While I was knitting away on my current sweater, my brain started to wander to future sweaters and patch pockets. I was trying to think of a way to make patch pockets seamlessly and it occurred to me that I might be able to make that work with short rows and decreases. I grabbed the nearest yarn and free bit of knitting (my current sweater swatch), and gave my idea a try.
It’s not as pretty as I had hoped. I had to knit down one side to get to the bottom to start the shorts rows. The side I knit down stands out from the fabric and the side I didn’t knit across before the short rows has sloppy looking decreases. I don’t think the idea is completely without potential, but it’s definitely going to take a bit more work to get it right.