56 Free Easy Crochet Patterns for Sweaters and Cardigans

Are you looking for an easy-to-make sweater crochet pattern? If so, then you are in luck with this collection of free crochet sweater patterns! Below you’ll be able to find a shrug, pullover, cozy sweater or cardigan to make that will fit your style.

I made sure that most of these sweater designs are at a basic and easy skill level, so if you are a beginner at crocheting sweaters, you will be in for a treat!

Ready to get started? Grab a cup of coffee (or tea) and have a look below to find the perfect sweater pattern to crochet for this Fall and Winter.

How to Correctly Size a Sweater

To get a proper fit for your new crocheted sweater, you will need to take some detailed measurements. This includes necklines, arms, and torso dimensions.

Getting the perfect fit is essential because the last thing you want is to spend all those hours crocheting a sweater, only for it to not fit correctly.

Can Beginners Make a Crochet Sweater?

Yes, but having experience following easier crochet patterns such as a dishcloth, beanie, or scarf will go a long way in preparing you for your first sweater.

Additionally, some sweater patterns are harder (and easier) than others. In fact, some crochet sweaters are simply rectangles stitched together. So, this means if you’re comfortable taking accurate measurements and crocheting squares or rectangles, then a beginner can absolutely crochet a sweater!

What Yarn Works Best for Crochet Sweaters?

Most crochet sweaters use either medium (#4) or bulky (#5) weight yarn. This means that the sweaters typically work up quickly, and are extra warm for those chilly days, but you will see some lightweight sweaters as well made with a #2 or even #3 weight yarn.

Yarns Weights for Sweaters

Here’s a simple table to help you match yarn weights with suitable yarns for crocheting sweaters:

Yarn WeightExamples of Yarn BrandsBest For
SuperFine #1Malabrigo Lace, Rowan Fine LaceLightweight, airy sweaters for warm weather
Fingering #2Knit Picks Stroll, Madelinetosh Tosh SockLight sweaters, good for layering
Sport #3Cascade 220 Sport, Debbie Bliss Baby CashmerinoSlightly thicker sweaters but still light, good for fall
Worsted #4Red Heart Super Saver, Lion Brand Vanna’s ChoiceCozy sweaters, ideal for colder weather
Bulky #5Bernat Softee Chunky, Red Heart HygeeThick, warm sweaters for cold weather
Super Bulky #6Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick, Bernat Blanket YarnExtra warm, quick-to-crochet sweaters

I hope this helps you pick the right yarn for your sweater projects!

As for the fiber type most commonly used in crochet sweaters, wool, cotton, and acrylic blends all work well here.

How much yarn do I need to make a sweater? Most sweater patterns need anywhere from 3 to 9 skeins of yarn, with longer cardigans requiring a bit more. However, this is just an estimate, and each pattern listed below should tell you how much is actually needed for that particular sweater.

Why Make a Cozy Sweater Crochet Pattern

Growing up in PA and living here all of my life, I know it is important during the months of December through February to have a sweater on hand. It truly is the time of sweater weather during that time.

I love being able to have a handmade sweater to put on while proudly thinking, “I made this!”

Let’s not forget about the spring months and how they are perfect for lighter weight sweaters or shrugs too! I designed the Olivia sweater specifically with cotton yarn so that it would be perfect for springtime weather.

Choose from over 56 different crotchet sweater patterns, some of which use basic stitches and are perfect for beginner crocheters.

Since these patterns come in various skill levels, there really is a sweater crochet pattern for everyone below!

Related: You may also like our guide on How to Crochet a Sweater, so you can make a sweater that fits perfect every time!

Easy and Free Crochet Sweater Patterns

Now it’s time for the good part! Take a look below at some of the best crochet sweaters below to find the perfect one for your next project! You’ll find patterns for lightweight sweaters, dusters, cardigans, and even shrugs if you are itching to crochet garments!

I promise, all of these tops, will make a perfect addition to your crocheted wardrobe. Enjoy and happy crocheting!

Thanks for Taking a Look at This List of Crochet Cardigans, Sweaters, and Shrugs!

Did you make a beautiful crochet sweater from the list above? Share it with me in the Easy Crochet Facebook group! We’d love to see! Join Now.

Crocheted sweaters are a wonderful project for those looking for an extra challenge. They are something I’ve done in the past, and it is a great learning experience!

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Are you overwhelmed with all the beautiful sweater patterns you’ve seen? Do you want to start simpler? Maybe try a crochet blanket or crochet scarf instead! Take a look now.

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