next loop, slip the first stitch on right needle over the last – 1 stitch is decreased and you are left with a single stitch again.







Follow the following rules to customize the Last Minute Picot Edging to suit you own projects:

  • For a smooth, flat finish, choose a needle size 1 to 2 sizes smaller than those used for the edge you are working on.
  • Skip on stitch after the yarn over in row 1 for a flatter edge.
  • Use the Separation stitch pattern to define each picot and ensure flatter finish.
  • For a ruffled or bolder look and to achieve larger picots, use needles 1 to 2 sizes larger than those used for the project’s edge.

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3 Comments for this entry

  • Barbara trice says:

    Really loving your book “60 Quick Baby Knits”.

  • Constance says:

    I’m so glad you called it “last-minute” on Ravelry. That let me know right away (without having to sift through more search results) that this is something I can decide to add after knitting a piece. I’m knitting a moebius cowl, and I won’t know until the end if a picot edge will be necessary. Thanks so much.

  • Marla says:

    Thank you so much for this finishing idea. I’m just putting your picot edging on a scarf and it’s the perfect final touch!

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