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Miss Money's Code Shawl

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Pattern Details

A few years ago, I was at a knitting conference with a friend who was knitting the “Fly’s Body” lace edging that is used in the border of this capelet. She had discovered the stitch pattern on a small notepad that was tucked inside a Victorian knitting book she purchased at a used bookstore in England. A woman named Miss Money had recorded several of her own lace stitches on the pages of the notepad in her own, original shorthand, a pre-cursor of a knitting chart. I like to call this “Miss Money’s Secret Code.” A tiny sample of the lace, made in thin thread, was attached to the page. My friend was also knitting the stitch in very fine yarn on tiny needles. When we went to a local yarn shop at lunch time, my friend challenged me to make something to wear to our dinner banquet. I bought some super-bulky yarn and size 19 US needles, and knit this up, using the same Fly’s Body border, in a few hours. I finished just in time to wear it to dinner. Note: The bottom border of the capelet is knit first. After it’s bound off, stitches are picked up along the long, straight edge for the yoke. Finished size: width at bottom edge: 48" (121cm) length: 11-12" (20-31cm) Gauge: 7 sts and 9 rows = 4" (10cm) in stockinette stitch | Fly’s Body Border = 6" (12cm) wide, 1 repeat = 3" (7.6cm) long

Recommended with this pattern

  • Approx 240 yds (220m) of su- per bulky wool yarn and approx 35 yds (32m) of super bulky novelty handspun yarn Samples shown in: [MC] Blue Sky Alpacas Bulky (50% alpaca/50% wool; 45 yd/41m per 100g skein); color: 060 Cayenne; 6 skeins
  • or [MC] Rowan Big Wool (100% merino wool; 87 yd/80m per 100g skein); color: 060 Cloud; 3 skeins and [CC] Ozark Handspun (wool and mohair; 34 yd/31m per 100g skein); 1 skein in a coordi- nating or contrasting colorway
  • US 19 (16mm) straight needles and 20" (50cm) long circular needle, or size to obtain gauge US P/Q (15mm) crochet hook |Tapestry needle

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Donna Druchunas | Sheep to Shawl,LLC
Donna Druchunas | Sheep to Shawl,LLC
I escaped a corporate cubicle to honor her passions for knitting, world travel, research and writing. I'm the author of Lithuanian Knitting: Continuing Traditions with author June Hall, Arctic Lace, Successful Lace Knitting, Kitty Knits, Ethnic Knitting, and more. I teach workshops around the world on topics such as rug knitting, spinning and dyeing, Lithuanian socks, Japanese sweaters and Norwegian pullovers. My latest endeavour is holding Knitting and Writing retreats in Northern Vermont as well as opening a knitting store in my local studio in my house. More info at & I live in a 140 year old New England farm house in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont with her husband, mother and three cats, who all help her test the usability and comfort of her finished knitted items. Visit Donna's website and online store at