15 Free Easy Knit Cardigan Sweater Patterns

15 Free Easy Knit Cardigan Sweater Patterns

Find a free knit cardigan pattern that matches your style and skill level in this collection.

These free easy knit cardigan sweater patterns are beautiful and fun to work up. Keep the flexibility of layering when you make open-front cardigans.

Maybe you're looking for a knit accessory to serve as a lightweight jacket when the weather is just a bit crisp. Rather than digging out heavy coats, try one of these jackets on for size! It's so fabulous to have an open front that buttons, zips, or belts shut, because you don't have to worry about ruining your hair when you remove it. Also, a belted closure is so figure flattering! 

There are a variety of cardigans below to choose from. Find standard sweater-length projects below, but also find a long cardigan knitting pattern or two! There are sleeveless, short sleeved, and long sleeved projects included. No matter your style or your current needs, you're sure to love the projects in this collection!

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Free Easy Knit Cardigan Sweater Patterns

1. Amy Cardi

This gorgeous pattern is perfect for that in-between weather! Designed without sleeves, the length of this project makes it simply delicious when belted.

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Amy Cardi

2. Knit Cabled Cardigan Pattern

On the hunt for free knitting patterns for ladies cardigans and jackets? We've got you covered with this beautiful project!

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Knit Cabled Cardigan Pattern

3. Bonbon Cardigan

The bonbon cardigan is all about those buttons! The detail is so darling and provides that pop of color that makes this project truly unique.

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Bonbon Cardigan

4. Tangerine Cardigan

Don't you just love the way this sweater lays? The two buttons right at the top allow much of the garment underneath to show through for an elegant design.

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Tangerine Cardigan

5. Comfy Cardigan

A belt makes all the difference with this fabulous pattern! This makes the shaping very forgiving, meaning this is a fabulous knit cardigan for beginners.

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Comfy Cardigan

6. Neutral Knit Cardigan

Look at that lovely detail around the wrists and base of this project! Create a timeless project you can wear throughout the cooler months.

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Neutral Knit Cardigan

7. Cable Front Cardigan

Look at this gorgeous project! With a complementing shirt underneath and the right accessories, this elegant open front cardigan knitting pattern is just too pretty to pass up! Get out that cable needle!

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Cable Front Cardigan

8. Garter Lace Cardigan

Free women's short sleeve cardigan knitting patterns like this one are so summery and darling! The collar and other sweet details in the sleeves and bodice make this one beautiful project!

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Garter Lace Cardigan

9. Drape Sweater

This pretty project has an elegant cascading front that wears beautifully. It would make a great layer to wear at your Thanksgiving party or at Christmas.

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Drape Sweater

10. Comfortable Sweater Jacket

If you love earth tones, this is the project for you. Greens and browns come together in a stunning speckled pattern. This long cardigan knitting pattern is completely free and so classic.

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Comfortable Sweater Jacket

11. Cable Cardigan with Hood

Put those cable skills to the test! This beautiful project has Celtic flair and would be the perfect everyday sweater during the cooler months.

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Cable Cardigan with Hood

12. Comfortable Pocket Cardigan

Most garments are better with pockets! This fabulous pocket cardigan is so cozy and classic. Wear it on any brisk fall day!

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Comfortable Pocket Cardigan

13. Tea Time Cardigan

If you love a garment with great texture, this is the perfect springtime project to make. It pairs perfectly with pearls!

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Tea Time Cardigan

14. Zig Zag Cardigan

This beautiful project features an elegant zig zag pattern reminiscent of Nordic sweaters, cozy and hygge.

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Zig Zag Cardigan

15. Lacy Knit Cardigan

This elegant project comes in "mommy and me" versions. The lightweight design is perfect for wearing over an Easter dress or pairing with jeans in spring.

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Lacy Knit Cardigan

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