Saturday, April 17, 2010

Pattern: A Knitted Pocket

This pocket is a great sample of basic knitting techniques that whips together surprisingly fast. Your final product is satisfying no matter your skill level, but especially so for beginners.

Techniques You'll Need:
- Cast on
- Knit stitch
- Purl stitch
- Decrease - K2tog
- Decrease - ssk
- Increase - m1
- Cast off

KnittingHelp.com has fantastic videos to help you learn any stitches you don't already know, as well as for brushing up your skills. Hooks and Needles also has some great tutorial videos, and everything you need is all together.

Knitted Pocket
Yarn: Vanna's Choice Slate
Gauge: doesn't matter
Needles: US7

The pocket is knit flat and then seamed together. See the picture to the side for an example of what your piece will look like before you fold it.

CO 40
Row 1 & all odd rows: Purl
R2-14: sl first st purlwise, k across
R16: Cast off 20st, k remaining 20st
R18-20: K
R22: ssk, k 16, k2tog
R24: ssk, k 14, k2tog
R26: ssk, k 6, k2tog, m1, k 4, k2tog
R28: Cast off

Fold the pocket in half. Using yarn of the same color, sew the pocket along the bottom, then up the side, then back down the side to hide the end of the yarn in the corner.

Find a button to put on the front of the pouch, using the m1 as a button hole. Sew it on tight and ta-da, you have yourself a knitted pocket.

Marvel in your genius and stuff it full of goodies.