A knitted band on the top of the pocket is not essential, but it
will make a firm edge and will hide any lining. Pick up stitches
along the turn-back edge on the right side and then knit the
required number of rows. Cast off evenly and firmly, and stitch in
place on each side [pic 11,12,13].
11: (left) Pick up stitches along pocket edge.
12: (right) The finished band.
13: The pocket lining in place on the inside of the
This way of making a lining adds two extra
layers of fabric, a bulky lump that is hard to hide. If the yarn for
the garment used is very thick, find a fine yarn in a similar colour
and use that for the lining. Knit the lining on the same size
needles, even though the fabric will be more flimsy. That doesn’t
matter, in fact it is an advantage. A knitted band on the top of the
pocket will hide the difference in yarn or colour [pic 14].
14: Using a finer yarn for the lining
is an advantage because it ensures that the lining will not show on
the right side.
On the wrong side, hold the lining away from the garment and
iron it separately. Try to flatten it to get rid of bulk [pic 15].
15: Holding the lining away from the
garment, iron very heavily to flatten it as much as possible. (This
is the only time I would recommend manhandling a piece of knitting!)
Never iron the three layers on the right
side because that will make the lining shape stand out on the right
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