Foulard with case
These little scarves will come to your rescue on hot summer days after you enter an air-conditioned restaurant or movie theatre and the cold, while refreshing at first, begins to bother you. The scarves are designed with a stitch size that will not wrinkle or crease easily, no matter how long or how tightly crammed the foulard has been in its case. Just pull it out and shake it once or twice, and it will look as smooth as freshly blocked lace.
There are three sizes to choose from. The smallest makes a handy head-cover if a sudden breeze threatens to upset your coif; the largest can serve as a sarong. The case will keep the foulard safely stored in your purse until the next movie, dinner or wind gust.
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Sizes (after washing and blocking)
Small: 32" x 32" (81 x 81 cm)
Medium: 40" x 40" (101.5 x 101.5 cm)
Large: 50" x 50" (127 x 127 cm)
Lace- or fingering-weight yarn, about 440 yards (402.5 m) for small size, 660 yards (603.5 m) for medium, and 880 yards (805 m) for large.
The samples are knit with Variegated Morehouse Merino Lace. Use a double skein for the small size, triple skein for the medium, and a quad skein for large size.
Size 11 (8mm).
Not crucial, about 12 sts = 4 inches (10 cm) in garter stitch, before washing and blocking.
Note: Foulards are knit from corner to corner.
Cast on 3 sts and knit one row.
Knit into the front and back of the first stitch, then knit to end of row. Continue increasing like this until you have 100 sts on the needle for the small size, 125 sts for the medium size, or 150 sts for the large size. Knit 2 rows.
Knit across row to last 2 sts, knit these 2 sts together. Continue decreasing like this until you have 3 sts left. Bind off.
Weave in yarn ends. Wash foulard in warm water. Squeeze out as much water as possible (or roll in towel and squeeze towel). Lay flat to dry, stretching it to final size.
Envelope-style: 8-1/2" (22 cm) wide.
Tall pocket-style: 7" (18 cm) wide.
Lace- or fingering-weight yarn, about 200 yards (183 m). Use leftover yarn from foulard or other odds and ends.
The samples are knit with Morehouse Merino Lace and use 1 skein each.
Size 2 (2.75 mm).
One decorative button; tapestry needle.
25 sts = 4" (10 cm) in garter stitch.
For the envelope-style case, cast on 54 sts; for pocket-style case, 45 sts. Knit until piece measures 10" (25.5 cm) for the envelope-style, and 7-1/2" (19 cm) for the pocket-style.
Knit 8 more rows, then start decreases for flap.
Decrease row: Knit row to last 2 sts, knit these 2 sts together. Repeat this row until you have 24 sts on the needle.
Buttonhole row: Knit 10 sts, bind off next 3 sts (for buttonhole), then knit to last 2 sts, knit these 2 sts together.
Next row: Knit to where you bound off for buttonhold and cast on 3 sts (use e-loop cast-on), then knit to last 2 sts, knit these 2 sts together.
Continue with decreases – knit each row to last 2 sts and knit these 2 sts together – until you have 10 sts left. Bind off.
Fold over case to 1/2" (1.3 cm) before decreases begin for flap and sew the side edges together. Attach button to align with buttonhole. Weave in yarn ends.
Excerpted from Morehouse Farm Merino Knits: More Than 40 Farm-Fresh Designs by Margrit Lohrer. Copyright 2006 by Margrit Lohrer. Excerpted with permission from Potter Craft, a division of Random House, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced except with permission in writing from the publisher.