… afterthought pockets …

Recently I knit a cardigan for my friend in a classic navy-blue. But than I found something was missing and added some color at the ribbing, buttonbands and neck.

I also wished I had made pockets (a little late, I know, the cardi was finished) as I know he likes to have some storage room for I-pod, mobile phone, glasses etc…

So this is how I did it and how you can do it, even in store bought pullovers or cardigans:

Decide where you want your pocket and how many stitches wide
your pocket needs to be. Mark the edges with stitch markers.

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Choose the row where you would like the pocket opening.
Cut a stitch in the middle of the pocket width.

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Pull out the yarn of the row you cut, in both directions until you reach the stitch markers at the ends.

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You now have two rows of live stitches (at the top and the bottom of the opening)
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Don’t break the yarn tails left over—you can use them later to close any holes or to stabilize the corners.

Slip the stitches of the upper row and the lower row to a circular needle.
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And work the pocket in the round to desired length. (Make it a little shorter than needed, because the fabric will stretch in use)

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Bind off all the stitches using the 3 needle bind-off.

Hold the needle tips with the stitches of the pocket together.
With a 3rd needle knit 1 stitch from front needle together with a stitch of the back needle, knit the following stitch of front needle together with next stitch of back needle.
Insert one of the left needles into the first stitch on the right (3rd) needle, pass the first stitch on the right needle over the second stitch and off the needle. (This is the normal way of binding off).
Continue binding off stitches to the end.

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And with some buttons (also afterthought) it just looks right.
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A few more pics here on Ravelry