How to close pocket tops

My last post was about seamless pockets. I was going to include this tutorial in the same post, but Miso was tired and hungry, so I had to stop ignoring him letting him play, and feed him and put him to bed.

My tired, hungry, cranky baby

My tired, hungry, cranky baby

So: on with the technique. The idea is to use a crochet hook to pull the live stitches from the pocket front through to the back of the garment, where you chain stitch them together. I got the idea from a Lucy Neatby video where she was using this technique vertically (which I admit is cooler, because you have to create the loops rather than just using live stitches. Lucy Neatby is amazing).

Again, I’m giving instructions for working back and forth, but you can adapt this to working in the round. I’m assuming you’ve already knitted your pocket to the point where you want to close it. If not, go back and do that.

Chain Stitch Pocket Top Closure

  1. First, work two rows of the main garment (including the back of the pocket). On the first row, transfer the pocket front stitches to a DPN (it’s helpful if it’s a size or two smaller than your gauge needle, because things get a bit tight other wise). Make sure you keep your stitch markers in place, because you’ll use them to figure out where to attach the pocket front. If your pocket is open on both sides, your pocket front should already be on another needle. Keep your stitch markers and place and knit the main garment to two rows longer than the pocket front.
  2. Working from the WS of the main garment, insert a crochet hook[1] two rows down, immediately to the left of the stitch marker on the right (from the RS, this is between two stitches).
  3. step1

  4. Draw the first live stitch from the pocket front through to the back of the main garment (dropping it from the DPN).
  5. step2

  6. Insert the crochet hook one stitch to the left of position where you’ve just drawn a live stitch through and draw a second stitch through (again, this is between stitches. You should now have two live stitches on the crochet hook).
  7. step2

  8. Chain these two stitches together: pass the first stitch on the crochet hook over the second.
  9. step4

  10. Repeat these last two steps until you’ve drawn all the live stitches from the pocket front through to the back and chained them all together.
  11. step4

  12. You should still have one live stitch on your hook. With a length of yarn, secure this stitch using duplicate stitch (or your preferred method).

Ta da! A nice, firm pocket top closure.


  1. I use a 3 mm hook for pretty much everything. You might have trouble with a hook that’s bigger than the needle you used to knit your pocket, but otherwise don’t worry, you won’t be creating new stitches anyway.
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