Sweater Wrap Knitting Patterns
So the purpose of this page is to collect outwerwear that I think will be comfortable, easy and quick to take on and off with loose or no sleeves to rub against skin or clothes. I’ve included ruanas, cocoon cardigans, loose shrugs, ponchos with sleeves and other unstructured cardigans on this page.
To get the knitting patterns, scroll down the page to the individual pattern you want and click on the link to that pattern.
These patterns are not my designs but links to other designers who have generously shared their patterns. If you have questions about how to knit a specific pattern, please contact the designer directly.
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Free Knitting Patterns
Chill Begone Sweater Wrap
This shawl collared cardigan is knit side to side in two pieces and seamed/grafted and then the collar and hem are knit from picked up stitches. Sm/Med and Med/Lrg Designed by Linda Braley
Free Spirit Topper
This easy cardigan is worked in 2 pieces in stockinette and seed stitch, then seamed together at back and sides. Quick knit in bulky yarn. Designed by Lion Brand.
This oversized shrug cardigan features a cable and eyelet pattern knit in a rectangle that is seamed for armholes. Stitches are picked up for the cuffs and collar. Sizes XS-SM-L, 1X-2X, 3X-4X XS-S, M-L, 1X-2X, 3X-4X. Designed by Alison Green for Knitty
Lace cocoon cardigan is made two pieces knit in the round and shaped with short rows. Designed by DROPS Design. Sizes S/M – L/XL – XXL /XXXL. Available in multiple languages.
Cloaked in Clouds Poncho
Alexandra Tavel’s easy cardigan sweater was inspired by blanket ruanas and features a wide rib collar and a thermal stitch for warmth. Quick project in bulky yarn, it is rated easy by the designer and Ravelrers.
This easy cardigan wrap was inspired by a “sweater-scarf” from 1917, in the early years that women worked with the Red Cross. It is made from a knit rectangle and belt. Designed by Julie Farmer for Red Heart.
Lace Sweater Wrap
This lace shrug is made by knitting a lace piece, folding and seaming, then picking up stitches for the edge. Design by DROPS Design. Size: S/M – L/XL – XXL/ XXXL. Available in multiple languages. Original was knit with two strands of yarn on larger needles. Pictured project by Lamelo
Ruana Style Wrap
This project is knit in one piece with a bind-off, cast-on slit for the front opening and then seamed to make the armholes. The original pattern by JoAnne Turcotte from Plymouth Yarns used a multi-colored yarn but I like the texture of the solid-color project from fiberfarmer .
Designed by Marly Bird, this long sleeved sweater features oversized lace sleeves with fitted cuffs, a shawl collar, and interesting overall texture. 3 sizes. Pattern and instructional video class available for free with a free trial at Creativebug OR purchase pattern and class individually.
Ripple Tide Sweater Wrap
Oversized cardigan in three pieces with lace panels in front and back that add a natural scallop to the hem. Designed by DROPS Design. S/ M – L/XL – XXL – XXXL
Easy Blanket Sweater
Jessica from Mama in a Stitch created this cocoon cardigan that she calls a wearable blanket. Quick knit with two strands of chunky yarn held together.
Another folded rectangle shrug but this one from Lion Brand folds up with longer sleeves and more relaxed fit. Knit with ribbing at top and bottom and stockinette for the body. About 38 x 44 in. (96.5 x 112 cm), before folding and seaming
This is another variation on the folded shrug from Lana Grossa. I like this one for the helpful diagram that shows how it should be worn. It is knit in stockinette with double strand lace yarn but you could substitute one strand of fingering weight yarn.
Patterns for Purchase
Fold and seam rectangles into an unconventional cardigan. Rated very easy by Ravelrers. Finished Size 40 (44, 48)” wide from cuff-to-cuff and 28 (32, 36)” high. Shrug shown measures 40”. Designed by Nancy Ricci. Quick knit in bulky yarn.
Longford Cuffed Cabled Shawl
This sweater wrap features features ribbed cuffs that help keep the shawl in place but give you freedom to use your hands. Cables are written out and charted.
Veronika Cocoon Cardigan
This sweater wrap features an oversized shawl collar and textured ridge stitch body that is knit in one piece. 3 sizes.
Ilze Sweater Wrap and Hat Set
Open front poncho/mantle in super bulky yarn with matching hat. One size.
Easy lace sweater wrap in sizes S (M, L, XL, 2XL). Recommended yarn available on pattern page.
Calida Luxe Coccon Cardigan
Open lace cardigan with a cocoon silhouette. S/M (L/XL, 2XL/3XL).
Garter Stitch Shawl Collar Cardigan
Easy pattern in one size fits 86cm 34in to 117cm 46in chest. Knit in garter stitch in one piece with just two seams.
Pebble Beach Ruana
Open-front cardigan vest with unique lace hem perfect for layering. Sizes 24.5 (27.5, 30.75, 33.75)” wide. Designed by Amy Gunderson. One of the amazing patterns in knit.wear Wool Studio Vol. II Pattern Collection.
Ruana with wide sleeves knit in a textured stitch in sizes 46(50-55-60)” across. Recommended yarn on pattern page.
Mont Blanc Cardigan
This easy sweater is a quick knit in super bulky yarn. Does involve picking up stitches.
All-over lace shrug in sizes S (M, L, XL, 2XL)
This fluid wrap is knit seamlessly using fun multi-directional knitting techniques. Sizes from 31″ to 50″ actual bust.
Terry is a knitting late-bloomer, learning to knit as an adult from Internet tutorials, because she wanted a craft that was useful, fun, and portable. Knitting hats for cancer patients inspired her to design her own patterns—available for free at her blog, intheloopknitting.com. Terry met her husband Ken at a science fiction convention and moved to the Kansas City area to be with him more than 30 years ago. Terry supports her yarn stash by creating websites and other digital media. Terry firmly believes in Knitting in Public—it's a great conversation starter!