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12: Pockets

are easy to knit, but it all starts to get a little more complicated if you want them to look as if they are almost organic, as if they have just grown easily on the garment.

Attention to detail becomes important when deciding where to place the pocket, how to attach it and, if there is a lining, how to make it invisible. A lining should be mysterious, it should never be evident on the right side of the garment.

When using a knitting pattern, the directions for the pockets are there for you. If you have knitted a garment of your own design, you have decide what to do and how to make it look good. Either way, there is an inbuilt helper. The rows and lines of stitches form a grid, and that is a graph that you can easily follow. You donít have to measure, just count the stitches and rows.

Some pockets are knitted as a part of the garment, others are knitted separately and attached afterwards. The positioning is important.

Pockets are usually set near the side seam, or right on, or even over, the side seam. They are placed above the hem band or at a distance longer than the depth of the pocket from the hem. The top of the pocket should be in a natural position in relation to where your hands would be comfortable when you put them into the pocket. Too high feels and looks wrong, too low only suits orangutans.

Sometimes pockets are a design feature on the top of the garment, and these also have to be placed in a functional position. Make sure that the pocket is a reasonable distance from the shoulder, and keep in mind what will be under the pocket when you set the position. Large breasted ladies need very carefully placed pockets so that no extra size is added, and make sure that the pockets donít land on an unfortunate spot.

Keep pockets in good proportion. On a big garment, a tiny pocket can look just plain silly.

If the pocket has been separately knitted or will be added by being picked up and knitted on, mark out the shape and position of the pocket with contrasting coloured threads or safety pins. Remember when positioning the marking that a stitch on either side of the pocket will disappear when the pocket is stitched in place. Marking will help set the perfect spot, and clearly shows where to work the seams to attach the pocket [pic 1].

Mark the size and shape of the pocket exactly where it will be placed.

Make sure that the position matches exactly if there are pockets on each side of a garment. One row or stitch out of balance can show up like a neon light.

The base of a pocket should sit straight on a horizontal row, and the easiest way to make sure of this is to pick up stitches along a row of the garment in the position that you have chosen, and then complete the pocket [pic 2].

Pick up stitches along a horizontal row for the start of a patch pocket.
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