20+ Easy Free Crochet Sweater Cardigan Patterns 2021

1. Habitat Crochet Cardigan

No one would guess that she created this figure crochet cardigan from a simple rectangle. There’s even a tutorial video that makes it the perfect beginner’s first crochet sweater!

Materials

Purchase a kit with all the yarn you’ll need, plus a digital copy of the pattern here.
Lion Brand Heartland (Weight: 4/medium – 251 yds, 5 oz)
Grand Canyon (#136-122) – 6 (6, 7, 7, 8) skeins
Tapestry needle
Size K (6.6 mm) crochet hook
Size J (6.0 mm) crochet hook
Stitch markers or safety pins

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2. Dwell Chunky Crochet Sweater

Thick, comfortable, and quick – this is another easy crochet sweater made from a simple rectangle! A step-by-step video tutorial is included.

Materials

(UPDATE: Lion Brand has turned this pattern into a kit that includes all the yarn you’ll need plus a black and white copy of the pattern. Grab yours here!)
• Lion Brand Wool-Ease Tonal (Weight: 5/ bulky – 124 yds, 4 oz)
–Smoke (149) – 7 (9, 10) skeins
• Tapestry needle
• Size N (10 mm) crochet hook
• Stitch markers or safety pins

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3. Brunch Hexagon Crochet Sweater

This incredibly comfortable crochet cardigan sweater is simpler than it sounds. Made from two basic hexagons and super soft yarn, you’ll love watching your new favorite cardigan take shape!

Materials

Purchase a kit with all the yarn you’ll need, plus a printed copy of the pattern here.
Lion Brand Vel-Luxe (Weight: 4/medium – 246 yds, 5.3 oz)
Dusty Pink (#536-140) – 5 (5, 6, 7, 8) skeins [(approx. 620 (710, 900, 1000, 1110) g)]
Tapestry needle
Size L (8.0 mm) crochet hook
Stitch markers or safety pins

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4. Up North Crochet Cardigan

This easy beginner cotton crochet cardigan pattern uses a very simple structure to create amazing starting skills and minimal stitching.

Materials

Purchase a kit with all the yarn + a printed copy of the pattern here.
Lion Brand Comfy Cotton Blend (Weight: 3/light – 392 yds, 7 oz)
Driftwood (#756-710) – 5 (5, 6, 7, 7, 8) skeins
[(approx. 880 (980, 1095, 1220, 1315, 1430) g)]
Tapestry needle
Size K (6.5 mm) crochet hook
Stitch markers or safety pins
T-pins and iron or steamer for blocking

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5. Alpine Crochet Poncho

This elegant crochet poncho with sleeves is so easy as it is made from five simple rectangles.

If you can knit a simple rectangle, you can make this easy sleeve crochet poncho! You can create a comfortable sweater-style poncho that will flatter any body, without going up or down. Read all the details of the pattern and yarn below or keep scrolling for a free written poncho pattern.

Materials

Lion Brand Touch of Alpaca Bonus Bundle (Weight: 4/medium – 415 yds, 7 oz)
Taupe (124-123) – 6 (7, 7, 8) skeins [approx. 1140, (1250, 1390, 1490) g]
Tapestry needle
Size J (6.0 mm) crochet hook
Stitch markers or safety pins

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6. Remix Crochet Cardigan

Learn how to mix Mandala yarn pastels to create a stunning gradient effect in this free draped crochet cardigan pattern. A very fun pattern for your inner artist! Video tutorials are included.

Materials

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Lion Brand Mandala (Weight: 3/light – 590 yds, 5.3 oz)
4 (5, 5, 6, 6, 7) minimum skeins [(approx. 570 (646, 729, 773, 872, 916) g)]
Pictured:
Pegasus & Warlock (IMPORTANT: Extra yarn is necessary to achieve gradient pictured in sample. See more in “Notes” below)
Tapestry needle
Size I (5.5 mm) crochet hook
Stitch markers or safety pins
Inexpensive kitchen scale (optional, but extremely helpful if planning a gradient)

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7. Alchemy Crochet Cardigan

This lightweight sweater with cuffed sleeves is perfect for star gazing or to wear in a row in summer with a long sleeve shirt in cooler months.

Materials

Lion Brand Vanna’s Style (Weight: 3/light – 254 yds, 3.5 oz)
Ecru (#867-098) – 6 (7, 8, 8, 9, 10, 11) skeins [(approx. 570 (640, 710, 790, 900, 975, 1060) g)]
Tapestry needle
Size I (5.5 mm) crochet hook
Stitch markers or safety pins
(2) ¾” or 1” buttons
Sewing needle and thread to match buttons

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8. Haven Bobble Crochet Cardigan

With a super easy rectangle-based construction, this free crochet sweater pattern is fun, fast, and perfect for beginners. You will love seeing it combine with zero increase or decrease!

Materials

Purchase a kit with all the yarn you’ll need, plus a printed copy of the pattern here.
Lion Brand Color Made Easy (Weight: 5/bulky – 247 yds, 7 oz)
Shade (#195-149) – 7 (8, 10, 11, 12) skeins [approx. 1370 (1580, 1820, 2060, 2270) g]
Tapestry needle
Size L (8.0 mm) crochet hook
Stitch markers or safety pins

Sizes:
S/M, M/L, L/1X, 1X/2X, 2X/3X

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9.Range C2C Cardigan

Some basic rectangles come together to create a draped, modern sweater in this simple corner-to-corner crochet cardigan pattern. Video tutorials are included.

Materials

This pattern contains affiliate links at no extra cost to you.
Purchase a kit with all the yarn + a printed copy of the pattern here.
Lion Brand ZZ Twist (Weight: 4/medium – 246 yds, 3.5 oz)
Main Color: Taupe (#763-122) – 8 (10, 10) skeins
Accent Color: Ecru (#763-098) – 1(1,1) skeins
Graph patterns for C2C rectangles (print here) Optional: written line-by-line graph instructions in the ad-free PDF
Tapestry needle
Size J (5.75 mm) crochet hook
Stitch markers or safety pins

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10. Day Date Crochet Hexagon Sweater

Transforms into a modern, lightweight cardigan with two simple crocheted hexagons, comfortable pockets, and wide elephant sleeves.

Materials

Lion Brand Vanna’s Style*
(Weight: 3/light – 254 yds, 3.5 oz)
Tomato (#867-143) – 6 (7, 7, 8, 8)) skeins [(approx. 580 (625, 670, 715, 760) g)]
Tapestry needle
Size J (6.0 mm) crochet hook
Stitch markers or safety pins

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11. Campfire Crochet Hexagon Sweater

Another sweater with simple shapes! Believe it or not, two simple granny hexagons are the basis of this free crochet hexagon sweater pattern.

Materials

Lion Brand New Basic 175* (Weight: 4/medium – 175 yds, 3.5 oz)
Color A: Café Au Lait – 3 (4, 4) balls
Color B: Juniper – 1 (2, 2) balls
Color C: Thyme – 2 (3, 3) balls
Color D: Camel – 2 (3, 3) balls
Tapestry needle
Size L (8 mm) crochet hook
Stitch markers or safety pins

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12. Solstice Long Crochet Cardigan With Fringe

The minimal count, short two stitches, and lots of fun fringe create a long, easy crochet cardigan that’s perfect to match.

Materials

Purchase a handy kit with all the yarn + a printed copy of the pattern here.
Lion Brand ZZ Twist (Weight: 4/medium – 246 yds, 3.5 oz)
Ecru (763-098) – 7 (8, 10, 11, 12) skeins [ (approx. 670 (795, 900, 1030, 1165) g)]
(See notes in blog post above for substitute yarn options.)
Tapestry needle
Size J hook
Stitch markers or safety pins
Piece of stiff cardboard approximately 9” tall
Scissors

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13. Staycation Women’s Crochet Cardigan

This stylish plus size women’s crochet sweater is perfect for a trip to the farmer’s market, the art museum, or the couch! Includes video instructions.

Materials

Lion Brand Touch of Alpaca Bonus Bundle (Weight: 4/medium – 415 yds, 200 g)
Jade (124-178) – 5 (5, 6, 6, 7,7) skeins [(approx. 850 (925, 1110, 1120, 1180, 1270) g)]
Note that Touch of Alpaca is also available in smaller 100 g skeins, so you may choose to purchase a combination of larger and smaller skeins depending on the yarn requirements for your size.
Tapestry needle
Size K (6.5 mm) crochet hook
Stitch markers or safety pins

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14. Navajo Blanket Crochet Shrug

While this free crochet shrug pattern resembles a tapestry crochet look, its Navajo blanket-inspired design is actually made using basic crochet techniques by changing the colors of the center row. Includes video instructions.

Materials

Purchase a kit with all the yarn you need, plus a printed copy of the pattern here!
Lion Brand Jeans (Weight: 4/medium – 246 yds, 3.5 oz)
Color F: Faded (4 skeins)
Color C: Classic (1 skein
Color T: Topstitch (1 skein)
Color S: Stonewash (1 skein) (This color is used in the sample, but it is optional. You may replace it with Color F if desired.)
Tapestry needle
Size I (5.5 mm) crochet hook
Stitch markers or safety pins
Printout of the Navajo design graph
Optional: The printable pattern PDF includes line by line written instructions for how many stitches to work in each color for the graph portion. This may be helpful if you aren’t inexperienced in reading a graph, just prefer to have written instructions or like to double check your work.

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15. Stonewash Beginner’s Crochet Shrug

Don’t let the Dolman sleeves and modern silhouette fool you, this easy crochet shrug is created with basic stitches and simple shapes. The perfect sweater for confident beginners.

Materials

Purchase the full kit for this pattern from here!
Lion Brand Jeans Yarn (Weight: 4/medium – 246 yds, 3.5 oz)
MC: Classic – 3 (4) balls
AC: Stonewash – 2 (3) balls
Tapestry needle
Size I (5.5 mm) crochet hook
Stitch markers or safety pins

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16. Bernat Woman’s Curvy Crochet Cowl Pullover

Style this perfect layering piece with a simple crochet stitch and basic styling. Complete the sweater, an easy-care winter basic, by choosing the shade that suits your personality from our Bernat Roving collection. Make the kids version too for a stylish matching outfit.

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17. Cozy Textured Crochet Cardigan

When the cold comes, dive into the overwhelming comfort of this oversized crochet cardigan perfect for hibernation! Sewn with the soft hand of Red Heart Dreamy yarn, this fabric features a wide ribbed neckline and a dense textured stitch design for warmth. Dreamy offers you modern shades to personalize your version, while the brushed effect of the thread adds beauty. A great gift for anyone who can use more escape moments in their world.

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18. Chunky Crochet Bomber Cardigan With Pockets

Nothing like a thick, comfortable classic bomber jacket! Oversized and open stitches combine to create a comfortable and trendy crochet cardigan.

This crochet bomber jacket features signature bubble sleeves with a thick ribbed hem. Front and back panels are crocheted lengthwise with a mesh open stitch for perfect coverage and ventilation. This also makes it possible to add hidden vertical pockets on the side of the body to make the cardigan really look like a bomber jacket.

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19. Easy Crochet Cardigan Pattern

To sum it up: the Stonewash Coatigan is a modern crochet cardigan (hence the Coat-igan name) with tapered sleeves and seamless pockets for a warm look. Its long length makes it a breeze to pair this cardigan with jeans, dresses and leggings, and the clean, modern look means this jacket will effortlessly fit into anyone’s wardrobe.

Materials

Yarn – Drops Air – 10ply/Aran/Worsted/Medium(4), 150m/50g, 65% Alpaca + 28% Polyamide + 7% Wool, Fog (10)

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20. Super Chunky Hexagon Cardigan

If you’ve never knitted a “hexagonal cardigan” before, a feast awaits. This could be your new favorite way to crochet cardigans! The body and sleeves of this cardigan are made up of two hexagons, 6 sides of which are crocheted like a granny square. Made with super bulky yarn for a quick project with instant satisfaction.

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21. A Long & Chunky Cardigan Sweater

For Marley Cardi, a cardigan designed to create a ‘speckled’ or speckled look using medium weight worsted yarn plus number 10 crochet yarn. I wanted to keep this design pretty simple so it consists of good ‘ole dc and hdc’. The DCs were worked in BLO to create a cute texture.

Materials

Worsted weight (4) yarn (I used Caron Simply Soft in White — see yardage information in the notes)
Size 10 Crochet Thread (I used Red Heart Classic Crochet Thread in Black)
Size M Hook (9mm)
Yarn needle
Safety or sewing pins

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22. Hometown Chunky Cardigan

The hometown chunky cardigan crochet pattern is an easy oversized sweater that you can wear anything. You’ll stay warm and stylish in this oversized sweater perfect for bedtime in the colder months.

The Hometown Cardigan is a new free sweater model on the blog. Learn about my inspiration and simple structure or scroll down for a free pattern.

Materials

6 mm/ US J – 10 crochet hook.
Chunky #5 weight yarn (100% wool) :
11 (9, 13, 15, 17) 50g / 1 ¾ oz skeins in salmon red
1 50g / 1 ¾ oz skein in grey

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23. Continuous Granny Square Shrug

Did you know that you can ignore a normal granny square? With this pattern, I’ll show you how to knit this seamless granny square motif and sew it up like a cozy cocoon cardigan.

Beginner Friendly is the name of the game with this cardigan pattern. If you’ve never crocheted a wearable before, this is a great place to start! There’s even a helpful video tutorial for visual learners.

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