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18 January 2015

DIY Knit a Sweater with Mittens as Pockets!

I've included the pattern for the sweater as well as the pattern for the mittens.  The mitten pockets are a great add on for any sweater you might be knitting.


You'll need:

  • size 8 straight knitting needles
  • 3 or 4 large skeins of yarn
Back and front (make 2):
  1. Cast on 63 sts loosely.  
  2. K6 rows for garter st border.
  3. Starting with a knit row, work in stockinette st for 112 rows.
  4. Knit 6 rows for garter st border at neck and shoulder edge.
  5. Bind off loosely.
  6. Sew shoulder seams, leaving 8" center opening for neck.
Sleeves (make 2):
  1. Mark armhole edges 6 1/2" down on each side of shoulder seams.
  2. With right side facing, pick up and knit 30 stitches along first half of armhole edge, pick up 1 st at shoulder seam, and another 30 for second half of armhole edge.
  3. Starting with a purl row, work in stockinette st for 30 rows.
  4. Shaping:
  • Row 1: K2tog, K to last 2 sts, K2tog
  • Row 2:  Purl
  • Row 3 and 4:  K1 row, P1 row
  • Row 5:  K2tog, knit to last 2 sts, K2tog
  • Row 6-8: P1 row, K1 row, P1 row
  • Row 9: K2tog, knit to last 2 sts, K2 tog
  • Row 10-12:  P1 row, K1 row, P1 row
5. Repeat last 12 rows 4 times.
6.  K1 row, P1 row
7.  K 8 rows for garter st border
8.  Bind off loosely.

  1. Sew side and sleeve seams.
  2. Sew mittens onto front.

Mitten Pockets:

You'll need:
  • 1 skein yarn
  • Size 8 straight knitting needles
  1. Cast on 16 sts loosely.
  2. K8 rows.
  3. Thumb:
    1. K to last 3 sts, increase next st (knit 1 in front and 1 in back of same st), K2.
    2. K3 rows
    3. Repeat those 4 rows 4 times more.
  4. K3 rows.
  5. K6, turn, leaving remaining sts on needle.
  6. K2tog, 3 times.
  7. K3. Cut yarn leaving a long tail.  Thread into darning needle and draw through remaining 3 sts, pull yarn up to fasten.
  8. Rejoin yarn to remaining sts on needle. Knit across.
  9. K9 rows.
  10. K1, K2tog, K to last 3 sts, K2 tog, K1. 
  11. Knit row
  12. Repeat last 2 rows twice more.
  13. K1, K2 tog, 4 times.
  14. Knit row
  15. Cut yarn leaving a long tail and thread through remaining sts with darning needle. Pull to fasten.