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Knitting Patterns for Sweater Wraps including cocoon cardigans, ruanas, loose shrugs, ponchos with sleeves. Most patterns are free.

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

Free Knitting Pattern for Chill Begone Sweater Wrap

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 Knitting Pattern for Free Spirit Topper

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.

Free Knitting Pattern for Thysania Sweater Wrap

Thysania

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

Free Knitting Pattern for Chelsea Cape

Chelsea Cape

This easy cocoon cardigan is knit in a lace net that drapes beautifully. Designed by Alexandra Tavel for Two of Wands.

Free Knitting Pattern for Diamond Lace Kimono

Diamond Lace Kimono

This kimono style short sleeved cardigan is worked in one piece starting at the back. DK weight. One size fits most. Designed by Kaitlin Blasing of Originally Lovely

 

Free Knitting Pattern for Summer Snug

Summer Snug

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.

Free Knitting Pattern for Cloaked in Clouds Poncho

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.

Free Knitting Pattern for Open Lacy Shrug

Open Lacy Shrug

Lace sweater wrap is knit with a 4-row repeat and sleeves are knit separately and sewn on. Quick knit in bulky yarn. Designed by Elaine van Wyk.

Free Knitting Pattern for Easy Sweater Scarf

Sweater Scarf

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.

Free Knitting Pattern for Lace Sweater Wrap

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

Free Knitting Pattern for Ruana Style Wrap

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 .

Free Knitting Pattern of Cocoon Cape

Cocoon Cape

Quick knit in super bulky yarn. Women’s S/M (L/1X, 2X/3X). Pictured project by Moxiewaffles

Free Knitting Pattern for Cocoon Cardigan

Cocoon Cardigan

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.

Free Knitting Pattern for Ripple Tide Sweater Wrap

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

Free Knitting Easy Blanket Sweater

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.

Free knitting pattern for Easy Speckled Shrug

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Speckled Shrug

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

Free Knitting Pattern for Cabled Batwing Cardigan

Cabled Batwing Cardigan

Sweater with loose three-quarter sleeves and cable details by Debbie Bliss. Sizes 81-117cm, 32-46in Pictured project by cymbalinepx

Free knitting pattern for Cape Shrug and more easy shrug knitting patterns

Cape Shrug

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.

Silk Rosa Dolman Cardigan Free Knitting Pattern and more draped cardigans

Silk Rosa Dolman Cardigan

Designed Pierrot yarns, this draped cardigan is knit in stockinette, seed stitch, and ribbing.

Patterns for Purchase

Knitting Pattern for Cocoon Shrug

Knitting Pattern for Cocoon Shrug

Cocoon Shrug

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.

Knitting Pattern for Longford Cuffed Shawl

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.

Knitting Pattern for Veronika Cocoon Cardigan

Veronika Cocoon Cardigan

This sweater wrap features an oversized shawl collar and textured ridge stitch body that is knit in one piece. 3 sizes.

Knitting Pattern for Ilze Sweater Wrap and Hat Set

Ilze Sweater Wrap and Hat Set

Open front poncho/mantle in super bulky yarn with matching hat. One size.

Knitting Pattern for Sitka Cardigan

Sitka Cardigan

Easy lace sweater wrap in sizes S (M, L, XL, 2XL). Recommended yarn available on pattern page.

Knitting Pattern for Calida Luxe Coccon Cardigan

Calida Luxe Coccon Cardigan

Open lace cardigan with a cocoon silhouette. S/M (L/XL, 2XL/3XL).

Knitting Pattern for Garter Stitch Shawl Collar Cardigan

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.

Knitting Pattern for Pebble Beach Ruana

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.

Knitting Pattern for Sirocco Cardigan

Sirocco Cardigan

Ruana with wide sleeves knit in a textured stitch in sizes 46(50-55-60)” across. Recommended yarn on pattern page.

Knitting Pattern for Mont Blanc Cardigan

Mont Blanc Cardigan

This easy sweater is a quick knit in super bulky yarn. Does involve picking up stitches.

Knitting Pattern for Tacoma Shrug

Tacoma Shrug

All-over lace shrug in sizes S (M, L, XL, 2XL)

Knitting pattern for Multi-Drape Kimono and more draped front cardigan knitting patterns

Multi-Drape Kimono

This fluid wrap is knit seamlessly using fun multi-directional knitting techniques. Sizes from 31″ to 50″ actual bust.

Terry Matz

meTerry 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!

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