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Shorter Sleeved Pullover Knitting Patterns

by | Feb 16, 2017 | Pullover Sweaters, Sweaters

Knitting Patterns for Pullover Knitting Patterns with Shorter Sleeves including elbow and three quarter length. Most patterns are free

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Free Knitting Patterns

Free Knitting Pattern for Tempesta Top

Tempesta Top

Short sleeved pullover with flower petal cut outs in the front and cold shoulder sleeves. Sizes 35 (39, 43, 47, 51)” Bust. Designed by Kristin Omdahl. Pictured project by Carmen73. Sport weight yarn.

Free Knitting Pattern for Cowl Neck Tunic

Cowl Neck Tunic

Pullover with lace three quarter length sleeves and matching lace cowl. 4 sizes Finished Bust 48 (51, 55, 59) in.

Free Knitting Pattern for Twist Front Top

Remsen Twist Front Top

Cute cropped pullover is knit in stockinette and seed stitch and gets it texture from the recommended yarn. This may only be free for a limited time. Designed by Coralie Meslin for Tahki Stacy Charles. Sizes Small (Medium, Large, XL)

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Free Knitting Pattern for Rosarian Top


This pullover is combination of sweater and poncho, wrapping the shoulders and upper arms with elbow length arm openings just above the fitted waistband. Knit with dropped stitches, it creates a flattering silhouette for almost everyone. Designed by Melinda VerMeer. XS (S, M, L, 1X, 2X 3X)

Free Knitting Pattern for Quadrant Top

Quadrant Top

Designed by Norah Gaughan, this seamless pullover with lace motifs is knit from the center out so you stop knitting when you get to the size you want. Pattern and instructional video class available for free with a free trial at Creativebug OR purchase pattern and class individually.

Free Knitting Pattern for Bella Paquita Sweater

Bella Paquita

This pullover top by Marnie MacLean features a lace neckline, empire waist, ribbed body for fit, and elbow length sleeves. Bust: 34¼ (37½, 39¼, 42¾)”

Free Knitting Pattern for Miss Honeychurch Sweater

Miss Honeychurch

This pullover is worked in one piece from the top down and features textured stitches, unexpected side cables, three-quarter-length sleeves, and a flattering A-line shape. Designed by Cheryl Niamath. XS [S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X] Pictured project by Erysimum

Free Knitting Pattern for Big Comfy Sweater

Big Comfy Sweater

This easy pullover by Lorna Miser is constructed of two identical pieces. Both back and front are worked from the lower edge upwards. At underarm, stitches are cast on each side of piece for sleeves.

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Free Knitting Pattern for Scalloped Sweater

Scalloped Pullover

Cropped sweater features color-blocking with scalloping at the waist and cuffs and elbow-length sleeves in worsted weight.  Designed by Andi Satterlund. XS (S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X). Pictured project by ela-sews

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Free Knitting Pattern for Rotation Pullover Top


Top-down seamless pullover sweater top with short sleeves and circular lace yoke. Great stashbuster. Designed by ANKESTRiCK. XS, S, M, L, XL


Free Knitting Pattern for Cable Fitted Pullover

Cable Fitted Pullover

This sweater features an elegant cable that flows from the neckline down the front and three quarter length sleeves. Finished bust: 34 (38, 41, 44)” Designed by Linda Cyr

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Free Knitting Pattern for Blaze Pullover Sweater


Short sleeved pullover top features all-over zigzag cables and minimal finishing. Note: Many Ravelrers added extra rows to the neckline of the original pattern because it was too low. Designed by Jenna Adorno Sizes: XS (S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X). Pictured project by Shlaci

Free Knitting Pattern for Leonora Aran Tee

Leonora Aran Tee

Cable pullover sweater knit in two pieces. Quick knit in chunky yarn. Sizes: Bust 32-34 36-38 40-42 44-46 in

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Free Knitting Pattern for Umiah Pullover Tee


This pullover features a deep u-neck, ridged bodice, short drop-shoulder sleeves, and side seam slits..Great for layering! Designed by Berroco who rated it easy. X-Small, Small, Medium, Large, 1X, 2X

Free Knitting pattern for Francis Revisited Sweater

Francis Revisited Sweater

Pullover sweater features a cowl neck, seed stitch details, and elbow length sleeves. Top down construction that’s a fairly easy pattern in worsted weight. Designed by Beth Silverstein Sizes: XS (S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X). Pictured project by adrienneknits

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Free Knitting Pattern for Mimic Pullover


Shorter sleeved drop shoulder sweater that can be worn by itself or layered. S/M (L/XL). Desigend by Veronika Jobe. Pictured project by kirsten5macs

Free Knitting Pattern for 3-Hour Sweater

3-Hour Sweater

This vintage pattern from the 1930s is a quick knit though most Ravelrers said it took longer than 3 hours. It’s a pullover sweater with short puffed sleeves, ribbed yoke and hem, and peekaboo closure. Pictured project by heliodor who made modifications. I recommend you check the Ravelry projects for notes.

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Free Knitting Pattern for Sweater Girl

Sweater Girl

Short sleeved top features an all over honeycomb cable pattern. Finished bust: 30 (33½, 38, 41½, 46)” Designed by Julie Farmer

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Free knitting pattern for Cowl Neck Slouchy Sweater

Cowl Neck Slouchy Sweater

I love cowl necks! Cathy Payson’s sweater knits up quickly in broken rib pattern with Red Heart’s bulky Medley yarn. Stitches are picked up from the neckline to knit the cowl. Red Heart sent me a free sample of the bulky Medley yarn used for this hat. Although I haven’t had a chance to knit with it yet, it’s very soft and the colors are striking.

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Free Knitting Pattern for Journey Pullover

Journey Pullover

Schachenmayr’s sweater features three-quarter sleeves, ribbed shoulders and contrasting cuffs and neckline. Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL

Patterns for Purchase

Knitting Pattern for Easy Contessa Coverup

Contessa Cover-Up

If you can knit, purl, cast on and bind off, you can knit this easy short sleeve cropped pullover top in seed stitch with buttons to close sleeves and define the shape. One size fits most –  15″ high x 33″ wide

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Knitting Pattern for Briar Rose Tunic

Briar Rose Tunic

A delicate cable lattice grows out of a sleek column of ribbing in this tunic. Designed by by Elisabeth F. Parker. 30 (34, 38, 42, 46, 50)” bust circumference.  Pictured project by Amy77

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Knitting Pattern for August Sky Pullover Sweater

August Sky Pullover

This top down pullover is knit in an easy all over lace pattern, accented with ribbing, with elbow length sleeves. Finished Bust Measurements 27.5 (30, 32, 34.5, 36.5)(39, 41, 43.5, 47)” / 70 (76, 81, 87.5, 93)(99, 104, 110.5, 119) cm

Knitting Pattern for Burkina Top


Exquisite pullover top designed by Norah Gaughan featuring a central lace panel on a background of dropped stitches. To fit bust sizes 30(34-38-42-46-50-54)”. One of the patterns in Berroco: Norah Gaughan Vol 16

Knitting Pattern for Albers Pullover

Albers Pullover

Love the staggered stripe pattern in this pullover sweater with three quarter sleeves. The intarsia technique minimizes ends for a quick, easy finish. 34 (37¼, 42¼, 46, 50¾)” bust circumference. Designed by Julia Farwell-Clay Pictured project by MadMad

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Knitting Pattern for La Cruz Top

La Cruz Top

I love the striking twisted wrapped front on this lace openwork pullover sweater with cables. Woman’s S through 3XL

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Knitting Pattern for Floral Finery Pullover

Floral Finery Pullover

Inspired by Art Nouveau, this sweater features three-quarter sleeves with colorwork cuffs and wide-statement collar with colorwork and shaped points at both the front and back framing the V-neck. 34½ (38½, 40½) inches (87.6 [97.8, 102.9] cm) bust circumference

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Knitting Pattern for Desert Sands Tee

Desert Sands Tee

Short sleeved top features an easy chevron lace. Woman’s S through XL.

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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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