A Smashing Pocket to Knit
You’re probably wondering why I’m writing about knitting a pocket–most of our clothes come with pockets, don’t they? They do, but this is a special pocket, and it happens to be one of my favorite PieceWork projects. It’s actually an oh-so-handy diminutive bag to hold essentials when you’re traveling, and it was perfectly designed by Nancy Bush.
I love traveling, especially on trips that involve taking the back roads–those non-interstate, meandering, no-time-limit trips. Just looking at this pocket stirs my wanderlust. I bet it will stir yours, too.
Here’s Nancy Bush to fill you in on some of her design inspirations for the Traveler’s Pocket:
“The Half-Diamond pattern was inspired by a pattern on a medieval Islamic knitted stocking. The Eight-Pointed-Star pattern has traveled throughout the world and is found in many cultures; in northern Europe, the pattern is a symbol of protection. The small Square-and-Dot pattern is one I saw, and loved, on a pair of mittens at a farm in Telemark, Norway.”
Make your own Traveler’s Pocket with our newest PieceWork kit! The kit includes 1 skein of each of the colors of Lanaknits gorgeous 100% hemp yarn and a digital edition of our “Armchair Travel” issue of PieceWork, which has Nancy’s complete instructions and charts for making the pocket (a link will be provided at checkout for you to download the July/August 2004 issue of the magazine with the pattern inside).
Enjoy the ride!