Free knitting patterns for shawls, clothes, accessories, blankets, and more with a pleated look. Most patterns are free. Updated 6/5/23
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Pleated Ribs Cardigan
Elegant women's cardigan with tucked pleated front. Sizes 32-34, 36-38, 40-42, 44-46. DK weight yarn. Designed by Mary Maxim
Beautiful cape with a simple repeating lace pattern that creates a pleated look, tied with a simple i-cord. The bottom of the cape and the end of the tie are decorated with knitted flowers. Fingering weight yarn. Designed by Sue Hanmore for Artesano.
High Neck Cable Sweater
Long-sleeved women's pullover sweater with cables and a high buttoned collar with a pleated look. Sizes to fit 32 (34, 36-38, 40-42)“ bust. Worsted weight yarn. Designed by Kim Hamlin for Blue Sky Fibers
Sointu Triangular Shawl
Lace triangle shawl with deep pleated rib border. Fingering weight yarn. Designed by Sari Nordlund for Novita.
Cocktail Fingerless Mitts
Sweet cable and eyelet handwarmers with a pleated cuff. Uses less than one skein 142 - 197 yards (130 - 180 m) of Fingering weight yarn. Designed by Heidi Heinrichs. Available in English and Finnish
Half-circle shaped shawl knit in two colors with garter stitch stripes and a ribbed border that looks pleated.Fingering weight yarn. Designed by Kristi Hogan
Pleated Baby Skirt
Easy baby skirt with pleated rib waistband and pleated ruffle hem. Knit in the round, this is perfect for self-striping or self-patterning yarn. Sizes: 3-6, 12, 18 months. Uses one skein 100 grams of DK yarn. Florals Skirt 7296P Designed by Mary Maxim
Softly Textured Blanket
Baby blanket knit with a 2 color 8 row repeat texture and finished with a pleated border. Size: 34 x 38”. (DK/ Sport weight) yarn. Softly Textured Blanket FP9845 Designed by Mary Maxim
Mara Shawl 3.0
Simple garter-stitch triangle shawl, worked from the top down and trimmed with a pleated border. This flexible pattern can be worked larger for a full-sized shawl or smaller for a petite shawlette. Aran weight yarn. Designed by Madelinetosh
Pullover short-sleeved sweater with flattering a-line tunic silhouette and vertical eyelet pattern that creates a pleated effect. Sizes S/M,L/XL. Lace weight yarn. A-Line Top BC Garn 2366BC by Sanne Fjalland.
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Easy shawl or scarf knit top down in garter stitch with a decorative pleated ruffle edge. Perfect showcase for ombre or gradient yarn. Lace weight yarn. Tuch, S9902 designed by Schachenmayr Design Team. Available in English, Dutch, French, German
Tanssien Pleated Skirt
Classic skirt with pleats and length below knee. Size waist circumference 66(74)82(90)98(106) cm / 26(29¼)32¼(35½)38½(41¾) in. DK weight yarn. Designed by Minna Metsänen for Novita.
Arisaid Pleated Scarf
Fully reversible scarf actually pleats thanks to a 2 row repeat stitch - no folding or overlapping stitches at all. Designed by Laura Cunitz. Sport weight.
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Caroline is a lightweight, summery cloche designed by Hannah Ingrams who named it after Caroline Reboux, inventor of the cloche. It featuring a turned hem, pleat detail, and grosgrain hatband with bow.
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Asymmetrical triangular garter stitch shawl with a welted edge that gives the look of a pleated ruffle, bordered by a cable braid. Worked side to side, and shaped with short-rows to create a curved shape. DK weight yarn. Designed by Patons.
Little Flirt Skirt
Faina Goberstein designed this classic skirt with a pleated ruffle at the bottom Sizes XS (S, M, L, 1X, 2X). The pattern is one of 28 in Faina’s book Casual, Elegant Knits: Classy Designs for Women and Men Photo courtesy of Martingale and Company, photographed by Brent Kane.
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Aran Cable Circle Wrap
Cables and lace decorate this sideways knitted wrap, shaped with short rows. Available in English and German. Designed by IzzyKnits
Long sleeved pullover knit in the round with a 4 row repeat stitch panel of textured stitch framed by cables. Sleeve cuffs flare with a pleat, embellished with knitted flowers. Sizes To Fit Bust: 81cm/32in to 107cm/42in. Designed by Pat Menchini for Artesano. DK weight yarn.
Easy wrap knit with a 2 row repeat that creates crisply creased accordion fold pleats out of just knits and purls. Size Scarf (Wrap). Sport weight yarn. Designed by Purl Soho
Meghan Jones designed this charming jacket for babies and toddlers that features extra large offset collar, a flared waist and seed stitch cuffs, collar and pleats. Quick knit in chunky yarn. Sizes 3m, 6m, 12m, 18m, 2T, 4T
Shale Pleated Scarf
Designed by Webs Yarn Store this scarf takes a simple stitch pattern and turns it into a cozy, unisex accessory.
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Bronwyn Baby Set
Baby set with Coat, Dress and Angel Top all with box pleats( front and back), with matching knickers, 3 styles of hat, 2 styles of boots and Mary Jane shoes. Sizes 16”-22”. DK weight yarn. Designed by ReadyForCwtches.
Knit Fold Pleat Repeat
36 knitting patterns by designer Norah Gaughan who shows you fold, twist, and pleat simple shapes to create unique, fashionable clothes and accessories.
Fanned: Three Fans Shawl
This exquisite shawl for lace yarn is of 17 projects in Olga Pobedinskaya’s Knitting Pleats: Stunning Garments and Accessories book.
Simply Ribby Rib Dress
Flirty women's dress with a close-fitting top, short sleeves, round neckline edge and flared skirt with ribbed pleats. Fingering weight yarn. Designed by Raimonda Bagdoniene for LooseLoop.
Harmonia's Rings Cowl
Shoulder cozy with a moebius spiral shape and a self-pleating stitch pattern that adds to the warmth and coziness of this graceful garment. The cowl can be stretched over most of the head like a hood. Worsted weight yarn. Designed by Sivia Harding.
Borderlines Pleated Trim Jacket
This beautiful knitting pattern for worsted yarn is one of 17 projects in Olga Pobedinskaya’s Knitting Pleats: Stunning Garments and Accessories book. Pleats detail continued down center back. Sizes Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large
Hearts and Pleats Car Seat Baby Blanket
Baby blanket with lace hearts and cables with a welted pleated border. Also available as a regular baby blanket. Designed by Irina Smith. DK weight yarn.