It's time for a little more pocket work.
When last we spoke, we were doing a bit of double knitting. As we progress, we soon discover some of the fun of double-knitting. Here we see the point when we can truly tell that we've actually made a double layer of fabric. At this point, a tube....
It's big enough to put my finger in...
So, soon, after another inch of double-knitting we come to the point where we wonder whether doing things this way is any thing more than a parlor trick. And frankly, at this point for this type of pocket -- no, it's not. For other types of pockets.... it IS worth it. But for this one... not so much. The value here comes with the firm start we got with casting on and then increasing to the full needed width. That value has been accomplished. So we'll cheat for a faster pocket completion.
On my next row, I'll work one stitch, and just slip the next one off the needle ....
If you've got slippery or uncooperative yarn (unlike my lovely Galway, which is staying right where I put it), you might want to grab a second needle, and instead of slipping the alternate stitches off into the breeze, you can slip them onto the second needle. Work and slip all the way to end of the needle, and you'll find yourself with this:
Next step for the cheat.... put those stitches the other end of your happy circular needle.
If you made a mistake, when you open the tube, you may find something horrid like this:
This kind of mistake is the bad kind. This means that somewhere, I turned around and started working stitches instead of slipping them. If it were two strands going across -- it would mean that I'd forgotten to get the yarn between the two sides when slipping. I could fix that by dropping a stitch down and do a little adjusting. In this case... I have to rip back a couple of rows. Oh well. It gives me a chance to show you what the bad thing looks like.
For the pocket cheat, you just go ahead and work back and forth until your pocket is the size you want it to be.
Piece of cake. With one caveat -- for awhile, you'll work with a little magic-loop action around the end of the pocket...
but eventually it will be easy to skip that part. Before you skip that part, be sure to put a marker in.
When you've reached your stopping point, you'll want to do a three-needle bind off -- from the center of the row out. I prefer to do mine with the knit sides facing.
Then, you have a choice to make. No matter what we do, the pocket lining is going to show at some point. .. So, do you want the knit side to show?
Or the purl side to show.
I've decided that I want the knit side to show. All that remains is sewing in the new pocket. We'll do that tomorrow -- when there's day light to take pictures with.