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Learn to Crotat

Joining Picots

Crotat Flower

A joining picot is used to join two rings together when you want them held in a certain place.

The flower uses joining picots to keep the "petals" in place.


Ring 1: 3 ds, p, (3 ds, p) twice, 3 ds, close ring.

Rings 2-4: 3 ds, jp, 3 ds, p, 3 ds, p, 3 ds, close ring.

Ring 5: 3 ds, jp to ring 4, 3 ds, p, 3 ds, jp to ring 1, 3ds, close ring.

Fasten off, tie ends together and sew them in.

Crotat Flower stitch diagram

Joining Picot step 1
1.  Complete the 1st ring.

Joining Picot step 2
2.  Work the 1st 3 ds of the 2nd ring.

Joining Picot step 3
3.  Hold ring 1 and insert the hook in to the picot.

Joining Picot step 4
4.  Yarn over hook

Joining Picot step 5
5.  And draw through.

Complete the ring as in the pattern and repeat for rings 3 and 4.

Ring 5 is a little different as it has two joining picots.  Work it as for rings 2-4 up to the 2nd joining picot.

Joining Picot step 6
Fold the work around so that you can insert the hook in the correct picot on ring 1.

6.  If you fold the work around to the front

Joining Picot step 7
7.  Your hook will end up in front of the work when you have completed it.

Joining Picot step 8
8.  If you fold the work around to the back

Joining Picot step 9
9.  Your hook will end up behind the work when you have completed it.

While this is not important when you are working on a single layered motif, you will need to take note of where you need the hook to end up when working multi-layered motifs.

Crotat Flower
These are the basics of Crotat.  There are other things to learn but you will now be able to follow any basic crotat pattern. 

When you have practised a little, and are confident with everything you have learned so far, then you can carry on with the slightly more difficult techniques which come next.

Now we are going to make a Crotat String >>>>>>