Fannie Fouche by Ellen Mason

Fannie Fouche

Worsted (9 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 27 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette stitch
US 7 - 4.5 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
1000 - 1790 yards (914 - 1637 m)
30-32-34-36--38-40-42-44--46-48-50-52 inch bust (finished garment)
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My Grandfather, Pop, was stationed in France during the First World War and for a few months after Armistice Day. He sent rosy, hopeful and comforting letters home to his Mother, Fannie Fouche Hardy. This design is inspired by the styles of the time plus a little bit of today’s hopeful and comforting approach to styling.

Knit from the top down, with the sleeve caps knit at the same time as the yoke, and then separated into sleeves and body. A seamless path, a knitter’s journey! The decorative stitch patterns on the front and back are easily memorized.

Variegated yarn is not recommended for this design. If using a semi-solid, such as Providence, alternating skeins every two rows helps to prevent color pooling and maintains the rich overall depth of color.

1000-1080-1130-1180---1280-1350-1410-1480---1590-1660-1720-1790 estimated yards

US sizes 6 and 7 suggested: 40“ circular (or longer if available) and sets of double pointed needles. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain gauge, as every knitter creates their own unique gauge. Also, a set of US size 4, any length or style, for the belt.


  • 9 Stitch markers: 4 to indicate shaping, plus 4 of a different color or style to indicate decorative stitch panel boundaries, plus 1 locking marker for row counting.
  • Tapestry needle for weaving in ends
  • Stitch holders or waste yarn
  • 9 buttons of your dreams

Short rows (instructions included), knitting a small circumference in the round, magic or traveling loop, ‘at the same time’ shaping.

This pattern has full descriptions, diagrams, written directions and charts. Some directions are written two ways for clarity, and there are also some handy tips included. My hope is that an intermediate knitter finishes this sweater feeling confident that they have a new technique or two in their arsenal. As a result, there are many pages to this pattern. Printing it in black ink only and using both sides of the paper will help to conserve, if that is a concern for you.