Knitting patterns for sweaters with wide and flared sleeves such as kimono, bell, and other sleeve styles. Many of the patterns are free. Updated 11/5/2022
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Long cardigan coat with hood and bell sleeves, knit with ribbing and cables. Note that this pattern is only for one size: 42-44 European. Designed by Lacelegance. Light Fingering weight yarn.
Kimono Sleeve Cardigan
Cropped cardigan with wide sleeves and shawl collar knit with an 8 row repeat Box Stitch. Sizes To Fit Bust: 71cm/28in to 157cm/62in. Designed by Bernat. Aran weight yarn.
Cardigan with a 10 stitch repeat eyelet rib and lace trim. Sizes: Chest: 33[37, 41, 45, 49, 53, 57] inches. Designed by Snowden Becker for Knitty. Sport weight yarn.
Cardigan knit flat in one piece except for sleeves, with 8 row repeat Lace, Cable, and Rib pattern. Great showcase for self-striping or gradient yarn. Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL Width at lower edge: 27¼ (29½, 34¼, 38, 43)” [69 (75, 87, 97, 109) cm. Designed by Schachenmayr as Design 2177 / Dolman Cardigan. Lace weight yarn. Available in English, Dutch, French, German
Seaside Kimono Cardi
Kimono-style cardigan knit in 3 pieces in seed stitch and trimmed with 8 row repeat Criss Cross Cable. Sizes Finished Bust 49 (55) in. (124.5 (140) cm). Designed by Lion Brand. Aran weight yarn.
Snug as a Bug
Kimono-style jacket that can double as a cozy lounging robe. Designed by Universal Yarn. Quick knit in Super Bulky weight yarn.
Long Cardigan with Pockets
Cabled cardigan knit with elbow length kimono-style sleeves and patch pockets. Sizes XS/S / 28"-36", Medium 36"-40", Large 40"-44", X-Large 44"-46", 2/3XL / 48"-56", 4/5XL / 56"-64". Designed by Patons. Worsted weight yarn.
Kimono style cardigan knit with a one row repeat mesh lace. Knit in 3 pieces. Sizes S/M, L, XL/2XL. Designed by Laura Zukaite. Fingering weight yarn.
Tilting Block Cardigan
Cardigan with wide sleeves knit with tilting block lace which creates a natural wave edge. 2 Sizes. Designed by Grace Alexander for Cascade Yarns. Worsted weight yarn.
More Free Patterns
Sleeveless kimono style cardigan with overlapping front and ties. Knit with a 4 row repeat. Sizes To Fit Bust: 32-34 36-38 40-42 44-46 48-50 in. Designed by Lisa Richardson for Rowan. Quick knit in Bulky weight yarn.
Diagonal Cables Cardigan
Cardigan jacket with cabled front with top fastening and cabled kimono sleeves. Sizes XS/S, M, L, XL, 2/3XL, 4/5XL To Fit Bust: 71cm/28in to 157cm/62in. Designed by Patons. Worsted weight yarn.
Kimono Sleeve Jacket
Easy cardigan jacket with wide kimono sleeves knit flat in stockinette and seed stitch with minimal shaping. Sizes Bust 34‐36 (38‐40, 42‐44)in. Designed by Yvette Silverman. Quick knit in Bulky weight yarn.
Easy lace cardigan with wide sleeves knit with a 4 row repeat. 3 Sizes S/M: 65”, L/XL: 73”, and 2XL/3XL: 81”. Designed by Rachel Carson Hill. Free web version available. DK weight yarn.
Easy Telluride Kimono
This cardigan is knit as two rectangles of knit and purl stitches that is then seamed together. Designed by Jessica Reeves Potasz of Mama in a Stitch who says this is perfect for beginners. Sizes S/M, X/L. The web version is free and the printable pdf is available on Etsy. Quick knit in super bulky yarn.
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Big Flower Cardigan by Kaffe Fassett
This cardigan combines a floral motif with a comfortable oversized fit. Designed by the legendary Kaffe Fassett for Knitty, this cardigan is knit in one piece from the bottom back hem up to the neck and then down each front for an almost seamless finished garment with minimal shaping means. Flowers are in stranded colorwork and intarsia. 2 sizes. DK weight yarn.
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Versatile cardigan knit in 2 panels with a variety of easy stitch patterns that make it pretty to look at and fun to knit. Rated easy by the designer and other knitter. Bulky weight yarn. Designed by Jessica Reeves Potasz for Mama In A Stitch. Also available in a kit.
Diamond Lace Kimono
This kimono style short sleeved cardigan is worked in one piece starting at the back. DK weight. One size fits most. Designed by Kaitlin Blasing of Originally Lovely
Drop Stitch Cotton Kimono
Two rectangular panels are knit in garter stitch and dropped stitches, then seamed at the center and sides to form the kimono. Beginner friendly pattern acoording to the designer. Sizes S/M, L/XL. Worsted weight yarn. Designed by Jessica Reeves Potasz for Mama In A Stitch. Also available in a kit.
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Bright and Breezy Kimono
Caron’s easy cardigan pattern features a lacy openwork design. Sizes from S to XL.
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Moss Edge Wide Sleeve Cardigan
Cardigan with elegant loose shape with kimono style sleeves, knit in stocking stitch with moss edges. Sizes to fit bust : 32-34, 36-38, 40-42, 44-46, 48-50 ins Sport weight yarn. Designed by Sian Brown.
No longer free. Striped cropped sweater with kimono sleeves. Designed for 2 colors of sock yarn, a variegated yarn and a contrasting solid/semi-solid yarn. Designed by Helen Bingham
Hexad Peaks Cardigan
Elegant two-tone cardigan with hexagonal lace and loose-fitting cropped sleeves. Sizes 23 ¾ (26 ½, 29, 32, 35 ¾)" back width at underarm. DK weight yarn. Designed by Yiğitcan Vatansever.
Wrap cardigan with wide sleeves knit with the Dragon Skin stitch pattern from Barbara Walker’s 2nd Treasury of Knitting Patterns. Sizes Bust/Hips 32 36 40 44 48 52 56 in 81 91 102 112 122 132 142 cm. DK weight yarn. Designed by Angela Hahn.
No longer free! Kimono style caridgan wrap knit flat with a 12 row lace and cable repeat. Sizes 32-34(36-38,40-42, 44-46, 48-50)" 81-86 (91-97, 102-107, 112-117, 122-127) cm. Designed by Patons UK. DK weight yarn.
The number of stitches vary from row to row. It also uses British terms yon and yfrn for yarnovers.
Cropped chunky knit cardigan that's easy to create in garter stitch and stockinette with kimono-style sleeves. Sizes S/M to fit up to 34 inch chest to size 5XL to fit chest sizes up to 62 inches. Super Bulky weight yarn. Designed by KingAndEye.
Otti Kimono Cardigan
This cozy kimono-style cardigan features a striking hexagon tiled motif. The pattern is cleverly constructed much like a quilt, by arranging many striped diamond pieces at different angles to create a dynamic visual effect. The finished garment has a simple rectangular shape similar to a blanket, but split in the front to create an opening like a cardigan. Named after textile artist Otti Berger (1898-1945), teacher at the Bauhaus School in Germany. Sport weight yarn. Designed by Alexis Winslow.
Openwork Kimono Cardigan
Want! Knitting pattern for Openwork Kimono cardigan sweater jacket with shorter kimono sleeves.
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Self-striping yarn adds style to this kimono style cardigan. Finished bust is 40 1/2 (44)”.
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This fluid wrap is knit seamlessly using fun multi-directional knitting techniques. Sizes from 31″ to 50″ actual bust.