Ruby Pocket Part II

Time for another installment of the kangaroo pocket on the Ruby hoodie design. After the front of the sweater is knit up to about the armhole (refer to instructions for the exact location), it’s time to pause and knit the front of the pocket.

Several inches of stocking stitch knitting on the needles with a length of contrasting yarn threaded through the majority of the stitches in a row closer to the cast on edge.

Transfer reserved stitches onto a knitting needle

Several inches of stocking stitch on the needles with a separate needle inserted through a partial row of knitting a couple of inches from the cast on edge.

All the stitches are nicely being held on waste yarn as per the instructions. It’s time to slip them onto your knitting needle. It’s easier to slip them onto a smaller-sized needle, but remember to change to your gauge needle when you begin working the stitches.

Create a seam allowance

Increase one stitch on each end of the first row of the pocket as follows. This creates a seam allowance for the sides of the pocket. The extra stitches will disappear when the sides are sewn up. See this post for more information on seaming.

Step 1

Change to your larger knitting needle. Work a right-slanting raised increase (RRI) at the beginning of the row as follows.

Pink arrow and circle indicating right leg of stitch immediately below next stitch on needle.

A needle with inserted through several stitches in a row of knitted fabric and a second needle inserted through one stitch immediately below the end stitch on the first needle.

Insert the right needle into the right side of the stitch in the row directly below the first stitch on your left needle.

Left needle in a partial row on a piece of knitted fabric; right needle with one stitch in contrasting yarn adjacent to end of left needle.

Wrap the contrasting colour (pocket colour) yarn around the needle and knit the stitch—one stitch increased.

Step 2

Six stitches in contrasting colour on right needle and several stitches on left needle that's inserted into a row on a piece of knitting fabric.

Knit the first stitch on the left needle and continue to knit to the end of the row.

Single needle with stitches in contrasting colour that have been worked through a partial row on a piece of knitted fabric.

Step 3

At the end of the first pocket row, increase one more stitch by working a left-slanting raised increase as follows.

Pink arrow and circle indicate left leg of stitch two rows below last stitch on needle.

Right needle with contrasting stitches that were worked through a partial row on a piece of knitted fabric; left needle inserted under left leg of stitch two rows immediately below last stitch worked on right needle.

Insert the left needle into the left side of the stitch, two rows directly below the last stitch on your right needle.

Left-leaning raised increase incomplete at end of needle.

Knit into this stitch through the back loop—one stitch increased.

Step 4

Part of the front of a sweater with a kangaroo pocket worked in a contrasting colour ready to be joined at the top of the pocket.

Continue working the pocket front following the directions until it’s time to join the top of the pocket to the sweater front … detailed instructions in the next post!