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40 Easy Crochet Cardigan Patterns

By: Nichole Pientka, Editor,
Updated February 01, 2018
40 Easy Crochet Cardigan Patterns

Forget diamonds, purses, and shoes, cardigans and sweaters are really a woman's best friends! During the summer, there's always the question in the back of your mind of whether or not you should bring a sweater anywhere, especially if you know that place will be cranking up the air conditioning. You don't want to have to lug around a crochet sweater everywhere when you may not even need it, but with these 41 Easy Breezy Cardigan Crochet Patterns, you'll always have a lightweight crochet cardigan pattern on hand. These summer crochet patterns will keep you warm in the A/C or on windy nights and they're ever so fashionable. Choose from lacy crochet cardigan patterns, everyday simple cardigans, bold designs - or make them all!

We've also included some of our favorite colder-weather cardigan patterns. These heavier cardigans are definitely thicker and heavier than the feature patterns in this collection, but they're perfect for ice-cold movie theaters, shopping malls, and the always-too-cold air-conditioned office rooms.

Want to start off with a cozy, oversized shawl before diving into cardigans and sweaters? Check out this video tutorial for the cozy shawl of your dreams!

Crochet Lace Cardigan Pattern

Light Mod Mesh Crochet Cardigan / Sweater

Crochet lace patterns can seem difficult to make, but they're really not, especially once you've gotten the hang of the specific crochet stitches being used. Lacy patterns make amazing easy breezy cardigans because the yarn is lighter and there is more space between stitches. You can dress up any outfit for a date night or a night out with friends with a crochet lace pattern cardigan.

These types of lacy crochet cardigan patterns are also the easiest to carry around in a bag or purse since they are so lightweight. Add instant style with one of these cardigan patterns. 

  • Autumn Butterfly Cardigan

    Add a sweet shell edging to the edges of your sweater once you're finished - watch this video tutorial to learn how!

  • Mermaid Filigree Cardigan

    Make this beautiful Mermaid colored Filigree Cardigan for the fall season. It's an elegant design that will flatter any body type. The edging around the sweater is just exquisite and the button closure gives you the option of wearing it open or closed with a cami underneath.

  • Chevron Lace Cardigan

    This free crochet pattern is very customizable. You determine the length and width of this chevron lace sweater by trying it on as you crochet, and you can add long or cap sleeves.

  • Light Mod Mesh Crochet Cardigan / Sweater

    Stylish as can be, this crochet cardigan can be worn year-round. You'll love wearing this cute little number while spending an evening out or even while running errands. This adorable crochet item can be worn with many items in your wardrobe!

  • Shining Star Lace Crochet Sweater

    Like the brightest sky in the night's sky, the Shining Star Lace Crochet Sweater will truly make you stand out from the crowd. You can wrap yourself in style with this light beige crochet pattern. The longer length and three-quarter length sleeves make it the perfect topper for a variety of seasons.

  • Lacy Jacket

    Instead of a sweater, try working up this perfectly simple lace summer top!

  • Lace Fabric Sweater

    This particular free crochet pattern requires 2.5 and 3.0 mm crochet hooks to complete. This dainty lace fabric sweater can be dressed up or down depending on what you pair it with.

  • Popular Zen Jacket

    This jacket is a perfect all-year design - don't delay, make this crochet sweater today!

  • Victorian Romance Cardigan

    This crochet sweater is both comfy and beautiful with the lace made from foundation single crochet and the shell stitch. The instructions include sizing from small to xx large, so anyone can wear this wonderful sweater.

  • Barcello Jacket

    If a cardigan seems a little too intense, try a simple oversized crochet shawl instead - see this video tutorial to learn how!

  • Breezy Bamboo Crochet Cardigan Pattern

    Enjoy the summer no matter if it's day or night in this Breezy Bamboo pattern. An easy breezy sweater pattern like this one is rare, and your hooks will be itching to get hold of this pattern. 

  • Crochet New Cardigan

    Light and breezy as can be, this crochet cardigan will be your new favorite item to wear in warmer weather!

Crochet Cardigans for Everyday Wear

Summer Diamonds Kimono Cardigan

You shouldn't need a million sweaters for the summertime, so look around and find your perfect summer cardigan pattern from these easy breezy anytime cardigans. Pick a crochet cardigan pattern that is stylish yet versatile enough to go with any outfit at a moment's notice and you'll have your new summer wardrobe staple. 

  • Light Crochet Cardigan

    Stitched using a mesh pattern and in a soft and pretty white yarn, this crocheted cardigan is a project you will work up more than once as your friends will see it and want one too.

  • Spring Crochet Cardigan

    Light and airy, this spring sweater will keep you just warm enough.

  • Granite Open Cardigan

    Using RED HEART Boutique Changes in Granite, you can make this Open Cardigan; it's an easy crochet pattern. Granite is the perfect fall color to use for a cardigan like this one.

  • Simple Springtime Cardigan

    This Simple Springtime Cardigan works up quickly as it's an easy crochet pattern. ​Dress it up or dress it down, this is one pattern you'll want in your wardrobe this season.

  • Ripple Wrap Cardigan

    This crochet Ripple Wrap Cardigan can be worn many different ways. Let it hang open or tie it up for a cropped look.

  • Light as a Feather Cardigan

    This Light as a Feather Cardigan is the perfect addition to any woman's wardrobe. It's the perfect thing to wear to work over your sleeveless dress or tank. 

  • Crochet Short Jacket

    Short and funky, this cropped sweater is youthful and vibrant. The cute details down the sleeves add interest and charm to this free crochet pattern.

  • Summer Diamonds Kimono Cardigan

    This Summer Diamonds Kimono Cardigan is created from 7 balls of We Are Knitters Cotton Wool 100% Pima Cotton yarn, which makes for a wonderfully draped cardigan that is light and cool to the touch. It's perfect for chilly offices and balmy summer evenings.

  • 1941 Shell Stitch Crochet Cardigan Pattern

    This crochet pattern will transport you back over 50 years in time! You'll go slack-jawed over the 1941 Shell Stitch Cardigan. You'll probably be too excited about this vintage pattern to even read anything on this page.

  • Cap Sleeve Open Cardigan

    Need that perfect sweater for warm summer nights out? Well, this Cap Sleeve Open Cardigan is exactly what you're looking for. This crochet pattern is easy breezy both in technique and style. You won't be too warm or not warm enough if there's a slight breeze in this crochet cardigan pattern.

  • Kram Cardi

    The Kram Cardi is presented as a crochet-along. It is written for sized XS-3X. The construction is simple but flattering. It uses worsted weight yarn and a H hook.

  • Mountain Ridge Cardi

    Before you run out the door for an evening out or to run errands, throw on this super stylish and comfortable cardigan! After you make this crochet pattern, you'll find that you will wear this cardigan over and over!

Bold Crochet Cardigans

Romantic Ruffled Cardigan

Who said cardigans can't be bold? Add a bright color, buttons, ruffles, or turn them into vests for easy breezy crochet sweater patterns. Don't be afraid to show off with a piece of clothing as seemingly humble as a cardigan. You'll spark some interest in your outfit, show off your killer personality, and keep out the wind with any of these cardis.

  • Modern Purple Striped Cardigan

    Let this cropped cardigan keep you warm when the wind blows. This Modern Purple-Striped Cardigan from Better Homes and Gardens is easy to dress up or down.

  • Go Anywhere Short Sleeve Cardigan

    Let this Go Anywhere Short Sleeve Cardigan take you to places you've never been! You can enjoy the ride or walk pretty much anywhere with an easy breezy crochet cardigan pattern like this one.

  • Geisha Jacket

    The Geisha Jacket is a beautiful sweater that will keep you warm and trendy. Free crochet patterns like this one can end up being your favorite item of clothing.

  • Romantic Ruffled Cardigan

    This is a fairly easy pattern and I think would make a great Christmas cardigan especially if done in a beautiful metallic red or green or even a snowy white color.

  • Over Sized Olive Jacket

    If you're looking for a beautiful crochet pattern to wear in the winter then this Over Sized Olive Jacket is the pattern for you.

  • Rockin' Lacy Duster Crochet Pattern

    Get into the summer groove with this Rockin' Lacy Duster Crochet Pattern! It's got everything you could possibly want in a sweater: lace, motifs, floral designs, and it's lightweight.

Colder-Weather Crochet Cardigans

Orange Creamsicle Hooded Cardigan

If you need a little more bulk to your cardigans, no matter the weather, we've gathered a selection of chunkier crochet cardigans for you to wear. 

  • Curvy Girl Cable Crochet Cardigan

    Feel comfortable in your own skin even when it's cold outside with the Curvy Girl Cable  Cardigan. You'll be super cozy in this worsted weight masterpiece of a cardigan. Layer it over a long-sleeved shirt and under a jacket to be extra warm this winter.

  • Reading Room Crochet Sweater

    Get cozy as you curl up with a good book on the couch. This Reading Room Sweater is the perfect hanging out design. 

  • Orange Creamsicle Hooded Cardigan

    With an easy granny square assembly, this crochet cardigan pattern feels like the best combination of blanket and sweater pattern. The addition of the hood makes this piece perfect for the coldest of icy breezes, and the pocket, trim, and button options give you endless room for variation on a classic design.

  • Napa Belted Jacket

    This multi-colored crochet jacket is a real feast for the eyes; it's also a treat for the senses! 

  • Overcast Crochet Sweater

    This hooded sweater is the cutest cardigan for holidays.

  • Terrifically Teal Crochet Jacket Pattern

    Everyone loves items of clothing that can do double duty and this Terrifically Teal Crochet Jacket Pattern is no exception. You can dress this shawl collar jacket up or down in order to create the perfect look.

  • Totally Warm Crochet Jacket Pattern

    This new crochet pattern will be your new favorite piece of apparel, introducing the Totally Warm Crochet Jacket Pattern. You can wear this jacket by itself on a cool fall day or if it's not too cold during the winter.

  • Autumn Spice

    This free crochet pattern is for a cute little cropped cardigan that will put you in the right frame of mind for fall. The rich red color is great for autumn, and the medium weight yarn will keep you warm.

  • Vintage Striped Jacket

    This Vintage Striped Jacket from Red Heart is certainly a one of a kind free crochet jacket. The bright stripes are done in Super Saver yarn in five bold colors. It's a warm jacket for the intermediate crocheter.

  • Gigi Hadid Crochet Cardigan

    You will look like you just stepped off the runway when you create this stylish cardigan! You'll love the assortment of crochet granny squares in this pattern, too. 

Cardigans or sweaters? Which do you like best?

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I prefer cardigans.

i like cardigans best


I like both but if I have to choose I like Cardigans thank you for the chance.

I prefer sweaters. Thank you for the chance.


I like sweaters the best

Cardigans! Much more versatile!

I love both styles - variety is the spice of life!

Definitely cardigans-just throw on and go!

I like cardigans better

I love both styles because I crochet for 10 grand kids and each has a different style. So keep coming with all your patterns.

I love cardigans ,they are very classy and cozy .Thank you for the lovely patterns . I am not really adept at crochet ,but I find it very relaxing .

I absolutely love cardigans! They are so cozy and can be worn anytime of the year where I live. Thank you for sharing all 41 easy breezy cardigan crochet patterns. I found 2 that I am definately going to be making, just can't decide which one of the two I am going to start first, The orange creamsicle hooded cardigan or the Gigi Hadid crochet cardigan! Love them both!

Definitely cardigans. I was looking through the ones listed in 41 easy breezy cardigans and all at once one caught my eye and will be on my crocheting list. It's the Romantic Ruffled Cardigan. Absolutely beautiful!

THANK YOU! l have made two cardigans and am hooked but have a hard time finding crochet patterns l like. l have plenty of knitting patterns but l like to trade off.

I love cardigans. I'm a beginner, but I can't wait to try one of these patterns

I like the crochet lace cardigan never maid one but like the way it's made would like to try to make one.God bless

I love making shawls and ponchos. I always have sweaters on. Live in a cold climate.

Cardigans are great for south California, but I still love comfy sweaters

I love sweaters If i get cold then too warm you can take a sweater off easily when your away from home.

I say sweater as I like to do mine up when its horribly cold (like today , with all that snow in APRIL)

These are beautiful sweaters and cardigans.i have just recently started wearing.

I don't like to wear cardigans or sweaters, but I think generally cardigans look a little nicer.

What's the difference? They are both something to be warm in. I've made a lot and loved every one.

i have a total weakness for ozy sweaters!

My granddaughter wants a snazzy wrap, shrug....this would really help me make one for the 7 year old clothes conscious diva

I prefer sweaters.

I like both cardigans and sweaters, but I prefer cardigans for their versatility and fun flare.

Cardigan. I made one for my granddaughter and simply prefer the open construction, plus it is more useful to her than something she has to pull over her head.

Shining Star Lace Sweater is a must make for me. Love the cardigans.

I like cardigans best! But I certainly would crochet either!

I like both but if I had to choose it would be cardigans )

I like cardigans because if I get too hot its easy to remove and layering is fun.

I'm a cardigan person, can't have too many. I love all these patterns!

I like Cardigans, that give more coverage.

These are AMAZING patter. I can't wait to make as many as possible!

I cannot believe there are this many lovely cardigans to choose from. I am 74 and have been crocheting since grammar school. It never gets old. I adore every one of the cardigans I have looked at so far.

I didn't realise how easy it is to make a cardigan. I can make one whenever I find beautiful yarn. For gifts or for myself. A lovely project. 10 stars

Wow. What a great find with this posting. 41 Easy breezy crochet cardigans. I am sure to find something amongst all of this treasure trove and patterns to please everybody that I need to crochet for. There is such a great variety of patterns in here for all seasons too. Each one of them are beautiful. I dont know where to start!

Cardigans are my go-to when I need to add a little something extra to my outfit. I love the Autumn Butterfly Cardigan.


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