Creative Kangaroo Pocket (mix ‘n match stitch patterns)

Our Kangaroo pocket pattern has inspired many knitters to get creative.
Learn more about Kangaroo Pockets (and hoodies) in our Classroom

Terry asked:
What if I want to knit the pocket in tuck and the sweater in plain knitting? Do I knit 2 swatches?

YES! … AND ….. consider this:

Our basic instructions for machine knitting a kangaroo pocket (and attaching it as you knit) assume that you are knitting both pieces at the same gauge (How boring is that? 🙂 )

Using our join-as-you-knit technique, it’s the ROW Gauge the will be important to calculate


Let’s consider 2 different gauges.

Stockinette gauge:
4 sts / 5 rows = 1″

Tuck Gauge:
3.5 sts / 9 rows


Width of Pocket (A) = 9″
Knit in tuck, the pocket will be 32 stitches.

You’ll center the 32 stitches on the machine and re-hang the garment over these stitches.

No difference from the video.


Depth of Pocket (B + C) = 7″
Knit in tuck, the pocket will be 7″ x 9 (rows per inch) = 63 rows

The body of the sweater in stockinette should be 7″ x 5 (rows per inch= 35 rows to match the depth of the pocket.

Steps to knit a tuck pocket and a plain sweater front with the sample stitch and row gauges:

  1. Knit the pocket in tuck for a total of 63 rows
  2. Remove the pocket from the machine
  3. Knit the hem/ribbing of the sweater front and remove it from the machine
  4. Rehang the pocket
  5. Continue knitting the sweater front for 35 rows
  6. Rehang the top of the pocket
  7. Continue knitting the sweater front as instructed in your pattern.

When knitting the body of the sweater calculate the number of rows to knit to match the MEASUREMENT of the pocket.

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