I've got no idea whether that expression is actually used in French.
Yesterday evening I spent a while working out exactly how to make this little gem in 4ply yarn instead of DK.
This is Regia design 6523, and you'll find it in Regia magazine 112. I ordered a copy from English Yarns - I think Sunday evening? - and it arrived yesterday morning. (I've always had stellar service from that company, by the way.)
So, this pattern is written for Regia 6ply. I like the Fire colourway, as illustrated, but it was discontinued a little while back and has become very hard to find. However, I do have a whole stack of the Fire colourway in the 4ply, bought at a knockdown price from Kemps earlier in the year - I believe it was £1.20 a ball.
There are only three sizes given in this pattern - I might well get away with the M, as garter stitch is extremely stretchy, but the L would probably be more flattering. But that's a bit moot, because as I said, the yarn is not to be found, and I can't do my usual trick of using a finer yarn and following the directions for a larger size. Plus the domino knitted front adds a few twists to the thing, with regard to stitch counts and tension and sizing.
So I had to sit down and actually work it all out. I think I've got it right now. My pattern has an assortment of notes written in the margin - in pencil - and with luck I will still remember what they all mean, by the time I come to actually knit it up. I shall, if all goes to plan, end up with a garment sized between M and L, which ought to be just right.
The other thing in that magazine that has unexpectedly caught my attention is this -
- Design 6522, Socks with Front Insert in Patch Technique.
I am a complete sucker for unusual sock constructions, and this one isn't actually complicated, but I have a strong suspicion that it will be more than a little fiddly.
My husband, for some unaccountable reason, has turned down my offer to knit him a pair. Can't imagine why.....