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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Short sleeved sweater with lace bodice knit seamlessly in one piece. Designed by Kristen TenDyke. Sizes XS, S, M, L, 1X, 2X. Worsted yarn. This pattern was featured in Season 8 of Knit and Crochet Now! and is free with registration at Annie’s
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)
This sweater features a 4 row repeat open-work stitch pattern, a wide-ribbed neckline, and elbow-length sleeves. Quick knit in bulky yarn. Sizes: Bust (closed) – 32(36-40-44-48-52)”. Designed by Donna Yacino
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.
Exquisite cardigan with three quarter length sleeves knit in the trinity stitch, cables and a unique sleeve and hem border. SIZES: Small (Medium, Large). Designed by Deborah Newton. Pictured project by barta
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.
Hint of Lace Cardigan
Deborah Newton designed this cropped cardi with three quarter sleeves and lace detail. Recommended yarn available on pattern page.
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Patterns for Purchase
This easy short-sleeved cardigan sweater features a flattering shape and chevron hem. S (M, L, XL, 2XL). Designed by Kennita Tully. Rated easy the designer.
This short-sleeved cardigan sweater features eyelet mesh lace front panels with drape fronts and an eyelet hem around the back neck and sleeves. S (M, L, XL, 2XL)
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Ruffle Me Up Lace Cardigan
The lace skirt of this short-sleeved cardigan is gathered into a flattering ruffle. Sizes XS, S, M, L, XL which ranges to fit a 32-40″ Bust.
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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.
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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,