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Easy Cardigan Knitting Patterns

by | Jul 7, 2017 | Featured

Knitting Patterns for Easy Cardigan Sweaters. Most patterns are free

Knitting patterns for cardigan sweaters that are rated easy by the designers and/or the Ravelrers that have knit them.

To get the knitting patterns, scroll down the page to the individual pattern you want and click on the link to that pattern.

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.

All links on this site are for informational purposes, but please note that some links are to affiliate sellers that pay me a small commission on purchases.

Free Knitting Patterns

Free Knitting Pattern for Easy Liz Cardi

Liz Cardi

Short sleeve cardigan sweater knit in one piece, starting from the back, separate for the 2 front panels, then seam up the side and you’re done. No picking up stitches. Rated easy bye the designer Jesse Mozlan. Sizes S/L. Worsted weight yarn.

Free Easy One Row Repeat Longline Cardigan

One Row Repeat Longline Cardigan

This easy sweater is knit with a one row repeat mesh stitch and minimal shaping. Worsted weight yarn. Sizes XS(S,M,L,XL, XXL). Designed by Quail Studio

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Free Knitting Pattern for Side Street Cardigan

Side Street Cardigan

This short sleeved cardigan is knit in one piece from side to side in garter stitch. Sizes XS to 5X. Quick knit in bulky yarn. Rated beginner level by Yarnspirations

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Free Knitting for Evening Allure Cardigan

Evening Allure Cardigan

Easy short-sleeved cardigan knit in 3 pieces with a 2 row repeat Garter Rib stitch. No picking up stitches but there is shaping. Designed  by Heather Lodinsky for Red Heart. Small (Medium, Large, 1X, 2X).

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Free Knitting Pattern for Island Wrap

Island Wrap

This cocoon cardigan features all over cables is knit as a rectangle and then seamed to form the armholes. Sizes S/M, L/XL. Quick knit in bulky yarn. Rated easy by the designer Bo Peep’s Bonnets

Free Knitting Pattern for Easy Lady Kina Cardigan

Lady Kina Cardigan

Cap sleeved cardigan with pretty gathering at the neckline. Rated very easy or easy by most Ravelrers. Designed by Muriel Agator. Availabled in English and French. Sizes 36, 38/40, 40/42, 46

Free Knitting Pattern for Easy High Line Cardigan

High Line Cardigan

Short sleeved cropped cardigan knit in K1, p1 rib and rated easy by Ravelrers. Sizes s, m, l, xl. Quick knit in bulky yarn. Designed by Rosemary Drysdale for Tahki Stacy Charles. Pictured project by drsmak

Free Knitting Pattern for Easy Varsity Hoodie

Varsity Hoodie

This long-sleeved hooded sweater with pocket is knit primarily in stockinette. The designer Two of Wands and Lion Brand Yarn rate this a Level 2 Easy (beginner +) pattern. It does require picking up stitches and grafting. Sizes M/L, XL/2XL, XS/S

Free Knitting Pattern for Easy Sweater Scarf

Sweater Scarf

This easy cardigan wrap was inspired by a “sweater-scarf” from 1917, in the early years that women worked with the Red Cross. It is made from a knit rectangle and belt. Designed by Julie Farmer for Red Heart.

Free Knitting Pattern for Easy High Plains Cardigan

High Plains Cardigan

This long-sleeved sweater with pockets is knit in a 4 row repeat moss stitch. 5 pieces (back, 2 fronts, and 2 sleeves) and then seamed. The designer Heather Lodinsky and Lion Brand Yarn rate this a Level 2 Easy (beginner +) pattern. Sizes 1X, 2X, L, M, S

Free Knitting Pattern for Envelope Cardigan

Envelope Cardigan

Easy sweater pattern features the Irish Moss Stitch and shawl collar. Knit in two pieces with the only shaping in the collar. From Patons Yarn. Sizes from XS to 5XL.

Free Knitting Pattern for Tyburn Cardigan

Tyburn Cardigan

This cozy long-sleeved sweater by Sarah Hatton features mostly stockinette with ribbed sloped front and seed stitch set-in sleeves. Quick knit in bulky yarn. Rated easy by Ravelrers and skill level 2 by Rowan.

Knitting Pattern for Easy Spring Swing Cardigan

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

Free Knitting Pattern for Easy Carie Cropped Flare-Sleeve Cardigan

Carie Cropped Flare-Sleeve Cardigan

Dramatic cropped cardigan with long flared-sleeves with lace detail is rated easy by most Ravelrers. Quick knit in super bulky yarn. Designed by Stefanie Japel. Sizes 33 (36, 38.5, 41, 44)” / 84 (91, 104, 112)cm

Free knitting pattern for Sanpoku Japanese inspired wrap cardigan


The brilliant Norah Gaughan was inspired by Japanese style to create this wrapped cardigan for Berroco. Rated very easy and easy by the majority of Ravelrers. The recommended yarn is my current favorite Berroco Modern Cotton which has lovely drape and stitch definition and is so comfortable.

Free knitting pattern for Folded Squares Cardigan and more draped cardigan knitting patterns

Folded Squares Cardigan

Purl Soho’s ingenious design is three garter stitch pieces assembled to form a soft drape in six sizes available: 34 (38, 42, 46, 50, 54)

Free Knitting Easy Blanket Sweater

Easy Blanket Sweater

Jessica from Mama in a Stitch created this cocoon cardigan that she calls a wearable blanket. Quick knit with two strands of chunky yarn held together.

Free Knitting Pattern for Chelsea Cape

Chelsea Cape

This easy cocoon cardigan is knit in a lace net that drapes beautifully. Designed by Alexandra Tavel for Two of Wands.

Free Knitting Pattern for Garter Stitch Swingy Cardigan

Garter Stitch Swingy Sweater

Jenn Pellerin’s simple asymmetrical top-down raglan cardigan is worked in all knit stitches. Rated as easy by more than 100 Raverlrers. Pictured project by lbeckste

Patterns for Purchase

Knitting Pattern for Easy Banff Cardigan

Banff Cardigan

Oversized long sweater knit in seed stitch with worsted weight yarn on large needles. The designer The Blue Mouse says this is an easy pattern that requires basic knowledge of stitches and seaming. Length is customizable.

Knitting Pattern for Bomber Cardi

Bomber Cardi

Bomber style cardigan jacket in size small to medium size or large to XL.The designer Wool Couture says this is an easy pattern suitable for novice knitters.

Free Knitting Pattern for Easy Cocoon Cardigan

Cocoon Cardigan

Easy pattern knit in super bulky yarn. The designer Bo Peep’s Bonnets says this is suitable for beginners.

Knitting Pattern for Easy Mezzo Cardigan

Mezzo Cardigan

This cocoon style cardigan features offset stripe motif and marled color scheme created by holding two strands together. Knit flat in two pieces and seamed. 4 sizes. Designed by Alexis Winslow

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Knitting Pattern for Easy Sweater Coat

Sweater Coat

Knit in stockinette with textured cuffs and lapels, this coat sweater is a quick knit in super bulky yarn and rated easy by the designer.

Knitting Pattern for Montreal Cardigan

Montreal Cardigan

The designer says this draped front shrug is a super simple pattern, a great first garment for an advanced beginner looking to move beyond scarves and baby blankets. And a quick knit in super bulky yarn that the designer says can be finished in a weekend.

Knitting Pattern for Passionista Vest

Passionista Vest

Lena Skvagerson’s simple-to-stitch vest is a versatile accessory and easy enough for beginners looking to branch out.

Knitting Pattern for Mont Blanc Cardigan

Mont Blanc Cardigan

This easy sweater is a quick knit in super bulky yarn. Does involve picking up stitches.

Knitting Pattern for Dolman Cardigan in Garter Stitch

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.

Free Knitting Pattern for Easy Jong Cardigan


NO LONGER FREE! Easy one-size-fits-all cardigan jacket in garter stitch designed by by Julie Tootill. Quick knit in super bulky yarn. Ravelrers have rated it very easy and easy. Pictured project by devaknits

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Terry Matz

meTerry is a knitting late-bloomer, learning to knit as an adult from Internet tutorials, because she wanted a craft that was useful, fun, and portable. Knitting hats for cancer patients inspired her to design her own patterns—available for free at her blog, Terry met her husband Ken at a science fiction convention and moved to the Kansas City area to be with him more than 30 years ago. Terry supports her yarn stash by creating websites and other digital media. Terry firmly believes in Knitting in Public—it's a great conversation starter!

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