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Cropped Cardigan Knitting Patterns

by | Sep 19, 2015 | Cardigans, Clothing, Featured

Knitting Patterns for Cropped Cardigans. Most patterns are free.

Knitting patterns for cropped cardigans, boleros, jackets with short and long sleeves

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These patterns are not my designs but links to other designers who have generously shared their patterns. If you have questions about how to knit a specific pattern, please contact the designer directly.

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Free Knitting Patterns

Free Knitting Pattern for Summer Flower Cropped Cardigan

Summer Flower Cropped Cardigan

Long-sleeved cropped sweater with lace panels on front and on sleeves. Sizes Dress size 6-28. Designed by Pat Menchini The file needs to be unzipped after download.

Free knitting pattern for Little Peacock Cardigan

Little Peacock Cardigan

I love this stitch! Sarah Hoadley designed this cute cropped short-sleeved cardigan sweater around a stitch pattern from Harmony Guides – Knit and Purl. Finished Bust Size 31 (35, 39, 43, 47, 51)” to fit bust 30 (34, 38, 42, 46, 50)”.


Free Knitting Pattern for Quick Nimbus Cardigan


Berroco Design Team created this cropped cardigan with a cozy shawl collar and bold garter stitch accents. X-Small, Small, Medium, Large, 1X and 2X. Pictured project by lkkinetic. Quick knit in super bulky yarn

Free knitting pattern for Olivia cardigan and more cropped cardigan knitting patterns

Olivia Cardigan

Janet of Yellow, Pink, and Sparkly designed this mohair cardi with ribbed sleeves, an all over eyelet pattern and a crocheted edging. One size, so you’ll have to adapt for other sizes.

Free knitting pattern for Bold and Bulky Mini Cardigan cropped cardigan with shorter sleeves in bulky yarn

Bold and Bulky Mini Cardigan

This cropped cardigan with mod styling is fitted and a quick knit in bulky yarn on large needles. Small, Medium, Large, 1X. From the book FITTED KNITS by Stefanie Japel

Free knitting pattern for Susan's Blissful Sunset Cardigan cropped three quarter sleeve sweater

Susan’s Blissful Sunset Cardigan

Kathy Zimmerman’s cropped cardigan with three-quarter sleeves features diamonds formed by cables and openwork lace.

Free Knitting Pattern Peggy Sue Cardigan

Peggy Sue

Linda Wilgus was inspired by 1950s styles to design this short-sleeved cropped cardigan featuring cables at the waist. SIZE: XS [S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X] Pictured project by Elidee.

Free knitting pattern for Surry Hills cropped cardigan and more cropped cardigan knitting patterns

Surry Hills

Maria Magnusson’s cropped cardigan features a lace pattern and long sleeves. Knit seamlessly from the bottom up, the sweater has a little shaping on the sides and a seamless set-in ¾ sleeve. Sizes XS, S, M, L, XL

Free knitting pattern for Westbury croppled long sleeved cardigan by Berroco. Great for multi color yarn


Berroco Design Team created this cropped cardigan that features “stripes” of texture with garter stitch, dropped stitch and stockinette. Great for multi color yarn!

Free knitting pattern of Dawn Cardigan


Hanna Maciejewska’s open cardigan features cable details in the raglans and fronts. It is knit in one piece from the top down.

Free knitting pattern for Hint of Lace Cardigan cropped cardi with three quarter sleeves

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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Free knitting pattern for Caramella Cropped Cardigan


Lana Grossa designed this cropped cardigan with flounces and a deep v neckline.

Free knitting pattern for top down summer lace cardigan with diamond lace and short sleeves

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″)

Free knitting pattern for Mood Jacket cropped cardigan

Mood Jacket

Lana Grossa designed this cropped cardigan for sizes 38/40 (42/44) – M (L)

Patterns for Purchase

Knitting Pattern for Island Girl Cardigan

Island Girl Cardigan

Short-sleeved cropped cardigan with lace details. S, M, L. Chest sizes 30-38. Quick knit in chunky yarn.

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Knitting pattern for St John's Wort Cropped Cardigan

St John’s Wort Cardigan

Cathy Carron’s St. John’s Wort Cardigan strips the sweater down to a few pretty details: columns of texture, a generous collar, a softly gathered bottom hem, and a single dramatic button. 34 (38, 42, 45, 49)” bust, buttoned.

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Knitting pattern for Picnic Cardigan open work lace cropped cardigan

Picnic Cardigan

This knitted jacket is worked in eyelet lace in one piece from the bottom of the fronts. 32½ (35, 37, 39½ , 42, 44½ )” bust circumference

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Knitting pattern for Sideways Spencer cropped cardigan

Sideways Spencer

A very short jacket that sits just below the bust line, this Spencer is flattering to many figure types . This jacket is worked sideways from cuff to cuff in a striking cable pattern that adds body to the cropped structure.

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Knitting pattern for Transverse Cardigan

Transverse Cardigan

A dolman cardigan is knitted from side to side, from one cuff to the other. Eyelet rounds, knitted in garter stitch bands, and large buttons give this simple sweater stylish impact. 32½ (36, 41, 45, 49½ , 53½ )” bust circumference, buttoned.

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Knitting Pattern for Dot and Dash Cardigan

Dot & Dash

Designed by Cheryl Murray, this cropped cardigan sweater features short sleeves and a slip stitch texture. Sizes Small through 3XL. Included in Creative Knitting Autumn 2013 – More than 20 knitting patterns for $6.99.

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