Cowl neckline: this hugs you when you’ve got a cold

Every Winter I get at least one or two head colds. Here’s the top that helped me manage to ward off the cold. I made these tops in early August.

This is simple style for any knit print.

Christine Jonson’s cowl neck tunic top is brilliant for Winter and I’ve made it 4 times. The cowl neckline shields my neck from the cold and that aweful cough that came with the cold this year. Christine Jonson’s (CJ)* cowl tunic top is a pdf pattern. Her pdf instructions are handy to refer to.

She provides a close fitting cowl neckline and a looser cowl style neckline in the same pattern. 

The looser cowl neck style.

The looser neckline comes with an easy to follow pattern drafting instructions so you’re also picking up some easy neckline drafting experience. These instructions are now extensive to follow because changing this neckline is so simple to do with CJ’s help.

First cowl top worn with my Jalie jeans #2.

Firstly the close neckline version in this light-weight knit. 
My initial pattern adjustments were:
– a sway back adjustment – hence the centre back seam
– roll shoulder adjustment
– shortened the sleeve by 2″.

These are all my standard pattern adjustments. Sway back and roll shoulder adjustments are part of how I prep most patterns. Ok. All patterns.

After I made up this test version, I realised the shoulder seams were longer than I needed so I shortened these by 2cm. 

Worn with a work skirt that’s a real Winter workhorse. 

With these adjustments done, I made this top a couple more times and in a special merino knit.

This purple version uses a merino knit. Worn with my McCalls jacket and Vogue jeans.

Wider (wilder) version cowl
This shape is more V-neckline and I like it the best. It was easy to follow CJ’s instructions.
All of these fabrics were from my fabric stash.

This deeper cowl is worn with my Tessutis Anita pone pants.
CJ is just getting into providing pdf patterns so this is a good time to try their pdf patterns and give CJ your feedback.

*CJ provided me with this pattern to review.


  1. Great tops Maria, they're perfect for when you want to feel cosy and comfortable, but still look nice. I need one of these today, I've got a sinus infection and am feeling sorry for myself.


  2. Brilliant! I am looking for an alternative to my beloved Renfrew cowl necks! I like the looser cowl version best, too! You are saving me a lot of time with these reviews! Thank you! PS I purchased some of that b+w stetch braced too!


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