The Scarf, With Pockets!

Scarf with Pockets ©Kim Smith 2014. JPG -3 copy The ideal scarf for photographers ~ a scarf-with-pockets!

If you are anything like me, when out photographing or filming, your coat pockets are so over-stuffed that there is no room for frozen fingers. Typically, my pockets contain second and third alternate lenses, car keys, lens cap, lens wiping cloth, and gloves. The gloves are off so that I can work the cameras, which invariably leads to numb hands and fingers. Meet the scarf-with-pockets. In between shots, you can tuck your hands into the convenient scarf pockets. For added warmth, I worked this in the brioche stitch, which creates a luxuriously textured and lofty pattern.

My favorite yarn currently is Frog Trees’s gorgeous Chunky Alpaca. Alpaca is warm and cozy, with a similarly soft feel to that of cashmere, and is NOT ITCHY!

You can purchase Frog Tree’s Chunky Alpaca from Robert at Coveted Yarn. Frog Tree yarns are fair trade; profits from the sale of yarns goes to the artisan.

Frog Tree chunky Alpaca ©Kim Smith 2014 copyChunky Alpaca comes in a beautiful array of colors. If Robert doesn’t have the color you are looking for in stock, ask, and he will custom order it for you.

4 Skeins Frog Tree Chunky Alpaca

#6 needles (or size to suit your knitting style; I knit very loosely)

Cast on, very loosely 24 sitiches. Work basic brioche stitch for approximately 52 inches. Bind off loosely. Scarf measurement before pockets: 52″ in length, 6″ wide.

For each pocket ( work both simultaneously on the same needles so they come out the same length), loosely cast on 48 stitches. Work knit one pearl one ribbing for one inch. Switch to brioche stitch and work until total length of pockets equals the same width of scarf (in this case, 6 inches). Bind off very loosely. Slightly stretch and block ribbing to equal width of the pocket. Stitch pockets to scarf.

Scarf with Pockets ©Kim Smith 2014. JPGPocket Detail

End Notes ~ The brioche stitch is a little tricky. Heidi, who works at Coveted Yarn, recommended online youtube tutorials, which I did, and found it was a terrific way to learn a new pattern. This is the perfect winter for an extra thick and lofty scarf and I’ll be busy on a second scarf-with-pockets because daughter Liv has claimed the red one in the photo.

I have recently noticed scarves with pockets in shops and the pocket openings were acclimated horizontally rather than vertically, as are the pockets in this pattern. That’s a great idea, because the pockets can then be used to also hold items however, the openings would be less conveniently placed for warming hands.

Frog Tree chunky Alpaca Coveted yarn ©Kim Smith 2014

About Kim Smith

Currently creating documentary films about the Monarch Butterfly, Black Swallowtail Butterfly, and Gloucester's Feast of St. Joseph. Landscape designer for the Gloucester Harbor Walk Gardens. Designer, lecturer, author, illustrator, photographer. Visit my blog for more information about my landscape and interior design firm- Good Morning Gloucester daily contributor. Author/illustrator "Oh Garden of Fresh Possibilities! Notes from a Gloucester Garden"
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15 Responses to The Scarf, With Pockets!

  1. Nice scarf, nice color, nice job! Did Cindy finish Joey’s sweater? Did I miss the reveal?

  2. Anonymous says:

    The ‘Sweater’ reveal has not happened yet… Smaller Christmas gifts were cast on and finished and I’m happy to report that the sleeves, yes, 2 at a time, are almost complete! Stay tuned…

  3. Dave Moore says:

    Insta glove what a nice addition to a scarf…I have missplaced gloves or gloves before or are too thin for condtions then the extra warmth here – yes got pockets but his is even better :-) Thanks!

    • Kim Smith says:

      You would need gloves in the South Korean mountains i imagine.

      • Dave Moore says:

        Yes Indeed! It has been cold at night in the Northern part is where it is very cold by DMZ and I am not talking just tempratures…Sunday night 12 Jan (12 degrees ) Monday Night 13 Jan 16 degree’s…What gets real bad as you know is the wind (Wind Chill)…Or when close to ocean here it’s a drive about 30-60 minutes depending upon traffic. :-)

  4. Kate D says:

    Is anyone selling the scarves? I would love to buy one.

  5. saint707 says:

    Great scarf, Kim! The pocket idea (turned sideways) is a great solution for cold hands. I, too, am looking forward to Joey’s sweater reveal. Cindy took on a big project but it will be a wonderful sweater with that soft yarn.

  6. Joey C says:

    I know I told Cindy I’d give her a GMG Super hoodie but I’m gonna load her up with way more. I had no idea how much was involved. And I’m super appreciative. Thanks Cindy!!!

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