We’re a big fan of pockets. It’s was arguably the best day (since sliced bread, of course) when dresses received pockets. They offer refuge for our hands and hold our stuff so that we can use our hands for more important things. Because handy pockets make for helpful hands, you know. We have four projects that celebrate pockets by cleverly incorporating functional pockets that are pretty and practical and ready to be of service.

Pretty Pocket Scarf from Ewe Ewe Yarns

What looks like a plain ‘ole scarf is really a practical wonder with two, big pockets hidden beneath the classic cable pattern. Instead of showcasing the pockets on the front of the scarf panels, hands naturally slide into the side-entry pockets to find secure storage for a phone, keys, or even a WIP. Cast on this scarf with 280-396 yards of bulky weight yarn to knit one of three available lengths.

MMMDI by Marly Bird

MMMDI (which lovingly stands for Marly Made Me Do It) is an open front cardigan that is worked flat from the bottom up with garter stitch and two pockets on either side of the front panels. The pockets increase the sweater’s functionality, while the bold stripes give it a whole lot of fashion. Choose five colors of Aran weight yarn to create this easy-to-wear, hand-warming cardi.

Subtle Lines by Judith Brien

This fingering weight cardigan is lightweight with subtle textured lines placed strategically on the sweater. Best of all, there are two set-in pockets along the thick bottom hem of the cropped sweater, making them almost hidden. Work this cardigan from the top down with 1105-1841 yards of a solid color yarn.

Mini Uptown Cardigan by Stephanie Jessica Lau

The little people in our lives need pockets, too. In fact, they might need them more than we do – to carry found treasures or secret snacks. This long, cozy cardigan might just be their fashion go-to this winter. Sized S-5x, use DK weight yarn to make this cardigan in any color of the rainbow.