Picot Bind Off & Counting

I'm working on a project that calls for a Picot bind off and have an elementary question regarding counting. The Picot bind off directions are:

Bind off 5 stitches, [slip st on right needle back to left needle; CO 1 st using Cable Cast On method, BO 6 sts] ...

My elementary question is this, as I begin to bind off I knit the first stitch, knit the second stitch and then pass the 1st stitch over the 2nd stitch. How many stitches did I just bind off, 1 or 2?

The pattern is a 4x1 rib so I'm assuming that the answer to my question is 2 so that the Picot ends up on the Purl stitch in the rib pattern. Otherwise the Picot ends up 1 stitch past the Purl which just doesn't seem right.

I figure it would be good to know this basic answer since it'll come in handy when making necklines.

Thanks...Keith
(feeling very stupid since I've been knitting for a few years).

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I suspect it is a case of

I suspect it is a case of two knitters divided by a single language (to paraphrase an old saw)

lets see - if you bind off 4 stitches - that *uses* 5 stitches, your first 4 knits and the first purl;

# you have 1 stitch on the right needle and the next stitch is the first of four knits in the next rib.

the right hand stitch returns to the left needle and you cast on one, using the cable caston; resulting in one stitch on the right hand needle and the first stitch on your left needle is now the result of the purl from the previous rib.

So you bind 6 (the stitch that went back ON the left needle, 4 knit stitches and the next purl.) repeat from the # mark.

I had to write this out --it was bugging me.

MMario - I don't live in the 21st Century - but I play a character who does.

Thanks MMario. I thought it

Thanks MMario. I thought it seemed odd, but it's my first time binding off using a Picot method and I wanted be sure I was following the pattern correctly. I've written the designer to double check if it was her intention to have the picot 1 st after the Purl st. I think I would definitely alter the pattern if it was so.

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normally I would say "one" -

normally I would say "one" - but it appears for this pattern you are correct , because otherwise, based on the instructions the picot would drift one stitch each repeat - and I can't beleive that is what is desired. I would just make the picot over the purl each time.

MMario - I don't live in the 21st Century - but I play a character who does.