Knitting patterns for cropped cardigans, boleros, jackets with short and long sleeves. Updated 5/14/22
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Cropped sweater with long sleeves knit in all over lace pattern in a 16 row repeat. Sizes XS to 5XL. DK weight yarn. Designed by Nicole Winer.
Cropped sweater with cap sleeves knit in a 6 row repeat Roman Stripe stitch pattern. Sizes XS (S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL) = 28” (32”, 36”, 40”, 44”, 48”, 52”, 56”) bust. Worsted weight yarn. Designed by Hilary Smith Callis. Pictured project by designer and Hazel.
Designed by Martin Storey, this cropped cardigan features stunning cables, ballet neckline, and elbow length sleeves. Sizes 32-34(36-38,40-42, 44-46, 48-50)" 81-86 (91-97, 102-107, 112-117, 122-127) cm.
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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)”.
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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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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.
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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
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.
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
Berroco Design Team created this cropped cardigan that features “stripes” of texture with garter stitch, dropped stitch and stockinette. Great for multi color yarn!
Hanna Maciejewska’s open cardigan features cable details in the raglans and fronts. It is knit in one piece from the top down.
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
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″)
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Island Girl Cardigan
Short-sleeved cropped cardigan with lace details. S, M, L. Chest sizes 30-38. Quick knit in chunky yarn.
Cropped cardigan with cable detail knit top down raglan style with three quarter sleeves. Finished Sizes to fit bust(inches): 32 – 34, 36 – 38, 40 – 42, 44 – 46, 48 – 50, 52 – 54, 56 – 58, 60 – 62”. DK weight yarn. Designed by BiggerthanlifeKnits.
Mont Blanc Cardigan
This easy sweater is a quick knit in super bulky yarn. Does involve picking up stitches.
Dolman Sleeved Cardigan
Easy sweater pattern knit in garter stitch as one piece in just 500 grams of Aran weight yarn. Just two side seams. Designed by Audrey Wilson.
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This adorable cropped cardigan has a pretty picot hem and colorwork roses. Worked flat and seamed. Finished Sizes To Fit Bust: 81cm to 112cm. Fingering weight yarn. Designed by Debbie Bliss.
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.
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
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.
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.