Buttonhole Picot Step by Step Tutorial of 2 Versions

These are two versions of Buttonhole Picot Stitch that I use.

The first version and the one most often documented has a picot made of a bullion stitch the second version is easier to work as the picot is made of three chain stitches.

The second version interests me as I was shown the second version when young and I often wonder if this is an Australian / New Zealand variety. I think it is easier to do but that could be because I learnt it as a child.

All samples worked using cotton perle # 5

Most often this stitch is worked along an edge so the buttonhole stitches are usually worked close together. For purposes of demonstration I have spaced them a little apart so you can see how the picot stitches are worked.

In all versions you space the picot knots as required along a line of buttonhole.

Version 1 Buttonhole Picot made with a bullion knot

Buttonhole Picot V1 step 1Start with buttonhole, when you reach the point where you want to add a picot commencing with the thread under the needle wrap the needle 2 or 3 times to create a bullion knot.

Buttonhole Picot V1 step 3Push the knot wraps snug to the buttonhole and pull the thread through. You may need to hold the needle flat to the fabric with your thumb as you pull through.

Buttonhole Picot V1 step 3Slide your needle from left to right under the last stitch and keeping the thread under the needle pull it through. If you need to push the knot up snug do so with either your needle or thumb.

Buttonhole Picot V1 step 4Continue along the line working the next section of buttonhole.

Buttonhole Picot stitch with  version 2

This is similar but I think easier as the picot knot is formed with a chain stitch.

The illustration samples are worked using cotton perle # 5.

As with the previous version you space the picot knots as required along a line of buttonhole. Normally the buttonhole stitches are worked close together as an edging stitch. For purposes of demonstration I have spaced them a little apart so you can see how the picot stitches are worked.

Buttonhole Picot V2 step 1Start with buttonhole, when you reach the point where you want to add a picot slide your needle under the the thread of the last buttonhole stitch but not through the fabric.

Buttonhole Picot V2 step 2With the thread under the needle pull your needle through so that you make a little chain stitch using the buttonhole as a foundation.

Buttonhole Picot V2 step 3Insert your needle into the centre of the chain stitch but not through the fabric. Wrap your thread under the needle and pull your needle through to make a second chain stitch.

Buttonhole Picot V2 step 4If you want a larger knot you can make a third chain.

Buttonhole Picot V2 step 5Next slide your needle from right to left under the last stitch and keeping the thread under the needle pull it through. If you need to push the knot up snug do so with either your needle or thumb.

Buttonhole Picot V2 step 6Recommence regular buttonhole stitch and bring your needle tip out next to the picot and continue along the line working the next section of buttonhole.

As you can see the knot stands a little proud and personally I always find the rhythm of the second version easier than the first. I would be interested in people’s opinion.


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15 Responses to Buttonhole Picot Step by Step Tutorial of 2 Versions

  1. Pamela says:

    Here are my samples for 87 and 88, done in #5 perle. I’ve done them on the edge of the fabric so see how they might be used for edging.
    http://hokkaidokudasai.blogspot.jp/2013/11/tast-87-and-88-two-versions-of.html
    Thanks!

  2. Hi Sharon,
    these are some samples of picots worked with chain stitches.
    http://jizee6687.wordpress.com/category/tast-2013/40-88-butonhole-picot-chain/
    Thank you,
    Chitra

  3. Annet says:

    Today I wrote about my finished garden sampler with 21 different stitches, most of them are TAST stitches.
    http://fat-quarter.blogspot.nl/2013/11/garden-sampler.html

  4. Annet says:

    I tried both versions again and started to like one of them. I wrote about it here:
    http://fat-quarter.blogspot.nl/2013/11/buttonhole-picot.html

  5. Carol Harper says:

    Here are my two variants.

    http://210920746822434353.weebly.com/1/post/2013/11/take-a-stitch-tuesday-2013-87-and-88.html

    As much as I HATE bullion stitches, I prefer the first — at least I think I know how to do it and I don’t have a clue how to do the second. I chalk that up to trying this late at night… But neither is very well done, IMO.

    This has been a disastrous month of stitching for me — only one of the stitches in October actually worked for me!

  6. Hi Sharon,
    I started with the first version of buttonhole picot-
    http://jizee6687.wordpress.com/category/tast-2013/buttonhole-picot1-bullion/
    Thank you,
    Chitra

  7. Angela says:

    Thanks for the two options for instructions. I tried both and found the second one much easier.
    http://princessbubblescreates.blogspot.ca/2013/10/take-stitch-tuesday-buttonhole-stitch.html

  8. Annet says:

    I played catch up today and made a combo of Turkman and raised cup stitch:
    http://fat-quarter.blogspot.nl/2013/10/turkman-and-raised-cup-stitch.html

  9. Annet says:

    It’s good to have 2 weeks to try these stitches. The first time I tried them I made terrible stitches. Here’s my original post:
    http://fat-quarter.blogspot.nl/2011/01/buttonhole-picots.html
    Thanks for inclucing them in TAST again.

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