Who doesn't love a good cardigan? Make your own with one of these free crochet cardigan patterns and you can have one for every season and occasion! These open-front sweaters are a wardrobe staple because they are easy to throw on with all kinds of outfits, adding just the right amount of warmth no matter the time of year. And with so many pattern options to choose from, you're sure to find a style that works for you, a friend or a family member.
01 of 20
Crochet a Lightweight Mini Cardigan
This delicate cardigan from Talia Crochet Creations is a simple, but beautiful way to keep the chill away. Worked top-down and with back loop only crochet, it has a slightly lacy look and a beautiful drape. The contrasting band on the sleeves and hem add a perfect pop of color, and you'll probably want to try a few combinations! Best of all, this free pattern comes in sizes XS-5X.
Aliza Cardigan Pattern from Talia Crochet Creations
02 of 20
Make Mommy and Me Cardigans
Kids and grown-ups alike love a comfortable cardigan and the Home Town Cardi from Meghan Makes Do works for all! The kids' version comes in eight sizes and the women's version has nine sizes. Both options are worked in sections with some seaming, and there's an extensive video tutorial if you need help along the way.
Home Town Cardi for Kids and for Adults from Meghan Makes Do
03 of 20
Crochet a Hooded Cardi for Kids
Want to crochet something soft and snuggly? You'll love this cuddly hooded cardigan for toddlers and preschool-aged children, and so will they! The construction and stitches are easy, so even new crocheters can tackle this project. The only downside is that it doesn't come in adult sizes too!
Mackenzie Cardi Crochet Pattern from Lion Brand
04 of 20
Craft Your First Crocheted Garment
Cotton and bamboo yarn combined with a solid stitch texture give this slouchy cardigan a wonderful drape that you'll love wearing. Stephanie from All About Ami designed this as a beginner-friendly pattern, which makes it ideal for anyone. Crochet your first garment or hook this up in a hurry if you're an advanced crocheter! And because this is a closet staple, you may just want to make a few in different colors.
Rosewood Cardigan Crochet Pattern from All About AmiContinue to 5 of 20 below.
05 of 20
Make a Statement in a Crocheted Bomber
Bomber jackets are a fun style to stay warm in, and Grace from For the Frills brings that same style to crochet. Working with Wool-Ease Thick & Quick makes this into a chunky project that's suitable for confident beginners. And it's so cute! Not to mention there's even a video tutorial to accompany the pattern. Be sure to check out the other cardigan patterns (and lots more!) while you're visiting this delightful crochet blog.
Chunky Bomber Cardigan Pattern from For the Frills
06 of 20
Crochet a Long and Graceful Sweater
This longline cardigan from Mama in a Stitch is crocheted with a bamboo yarn that drapes beautifully. The lightweight summer style, with simple lace detail along the hem, is practically a duster. Because this uses simple constructions and a basic V-stitch for most of the garment, it's an easy piece that anyone can make.
Verano Longline Cardigan Pattern from Mama in a Stitch
07 of 20
Use Yarn Cakes in a New Way
Do you love the colors in self-striping yarn, but not how the colors land on large projects? Jess shows you how to deconstruct a yarn cake to get exactly the color mix you want. Then she gives you a pattern for an adorable hooded cardigan to use this new technique! Working with yarn this way does take more time, but the result is a fantastic blend of colors that's uniquely you.
Remix Draped Cardigan Part 1 and Part 2 from Make and Do Crew
08 of 20
Crochet a Comfy Cardigan for Men
Finding free patterns for men isn't always easy, but what guy wouldn't love this Back to Basics cardigan from Lion Brand Yarn? The simple style is easy to wear, looks great with jeans and a tee, and comes in eight sizes. You'll need to do a bit of shaping and seaming, but the stitches are easy enough for a beginner. Plus, Lion Brand makes it a breeze to order exactly what you need to get started.
Back to Basics Cardigan Pattern from Lion BrandContinue to 9 of 20 below.
09 of 20
Enjoy Sweater Weather in a Cardigan
When sweater weather comes along, what could be better than snuggling up in a long cardigan? Designer Toni Lipsey has just the project for you! The Sweater Weather Cardi, crocheted using lemon peel stitch with Lion Brand's Wool-Ease yarn, is the kind of garment you make for yourself and then wear with everything. It's casual enough to throw on over jeans, but would also pair well with skirts and dresses.
Sweater Weather Cardi Pattern from TL Yarn Crafts
10 of 20
Get Wrapped Up in a Crocheted Cocoon
Wrap yourself in this cocoon-style cardigan and you'll feel like you're always in a warm blanket. Worked in alpine stitch with bulky yarn, it comes together quickly and easily. In fact, this starts as one large rectangle! Then all you need to do is sew a seam for each sleeve and add on the edging for the front and cuffs.
Cozy Crochet Cardigan Pattern from The Spruce Crafts
11 of 20
Make a Puff Stitch Cardigan
What little girl doesn't want to wear a cardigan like this one? The Big Girl Cardigan has a wide neckline that's perfect for wearing over all kinds of shirts and dresses, as well as three-quarter sleeves that stay out of the way. It's also made with worsted-weight yarn, making it a quick project. Of course, the cutest part of this sweater is the rows of puff stitch that are simply charming.
Big Girl Cardigan Pattern from Mary Maxim
12 of 20
Dress Up in a Delicate Lacy Cardigan
Intermediate crocheters will love the Imogen Cardigan from Berroco Yarn. The lace panels make this a delicate sweater that's perfect for cooler seasons and summer evenings. Working with the recommended yarn is even a smart choice for the environment, as Remix Light is made from 100% recycled fibers, but it's still super soft!
Imogen Cardigan Pattern from BerrocoContinue to 13 of 20 below.
13 of 20
Keep it Simple With a Baby Sweater
This basic baby sweater is a great way to use beginner crochet skills to make something for your little one or as a gift! This free pattern has a cute turned-down collar and folded sleeves that you can adjust as baby grows. Plus, the simple styling works for boys and girls alike.
Crochet Baby Sweater from The Spruce Crafts
14 of 20
Crochet a Zippy Cardigan for All
Whether you're making a cardigan for yourself or someone special the Coed Cardigan is perfect for everyone. It's a cozy sweater that guys and girls will love (and maybe even share). The zip front is such a good addition and the elbow patches are a fun detail. Want to make matching cardigans for the whole family? Don't miss the Classroom Cardigan in kids' sizes!
Cozy Coed Cardigan Pattern from Heart, Hook, Home
15 of 20
Keep Little Ones Comfortable and Cute
The delicate shape and stitches of this infant and toddler cardigan make this a must-make project for little girls. From cap sleeves with a tiny scalloped edge to patterns of puff stitch, it's a sweet sweater pattern for those with moderate crochet experience. Designed with DK-weight cotton yarn, it will hold up well in the wash without breaking the bank, and it comes in four sizes for your little one.
Morning Dew Cardigan Pattern from Love Crafts
16 of 20
Make an Oversized Cardigan for Kids
If you've ever felt the comfort of wearing an oversized cardigan, you know how cozy it is. Kids love that same comfort, so why not crochet this classic style that works for boys and girls. The free pattern comes in just one size, but if you have a bit of crochet experience you would be able to alter the size of the basic shapes and the count for the ribbing.
Oversized Kids' Crochet Cardigan Pattern from Delia CreatesContinue to 17 of 20 below.
17 of 20
Crochet a Classic Cardi
The Galaxy Cardigan is another great choice for making matching sweaters for mom and daughter. This is the smaller size for kids and it matches the adult-sized Cosmos Cardigan. Both are soft and snuggly and feature a small shawl collar. You may need to learn a few new stitch techniques, but it's always good to up your skills with otherwise simple projects like this one.
Galaxy Cardigan Pattern from Moogly
18 of 20
Make a Cardigan That'll Make Baby Roar
Babies in tiny sweaters are always cute, but babies in tiny sweaters that look like animals are even better. This particular cardigan is dino-mite, complete with spiky scales and a tail! It would be adorable for any time of year, but also a perfect way for your little one to stay warm and still be dressed up for Halloween.
Dinosaur Baby Cardigan Pattern from Traverse Bay Crochet
19 of 20
Crochet a Cardigan With Bobbles
A few of the children's cardigans in this list have puff stitches, but bobbles don't have to be only for kids! This charming sweater from Susan of Fobas Designs shows how teens and adults can wear something fun too. Worked in several colors and featuring great textures, you'll love this free pattern.
Real Bobble Cardigan Pattern from Fobas Designs
20 of 20
Craft a Last-Mini Crocheted Gift
Get ready for an upcoming baby shower with this easy newborn cardigan! Crocheted in one piece (and with a video tutorial showing how to add the arms), you can make this in different sizes, simply by adjusting the hook size. You can even add a border around the edges for a nice finish with some extra color or even a folded collar. Designer Lisa Auch has more patterns for baby cardigans (and matching accessories!), so be sure to explore her site!
Easy Baby Cardigan Pattern from Lisa Auch