Easy Sweater Knitting Patterns
Patterns for pullovers, cardigans and vests that have been rated easy by their designers and/or your fellow knitters.
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Free Knitting Patterns
On The Double Pullover
Quick easy long-sleeved sweater is knit in stockinette and rib using two strands of worsted weight yarn. The gradient color is achieved by using multi-colored yarn with the colorways staggered for contrast. Sizes XS to 5XL. The pattern does require picking up some stitches on part of the neckline. The top example uses the Blackberry Mousse colorway and the bottom example uses Poached Pear.
Big Box Pullover
Long-sleeved sweater is rated easy by the Bernat Design Team. It does require picking up a few stitches for the side of the collar. Sizes from XS to 5XL. Quick knit in super bulky yarn.
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.
T Shirt Pullover
The designer Mama in a Stitch says that this short sleeved sweater is as simple as it gets. Knit two pieces of stockinette with a pretty rib hem and seam. Quick knit holding two strands of worsted yarn together. S, M, L, XL.
This oversized pullover by Debbie Bliss is four knit pieces with minimal shaping, mostly stockinette with cable detail. Stitches are picked up for the turtleneck collar but you could leave it off. Pattern seems easy to me. S/M, M/L
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.
Easy sweater pattern in reverse stockinette. Great with multi-color yarn.
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.
Big Comfy Sweater
This easy pullover by Lorna Miser is constructed of two identical pieces. Both back and front are worked from the lower edge upwards. At underarm, stitches are cast on each side of piece for sleeves.
Drape Front Cardigan
This short-sleeved sweater from Universal Yarn looks great with buttoned in an asymmetric overlap, or open and draped or one side buttoned and the other draped. It’s knit in one piece from the top down mostly in stockinette with sleeves knit from picked up stitches. Small (Medium, Large, 1X, 2X)
This cozy long-sleeved sweater by Sarah Hatton features mostly stockinette with ribbed sloped front and seed stitch set-in sleeves. Quick knit in bulky yarn. Rated easy by Ravelrers and skill level 2 by Rowan.
Very easy pullover sweater pattern that’s great for beginners and stylish by Dorthe Skappel. The pictured project is by guroskaar
Cozy Lace Cardigan
Designed by Amy Gunderson, this cardigan is a quick knit in worsted yarn. Rated easy by the designer and by Ravelrers. Woman’s S, (M, L, XL, 2X, 3X) Recommended yarn is available on the pattern page.
Mom and Baby Pullover
What a perfect gift for the new mother! Easy pattern from Bernat for matching pullover sweaters with v-necks in baby and women’s sizes. Baby sizes from 3 months to 18 months. Women’s sizes from XS to 5XL.
Patterns for Purchase
Terra Garter Raglan Pullover
Top down long-sleeved sweater is knit in stockinette with garter stitched panels that contour the body. Sizes 35 (37¾, 41¼, 44, 46¾, 50¼)” bust circumference. Designed by Carol Feller for Interweave. Rated easy by Ravelrers.
River Braid Sweater
This relaxed fit long-sleeved pullover is very easy according to the designer. It’s knit in one piece sideways in garter stitch. A continuous double cable runs up the sleeve, and splits for shaping the neckline.
Crisscross Meshy Top
This wrap front cardigan sweater is rated easy by Annie’s and is great for layering. Sizes: S (M, L, XL, 2XL)
The designer says that this long-sleeved sweater is a great pattern for beginners. Knit in the round from the top down, it includes sizes: 34″, 36″ & 38″ bust
It’s All About the Back Pullover
Easy long sleeved sweater in worsted weight with something a little sassy across the back. S (M, L, XL, 2XL)
Saturday Sweaters: Easy to Knit, Easy to Wear
A dozen sweaters in styles including tunics, cardigans, pullovers, jackets, and more. Finished chest measurements range from 33″ to 60″
Mont Blanc Cardigan
This easy sweater is a quick knit in super bulky yarn. Does involve picking up stitches.
Lena Skvagerson’s simple-to-stitch vest is a versatile accessory and easy enough for beginners looking to branch out.
The designer says this draped front shrug is a super simple pattern, a great first garment for an advanced beginner looking to move beyond scarves and baby blankets. And a quick knit in super bulky yarn that the designer says can be finished in a weekend.
Shades of Gray
This cowl neck pullover is one of the 30+ projects featured in Casual Circular Knits. Knit in stockinette and seed stitch, it is rated easy by the designer and very easy to easy by Ravelrers. It looks like the body and sleeves are knit from side to side with a front panel. Great for multi-color yarn!
With unconventional shaping and construction, this vest also features a faux fur collar and a simple ridge pattern to create a very mod look. I couldn’t find any skill level indications on this sweater but it looks like it may be seamless construction on circular needles. That means mostly knit stitches with some ribbing. The collar is probably done with picked up stitches.
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!