The Best Knitted Cardigan Patterns to Try in a Cold Season 2023

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A knitted cardigan is a fall staple that everyone should have in their wardrobe. These designs are always warm and cozy, just perfect for the chilly weather. The muted colors are easy to pair with other casual or classic pieces, and the bright colors are a nice accent to the crown of black jackets. Take a look at these ideas and give them a try! Maybe a cardigan is just what you need to get in the mood. 

Take a look at the examples below and search for links to free patterns under the pictures.

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1. Linger Knitted Cardigan

Perfect for moody autumn walks, this knit cardigan is a basic design that works for any occasion. It’s easy to knit because of the simple techniques used, so even beginners won’t have any trouble making it. Inset pockets make the garment even more comfortable and versatile. To make it, just follow the knitted cardigan pattern on the original website.

  • DESIGNED by Åsa Buchta
  • PROJECT TYPE cardigans
  • CRAFT knitting
  • SKILL LEVEL beginner
a woman wearing a brown cardigan

Photos by Åsa Buchta / Ravelry.com

Find the original free pattern on knitty.com, or read more about it on Ravelry.

2. This is a Perfect Day Knit Cardigan

This cropped knit cardigan is a unique piece you won’t find anywhere else. The classic cable pattern is combined with a modern-looking shape to make this an eye-catching piece. Although it looks challenging, the project is easy to complete with clear instructions. View the free cardigan knitting pattern and get started.

  • DESIGNED by Artesanitarium Designs
  • PROJECT TYPE cardigans
  • CRAFT knitting
  • SKILL LEVEL beginner
a woman wearing a grey knitted cardigan

Photos by Artesanitarium Designs / Ravelry.com

Find the original free pattern on knitty.com, or read more about it on Ravelry.

3. Rubato Knitted Cardigan

Designed for intermediate knitters, this cardigan project is a great way to hone your skills. The delicate cable pattern and border add a touch of softness to any outfit. Plus, the light yarn looks great with muted garments. Don’t be afraid to start right away! The easy-to-follow knitting pattern is free for a limited time. Catch the chance, and it will help you every step of the way.

  • DESIGNED by Emma L. Butram
  • PROJECT TYPE cardigans
  • CRAFT knitting
  • SKILL LEVEL intermediate
a woman wearing a grey cardigan and jeans

Photos by Expression Fiber Arts / Ravelry.com

Find the original free for a limited time pattern on expressionfiberarts.com, or read more about it on Ravelry.

4. Juntu Cardigan

Minimalist yet stylish, this design goes with everything. Whether you’re going to a formal meeting or a date night, this knit cardigan will be an eye-catcher. Plus, it is easy enough to knit and will work for beginners with little experience. A basic piece like this belongs in every wardrobe, so don’t think twice. With the free knitting pattern, it won’t take much effort.

  • DESIGNED by Tiina Huhtaniemi
  • PROJECT TYPE cardigans
  • CRAFT knitting
  • SKILL LEVEL beginner
a woman in a purple sweater and blue pants

Photos by Jonna Hietala / Ravelry.com

Find the original free pattern on titityy.fi, or read more about it on Ravelry.

5. Zippy Cardi

Looking for a cozy and stylish knitting project? Look no further than this cardigan! This top-down raglan features a cozy hood, a convenient zipper closure and neat i-cord edging. Customize your Zippy Cardi by adjusting the width of the stripes or even omitting them altogether. This project is great for intermediate to advanced artists! Knit your way to warmth and style with the free pattern today!

  • DESIGNED by Lea (kisskiss.rhinestones)
  • PROJECT TYPE cardigans
  • CRAFT knitting
  • SKILL LEVEL intermediate to advanced
a woman wearing a striped knitted cardigan

Photos by Lea (kisskiss.rhinestones) / Ravelry.com

Find the original free pattern on Ravelry.

6. 245-18 Something About Holly Cardigan

The Holly Cardigan is a must-have for any knitting enthusiast. With its elegant white color body and Scandinavian-style motif, this versatile piece adds a touch of Nordic charm to your wardrobe. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a beginner, this project is perfect for all skill levels. Elevate your style with this knit cardigan today! The knitting pattern for the piece is free and easy to follow.

  • DESIGNED by DROPS design
  • PROJECT TYPE cardigans
  • CRAFT knitting
  • SKILL LEVEL beginner
a woman wearing a knitted cardigan

Photos by DROPS design / Ravelry.com

Find the original free pattern on garnstudio.com, or read more about it on Ravelry.

7. Amalia Cardigan

This Scandinavian motif cardigan pattern will cheer you up on those long, cold winter nights. The garment is worked in pieces, with the front and back flat and the sleeves rounded. Once these pieces are finished, the garment is finished with ribbing and buttonhole tape. The knitted cardigan pattern makes it easy for anyone at any level of knitting. Just follow the directions and get started.

  • DESIGNED by Cecilia Lalanne & Gabriella Calderini
  • PROJECT TYPE cardigans
  • CRAFT knitting
  • SKILL LEVEL beginner
A woman wearing a knitted cardigan with a pattern on it.

Photos by manos del uruguay / Ravelry.com

Find the original free pattern on Ravelry.

8. 245-21 Copper River Cardigan

The classic design of this knit cardigan is a wonderful accent to any outfit. It is warm enough to cuddle up in, yet formal enough to wear to work meetings. With winter just around the corner, it’s a must-have for any wardrobe. Don’t miss your chance and follow the step-by-step knitting instructions. With these easy to follow instructions, you can let your creativity run wild.

  • DESIGNED by Cecilia Lalanne & Gabriella Calderini
  • PROJECT TYPE cardigans
  • CRAFT knitting
  • SKILL LEVEL beginner
A woman wearing a pink knitted cardigan.

PHOTOS by DROPS design / Ravelry.com

Find the original free pattern on garnstudio.com, or read more about it on Ravelry.

9. Gilet brodé houx M6115

This knit cardigan will get you in the holiday spirit and add all the warmth of the season. The design is perfect for your wardrobe and the motif adds a touch of holiday cheer to your outfit. The pattern is based on 1×1 rib stitch, stocking stitch and features embroidered jacquard. It’s really easy to make, just read the free knitting pattern and see!

  • DESIGNED by Bergère de France
  • PROJECT TYPE cardigans
  • CRAFT knitting
  • SKILL LEVEL beginner
A woman wearing a knitted cardigan.

Photos by Bergère de France / Ravelry.com

Find the original free pattern on bergeredefrance.fr, or read more about it on Ravelry.

10. Elmer Patchwork Cardie

If you are just learning to knit, this cardigan pattern is for you. This pattern is super adaptable and you can decide how complex you want your cardigan to be as you progress. The easy to make color blocks ensure you’ll complete the cardigan quickly and effortlessly. A garment like this will make a bright statement in any wardrobe, so give it a try! The cardigan pattern is free and easy to follow.

  • DESIGNED by Knit It®
  • PROJECT TYPE cardigans
  • CRAFT knitting
  • SKILL LEVEL beginner
Knitted embroidered cardigan sweater.

Photos by Knit It® / Ravelry.com

Find the original free pattern on knit-it.co.uk, or read more about it on Ravelry.

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