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Originally written in Spanish.

Pockets appeared in clothing centuries ago, responding to a need to have free hands and to be able to carry small objects around. Nowadays, many are purely aesthetic. But they can have one more use; they can cover minor defects that you have on a cardigan or sweater. They're a way to continue wearing these clothes and promote sustainability.

People who have cats know that from time to time, their playing can produce holes in your sweaters. But not only that, necklaces or washing machines can also damage your sweater. And sometimes they get stained. Discarding a garment for that reason is a big mistake. Here's a pattern that will help you give it a new life — the Knitted Pocket by Maxim Cyr, the designer behind Max The Knitter.

knitted pocket sewn over t-shirt
© Maxim Cyr

You only need 30 meters of yarn to knit this pattern, and you can combine a solid color with a variegated yarn to give it a special touch. Max has thought of everything — he knitted it with linen stitch and finished it with a ribbed hem and tubular bind-off to give it that nice look. After blocking it, it's ready to sew on your garment.

It’s an ideal project to use your scraps, recycle t-shirts, and incorporate functionality. Looking for information for this article, I found out that pockets were usually placed on the left side because they are made for right-handed people. I used to think they were worn on that side because it's the side our hearts are on, but no, it’s because most people are right-handed. So if you're left-handed, you can sew it on the other side and have a more useful pocket.

Max really likes pockets; some time ago, he created a pattern for a basic sweater in which he placed a pocket made of fabric, an interesting and unique detail.

If you want to learn other methods to mend and repair your knits, click here.


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