These tops feature sleeves that are elbow-length, three-quarter, or short. Updated 6/9/2022
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Back To Basics Pullover with Options
Sweater with options for crew or turtleneck neckline and to add hood. Sizes: S (M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X). Worsted weight yarn. Rated easy by the designer. Designed by Lion Brand Yarn
2 ways to get the free pattern:
- Get the free knitting pattern - web version - at Joanns
- Get the free PDF knitting pattern at Lion Brand - link below kit info
- Get the recommended Lion Brand Wool Ease Yarn at Joann
Summer Palace Cropped Sleeve Sweater
Pullover knit with a 4 row repeat lace texture with three-quarter sleeves and crew neck. Knit flat and seamed. Sizes To Fit Bust: 28in/71cm to 46in/117cm. DK weight yarn. Designed by West Yorkshire Spinners.
Route 1 Top
A winding cable pattern travels across the front of this v-neck pullover with elbow-length sleeves. Sizes To fit bust size: 30(34-38-42-46-50)". Designed by Norah Gaughan. Aran weight yarn.
Cowl Neck Tunic
Pullover with lace three quarter length sleeves and matching lace cowl. 4 sizes Finished Bust 48 (51, 55, 59) in.
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.
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)
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.
- Get the knitting pattern and class for free trial at Creativebug
- See more knitting patterns by Norah Gaughan
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)”
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
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.
More Free Patterns
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
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
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
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
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
- Get the free knitting pattern
- Get the Aran weight Lorna’s Laces Lion & Lamb yarn used in the pictured project on Etsy
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
Top-down seamless pullover sweater top with short sleeves and circular lace yoke. Great stashbuster. Designed by ANKESTRiCK. XS, S, M, L, XL
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.
Short sleeved top features an all over honeycomb cable pattern. Finished bust: 30 (33½, 38, 41½, 46)” Designed by Julie Farmer
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. 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.
Schachenmayr’s sweater features three-quarter sleeves, ribbed shoulders and contrasting cuffs and neckline. Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL
Patterns for Purchase
Remsen Twist Front Top
No longer free. Cute cropped pullover is knit in stockinette and seed stitch. Designed by Coralie Meslin for Tahki Stacy Charles. Sizes Small (Medium, Large, XL)
Seed stitch pullover with gently scooped neckline embellished with knitted leaves and bobbles. Worked flat and seamed. Sizes To Fit Bust: 86cm to 107cm Designed by Debbie Bliss
Cables cascade down the front and wrapping around the back of this pullover sweater with v-neck and three-quarter length sleeves. Sizes Finished bust: 32.25 (35.5, 38.5, 41.5, 44.75, 47.75, 50.75, 54, 57, 60)"/80.5 (88, 96, 103.5, 111.5, 119, 126.5, 134.5, 142, 150) cm Designed by Jennifer Wood
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
- See more pics and get the knitting pattern at Annie’s
- Get the recommended yarn Ewe Ewe Yarns Wooly Worsted on Amazon
- See more Easy Top Knitting Patterns
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
- See more pics and get the knitting pattern on Interweave
- Get the recommended yarn Organic O-Wool Classic Worsted (25+ colors available)
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
- See more pics and get the knitting pattern on Etsy
- Get the yarn used in this project madelinetosh Pashmina
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
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
Waffle Stitch Top
Short-sleeved pullover sweater in waffle stitch with a peter-pan collar knit separately in a contrasting color and then sewn onto the garment. Size 81:86:81:97:102:107cm (32:34:36:38:40:42in) Bust. DK yarn. Designed by NatalieSmartDesigns