The Picot Single Crochet is a fun variation on the single crochet stitch, and used in conjunction with sc, it makes up the Granule Stitch pattern! This stitch and pattern are very similar to the Tunisian Pebbles Dishcloth - but made in standard crochet stitches, without any special tools! Here's how it's done.
Video Tutorial: How to Crochet the Picot Single Crochet & Granule Stitch Pattern
Written Instructions & Photo Tutorial for the Picot Single Crochet & Granule Stitch
The Granule Stitch is a pattern of alternating Picot Single Crochets (abbreviated Psc) and regular single crochets (sc). Traditionally, the Granule Stitch is worked with the Psc sts staggered in each row, so you'd start with a multiple of 4, plus 1, plus 1 for the starting chain (or if starting with FSC, just a multiple of 4 plus 1). If you want the Picots to stack up in straight columns, start with a multiple of 2, plus 1, plus 1 for the starting chain (or for FSC, just a multiple of 2 plus 1). In the photos below I'll demonstrate the staggered, traditional method, starting with a chain of 14.
Picot Single Crochet (Psc): (Worked from the WS of the fabric) Insert the hook in the next st, yo and pull up a loop. [Yo and pull through 1 loop] 3 times (as for a ch 3). Yo and pull through both loops on the hook. Push ch 3 to the back (RS) of the fabric when working the next st.
Row 1: Ch a multiple of 4 plus 1, plus 1 for the starting chain. Sc in the 2nd ch from the hook and each ch to the end. Turn.
Row 2: Ch1, sc in the 1st st. *Psc in the next st, sc in the next st. Repeat from * to end. Turn.
Row 3: Ch 1, sc in each st to end. Turn. TIP: Hold down the Psc in front to see the top of the st to work into it.
Row 4: Ch 1, sc in the first 2 sts. *Psc in the next st, sc in the next st. Repeat from * until 1 st remains. Sc in the last st. Turn.
Row 5: As Row 3.
Repeat Rows 2 through 5 to length desired.
That's really all there is to it! Easy as can be, and though it's an "advanced" stitch in that it's not a basic or standard stitch, it's certainly easy enough for any crocheter to master! And it makes a fantastic, nubbly, fun fabric. Try starting with a chain of 30 and make a dishcloth of Picot Single Crochet and the Granule Stitch pattern today!
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