Eyeglasses will be well protected in this densely knit case. Choose a multicolor yarn to display the subtle texture of linen stitch. The whole case is worked as one piece, which makes it a perfect project for a beginner.
Binding off -- BO
Casting on -- CO
31/2x71/2 inches (9x19cm)
26 stitches/40 rows=4" (10cm) in pattern
What You'll Need
Yarn: 100 yards heavy worsted weight cotton
We used: Plymouth Fantasy Naturale (100% cotton): #9709 multicolor in blues, greens, and purple, 1 skein
Needles: US size 8 (5mm)
Notions: 7/8" (2.2cm) button; scissors; tapestry needle; sewing needle and thread to match (if buttonholes are too small to use yarn)
Making the Case
Cast on 49 stitches.
Row 1: (right side) Knit 1, *bring yarn to front of work (as if to purl), slip next stitch purlwise, take yarn to back of work, knit 1**; repeat from * to ** to end of row.
Row 2: (wrong side) Purl 2, *take yarn to back, slip 1 purlwise, bring yarn forward, purl 1**; repeat from * to ** to last stitch, end with purl 1.
Repeat rows 1 and 2 for pattern. Work pattern until piece measures 71/2" (19cm) in length, ending with wrong-side row.
Next row: (right side) Bind off 26 stitches at beginning of row, work remaining stitches in pattern. (23 stitches)
Next row: (wrong side) Bind off first 2 stitches, work remaining stitches in pattern. (21 stitches)
Make Flap: Work in pattern on remaining 21 stitches for 13/4" (4.5cm). End with wrong-side row.
Make Buttonhole: Work 8 stitches in pattern, bind off center 5 stitches for buttonhole, work remaining stitches in pattern.
Next row: (wrong side) Work in pattern up to bound-off stitches, cast on 5 stitches using knitted cast-on or cable cast-on. Finish row in pattern. Work even in established pattern for 3/4" (2cm) more from buttonhole; bind off all stitches.
Finishing the Case
Fold piece in half lengthwise, leaving flap free. With tapestry needle and yarn, sew together bottom and side seams using mattress stitch. Fold flap over opening; sew button in place. Weave yarn ends to wrong side and secure.
Now you may be ready for a slightly bigger project. On the next page, you'll find a great pattern for a knitted wine sack.