Happy New Year Beautiful Friends!
Did you ring in the New Year with family and friends? Whether you were out celebrating in a big way, or cozy at home in a quiet way, I hope it was grand. I spent New Year's Eve, calling in sick to work yesterday, and again today (I hate calling in), and spent the entire day yesterday in bed, with a cold and flu. It wasn't a total loss however. Channel 9 showed a Downton Abbey marathon, and I watched it in its entirety. We ordered pizza in the evening, and I got up for a few minutes to sit at the table with my family. Regardless of how I felt, it made me so happy to listen to them talk, laugh, and to enjoy food together. So happy!
Today I woke feeling slightly better. Laying in bed is not easy for me at all, and who has time for that anyway? I wrapped a shawl around me, went to the kitchen, poured a cup of hot coffee, and sat down with my knitting.
It was time for me to knit the pockets for my Anna Vest, and I thought a little tutorial about knitting pockets might be nice. Would you like to grab a cup of tea, and take a look together at how easy knitting pockets can be.
Here is the front side of my Anna Vest.
Earlier, I had knit two pocket linings, about 21 stitches by 23 rows, and placed them on stitch holders. I am weighing them down to keep them from rolling. (I love my little stitch clicker sent to me by a friend:) Isn't it cute? It smiles!
Here we go! First, knit in pattern to the start of where the pocket will go. Place a marker and knit in pattern to the end of the pocket space. In my case, 21 stitches. The same as the pocket linings above. Place marker and finish the row in pattern.
Next, knit in pattern over to the first stitch marker, and between markers work in 1x1 (knit 1, purl 1), rib pattern, then finish the row in pattern. Repeat this for three rows.
Then knit in pattern over to the stitch marker and bind off the 21 stitches, or however many pocket stitches you have, removing the stitch markers. Finish the remaining stitches of the row in pattern.
Now, let's attach those pocket linings. On the wrong side, simply work in pattern (in this case, purl stitch) and purl across one of the pocket liners made eariler, removing it from the stitch holder, and then finish the remaining stitches of the row.
On the right side you'll see this:)
The back will look like this, and will be Whip stitched in place later. (Like when the cold and flu are gone.)
When your pocket is done it will look like this, and if you are like me, you may already be thinking about what you will be able to tuck inside. Yes to pockets!
I'm back in bed now friends. Let's chat soon! May this New Year offer you hope and joy. I've been thinking, if we all ditch the lists of resolutions, and just simply pencil in "peace and kindness," it may be a very good year. xo Happy New Year!