Knitting patterns for shrugs, vests, and cardigans with with flattering curved edges or circle silhouette. Most are free. Updated 2/15/23
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Jeannee Cardigan 2156
Women's cardigan with curved front edges buttoned at top. Sizes Approx. Finished Chest Size: 34”, (38, 42, 46). Bulky weight yarn. Designed by Plymouth Yarn Design Studio.
Winter’s Embrace Shrug
Cabled cardigan with curved front edges that form a shawl collar. Body knit as rectangle and seamed with sleeves, collar, and edges knit on. Sizes S/M: 24” x 40” (61 x 101 cm) L/XL: 29” x 48” (74 x 121 cm). Web version is free. PDF is for purchase. Bulky weight yarn. Designed by Makenzie Alvarez.
Garter Stripe Cardigan
Long-sleeved cardigan with curved front edges in stockinette in stripes of garter stitch. Sizes 36/38 - 40/42 - 44/46. Designed by Scheepjes. Fingering weight yarn. This pattern is written more in paragraph form, rather than line by line.
Shawl Collar Vest
This easy circle shrug / vest is knit in chunky yarn. 3 sizes. Great showcase for multi-color yarn. Designed by Jennifer Miller Comstock
Open Front Shrug
Lace cardigan with curved front edges. Knit flat with a 12 row Zigzag Lace in one piece and seamed, with ribbed edging knit on. Sizes To Fit Bust 34 (38, 42, 46, 50)”. Aran weight yarn. Designed by Alice Tang for Red Heart.
Lace cardigan worked in 2 pieces; Body/Collar piece and Sleeve/Back piece that creates a versatile circular silhouette. Edge is finished with single crochet. Sizes Finished Bust 38 (44, 50) in. (96.5 (112, 127) cm). DK weight yarn. Designed by Teresa Chorzepa for Lion Brand.
Vest with a curved cabled border around a cabled body with 10 row and 2 row repeats. Sizes Finished Bust (slightly stretched): 34 (38, 42, 45½, 48¾)”. Chunky weight yarn. Designed by Lisa Gentry for Red Heart.
Endless Circle Vest
Cardigan knit in one piece starting with a rectangular back piece with a lace border knit in the round to create the circle shape and shawl collar. Sizes To Fit Bust: 32 (36, 40, 44, 48, 52)” (81.5 (91.5, 101.5, 112, 122, 132) cm). Worsted weight yarn. Designed by Julie Farmer for Red Heart.
More Free Patterns
Ribbed Collar Bolero
Easy shrug cardigan knit flat in one rectangle and seamed to form a circular shape and shawl collar. Quick knit in bulky weight yarn. Great showcase for self-striping or gradient yarn. Designed by Teresa Chorzepa for Lion Brand.
Lattice Cocoon Cardi
Cozy lace sweater Knit flat then in the round as you go to create the circle shape. 6 Sizes. Quick knit in super bulky weight yarn. Designed by Kt Baldassaro for Feza Yarns.
The circlular shape of this lace cardigan creates a wide shawl collar that can also be worn as a hood. Sizes Finished Bust 38 (44, 50) in. (96.5 (112, 127) cm). Worsted weight yarn. Designed by Vladimir Teriokhin.
Textured Circle Shrug
This cardigan is knit with a ribbed front with seed stitch edge, and welted elbow lengtth sleeves. The back and sleeves are knit first and then the front is picked up and knit int he round. Worsted weight yarn. Sizes 32-34 to 52-54. Designed by Stefanie Japel for Lion Brand. Pictured project by tchick
Nebula Medallion Vest
Circlular sleeveless cardigan with a shawl collar, knit in the round. Sizes XS-3XL. Great way to showcase a super-bulky art yarn, either in the center back or in the shawl collar. Super Bulky weight yarn. Designed by Rebecca Hope Osborn
Royal Rib Sweater Wrap
The elegant shawl collared Royal Rib Turtleback cardigan is knit with a 4 row repeat stitch in a square with armholes and seamed. Bulky yarn. Woman’s small (medium, large, extra-large). Rated easy by the designer. Design by Frances Hughes.
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This ribbed shrug is knitted with a back panel, and then extra stitches are cast on and the outer circle is knit in the round forming the armholes. Designed by SKEINO LLC. Sizes S - XXL (Chest - 32" - 54"). DK weight yarn. It helped me picture how this pattern works to look at one of the Ravelry projects that showed the shrug flat.
This circle sweater features a 4 row repeat Moss Stitch collar and draped front. The body is knit in the round in one piece and sleeves are added. Bulky yarn. Designed by Berroco Design Team. This pattern was featured in Season 8 of Knit and Crochet Now! and is free with registration at Annie’s
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I love the shape of this coat! This pattern by Berroco creates a lovely draped coat with ingenious concentric ribbed circles.
Patterns for Purchase
No longer free. Cropped cardigan with a graceful lace/cable centre panel on the back and gracefully curved garter stitch front edges. Sizes To Fit Bust: 30 (32, 34, 36, 38, 40, 44, 48, 52, 56, 60, 64, 68)” / 75 (80, 85, 90, 95, 100, 110, 120, 130, 140, 150, 160, 170) cm. Sport weight yarn. Designed by Francoise Danoy.
Opposite Pole Cardigan
Seamless cabled cardigan, with an A-line shape, reversible shawl collar and set-in sleeves. Sizes 30/32 (34/36, 38/40, 42/44, 46/48, 50/52, 54/56, 58/60) inches. Aran weight yarn. Designed by Joji Locatelli
Lace cardigan with curved edging with eyelet cables and chevron lace on back, edges and front. Sizes 36.5 (41, 46)". Worsted weight yarn. Designed by Alexis Winslow
A very versatile and drapey cardigan, seamless, featuring a large collar, A-line shape and gathered cuffs. Sizes 30/32 (34/36-38/40-42/44-46/48-50/52-54/56-58/60) inches 75/80 (85/90-95/100-105/110-115/120-125/130-135/140-145/150) cm. Aran weight yarn. Designed by Joji Locatelli
Tabitha Cocoon Cardigan
Cocoon-style cardigan features a gorgeous open lace panel in the back and a banana leaf panel on the shaped shawl collar and the optional sleeve cuffs. Sizes Bust Sizes 28-30 (32-38, 40-46, 48-50)" [71-76 (81.5-96.5, 101.5-117, 122-127) cm]. Worsted weight yarn. Designed by SweaterBabe
Figure flattering cardigan with curved front edges with blackberry stitch borders and shawl collar. Sizes XS, S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL. Worsted weight yarn. Designed by Kari-Helene Rane
Lace Shawl Cardi
Lace cocoon cardigan. Worsted weight yarn. Designed by SusanKnitsDesign