10 Gorgeous (and Free) Knitting Patterns for Women’s Cardigans

Today we want to share with you some more free knitting patterns, to help inspire your knitting projects, and perhaps help you add another ‘to-do’ item on your knitting list!

This time we’re focusing on a set of patterns which you can knit up, and enjoy the final product yourself. In fact, in this post you will find 10 of our current favorite free patterns available for women’s cardigans. A cardigan is an essential item of clothing for anyone, and having a few in your closet to mix and match with your favorite outfit is definitely not a bad idea. These cardigans also make wonderful and stylish gifts!

As always, you will find patterns in our selection, both for beginner and experiences knitters. So wherever you are in your knitting journey, you’ll find something to suit your skills and needs.

Before you dig in remember that, if you’re new to Knitting Women, you can also take a look at the free patterns posts we have shared with you in the past months, including some of our most popular: 33 Baby Blankets, 50 Baby Booties, 30 Chunky Blankets and Afghans, 27 Cushion Covers, 20 Tea Cosies, 35 Items for Premature Babies, 6 Patterns for Breast Hats, 60+ Scarf Patterns, 24 Mug Coasters, 27 Washcloths (and some dishcloths too!), 23 Baby Hats, 45+ Baby Cardigans, 40+ Gloves40 Beginner Patterns18 Leg Warmers, 21 Boot Cuffs, 6 Cushion Covers, and 7 Adorable Baby Cardigans.

Click on the various links below to access the different patterns..

Click on the various links below to access the different patterns.

Tear Cardigan

designed by Vintage and Modern Day Knitting Patterns
This is a pattern ideal for beginners, and created a gorgeous and versatile style of cardigan, which you can wear with pretty much anything! Choose your favorite yarn, and create a fabulous style.

Sideways Leaf Cardigan

designed by KnitChicGrace
A fun cardigan worked sideways! The leaf pattern is created by a combination of knit and purl stitches. Knit in dreamy Malabrigo colored in a beautiful teal, the sweater is sure to be a constant go to cardigan for the Fall and Winter season.

Bettina Cardigan

designed by Paula Pereira’s Pattern Store
An easy going piece with a fit that flatters the body. The stitch motif creates a cute texture that highlights the body curves enhanced by subtle bust darts. You can wear the little cardi with a sheer top for a feminine look but it also looks great with your favorite jeans and T-shirt!

Leaf Lace Cardigan

designed by Universal Yarn
A pattern ideal for Intermediate knitters, this is a delicate feminine style, ideal for the Spring and Summer months.

Navajo Cardigan

designed by Patons @ Yarnspirations
Warm, beautiful belted cardigan incorporates simple, desert-inspired colors and patterns. Sizes XS-3XL (30-56 in/81 to 147.5 cm bust). Shown in Patons Classic Wool, using 7 mm (US 10.5).

Shawl Collar Cardigan

designed by Bernat @ Yarnspirations
Flattering and warm, the Shawl Collar Cardigan is perfect for layering at work or home.

Contrast Shawl Collar Cardigan

designed by Patons @ Yarnspirations
The subtle contrast between this cardigan’s five shades give it a casual, cozy feel. Shown in Patons Classic Wool DK Superwash.

Lace Edge Cardigan

designed by Bernat @ Yarnspirations
This gorgeous lace-edge cardigan is elegant and refined, a feminine classic that’s perfect for special occasions. Sizes XS-5XL (chest measurement 28-62″/71-157.5cm). Shown in Bernat Satin 04007 Silk, using 4.5mm (US 7) and 5mm (US 9) knitting needles.

Letterman Cardigan

designed by Jodi Lewanda @ Red Heart
Knit this easy-to-wear classic style cardie with preppie appeal. It’s great in these colors or in your favorite school or team colors!

Drape Front Cardigan

designed by Julie Farmer @ Red Heart
Knit this cardigan and have a combination of beauty and comfort in one. The yarn is self-striping so there is no color change to be done.

BONUS Pattern: Casual Cardigan

designed by Amanda Lilley Designs
This gorgeous Casual Cardigan features sharp cable panels along the front opening. Knit in pieces, set in sleeves, relaxed fit. Please note this pattern is not free, however available at a small charge. It was too lovely not to share with you all!

Let us know which ones you have tried and how they have turned out! Remember to share photos of your completed knitting projects wish us on our Facebook page.

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  1. I have just finished the cardigan knitted in red heart boutique unforgettable and am pleased with the garment but have found it very difficult to sew up owing to the yarn breaking after about every three inches….disappointing.

  2. Don’t think people knit little girls dresses any more
    Cardigans /jumpers are my favourite
    I class myself as an experienced knitter been doing it fifty odd years
    I do like to knit different patterns

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