The Jalie Shawl-Collar Top (#2911) is a long-sleeve pullover with an optional hood. This pattern has been getting lots of great reviews around the blogosphere, because it’s easy enough for a relative beginner, has a simple but flattering design, and works well in a wide variety of fabrics. It’s as comfortable as your favorite sweatshirt, but looks less collegiate and more adult-appropriate with the shawl collar…it’s like a fancy sweatshirt! (Any time we can get away with major comfort combined with style it’s a win in our book. See for example the Victory Patterns Sweatshirt Dress. I could live in it.)
Bonnie made this Jalie Top in a size 10 (or “W”, according to Jalie’s sizing system). She sized up slightly since the Designer Heathered Wool Blend Sweater Knit she used is thick and doesn’t have a ton of stretch. This pattern doesn’t have much shaping, but does have side slits to allow the top to go over your hips without awkward bunching.
The simple design means it’s easy to sew, and unisex. Plus, like all Jalie patterns, you get ALL (27!) sizes in one, from a kid’s size 2 to an adult size 22. Really, that means the entire family can be cozy this winter with just this one pattern. For $10.50, that’s a great deal! (Don’t forget to grab some perfect pattern paper to preserve all sizes.)
The wool sweater blend was lovely to work with, and made a top that will serve us well during our cold winters. But this pattern makes up well in a wide variety of knits: we made a more nautical version in this cotton cream stripe, and an organic soy terry or St. James knit would be a great option for a nice mid-weight version. Or, try it in a beefy fleece for a true sweatshirt feel! You can even do the collar or hood in a contrast fabric.
Love! We will get a lot of mileage out of this pattern, with its versatility, ease of making, and comfort. We have plenty of knits to keep it looking fresh, and so your coworkers won’t even notice you’re wearing the same design all winter long…