Little Lessons: Creating Pockets
What has it got in its nasty little pocketses?
I can’t think about pockets without hearing the voice of Gollum talking to himself in The Hobbit. Clearly, being read to as a child had a big impact on me! There is nothing nasty, or even little, about the pockets Mary Jane Mucklestone designed for the Destination Pullover. They are joyful pockets for keeping treasures in, or for warming your hands on a chilly day.
Expressing joy at the presence of pockets in clothing has become a shared experience for makers of clothing. At the last yarn show I attended, I’m certain I said, “And look! It has pockets!” at least four or five times. Pieces of sea glass, acorns, a delicious wrapped sweet, scraps of pretty yarn—whatever you like to carry around with you, a pocket is your friend.
Pockets are easy to add to any project, once you understand how they work. The pockets in the Destination Pullover use a simple construction:
- You knit a pocket back of the size of your desired finished pocket
- You cast off the same number of stitches as you worked in your pocket back, at the point where you want the pocket opening to be located
- You knit in the pocket back stitches over the cast off pocket opening
- And finally you sew down the sides of the pocket back once the garment is complete
In the following video tutorial I’m going to show you step-by-step how to work your pocket. I’ve included instructions on adding waste yarn guides to ensure that you seam your pocket neatly, but this is an optional step, and you can equally sew the seam by eye.
Video notes: If you are watching on YouTube, you can hover over the time bar to see the different sections of the video, which is handy if there’s a particular thing you want to re-watch. The video also has subtitles which you can display by clicking on the CC button.
You are now ready to add your pockets to the Destination Pullover, or indeed any garment project. I hope that you’ll feel really confident making them, and that you will also share the joy of your pocketses, next time you meet up with other crafters.