How to Make a Cut-in Pocket

Finished Cut-in Pockets


The cut-in pocket is one method of adding a pocket to your knit garment. For my vest, I wanted to make a couple of non-functional, or purely decorative pockets, so I chose this method to make them.

Cut-in Pocket Steps:

  1. Work across the row to beginning of pocket insertion. Drop your main colored yarn and knit the desired number of stitches for the pocket with a contrasting yarn (a different colored strand makes it easy to remove later). Slip these stitches back to the left needle and knit them again with the main color. 
  2. When you are finished knitting the piece, carefully remove the contrasting yarn strand. You’ll have the same number of stitches you knit with the contrast yarn on both the upper and lower edge of pocket opening. Place the upper edge stitches on a holder.
  3. Apply a border to the stitches on the lower edge.
  4. The pocket lining is worked down from the upper edge stitches. Since I made faux pockets, my lining was very short at 1/2 inch.
  5. Sew down the lining stitches, then attach the sides of the border to the front of the piece.

I liked making the cut-in pocket; but as an alternative I could have used the horizontal inset pocket, one of the most frequently used methods. For fake pockets, I have even made an edging, or a pocket flap without a lining by picking up stitches on the right side of the front piece, knitting them into a flap, like this vest.

Pocket Flap

The cut-in pocket is one of many pocket styles to choose from. It’s fun to try a new way of knitting details.