Introducing the Celtic Knotted Picot -- a Celtic Style Picot

Instructions & Diagrams by Sabina Carden-Madden
©May 2005

This celtic knotted picot technique was inspired by my 4 year old daugther Xaphya. As with most ambitious children learning to work with threads, she tied a knot in the thread I had on a ball with a ton of beads without my realizing it until later when I tried to use the ball. Seeing the configuration it created, I decided to see what I could do with it and Voila!! a real Celtic Picot!!

The technique is really simple. It consists of intentionally tying an overhand knot into your thread and using a larger picot gauge than you are accustomed to to create the celtic woven effect in the negative space of your lace. In addition, it gives you two new join points instead of just one.
CKP Picot Gauge ExampleWhen making a chain or SCMR you would simply add the overhand knot over the picot gauge. Completely remove the slack from the knot so that the thread is doubled around the gauge including the knot (in this case a regular pencil but size 1 or 2 knitting needles work for smaller knotted triple picots) and immediately make your next double stitch as close to the gauge as possible.
CKP FinishedWhen you remove the gauge and snug the double stitches together you will have a picot that looks like a pretzel. When the two humps of the pretzel are joined to, and the threads of the picot are adjusted proportionately, same as you would adjust a double picot, you have a celtic woven center to the picot.
CKP Hand WrapIf you wish to make this picot in a true ring, you would add the knot to your shuttle thread before you begin tatting the ring.

Begin by wrapping your hand normally, bringing your shuttle thread back to your pinch.

Bring the shuttle over, then behind and under the work area of your hand ring thread to form the overhand knot.

Drop the knot from your pinch but not from your 3rd and 4th fingers and continue to bring the shuttle thread over the fingers and around the back of your hand again into the regular tatting position in your pinch. Begin tatting your ring normally.

Note the knot is held open by your 3rd and 4th finger while you tat the stitches needed before the celtic knotted picot is completed. If you need to enlarge the hand ring, feed the thread through the knot back towards your pinch.

Are you feeling adventurous?? More than one celtic knotted picot could be added to the same ring by tying addition knots in the shuttle thread before tatting the first stitch of your true ring. In this case the knots would be held, one each, on the 3rd, 4th fingers and the pinkie and the thread fed back through the each of the knots when needed to tat more stitches in the ring.

Be sure to make your knots the same way for each picot to maintain the same weave in each of your subsequent celtic knotted picots. Adding the knots for the picots is the same principle as adding beads to your hand ring to have your beads in your picots.

Come learn more about the use of this technique at Hedgehogs Guild Lace-In July 8th & 9th, 2006, I will be teaching 2 6hr Class sessions discussing more ways to include this technique in your work including more practice patterns. Visit this link to see examples of original designs we will be working on in addition to the basic instructions,

To register for class visit Hedgehog Lacers website

Simple Practice Edging using Clovers

OKP Clover EdgingOKP Clover Edge Diagram

Fan Motif using SCMR Ring with Celtic Knotted Picots in the second ring of the Clover
or add 3 Celtic Knotted Picots to the same True Ring

CKP Fan MotifCKP Fan Motif

CKP Fan Diagram

For larger diagram to print, click on diagrams

Ready, Set, Go Enjoy! :)

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Graphics watermarked with Digimarc & edited by Charles D. Madden

Created October 3, 2005
Revised May 17, 2006