A couple of weeks back, when I was making a sweater, I figured out a way to make perfect patch pocket seams. Pockets are a nice addition to any garment, but if poorly attached they also have the power to destroy the perfect finishing you may already have accomplished. They are perhaps the simplest and most popular pocket type. They come in a range of shapes and sizes, but the ideal pocket size for cardigans should be approximately 5 to 6 inches wide by 6 to 7 inches long. If you are making a sweater, its best to place the bottom of the pocket at least 20 to 22 inches from the shoulder and approximately 2 to 3 inches from the center front.
There are lots of garments made with parch pockets because they are relatively affordable and simple to install compared to other pocket designs. As the name suggests, these are pockets sewn onto the front of any garment; like a patch. To show you how easy it is to attach patch pocket seams, I have outlined these simple instructions below:
1. Block the pocket and the garment to which it will be sewn.
2. Pin the pocket securely in place using knitter’s safety pins.
3. Baste the pocket in place then baste around the pocket to help you sew the seam straight, then baste a stitch away from the pocket’s edge. Ideally, this is done using a yarn of a different color, preferably cotton.
4. Begin sewing from the upper corner of the pocket, then weave the side of the pocket to the clothing as you would a side seam. Use ½ stitch on the pocket while using the running thread between two stitches on the garment.
5. Like stitching a shoulder seam, weave the bottom of the pocket, then weave the pocket bottom as you would a shoulder seam, stitch to stitch.
6. Weave the opposite side of the pocket using the steps outlined above, then secure the pocket firmly.
As you can see, knitting patch pocket seams is a straightforward process.