Scarf

Simply by sewing a seam you can turn this scarf into a hooded woolly warmer, perfect for snuggling into, with the scarf ties making it practical too. I have added a pocket for decorative detail - and because I know children always lose their gloves.

Working pockets into the main piece of the garment always gives a much neater finish than stitching on patch pockets afterwards. Sometimes the instructions can appear confusing but the basic idea is quite simple. The pocket lining, which will form the back of the pocket, is worked first and knitted to the size and length required. The stitches are not cast off but left on a stitch holder or spare needle.

When the main piece is knitted to the point at which the pocket opening will be, the stitches of that row are worked to the position of the pocket and the same number of stitches as the pocket lining are cast off. On the next row, at the position where the stitches were cast off, rather than casting on stitches you work across the stitches on the holder, and then carry on to the end of the row. The pocket lining has now become integrated into the main body, with an opening at the front.

If you want a border on the top of the pocket, leave the stitches on a stitch holder and then work a stitch pattern such as a rib on those stitches later. The pocket lining is sewn to the back of the garment. To keep the linings square when stitching them in place, tack colour guidelines in a contrast thread on the right side of the work.

with pocket

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