:thinking: I've never done this, but off the top of my head--What if you were to get to where the pockets were and just knit the pocket liners where you want them, onto the existing knitting, with the rest of the sweater on hold. You'd bind off the liners, put the rest of the sweater back on the needles, and cast on over the sections where the pocket liners were.
You'd end up with the sweater having openings for the pockets, with the pocket liners waiting to be stitched to the inside.
I hope I've made myself clear. I think it could actually work.
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