How to Get a Scalloped Edge Binding Off in Knitting

Things You\’ll Need

  • Knitting project

  • Scissors

  • Yarn needle

Close-up of knitting needles and yarn A picot cast-off provides a scalloped edge. Image Credit: Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images

A scalloped edging on a knitted item can be achieved by performing a picot bind-off. The picot, which comes from the French for "small point," provides a slightly stretchy edge with evenly spaced scallops. The size of the scallops can be made larger by picoting more stitches or smaller with fewer stitches. Larger picots will have a more curved appearance, while smaller picots will terminate in a point. You can shape the picots, however, to your liking when wet-blocking the item; tug the picots into the desired shape and allow them to set.

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Step 1

Knit as desired to the end of your garment. For a two-stitch picot, cast on 2 stitches, then bind off 4 stitches. This leaves 1 stitch on your needle.

Step 2

Slip this stitch onto the left-hand needle.

Step 3

Cast on 2 stitches, bind off 4 and then slip the single stitch onto the left-hand needle.

Step 4

Repeat casting on, binding off and slipping the stitch to the end of the row.

Step 5

Draw yarn through the last stitch, clip yarn and tug the stitch firmly to close.

Step 6

Weave in the ends using a yarn needle.


To increase or decrease the size of the picot, cast on the desired number of stitches and bind off twice as many.