Anne Elliot's Fichu by Bethany Hick

Anne Elliot's Fichu

Lace ?
33 stitches and 36 rows = 4 inches
in Shawl center pattern st
US 4 - 3.5 mm
1750 - 2000 yards (1600 - 1829 m)
42.5" x 43.5"
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“Fichu, part of a woman’s under-clothing. It is a square or rectangular piece of muslin, or of another white or coloured cloth, or even silk, which is folded in two at the angles and covers the neck. The point of the fichu falls in the middle of the back and covers the shoulders; the extremi- ties are crossed in front and cover the chest; but with white skin, curves, firm flesh and a bosom, even the most inno- cent peasant woman knows how to let just enough show by arranging the folds of her fichu.” —Denis Diderot (1756)

Anne Elliot is one of my favorite Jane Austen characters; she’s already lived life and learned from it. I chose a fichu because as a spinster she would have probably worn one for modesty, but a fichu can still be flirtatious, which shows the hope Anne carries with her when Captain Wentworth returns.

The construction of this shawl starts flat and then stitches are picked up from the center square and the rest of the shawl is worked in the round.


  • The stitch guide for the Shawl Center should be *multiple of 4 + 1*
  • Rows 19 21 23 of the leaf chart the second K2tog should be Ssk
  • Row 25 of the leaf chart the last seven stitches should be Yo, SSK, yo, k1, k2tog, k1
  • Row 6 of the Netting chart the first sts of the repeat should be a purl