Socks can be plain. Socks can be fancy. Either way they cover your feet and make you feel cozy. Some fellow Socktoberists have prepared some fun tutorials on how to add that extra little something to your plain sock.
**Suitable for beginners and experienced sock creators alike!
KNIT PICOT EDGINGS / BIND-OFFS
pi·cot (pk, p-k)
n. A series of small embroidered loops forming an ornamental edging on some ribbon and lace.
tr.v. pi·coted (-kd), pi·cot·ing (-k-ng), pi·cots (-kz)
To trim with small embroidered loops.
[French, from Old French, from pic, point, from piquer, to prick]
Picot-edge ribbons can be dated to early 19th century Europe, when they were very popular in fashion as a trim on everyday wear and special costumes. "Ribbon-weavers reaped the benefits for the two years picot-edged ribbon topped the fashion charts." (more info here) The weaving world first experimented with the new technique, but soon after, needle crafters began to work the pretty picot edge into tatted lace, crochet, and knitting as a special edging and trim.
There are many knitting patterns that can be adapted to include a picot trim. Socks are the perfect garment as they have a straight cast-on / bind-off.
Kristi of Fiber Fool has prepared a wonderfully detailed side-by-side comparison of picot edges and techniques. Her details are very technical and so interesting; she has even calculated stretchability of each of the bind-offs!
Knitty Gritty featured Jenna Adorno's step-by-step video tutorial of a picot edge on her sweater "Ultrafemme". Although it is a sweater in the video, the same technique can be used for socks. See the video link on the sidebar!
Some of the lovely picot-edged socks that I have seen on the Socktoberfest Flickr Group…
Have you tried picot edging? Did you enjoy the process? Would you recommend it to others? If you have any other hints or tips, please feel free to share in the comments!