Things You'll Need
- Crochet hook
- A finished item on which to attach the pocket
Adding a pocket to a crocheted item can give it a new practical use. Rather than crochet the pocket as part of the finished project, crochet the item on which the pocket is to be attached first, and then crochet the pocket. Attach the pocket after it is complete.
Plan your pocket. This is very important to make sure that your pocket comes out correct. Decide on a width for your pocket. Decide on the color of yarn to use and how long the pocket should be. You might also need to make a decision about the shape of the pocket, but normally this will be a square or rectangular shape.
Make a series of chain stitches. This is how your crocheted pocket begins. Only make a chain for as wide as you want your finished pocket to be. You can estimate this width if you like, or you might hold the chain against the garment and see if it looks right. You could also have a template ready based on the size you want your finished pocket to be. Add or subtract stitches as necessary.
Single crochet in each stitch all the way back along the chain. When you reach the end of the chain, turn the fabric and repeat the process down the single crocheted stitches. Continue to repeat this, turning at the end of each row, until the pocket is as long as desired. This dimension will again rely on estimates unless you are following a specific pattern that specifies the gauge of your project.
Sew the pocket to your project along the bottom of the pocket and the sides. Sew the pocket very tightly to your project so that it will stay attached to the garment even when the pocket has items inside. Don't distort the pocket by stretching it too much. Sew it while it is flat against the garment and relaxed. Sew the pocket with strong thread that will not break under minimal pressure. Also make sure you are using thread that matches your project and pocket's color.
Use the same size hook and yarn as you did for your main project. This ensures that your pocket will match the finished garment.
Bayard Tarpley began writing professionally in 2006. He has written for various print and online publications, including "The Corner News," specializing in health and computer topics. Tarpley majored in English at Auburn University.