Finley Breese Morse Code Shawl by Nancy Whitman
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Finley Breese Morse Code Shawl

Knitting
August 2017
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
23 stitches and 48 rows = 4 inches
in garter stitch
US 5 - 3.75 mm
1041 yards (952 m)
one size
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Samuel F.B. (Finley Breese) Morse invented the original Morse Code in the 1830s. As we know it today, the dots and dashes of Morse Code translate well for slip stitch color patterns, making it easy to write something in your knitting. But what would you write? After much thought, I decided to write knitting terms that are included in almost every pattern. Each broad stripe ends with three lines of Morse Code that repeat a single knitting term. From right to left, the shawl reads Needles, Yarn, Cast On, Knit, Purl, and Bind Off. What looks like a simple slip stitch pattern also speaks to our love of the craft.

Finley Breese is an ample asymmetric triangle knit from the upper right tip in cosy garter stitch. All shaping is done on right side rows making it an easy knit. The color changes and slip stitch pattern create just enough interest to keep it from getting boring. Finley Breese can be knit with as few as two colors or as many as twelve. The pattern includes suggestions for different coloring options plus a coloring schematic to test out your ideas before casting on. The pattern is both charted and written out.

Required Skills
• Cast on
• Knit
• Slip a stitch
• kfb
• k2tog
• Bind off

Blocked Measurements
• Width: approximately 81.5˝/207 cm
• Center depth: approximately 18˝/45.5 cm

Gauge
23 stitches/48 rows = 4˝/10 cm in garter stitch after blocking and relaxing.

Materials
• Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light, 100% superwash merino, 420 yards per skein, 1 skein each Twig (C1), Espadrilles (C2), Vermillion (C3), Arctic (C4), Bloomsbury (C5), and Paper (CC). Actual yardage used is approximately:
• 68 yards 62 m C1/Stripe 1
• 134 yards 123 m C2/Stripe 2
• 178 yards 163 m C3/Stripe 3
• 195 yards 178 m C4/Stripe 4
• 188 yards 172 m C5/Stripe 5
• 193 yards 177 m C1/Stripe 6
CC yardage for Morse Code:
• 6 yards 5.5 m Needles
• 14 yards 13 m each Yarn and Cast On
• 16 yards 15 m Knit
• 19 yards 18 m Purl
• 16 yards 15 m Bind Off
•US size 5/3.75 mm circular needles at 40˝/100 cm long.
•Tapestry needle