Short Sleeve Cardigan Knitting Patterns
Knitting patterns for cardigans that are perfect for layering or for light covering in warmer weather.
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Touch of Lace Cardi
This classic stockinette sweater features lacy detailing on the three-quarter length sleeves. Designed by Melissa Leapman for Red Heart. Women’s S (M, L, 1X, 2X)
Designed by Martin Storey, this short-sleeved cardigan features a delicate all over cable pattern. Sizes S -XXL. Download free digital version at Deramore’s by adding to cart and checking out without paying for it.
Cozy Lace Cardigan
Designed by Amy Gunderson, this cardigan is a quick knit in worsted yarn. Recommended yarn is available on the pattern page.
Simple Spring Swing Cardigan
Easy short-sleeved cardigan with garter stitch yoke by Jodi Snyder for Red Heart. Free video knit-along tutorials. Small (Medium, Large, 1X, 2X). Pictured project by catcouch
schneckenstrick’s sweater is knit in the round from top-down with with optional button detail on the sleeves. In English, French, or German.
Heather Lodinsky’s cardigan features an asymmetrical front knit in double garter stitch.
Meghan McFarlane’s striking triple yoked cardigan is knit seamlessly from the top down.
Designed by Anne E. Smith for Caron, this cardigan features a chevron patterned yoke.
Cap Sleeve Cardigan
A single-button cardigan with horizontal lace panels and garter-stitch edging, first featured in Prima May 2012. Sizes XS(S:M:L)
Muse N. Cardigan
Shawl collar cardigan with 3 quarter sleeves that are finished in knitted rounds is knit in bulky yarn.
Julie Farmer designed this cabled cardigan for Red Heart. Women’s S (M, L, 1X, 2X)
Designed by Vickie Howell, this cardigan features cable detail down one side and cap sleeves. Small (Medium, Large, 1X, 2X)
Hint of Lace Cardigan
Deborah Newton designed this cropped cardi with three quarter sleeves and lace detail. Recommended yarn available on pattern page.
Mitered Square Jacket
Julie Farmer’s colorful cardigan is designed for multi-color yarn.
Top Down Summer Lace Cardigan
Vera Sanon’s cropped short-sleeved cardigan is knit seamlessly and features a diamond lace detail. S (34-36), M(38-40) L/XL(42-46)” XXL(47″)
Berroco Design Team created this asymetrical short sleeve cardigan with a draped front. Bust (closed) – 38(42-46)”
Leaf Lace Cardigan
Designed by Universal Yarn Design team in sizes Extra Small/Small (Medium/Large, 1X/2X) . Knit in crochet thread.
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Cropped short sleeved cardigan with a two color stitch pattern. One of the 20+ knitting patterns in French Girl Knits: Innovative Techniques, Romantic Details, and Feminine Designs by Kristeen Griffin-Grimes. Pictured project by fleurdeknits
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Just a Couple of Skeins Cardin
This pretty short-sleeved cardigan is rated easy by the designer and takes no more than 880 yards of sport-weight yarn. One of the more than 30 patterns in 1, 2 & 3 Skein Solutions, available in digital and print form. S (M, L, XL, 2XL)
Lace Front Wrap Cardigan
Sirdar Toscana DK 7974 asymmetric wrap features a lace panel and knit lace edge. Option for long or short sleeves. Sizes Size 32/34 36/38 40/42 44/46 48/50 52/54 inches.
Bust: 30 (34, 38, 42, 46, 50, 54)”
This cardigan knit from the top down in one piece and requires no seaming. Its big, floppy collar and relaxed style make for a chic and versatile piece that looks fantastic layered. Quick and simple, this is a GREAT sweater for beginning knitters. Sizes: Women’s XS (S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL)
An eight-stitch reversible cable embossed onto the edges and yoke of a simple reverse-stockinette body lets the collar of Rosamund’s Cardigan lie flat in lapels or stand up as a funnel neck. Andrea Pomerantz planned for edges that look finished, whether they’re swinging open or cleanly closed with hidden hook-and-eye fastenings. Sizes 341/2 (37, 401/2, 44, 48, 511/2)” bust circumference,
Scoop Neck Cardigan
Cardigan with flattering waist of ribbing. Sizes: 32(36,39,44,48,51)”