|This one is knit in KP's self-striping Chroma yarn, in the Rollerskates colorway.|
|While this one uses a random striping sequence (provided in the pattern) |
and is knit with four different colors of Wool of the Andes.
I wanted to make pockets that didn't require me to pick up stitches or sew seams. Why? Well ... you mean other than the fact that I don't particularly to do either of those things? I don't like when my pockets get holes in them - and I can't think of a better way for pockets to get holes than for them to have sewn-shut seams.
So I pondered. How could I make these pockets without seams? How could I make them without picking up stitches? I could knit them in the round, but I really wanted to have a distinct bottom and distinct edges, which I couldn't figure out by knitting in the round. I pondered some more.
And ... can I tell you how very proud I was when I came up with the perfect solution? Seriously. It's ingenious! It's really a modification of tubular double knitting (but it's not as hard as that makes it sound), and it makes knitting this scarf feel like magic. I've made three of them - that's a total of 6 pockets - and every single time, I got excited when it was time to open the pocket.
I've made a couple of video tutorials to help folks who prefer to see rather than read instructions for new/innovative techniques. The first is here. This will show you how to knit the actual pocket. The pocket bind-off technique (that's the magical part!) is shown in a second video, which is available to everyone who buys the pattern. Which you can do here or via Knit Picks.
* Mathematicians in the group may very well recognize one of their brethren ... "elegant solutions" are something I learned about while toiling away earning that math degree. But really, I can't think of a better descriptor.