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Picot Cuff

Cuffs don’t have to be dull and are a great way to change up a sock’s look without disrupting the pattern! Your sock cuff can be anything you dream; the only real rule to ensure you follow is that it stays stretchy enough to get on comfortably and off your foot and hold well enough to keep your sock up.

A Picot Cuff is an adorable addition to any sock. They’re created by working a few rounds of stockinette, followed by a row of (K2tog, yo) across the round, then a few more stockinette rounds. Once you’ve completed your sock, you then go back, fold the edge over inside the sock, and use a whip stitch to join the two edges.

This can be tricky, as you don’t want to whip stitch too tightly, or you’ll lose the much-needed stretch you’ll need for your sock.


Cuff-Down Picot Cuff Directions

Using your preferred cuff-down sock cast-on (I favor the Old-Norwegian Cast-On), leaving a 36″ / 91 cm tail, cast on 48 [52, 56, 60, 64, 68, 72] stitches. Join in the round, being careful not to twist it.

Rounds 1-4: Knit across round.
Round 5: *K2tog, yo; repeat from * across round.
Rounds 6-9: Knit across round.

Work remainder of the sock. Fold along the eyelet row, the cast-on edge is in the inside of the sock, and using the tail, carefully whip stitch the cast-on row to the back of the 9th stockinette round.


Toe-Up Picot Cuff Directions

The directions are based on having already worked your 48 [52, 56, 60, 64, 68, 72] stitch count leg to your desired length before the cuff.

Rounds 1-4: Knit across round.
Round 5: *K2tog, yo; repeat from * across round.
Rounds 6-9: Knit across round.

Bind off using your preferred stretchy bind-off (I favor this stretchy bind-off method for a picot), leaving a 36″ / 91 cm tail. Fold along the eyelet row, the cast-on edge is in the inside of the sock, and using the tail, carefully whip stitch the cast-on row to the back of the 9th stockinette round.


Tip: if you’re a very tight knitter, go up a needle size when you’re casting on or binding off! This will help ensure make the cuff stretchy enough to get on and off your foot with ease. There’s nothing worse than knitting a sock that you can’t get on!

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