Here you’ll find the easiest and prettiest cardigan and crochet sweater patterns available from some of my favorite designers. And these patterns also happen to be free! I’ve crocheted a ton of sweaters and cardigans over the years, so it’s fun to share this collection today. Grab your crochet hook and get ready to pick your new cardigan, sweater, or pullover!
Can A Beginner Crochet A Sweater?
YES! Beginners can definitely crochet a sweater. There are so many simple options available out there!
You will find several easy crochet sweaters and cardigans below, but definitely check out my collection of Total Beginner Crochet Cardigans HERE if you’re a new crochet artist! I designed these with the beginner in mind.
My favorite cardigan patterns for beginners involve making simple rectangles that are folded, but there are a lot of styles to choose from.
What Stitches Do I Need To Crochet A Cardigan Or Sweater?
Each pattern will have different stitches, but you definitely need to know the basics. You’ll learn how to make a chain, then a single crochet stitch, then you can move on from there.
If you’ve never crocheted but want to make a cardigan, learn the simple stitches on a little project first.
I like to teach how to crochet with a project like a washcloth (HERE is a great tutorial to learn crochet and make a washcloth), then come back and find an easy cardigan!
Supplies For Crochet Sweater & Cardigans
- Yarn (sweaters take a lot of yarn)
- Tapestry Needle
- Appropriate size Crochet Hook
- Measuring Tape
Of course, each pattern will have a different supply list. It’s important to get the same yarn or a comparable yarn, as well as the hook size that is called for within the pattern. If you don’t, your sweater sizing can turn out all wrong!
Okay, let’s get to it! There are several designs of my own as well as designs from other designers. Have fun!
I’ll start with the crochet cardigans, and then you’ll see the pullovers and sweaters.
Crochet Sweater Patterns & Cardigans
My Alamosa Hoodie is easy to make and super warm! It’s a great way to stay cozy this winter.
The Aurora Cardigan by A Crocheted Simplicity has a simple shape with a classic fit, while still keeping you warm on those cold days.
If you’re looking for an adaptable and unique design, try the 6-Day Hexagon Cardigan by Betty McKnit.
My Verano Longline Cardigan is lightweight and drapey, with beautiful textures and touches of vintage lace.
Pretty little “flower” squares join together to create my comfy Wildflower Cardigan that is perfect for warmer climates.
If you like the traditional granny look, try the beginner-friendly Blanket Cardigan by Nana’s Crafty Home.
The Autumn Duster uses worsted weight yarn and is another classic that will be on trend for years to come.
This Granny Stitch Riptide Cardigan is so soft and super comfy AND it features a hood!
The Ophelia Cardigan by Knitting with Chopsticks is worked from the bottom up and has easy color block sections.
The “My Boyfriend Cardigan” is just a good classic – not too long and not too short.
The Velvet Bomber Crochet Cardigan is a cropped, cute little option!
Working in the back loop, in addition to changing stitches for sizing, creates just a bit of vertical texture in the River Rock Cardigan by Ambassador Crochet.
The Chunky Lace Vest by Blackstone Designs works up quickly with super chunky yarn so it’s a great outerwear accessory.
When you make my Endless Eyelets Cardigan you’ll use the simple granny stitch to create a long sweater with a boho vibe.
Wear your First Snow Cocoon Cardigan by Hooked by Kati over your pj’s when taking the kids to school, or with your favorite outfit.
If you’re looking for simple cardigan that’s great for spring and summer, try the Grace Cardi by Two Brothers Blankets.
Bell sleeves and a retro vibe make this Classic Coffee Cardigan by Straight Hooked ideal for a trip to the coffee shop or a night out on the town.
If you’d like an easy sweater that uses chunky yarn, try the Chunky Belted Cardigan by Nicki’s Homemade Crafts.
I’ve got to throw a total beginner friendly pattern in here as well – The Cuddle Shawl Cardigan.
Pullover Sweater Patterns
The unique Velvety Pullover Pattern is super soft and easy to make.
The Vega Sweater by Stardust Gold Crochet is super simple and looks flattering on anyone!
The Clarity Sweater crochet pattern by Dora Does is so modern and beautiful with it’s color block design! Such a simple and great go-to pattern that’s easy.
Can’t forget the guys! If you’re looking for a classic men’s pullover that can be worn for years to come, try the Brentwood Pullover by A Crocheted Simplicity.
This Luv Puff Color Block Sweater from Wilmade would look amazing in so many different color combination! I also love that there isn’t a ton of shaping.
FAQs for Sweater Crocheting
What yarn is best for crocheting a sweater?
This is a loaded question because everyone has a different opinion or needs. I like to make sure that I use a washable yarn. You also want to use a yarn that is called for in the pattern so that your sweater turns out correctly.
Fibers that I’ve used have been wool, acrylic and cotton.
How Much Time Does It Take To Crochet A Sweater?
On average, it will take several days or weeks. However, it depends how much time you take each day to crochet and also what pattern you choose!
If you choose a sweater with a chunky or super bulky yarn, your sweater will work up much quicker.
- Find a pattern you like and that fits your skill level!
- Read through the pattern fully before you begin to be sure you understand. There’s nothing worse than crocheting the entire pattern and then not understanding how to assemble it at the end.
- Choose a yarn you love and that is comfortable and washable.
- Try on the sweater as you go if possible!
- Check your gauge before beginning. Here is a blog post to help you learn how to check gauge HERE. It’s so important when crocheting a sweater so that the size comes out right!
I hope you found some sweaters and and cardigans that you like!
More Free Crochet Patterns To Try
- 30+ Free Crochet Blanket Patterns
- Quick Chunky Crochet Blanket Patterns
- Mama In A Stitch patterns HERE
- 15+ Gorgeous Basket Crochet Patterns
Happy crocheting my friends!