Day 30 – Pockets

Finishing Set-in Pockets

If you allowed for set in pockets on Day 10, it is time to finish them! You will need your double pointed needles (DPNs) for this section.

Begin by slowly pulling your scrap piece of yarn out of your knitting where you allowed for your pocket. This will leave an equal number of live stitches on the top and bottom of your pocket opening.

Slip the live stitches at the top of the opening onto one DPN and the live stitches on the bottom onto another DPN. These are the stitches that you will knit your pocket from. You can separate the stitches onto another needle for easier knitting at this point if you like.

Join your yarn and knit around all of the pocket stitches until you pocket is your desired length. Slip your stitches back onto two needles so that the pocket is flattened.
Bind off all stitches using the three needle bind off. Weave in all ends. Tuck the pocket to the inside of your sweater.

Below your pocket, pick up and knit the same number of stitches as your pocket plus on each side. Work a few rows in 1×1 rib then bind off all stitches. Seam the edges to the sweater body. Weave in all ends.

Adding Patch Pockets

Patch pockets are the simplest to add to your sweater. Simply choose the size and shape you would like you pockets to be then knit a piece of fabric in that shape and seam it on.

The easiest shapes are squares or rectangles but any shape you can knit is an option! To make a “hoodie” style pocket you can make diagonal edges by decreasing one stitch at each end on every right side row.

Be sure to leave and opening at the top or on one side to slip your hands or other goodies in.

A nice way to make your pocket look finished is to add a few rows of ribbing to your opening edge(s).

Remember to place your pockets at a height that will be comfortable to put your hands in.

If you crochet, adding a decorative motif as a pocket is also an option.

Always seam your pockets on from the outside so you can see what your final result will look like. This way it is also easy to adjust if needed.

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