Patch pockets are one of the easiest types of pockets to knit, as they are worked separately from the garment and “patched” (i.e. sewn) onto the final fabric. This means that you can try your sweater on and decide exactly where (and even if) you want to have pockets. Extremely versatile, patch pockets open up the possibility for playing with color. Plan ahead and use your swatch as a pocket. And keep in mind that patch pockets are not only for garments — try them at either end of a generously-sized scarf to hold dog treats or other small treasures!
Step 1: Determine pocket placement
Begin by steam- or wet-blocking your completed sweater and pockets*. Once dry, try on your garment. With the help of some locking stitch markers or coilless safety pins, try out different placement points for your pocket(s) for best wearability.
*Do your pattern's pockets begin by picking up stitches from the finished fabric? The same principles below will apply for seaming the pocket sides and finishing.
Lay your garment flat on your work surface, keeping the locking stitch markers in place from your garment try-on.
Using the original placement markers as guides, count how many stitches up from the bottom ribbing and in from the front band ribbing your pocket is placed (use an alternative reference point for pockets elsewhere on the garment, e.g. chest pockets). If you have a matching pocket to attach on the other front garment panel, make a note of your placement numbers to repeat on the opposite side.
Make sure that the bottom edge and the bottom pocket corners are aligned along the same row of stitches on the garment body, adjusting your locking stitch markers as needed.
Repeat the alignment check for the pocket’s vertical side nearest the front edge, making sure the bottom and top pocket corners for that side are attached on the same column of stitches. Repeat the side placement for the bottom and top corners on the opposite side of the pocket.
Cut a length of your working yarn twice as long as three sides of your pocket perimeter (the left side, the right side, and the bottom). Thread this seaming yarn through your tapestry needle.
Count from one side of your pocket and find the “V” of the middle stitch on the bottom row of the pocket — this will be your starting point.
From your starting middle stitch, pull through half the amount of your seaming yarn; the reserved tail will be used to seam the other half of the pocket, in the other direction.
Repeat for the other side.
To finish, weave in any remaining ends from knitting your pocket on the wrong side of the garment (not the pocket). Steam block around the edges of your pocket to smooth the fabric and integrate your seaming. Visit our Blocking 101 resource for a complete guide.
Plenty of Pockets
Imbue's 5-ply construction creates a round and springy yarn with crisp stitch definition. Worsted-spun from soft breed-specific American Merino wool, Imbue knits up into a luxurious fabric with heirloom durability in richly complex heathered shades.
Featured colors in this tutorial:
Ash Cool slab granite and rough pumice stone with motes of cavernous black.
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