30+ Crochet Cardigan Patterns

by Jamey
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Crochet Cardigan Patterns

Crochet cardigan patterns are not as complex as you think. Believe it or not, they’re not much different from a crochet dishcloth or scarf, just a little bigger.

Out of all the crochet garment patterns, crochet cardigans are one of the easiest and most forgiving to crochet since they usually aren’t as fitted as crochet tops and sweaters. They make a great crochet project for beginners who are still learning how to crochet.

Who doesn’t love a cozy cardigan? They’re fun to crochet and they’re comfy, stylish, and the perfect addition to any wardrobe. These cozy crochet patterns keep you warm on long walks or watching your kids on the sports field. From classic button-ups to casual cocoons, from bomber-style cropped cardigans to the oversized long cardi, this list of free crochet cardigan patterns has it all.

 

The general construction of a crochet cardigan

Crochet cardigans are basically made up of simple rectangles. For most patterns, you will create separate panels and seam them together to form your cardigan. Sleeves may either be crocheted in the round after seaming the two panels or crocheted separately before attaching them to the two panels. 

Below are some of the most common ways to construct a crochet cardigan:

  • One main panel with armholes and then the sleeves are added
  • 2 front panels plus a back panel and then the sleeves are added
  • Granny Squares or Hexagons pieces seamed together
  • 1 big rectangle or square (example: cocoon cardigans) and then the sleeves are added

 

Can a beginner crochet a cardigan?

Yes, even beginners can crochet a cardigan. As mentioned above, most cardigans are made up of simple shapes (rectangles) seamed together or crocheted in one piece, which requires minimal sewing.

Most patterns also use worsted weight to bulky yarn, which works up quickly. 

You will only need to know basic crochet skills to get started. So if you know how to single crochet (sc), half double crochet (hdc), double crochet (dc), chain (ch) and slip stitch (sl st), you will be able to make your own crochet cardigan.


How long does it take to make a crochet cardigan?

The length of time it will take to crochet a cardigan will depend on a lot of variables, each one depending on the crocheter. 

You will have to consider your skill level, the difficulty of the pattern, how fast you crochet, how much time you spend crocheting, and the size of the cardigan you are making. 

A beginner who crochets for 6 hours a day following an intermediate pattern may take a lot longer than an advanced crocheter who crochets for 4 hours a day following the same pattern.

The cocoon style of cardigan is probably one of the fastest types of crochet cardigan patterns if you’re looking for something quick and easy – especially if you’re using some chunky yarn to make the cardigan.


Is it easier to knit or crochet a cardigan?

Crochet cardigans are easier and faster to make compared to knitted cardigans. 

But keep in mind that a crochet and a knit cardigan are different because of the tools and techniques used to create them. Knitting creates a distinct texture and pattern, and tends to be lighter with more drape. Crochet cardigans are more textured and thick, and tend to be heavier. 


Which stitch is best for a cardigan?

The stitches used in crochet cardigan patterns depend on the final look and texture the designer wants to create. Sometimes a combination of different stitches are used to create a unique stitch pattern that will make your crochet cardigan stand out. 

Here are some of the most common stitches used for crochet cardigans:

  1. Single crochet (sc)
    Single crochets are the most basic of crochet stitches. This stitch creates a dense fabric with almost no holes, which is perfect for creating warm cardigans.
  2. Half double crochet (hdc)
    Half double crochet stitches are taller than a single crochet (sc) but smaller than a double crochet (dc). Half double crochets create a dense fabric with little to no holes, and has a subtle ridge-like texture to it.
  3. Double crochet (dc)
    Double crochet is one of the most popular and versatile crochet stitches. From the basic double crochet stitch, you can create a variety of stitch patterns that will give your fabric a lovely design and texture.
  4. Moss stitch
    Moss stitch creates a classic, modern look to crochet cardigans. When using multi-colored or self-striping yarn, the moss stitch creates a nice colorwork effect. The moss stitch allows you to create a compact but light fabric.
  5. Herringbone stitches
    Herringbone half double or double crochet is called such because it creates a herringbone pattern on your fabric. It also adds a bit of texture to a compact fabric.

 

Crochet Cardigan Patterns

Crochet cardigans make great layering pieces. Dress them up or dress them down, you cannot go wrong when you make a crochet cardigan to keep you warm. Now, let’s get to the list of stylish and simple cardigans.


Briar Pocket Cardigan Free Pattern

Designer: For the Frills
Yarn weight: (4) Medium/Worsted
Yarn suggestion: Lion Brand Heartland
The Briar Pocket Cardigan is cozy and oversized, perfect for layering during the colder months. This simple cardigan also features pockets that can fit a full-sized smartphone. It’s an easy crochet cardigan pattern that is great for your first crochet cardigan project
Get the pattern here

Briar Pocket Cardigan


Delaney Velvet Crochet Cardigan

Desginer: Lakeside Loops
Yarn weight: (5) Bulky
Yarn suggestion: Bernat Velvet
The Delaney Velvet Crochet Cardigan is oh so soft, and makes the perfect sweater for any season. It is easy to make this open front cardigan even for beginners, and it works up quickly using bulky weight yarn. This simple pattern has a beautiful drape and pairs well when layered over jeans, leggings, or even your favorite loungewear!
Get the pattern here

Delaney Velvet Crochet-Cardigan


Light Snow Oversized Cardigan

Designer: Mama in a Stitch
Yarn weight: (6) Super Bulky
Yarn suggestion: Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick and Quick
This squishy cardigan is sure to keep you cozy, without being hot or bulky. It has open stitchwork that will remind you of light falling snow. There is minimal shaping which makes it easy to make even for a beginner crocheter.
Get the pattern here

Light Snow Oversized Cardigan


Easy Beginner Crochet Cardigan

Designer: Jewels and Jones
Yarn weight: (2) Fine/Sport
Yarn suggestion: Hobby Lobby Wrapology Yarn / WeCrochet Comfy Fingering Weight Yarn
Add the perfect boho touch to any outfit with this drapey, flowy, oversized comfortable cardigan. It’s made from 5 rectangle panels that use one of the basic crochet stitches, the double crochet (dc). Seam together these panels, and you get this cozy cardigan that is perfect for every season.
Get the pattern here

Easy Beginner Cardigan


Habitat Cardigan Beginner Crochet Sweater

Designer: Make and Do Crew
Yarn weight: (4) Medium/Worsted
Yarn suggestion: Lion Brand Heartland
This easy crochet cardigan is like a wearable hug! It’s made from just a simple rectangle with a basic stitch pattern that uses single crochet (sc) and double crochet (dc). Make it with a super soft yarn to get that cozy look without it being too bulky.
Get the pattern here

Habitat Cardigan


7 Hour Beginner Crochet Cardigan

Designer: Crochet Dreamz
Yarn weight: (4) Medium/Worsted
Yarn suggestion: Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice
One of the fastest crochet cardigans you will ever make, this crochet cardigan will only take you (around) 7 hours! It’s just one big rectangle, folded and shaped to form a cardigan. The lacy stitch pattern is easy to learn, and crocheters of every skill level will enjoy making this crochet cardigan pattern.
Get the pattern here

7 hour cocoon cardigan


Fall Favorite Raglan Crochet Cardigan

Designer: Joy of Motion Crochet
Yarn weight: (3) Light/DK
Yarn suggestion: Joy of Motion Yarn – Airy DK (discontinued) / Lion Brand Mandala
This crochet cardigan pattern is a great introduction to making crochet raglan garments. Its basic construction makes it the perfect garment to add to your fall wardrobe. Made using simple stitches, the pattern also comes in 8 sizes (from XS to 4XL!) with suggestions on how to adjust it to get the perfect fit.
Get the pattern here

Fall favorite classic raglan cardigan


Catalina Cardigan Free Crochet Pattern

Designer: Hooked on Homemade Happiness
Yarn weight: (4) Medium/Worsted
Yarn suggestion: Lion Brand Heartland
A great beginner level crochet cardigan pattern, the Catalina cardigan is made in almost one piece. You will make one rectangle with openings for the sleeves. The cardigan uses basic crochet stitches like single crochet (sc), half double crochet (hdc), and the crochet v-stitch.
Get the pattern here

Catalina Cardigan


Button Up Crochet Cardigan

Designer: KnitCro Addict
Yarn weight: (3) Light/DK
Yarn suggestion: Yarn Bee Cotton DK
A stylish, wearable crochet cardigan, this beginner friendly crochet cardigan pattern will be one of your favorite crochet projects. The optional buttons add to its casual, modern look without too much effort. If you know your basic crochet stitches, you will definitely be able to make this cute cardigan.
Get the pattern here

Button Up Crochet Cardigan


Diamond Clusters Crochet Cardigan

Designer: 1DogWoof
Yarn weight: (3) Light/DK
Yarn suggestion: Lion Brand Comfy Cotton Blend
Add this casual crochet cardigan to your wardrobe for a go-anywhere cover up. Wear it for weekend bbqs, summer nights on the porch, or to keep warm during movie nights. This cardigan features a modern diamond motif that uses puff stitches and an open double crochet mesh. It is made in 2 flat pieces, and finished with 2 simple seams.
Get the pattern here

Diamond Clusters Crochet Cardigan


Lakeside Crochet Cardigan

Designer: MJ’s Off the Hook Designs
Yarn weight: (4) Medium/Worsted
Yarn suggestion: WeCrochet Brava Tweed
The Lakeside Cardigan is an easy crochet crop cardigan pattern that is worked in one piece. Using only single crochet (sc) and extended single crochet (esc), it is a beginner-friendly pattern that works up quickly. It is worked in one flat piece, and is very easy to modify depending on how long you want it to be.
Get the pattern here

Lakeside Crochet Cardigan


Hayloft Cardigan

Designer: Coco Crochet Lee
Yarn weight: (1) Superfine/Fingering
Yarn suggestion: Capretta Superwash
Crocheted with a Merino and cashmere blend yarn, this lightweight cardigan is soft and airy. The extended single crochet clusters give this cardigan a unique textured look. This oversized crochet cardigan is the perfect layering piece for the spring-to-summer transition.
Get the pattern here

Hayloft Cardigan


Campfire Cardigan

Designer: Make and Do Crew
Yarn weight: (4) Medium/Worsted
Yarn suggestion: Lion Brand New Basic 175 (discontinued) / Lion Brand Heartland
This modern, hooded crochet cardigan is perfect for hanging out by the campfire. It is made from two simple granny hexagons, seamed together to form the chest and shoulders. Crochet rows of granny stitches to add some length and sleeves, and add a rectangular hoodie to make it extra comfy.
Get the pattern here

Campfire Cardigan


Simple Raglan Cardigan

Designer: Delia Creates
Yarn weight: (3) Light/DK
Yarn suggestion: WeCrochet Swish DK
This simple scoop-neck, cropped raglan cardigan is made up of mostly double crochet stitches. It is constructed top-down, and you can easily alter the length if you prefer. The soft, superwash Merino makes it comfy to wear, perfect for layering with a cute dress and leggings.
Get the pattern here

Simple Raglan Cardigan


Harold Cardigan

Designer: Two of Wands
Yarn weight: (4) Medium/Worsted
Yarn suggestion: Lion Brand Jeans
This cardigan’s boxy silhouette is complemented by a classic shawl collar. It is crocheted with two strands of worsted weight yarn held together for that extra chunky look. A toggle button also adds to its timeless, classic look.
Get the pattern here

Harold Cardigan

 

Kima Cardi

Designer: TL Yarn Crafts
Yarn weight: (5) Bulky
Yarn suggestion: Lion Brand Hue+Me
The Kima Cardi is an oversized open-front sweater that is perfect for beginners. This warm cardigan has a ribbed collar and pockets, everything you need for a cozy chunky cardigan. This chunky crochet cardigan works up quickly with size 5 yarn, and with its simple construction, you’ll be making one for yourself and your bffs in no time.

Get the pattern here

Kima Cardi

 

The Harvest Cardigan

Designer: Mason Jar Yarn Designs
Yarn weight: (4) Medium/Worsted
Yarn suggestion: Lion Brand Basic Stitch Anti-Pilling Yarn
If you are looking to make your first-ever crochet cardigan, this is a great and easy project for you. This long crochet cardigan works up quickly and has a classic and textured look. It is relaxed, with a roomy and comfortable fit, but not too oversized. It’s perfect for layering in the cool weather, and will easily become your go-to garment during the fall-winter months.

Get the pattern here

Harvest Cardigan


Aurora Cardigan

Designer: A Crocheted Simplicity
Yarn weight: (4) Medium/Worsted
Yarn suggestion: Lion Brand’s Touch of Alpaca
Warm and soft best describe this gorgeous crochet cardigan. Made with alpaca yarn, it will surely keep you comfortable when the weather starts getting colder. It also has a version with girls’ sizes so you can make cute twinning outfits for you and your little ones.
Get the pattern here

Aurora Cardigan

 

Autumn Duster

Designer: Mama in a Stitch
Yarn weight: (4) Medium/Worsted
Yarn suggestion: Lion Brand Basic Stitch Premium (discontinued) / Lion Brand Basic Stitch Anti-Pilling
This long, cozy cardigan will keep you warm and comfortable throughout the fall and winter season. All you will need are basic crochet skills to get started, and you’ll be able to make this beautiful duster cardigan.
Get the pattern here

Autumn Duster


Day Date Easy Crochet Sweater

Designer: Make and Do Crew
Yarn weight: (3) Light/DK
Yarn suggestion: Lion Brand Vanna’s Style (discontinued) / Lion Brand Jeans
A simple, lightweight cardigan made from crochet hexagons. This trendy cardigan even has cozy pockets and roomy bishop sleeves. It uses basic stitches to create subtle rows of open windows, and you can easily modify the sizing as needed.
Get the pattern here

Day Date Easy Crochet Sweater


The Teatime Cardigan

Designer: Evelyn and Peter Crochet
Yarn weight: (4) Medium/Worsted
Yarn suggestion: Lion Brand Color Theory
The Teatime Cardigan features stripes that use a unique combination of stitches. It has a slightly oversized fit with balloon style sleeves that will give you the cozy vibes. You can easily customize the colors to create a cardigan that fits your style.
Get the pattern here

Teatime Cardigan


Peek-a-Boo Crop Cardigan

Designer: MJ’s Off the Hook Designs
Yarn weight: (4) Medium/Worsted
Yarn suggestion: WeCrochet Comfy Worsted
This cute cropped cardigan is crocheted in one piece. It has a simple mesh crochet stitch pattern that is made with single crochet, double crochet, and linked double crochet stitches. This versatile cardi can be worn with your skirts and rompers in the summer, or as a layering piece during the fall.
Get the pattern here

Peek-a-Boo Crop Cardigan


Dream Catcher Cardi

Designer: Ned and Mimi
Yarn weight: (5) Bulky
Yarn suggestion: Paintbox Yarns Simply Chunky
This chunky crochet shrug features a gorgeous diamond motif on the back. It is crocheted from the center going outwards, making a single rectangle that forms the body of the shrug. This lovely shrug will surely help you stay warm and stylish throughout the colder months.
Get the pattern here

Dream Catcher Cardigan


Eriu Cardigan

Designer: Crochet with Carrie
Yarn weight: (4) Medium/Worsted
Yarn suggestion: Fluffy Day from Hobbii
This knit-look cardigan is an ideal project for beginner crocheters. It is constructed sideways with no increases or decreases. A ribbed stitch gives it a knit-look, and the cropped length makes it perfect for layering over shirts, jeans, or dresses.
Get the pattern here

Eriu Cardigan


Sera Cardigan

Designer: Christaco Design
Yarn weight: (3) Light/DK
Yarn suggestion: Gloss DK
The stitch pattern used in this lightweight cardigan uses double crochets, which makes it easy to remember. With a classic fit, this crochet cardigan is comfortable and easy to layer. You can wear it around the house or for an evening walk.
Get the pattern here

Sera Cardigan

 

Chelsea Cardigan

Designer: Crochet Dreamz
Yarn weight: (4) Medium/Worsted
Yarn suggestion: Big Twist Soft
With its simple and easy construction, this crochet cardigan pattern is great for beginners. The body of the cardigan is worked in one piece, with the sleeves, ribbing and pockets attached later. The pattern also gives you two length options, and a range of size options that include plus sizes.
Get the pattern here

Chelsea Cardigan

The Stony Shore Cardigan

Designer: Evelyn and Peter Crochet
Yarn weight: (4) Medium/Worsted
Yarn suggestion: Lion Brand Heartland
This beginner friendly crochet cardigan pattern is a breeze to make. A beautiful stitch pattern made with double crochet and bead stitch rows give the cardigan an amazing texture. The cardigan is worked in separate panels from the bottom up, and can be made shorter or longer depending on your preference.
Get the pattern here

Stony Shore Cardigan

 

Crochet Cardigan Video Tutorials

If you are more of a visual learner, you might want to check out these crochet cardigan step-by-step video tutorial from YouTube.

 

Diamond Cardigan

Designer: Briana K Designs
Yarn weight: (2) Fine/Sport
Yarn suggestion: WeCrochet Shine Sport
A cardigan that is perfect for almost any season. The filet diamond pattern allows just enough peek through to add a mature look with the right amount of whimsy. It’s the perfect layering piece, and will surely be a staple in your wardrobe.
Get the pattern here

Diamond Cardigan


Trendy Crochet Cardigan

Designer: VivCrochets
Yarn weight: (3) Light/DK
Yarn suggestion: Bernat Softee Cotton
This trendy crochet cardigan uses the lemon peel stitch, but you can easily use a basic stitch like the double crochet. It is simple and cozy, and can even pass off as a store-bought cardigan! While it is easy to make, the project is quite big and has a lot of sewing involved. A bit of a challenge for beginners but definitely worth a try!
Get the pattern here

Trendy Crochet Cardigan


Crochet Patchwork Cardigan

Designer: Elviona Halim
Yarn weight: (3) Light/DK
Yarn suggestion: 5ply Milk Cotton Yarn / Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton or WeCrochet CotLin (substitute)
Inspired by the viral Harry Styles cardigan, this crochet video tutorial will show you how to make your own patchwork cardigan. It’s not for the faint of heart though, it will take some time to get the whole piece together. But it will all be worth it when you finish your own stylish crochet patchwork cardigan.
Get the pattern here

Crochet Patchwork Cardigan


Crochet Everyday Cardigan

Designer: Sewrella
Yarn weight: (4) Medium/Worsted
Yarn suggestion: Lion Brand’s Touch of Alpaca
This super easy cardigan is going to be your go-to piece. It’s super soft and comfortable, and has the perfect length and fit. All you will need to make this crochet cardigan are half double crochet, double crochet, and post stitches.
Get the pattern here

Everyday Cardigan


Hygge Cocoon Cardigan

Designer: Moogly Blog
Yarn weight: (5) Bulky
Yarn suggestion: Red Heart Hygge
The simple construction of this cardigan is perfect for beginner garment crocheters. The body of the cardigan is a simple rectangle that is folded and seamed, with the sleeves added on. It’s soft and cozy with an oversized fit. A video tutorial for left-handed crocheters is also available.
Get the pattern here

Hygge Cocoon Cardigan

Did you find the perfect cardigan for your next crochet project? If you enjoy making crochet cardigans don’t forget to check out my other crochet patterns including the Easy Scarf Knitting Patterns and Free Crochet Afghan Patterns.

One more thing that I wanted to mention before I go. These crochet cardigan patterns are great projects for beginners, they’re easy and practical. If you’re still learning to crochet or looking to take your skills to the next level, I highly recommend these great foundational videos to help you develop your skills quickly and easily, visit the Crochet Stitches library.

Free Crochet Cardigan patterns

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