Free knitting patterns for easy cardigan sweaters that feature easy construction and stitch patterns. They are rated easy by the designers and/or the Ravelrers that have knit them. Updated 4/23/23
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Milton Harbor Cardigan
Easy cozy cardigan knit so the front band is knit along with the body so there's no picking up stitches. Rated easy by the designer. Sizes S/M (L, 1X/2X). Quick knit in Super Bulky weight yarn. Designed by Irina Poludnenko for Lion Brand.
Vertical Ridges Cardigan
Easy cardigan knit in a 2 row texture. The front band is knit with the body so there's no picking up stitches. Rated easy by the designer. The construction at the neck is a little fiddly so it's probably not for beginners. Sizes XS/S M L XL 2/3XL 4/5XL. Worsted weight yarn. Designed by Caron.
Easy bomber style cardigan jacket knit flat in garter stitch. No picking up stitches or tricky shaping. Designer says it is suitable for newbie knitters. Sizes XXS (XS, S, SM, M, L, XL, XXL). Quick knit Super Bulky weight yarn. Designed by Emily Bolduan. May only be free for a limited time.
Super easy cardigan knit flat with a one row repeat seed stitch. It's basically 3 rectangles sewn together. Perfect for beginners a great showcase for multicolor yarn. Chunky weight yarn. Designed by Premier Yarns Design Team
Bellissima Jacket and Sweater
Easy garter stitch cardigan jacket or pullover sweater with color blocking knit flat. The standing collar or neckband are picked up but the rest is beginner friendly. Sizes 81-127cm/32-50in. Designed by Stylecraft. Jacket is in Chunky weight yarn, Pullover in DK.
Breckenridge Topper Cardigan
Beginner-friendly pattern knit flat in 2 rectangles and seamed to form wide sleeves. No picking up stitches. Sizes Small, Medium, Large, XL, 2X, 3X. Designed by Mama In A Stitch. DK weight yarn.
Beginner-friendly pattern knit flat in one rectangle with a slit and seamed. No picking up stitches. Video tutorial included. Great with multi-colored yarn. Sizes Finished Bust: 46” (57”, 67”) OR 117 cm (145 cm, 170 cm). Designed by Yay For Yarn. Aran weight yarn.
Easy Flyaway Cardigan
Short sleeve cardigan knit in stockinette and ribbing with a foldover shawl collar. Knit in 3 pieces. No picking up stitches. Sizes 3X/4X, 1X/2X, L, S/M. Designed by Lion Brand. Rated easy by the designer. Sport weight yarn.
Easy Breezy Cardi
Knit in 3 pieces in stockinette with ribbed edges. No picking up stitches. Some shaping. Uses just 2 balls of the recommended multi-colored yarn. Sizes 1X/2X, M/L, XS/S. Rated easy by the designer Vladimir Teriokhin for Lion Brand. Worsted weight yarn.
Short sleeved garter stitch cardigan knit with bulky yarn. Body knit in one piece. Sleeves knit separatedly. Neck edge is finished by picking up and knitting one row. Sizes S (M, L, 1X, 2X). Rated easy by the designer Irina Poludnenko.
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 by the designer Jesse Mozlan. Sizes S/L. Worsted weight yarn.
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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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Lady Kina Cardigan
Cap sleeved cardigan with pretty gathering at the neckline. Rated very easy or easy by most Ravelrers. Designed by Muriel Agator. Available in English and French. Sizes 36, 38/40, 40/42, 46
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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
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- Get the Tahki Yarns Urban Organics pattern book that includes this pattern
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. Also available as a kit.
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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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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)
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.
This easy cocoon cardigan is knit in a lace net that drapes beautifully. Designed by Alexandra Tavel for Two of Wands. Also available as a kit.
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
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Polar Bear Cardigan
A simple cardigan for beginner knitters according to designer. Options for fringe and without. Follow step by step instructions and you will have your own handmade cozy cardigan. Super bulky weight yarn. Designed by Bummbul
Dara Infinity Vest
The easiest way to make a sleeveless cardigan wrap, fun to knit and super fast to make! It’s a great pattern for beginners because it's worked worked flat, seamless and the stitches used are basic. Use any weight of yarn. A crochet version is also available. Available in English and French. Rated easy by knitters. Designed by The Easy Design.
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.
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.
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.
Lena Skvagerson’s simple-to-stitch vest is a versatile accessory and easy enough for beginners looking to branch out.
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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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