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12: Pockets (cont.)

A knitted band on the top of the pocket is not essential, but it will make a firm edge and will hide any lining. Pick up stitches along the turn-back edge on the right side and then knit the required number of rows. Cast off evenly and firmly, and stitch in place on each side [pic 11,12,13].

11: (left) Pick up stitches along pocket edge.
12: (right) The finished band.

13: The pocket lining in place on the inside of the garment.

This way of making a lining adds two extra layers of fabric, a bulky lump that is hard to hide. If the yarn for the garment used is very thick, find a fine yarn in a similar colour and use that for the lining. Knit the lining on the same size needles, even though the fabric will be more flimsy. That doesn’t matter, in fact it is an advantage. A knitted band on the top of the pocket will hide the difference in yarn or colour [pic 14].

14: Using a finer yarn for the lining is an advantage because it ensures that the lining will not show on the right side.

On the wrong side, hold the lining away from the garment and iron it separately. Try to flatten it to get rid of bulk [pic 15].

15: Holding the lining away from the garment, iron very heavily to flatten it as much as possible. (This is the only time I would recommend manhandling a piece of knitting!)

Never iron the three layers on the right side because that will make the lining shape stand out on the right side.
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