Classic Elite Yarns



Issue 506 • Point D'Esprit in Provence

Point D’Esprit

This pullover designed by Kristin Nicholas in 1992 – 25 years ago! – proves that good design transcends time and fashion trends. With a combination of classic eyelet stitches in perfect proportions, Kristin designed this sweater for warm weather in cotton/silk Willough. We've redone it in Provence, a silky mercerized cotton with excellent stitch definition. The fit of the sleeve is slightly slimmer in this new version, for a more modern silhouette, and we've added three additional sizes to ensure a fit just right for all.

Kristin Nicholas was creative director of Classic Elite Yarns from 1984 to 2001. She is author of many wonderfully creative and colorful books. Check in on what Kristin is up to now on her website or blog. It's also not too late to sign up for one of her colorful and inspiring workshops taking place on her working farm this summer.

published July 11, 2017


100% Mercerized Cotton
  • 5½ sts/inch on US 5 (3.75 mm) needle
  • 102 yards/50 gram hank
  • machine wash cold, dry flat
  • 27 colors

Provence, one of our signature yarns, is a mercerized Egyptian cotton that knits into a strong and beautiful fabric. Egyptian cotton has two qualities that make it a great cotton yarn: a very long staple (fiber) length and a small diameter. The long staple gives the yarn strength and sheen; and the delicate diameter means that it spins into a soft, smooth yarn. Mercerizing makes a yarn that is stable, takes dye well, and is less likely to shrink.

Featuring Jarul

Delicate lace adorns the yoke of Jarul, designed by Julie Turjoman and knit in mercerized cotton Provence. With the waistline shaped for a flattering fit, this top has the ease of a tee with a more elegant look.

Find Jarul and other designs from Rising Tide here on Ravelry.

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