I can’t think of the last time I cooked up a pocket.
When Mary Jane Mucklestone showed us her idea for this garment, we all zeroed right in on the pockets. So cute. Such an opportunity. Finally: a place to put that rock we pick up on our strolls along picturesque Maine shorelines.
So thrilling is the prospect of pockets that the first thing you do for this pattern is to knit up two squares, which will become the linings of the pockets, and leave them on the DPN you used to knit them. Hint: those live stitches are going to be useful in a minute.
This is of course an opportunity to knit a secret motif or date or whatever in there. I may duplicate stitch something later.
You start at the bottom and knit in the round upward. When you arrive at the pocket placement moment, you cast off 20 stitches for each pocket opening. Then, on the next round, you join in the pocket linings, knitting the live stitches at the top of the pocket lining so as to integrate the pocket lining into the garment.
Here’s the inside view of what the pocket linings look like once integrated.
In good time, you will stitch down the three sides of the pocket lining so as to make it an actual pocket.
I find this wildly satisfying.
You can see in the photo above the proof of stranding as I shifted from Rough Seas to Moor to Dark Grey. The Sparkle motif (found in Field Guide No. 17) is best used when you have decent contrast from color to color. But I don’t really care that my sparkles are dim. I know they’re there, night sparkles on the coast of Maine when the moon is low and bright.
The bound-off edges of the pocket curl in a decorative way, thanks to the natural tendency of stockinette fabric to curl.
An elegant bit of finishing: Mary Jane gives us the sloped shoulder bind off, which is a trick that makes the shoulder edge less of a stair-step moment. It will make my shoulder seam just that tiniest bit smoother.
Sort of like the curve of Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park. In Maine.
All good fun, and it’s happening in a matter of a few days. I’m working with a US size 11 (6 mm) needle, and the stitches looks so huge to me.
Do be sure to check a couple of small corrections to the pattern, right here. Nothing big, but you want it to be nice.
I recommend blasting your work as you go, with a steam iron to make the fabric smoother. I can’t wait for the full wet blocking of this—I can already tell that this sweater is going to be a favorite. When I’m in Maine. Someday.
Anybody out there dreaming of some summer thing to do? I’m really into the concept of outdoor dining right now.