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En Pointe, In Depth

Mar 9, 2012

    
En Pointe Pullover by Alice Tang
The En Pointe Pullover is a whisper of a cover-up, perfect for springtime. Designer Alice Tang uses large needles with lace-weight yarn to make the En Pointe an open stitch piece that makes it one of those quick, easy knitting patterns we love.

What makes this piece really special, though, is the mobius twist at the center front. This simple half-twist gives En Pointe a graceful drape that's flattering and attractive.

We did a little gallery with the En Pointe Pullover, showing it on three different shapes. With a few alterations here and there, this pattern will look wonderful on all sorts of bodies.

The En Pointe Pullover


Finished Size 32 (36, 40, 44, 50)" bust circumference.
Yarn Louet KidLin Lace Weight (49% linen, 35% kid mohair, 16% nylon; 250 yd [229 m]
/50 g): #23 deep cerise, 4 (4, 5, 5, 6) skeins.
Needles Size 10 (6 mm). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions Removable markers (m) or waste yarn; crochet hook in size C/2 (2.75 mm) or D/3 (3.25 mm); tapestry needle.
Gauge 16½ sts and 24 rows = 4" in St st.

The sweater shown on the models measures 36", modeled at left with 3" of positive ease.


    
Sucia modeling the En Pointe



Sucia usually wears a size 8 top; she's 5' 9" tall.
Bust: 36"
Waist: 30"
Hips: 38"

This sweater fit everyone very differently. Sucia liked it, but not with her outfit. She thought it would be great with a black dress or a black shirt and pants. Sizewise, the 36 fit her just right—even the sleeves were the correct length.

    
 

Terry modeling the En Pointe




Audrey modeling the En Pointe

Terry usually wears a size 8 top; she's 5' 2" tall.
Bust: 37"
Waist: 35½"
Hips: 37¾"

We loved this top over Terry's gray dress (shown at right). The 36 fit her just fine, too. I'd like to see Terry wear this sweater over a more figure-hugging dress. She's got a great bust to waist ratio and the En Point would really show it off.

It's interesting to note that the mobius design at the front of this sweater fits a range of bust sizes, so if you're anywhere from a 34 to a 39, the 36 will fit you. Like any garment, though, the fit depends on your body-type.

For example, even though Sucia's bust measurement  is one inch smaller than Terry's, Sucia is actually bustier. We thought this size  looked just a tad better on the smaller-busted gals because there was more ease and therefore more drapiness. If you're bustier, make a larger size.

Audrey usually wears a size 12 top; she's 5' 2" tall.
Bust: 37"
Waist: 38"
Hips: 42"

The sample was too large for Audrey—you can see that the sleeves are too long and there's just too much going on at the waist for this size to be really flattering. If Audrey were to make this, she should shorten the sleeves to three-quarter-length or at least bracelet-length, and make the size 32. I love the color on her, though.

Audrey is cold a lot, so her style is to layer vests or hoodies over long-sleeved T-shirts. She always looks great, and I think the En Point would be a regular in Audrey's rotation, adding a little zing to her wardrobe.

This sweater is pretty special, and really versatile, too. I can see it with black skinny jeans, black boots, and a black tee, can't you? I saw a black En Pointe on Ravelry, which would look fab on a monochrome outfit of any color.

Yarn choices are wide open, too. The yarn Alice used in the design is pretty "mohairy," if that's a word, but I've seen this knit in a smooth yarn and it's still pretty. I probably wouldn't use a pure bamboo yarn because the drape would really stretch out, but a bamboo blend would be nice and soft. If you like mohair though, it's a super choice because it looks great knit up in a loose gauge.

I hope you'll try the En Pointe Pullover for springtime, especially if you ever had dreams of being a ballerina!

Cheers,


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saltscapes wrote
on Mar 13, 2012 11:57 AM

Two ladies look like they are wearing the garment upside down.  The moebius roll is on the bottom and the nice diamond point is around the neck.  That's just how it looks to me in comparison to the model.

nursedragon wrote
on Mar 10, 2012 5:05 PM

With the exception of the original model and Sucia, this En Pointe Pullover is not the most flattering-looking thing. Thanks for showing it on "real" people. It helps to avoid a lot of expense for the yarn, work in making it, and disappointment in the end.

BeaW@4 wrote
on Mar 10, 2012 11:52 AM

I really like the way it looks on Sucia because she has the height at 5'9" to carry it off. However, on the other 2 ladies who are 5'2" it isn't attractive at all. It hangs down to their hips and looks saggy. Being of short stature myself I don't think it would look good on me without a lot of adjustment.

lisadamole wrote
on Mar 10, 2012 9:41 AM

The sweater design is really not attractive, but the idea of using lace-weight on #10 needles is excellent.  It creates a lovely fabric, not too warm for an office in winter, probably also suitable for an excessively air conditioned office in the summer.

on Mar 9, 2012 9:28 PM

It looks to me like two of the knitters assembled the sweater front wrong, so that it looks like a knot at the front.  The suggestion of "Moebius" may be the problem here, because on the model, it doesn't look like Moebius at all.  (Believe me, I've knitted enough Moebius items to know.)

I have no idea if this would look good on me.  It simply looks like it's tricky to fit AND stay put while wearing.  I may buy the pattern while it's on sale to study the construction, but I don't know if I'll knit it.

kdgecko wrote
on Mar 9, 2012 10:50 AM

I agree with one post: this sweater is flattering only on the first model, and perhaps it is only the side view that makes it appear flattering.   The mobius sweater looks awful on the other women.  I have been knitting only two years, but it seems this sweater would be difficult to adjust to a proper flattering fit.  I guess this is why the pattern is free.

LenaB wrote
on Mar 9, 2012 9:48 AM

Wow congratulations on finding a pattern that looks awful on all body types.  It makes people look like their breasts sag to their waists over a slumpy body!

Ronieaa wrote
on Mar 9, 2012 9:08 AM

I love how you showed us this sweater on several different women. Its a beautiful sweater and I appreciate you giving us a visual like this. Sometimes what looks good in a picture really doesn't look so great on us...

Valyncia wrote
on Mar 9, 2012 6:58 AM

I really like when you do body comparisons of the same pattern.  It gives me a great idea on how something will look on different body types.  I especially like your comments on what to do to adjust the fit.  As I get more into sweater making it helps me when I'm adjusting patterns - and I ALWAYS have to adjust patterns.