Single Buttonhole Rings

Structural Category


Specific Usage


Other Names



Consecutive loops are done on the edge.


This stitch is worked over a foundation of two threads on a finished edge of the fabric.



To make the loop for the foundation of the picot bring the needle out near the edge of the fabric at A. Insert the needle near the edge of the fabric at B. Draw up the thread to make a shallow loop.

Insert the needle again at A and gently tighten the thread so it is the same size as AB. This creates the foundation for the picot.



Keep the working thread to the left of the foundation loop and make a Buttonhole stitch over the foundation threads by inserting the needle into the loops and bringing it out with the working thread under the tip of the needle.

Continue making buttonhole stitches from left to right until the foundation threads are covered.


When reaching the right edge of the picot insert the needle into the fabric at B. You are in position to begin the next picot. B becomes A. Repeat Steps 1 to 5.

Diagram source: Venessa Harrold, reprinted by permission.

Bibliographic Sources

Stitch Identification Group