Another way to make a horizontal pocket is to make a long
buttonhole slit where the top of the pocket will be,
and then knit the lining separately and stitch it in place. This
will produce exactly the same sort of pocket, but is extra effort
for no real reason.
A vertical set-in pocket must be carefully
placed. Knit to the start of the bottom of the pocket, leaving the
remaining stitches at the end of the needle, and then work short
rows until you have reached the top of the pocket [pic 16].
16: Keeping stitches on the ends of the needles, work
short rows on one side of the vertical slip pocket.
Finish on a right side row and leave the
stitches at the end of the right needle. Using a new end, work the
same number of rows, minus one, on the stitches originally on the
left needle [pic 17].
17: Starting with a new end, leaving the completed
side at the end of the needle, pick up and work the required number
of rows on the second side. Finish with a wrong side row. Then knit
across all the stitches and complete the piece.
Continuing from the first finished side,
work across the remaining stitches and complete the front piece.
Pick up the stitches along the side of the pocket slit to work a
band [pic 18].
18: The band picked up and knitted on the side of the
pocket slit will cover any lining seam when stitched in place.
Attach the band neatly at each end, and then knit a pocket
lining and stitch it in place. Unless the fabric of the garment is
VERY thick, don’t try to attach the lining at the top because any
stitching will show on the right side. The lining just has to hang
inside. The band at the side of the slit will cover where the lining
Some knitters knit a one layer lining and stitch it into place on
the wrong side. However carefully this is done, the line of
stitching will still show on the right side. In this case., treat it
as a feature.
A pocket set into the side seam is worked in the same way, except
that the slit doesn’t have to be knitted, it is just a section of
the side seam.
Pockets are a wonderful feature, but need to
be very carefully worked!
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