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table of contents chapter 12 (of 29)

12: Pockets (cont.)

On the second row of knitting, increase one stitch on the first stitch and second last stitch. These stitches allow for the stitch that form the seams on each side [pic 3].

3: The increase stitch marks the corner of the pocket. The first stitch on each side of the pocket has disappeared into the seam.

Join the connecting threads between the first and second stitches from each side of the pocket to the matching rows of the closest vertical lines on each side of the pocket [pic 4].

4: Attaching the pocket.

If you have left long ends when picking up the stitches and casting off the top of the pocket, they are in the right place to use for attaching the pocket. Join from the base of the pocket to the top, and then, making sure that the top starts on the correct row, work the second side seam to the base of the pocket [pic 5].

5: The pocket in place: the horizontal and vertical rows have been followed for the seams and the pocket is perfectly straight.

When the pocket is a separately knitted patch, it is worked in almost the same way as a knitted on pocket. Remember when marking out the shape that a stitch on each side of the pocket will disappear into the seam [pic 6].

6: The end stitches have been taken up by the seam inside the pocket.

Starting at the top of the pocket, join row to row to the bottom of the pocket, then match stitch to stitch across the base row, then row to row from the base to the top of the second side of the pocket [pic 7].

7: Matching stitch to stitch along a horizontal row at the base of a separately knitted patch pocket.

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