Free knitting patterns for cardigan sweaters featuring cable designs. Most patterns are free. Updated 8/28/23.
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Andante Cable Cardigan
Exquisite long-sleeved cardigan sweater with shawl collar knit with a variety of stunning cables. Sizes body circumference 92 to 132 cm / 36 to 52 in. Designed by Sari Nordlund for Novita. DK weight yarn.
Cable and Texture Cardigan
Long-sleeved cardigan sweater knit in an 8 row repeat texture and horseshoe cable pattern. Sizes 34”, (38, 42, 46, 50). Womens Cardigan in Plymouth Yarn Cashmere De Cotone 3011. Worsted weight yarn.
Long-sleeved cabled cardigan sweater with deep ribbing at the hem and cuffs. Sizes XS to 5XL. Designed by Nicole Winer for Yarnspirations. Worsted weight yarn.
Cabled Open Cardigan 10220
Long-sleeved cardigan sweater features diamond trellis cables. Sizes Bust circumference: 47(51.25, 54.75, 59, 62.75, 67)“ 119(130, 139, 150, 159, 170) cm. Designed by Hayfield for Sirdar. Aran weight yarn.
Elle Cardigans 6961
Cabled cardigan buttoned at collar with Long-Sleeve and Cap-Sleeve options. Sizes To Fit Bust: 30½ (32½, 34¼, 36¼, 38¼, 40, 42¼, 44, 46) inches. Designed by Saprotex International Design Studio. DK weight yarn.
Sisterhood of the Sweater
Color-blocked cardigan knit with sections of 8 row honeycomb cable, 8 row Wild Oats cable, and seed stitch. Sizes To Fit Bust 32”-34” / 36”-38” / 40”-42” / 44”-46” / 48”-50”. Designed by Katie Rempe for Skacel. Worsted weight yarn.
Versatile cardigan knit in a unique construction that allows the flow of cables through the whole fabric and creates a drapey shawl collar that can also be worn as a hood or wrapped over the shoulder. Sizes S (M, L, XL, XXL), 32 (40, 48, 56, 62)". Designed by Tamara Ell. Fingering weight yarn.
Figure flattering cardigan with 4 row repeat cables framed with 8 row cables with a ribbed shawl collar. Sizes 28" to 53.9" / 72-77 (82-87, 92-97, 102-107, 112-117, 122-127,132-137) cm bust. Designed by Saprotex International Design Studio. DK weight yarn.
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Cardigan with Cabled Yoke
Short-sleeved cardigan sweater features a beautiful cabled yoke, so there are cables running horizontally and vertically. Sizes XS/S 36" (91.5 cm), Medium / 40" (101.5 cm), Large 44" (112 cm), X-Large / 48" (122 cm), 2/3XL / 56" (142 cm), 4/5XL / 64" (162.5 cm). Designed by Patons. Worsted weight yarn.
Long-sleeved cardigan sweater features gull stitch-based cables and a wide collar that can be worn open over the shoulders or buttoned for scarf-like warmth. Sizes Chest: 30 (32, 34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 46, 50, 54) inches, unbuttoned. Designed by Amy Herzog for Knitty. Aran weight yarn.
Extremely comfortable and very elegant cardigan sweater with cables and shawl collar. Knit in 2 halves. Sizes to fit bust 28-34 (36-42, 44-50) inches/71-86 (91-107, 112-127) cm. Designed by Irina Anikeeva. Worsted weight yarn.
Long-sleeved cardigan sweater with celtic cables on sleeves and back and simpler cables on the front. Sizes Bust (closed): 36.5[41, 45.5, 50, 54.5, 59, 63.5, 68, 72.5] inches/ 92.5[104, 115.5, 127, 138.5, 150, 161.5, 172.5, 184] cm. Designed by Alison Green for Knitty. DK weight yarn.
Cropped cardigan sweater with cables and three quarter sleeves. Sizes to fit bust 32-34 (36-38, 40-42, 44-46, 48-50)" 81-86 (91-97, 102-107, 112-117, 122-127) cm. Designed by Martin Storey. DK weight yarn.
Argyle Tile Cardigan
Long-sleeved cardigan sweater with diamond cables and fair isle pockets. Knitted flat and seamed. Sizes To fit chest 76-81 86-91 91-97 102-107 112-117 cm, 30-32 34-36 36-38 40-42 44-46 in. Designed by Paintbox Yarns. DK weight yarn.
Long-sleeved cardigan sweater features simple cables winding up the fronts and back. Sizes Bust (closed): 36 (40, 44, 48, 52, 56, 60)". Designed by Berroco Design Team. Worsted weight yarn.
Coziest Cable Cardigan
Easy quick cardigan features oversized cables on garter stitch and stockinette. Knit flat with minimal shaping. Sizes S (M, L, XL). Super Bulky weight yarn. Web pattern is free. A printable pdf are available on Etsy. Designed by Jessica Reeves Potasz at Mama In A Stitch.
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Cardigan and Waistcoat
No longer free. Long-sleeved cardigan and sleeveless vest knit with overlapping diamond cables on a 2 row repeat texture. Sizes To Fit Bust/Chest: 32/34", 36/38", 40/42", 44/46", 48/50", 52/54". Designed by Sirdar. Aran weight yarn.
No longer free. Cardigan sweater jacket with 6 row repeat cable along front edges, sleeves, and sides. Sizes To Fit Bust 32/34" 36/38" 40/42" 44/46" 48/50" 52/54". Designed by Sirdar. Chunky weight yarn. Yarn also available on pattern page.
Imagination Cardigan 8090
No longer free. Flattering cardigan with ribbing that transforms into cables below the bodice. Sizes bust 32/24, 36/38, 40/42, 44/46, 48/50, 52/54 in. Designed by Sirdar. Bulky weight yarn.
Cabled Edge Cardigan
Long-sleeved cardigan sweater knit flat with a woven cable front edge and sleeve edges. Worked flat. Sizes S, M, L, XL, 2X, 3X. Designed by Andi Javori. One of the patterns in Knit Cardigans - 12 Luxurious Sweaters will Become Everyday Favorites. Available in ebook or paperback.
Creative Twist Cardigan
Quick cardigans knit with chunk cable details and options for long or short sleeves. Sizes: 36-40 (42-46). Super Bulky weight yarn. Designed by Rico Design.
Short-sleeved cardigan sweater with cables and a draped front. Sizes: 46 (58, 70)“ (117 (147, 178) cm) at Bust. DK weight yarn. Designed by Norah Gaughan.
Seamless top-down cardigan sweater with cables on a garter stitch background. Sizes: Bust: 101 ( 106, 116, 121 ) cm / 39.7 ( 41.7, 45.6, 47.6 ) in. Aran weight yarn. Designed by Irene Lin.
Long sleeved elegant sweater combines classic design with feminine shaping featuring an allover lattice texture, cables, and shawl collar. Sizes XS (S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL). Designed by Vanessa Smith. Sport weight yarn. There is also a version for baby and child sizes.
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Long sleeved cardigan sweater with figure flattering flared cable detail on the front and matching cables on sleeves. Sizes XS (XS1, S, M, L, XL, 2X). Fingering yarn. Designed by Hanna Maciejewska. Pictured project by jettshin. Available in English, German, Polish
Dreamy Weave Cardigan
Written pattern for a beautiful basketweave cable cardigan with cable edge. Oversized, relaxed fit. Sizes Body circumference: 42 in (S) - 49 in (M) - 53 in (L) Designed by KatrinesDesigns.
Cardigan features a front borders of dropped stitches with bold cables. The pieces are worked separately and seamed together. Sizes 33 1/2 (37, 41, 44, 48, 52)" Aran weight yarn. Named after mathematician Leonhard Euler. Designed by Linda Marveng.
Cozy long sleeved cardigan sweater knit in garter stitch with braided cable edge. Quick knit in super bulky yarn. Designed by Laimute Vaiciuliene.