The Best Knitted Cardigan Patterns to Try in Winter 2024

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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.

11. Dharma Cardigan

This stunning women’s cardigan design will turn heads! It’s a stylish garment that’s perfect for both the fall and winter seasons. The simple classic design and comfortable fit make it a versatile piece. It’s great for pairing with other types of clothing! Follow the free pattern and make it today.

  • DESIGNED by Renate Kamm
  • PROJECT TYPE cardigans
  • CRAFT knitting
  • SKILL LEVEL intermediate
A woman wearing a knitted cardigan.

Photos by Jimmy Beans Wool / Ravelry.com

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

12. Gårdsrå – Cardigan

Extremely cozy, this muted knit cardigan is designed for lovers of Scandinavian vibes. This women’s design is great for those looking for comfort without the fuss. Besides, it’s easy to make if you’re comfortable with the basics. Try it out with the free step-by-step knitting pattern!

  • DESIGNED by Stine HoelgaardJohansen
  • PROJECT TYPE cardigans
  • CRAFT knitting
  • SKILL LEVEL beginner
Two pictures of a woman wearing a knitted cardigan.

Photos by Stine HoelgaardJohansen / Ravelry.com

Find the original free pattern on jarbo.se, or read more about it on Ravelry.

13. Juntu Light Cardigan

The bright handmade cardigan is a solution if you are tired of the muted winter clothing. This knit will not only cheer you up, but also make you stand out from the crowd. The raglan sleeves make this women’s design even more attractive and comfortable. For this project you can use stockinette stitch, seed stitch and more. Explore and enjoy!

  • DESIGNED by Tiina Huhtaniemi
  • PROJECT TYPE cardigans
  • CRAFT knitting
  • SKILL LEVEL beginner
Two pictures of a woman wearing a knitted yellow cardigan.

Photos by Tiina Huhtaniemi / Ravelry.com

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

14. Feather Cardigan

Easy and beginner-friendly knit cardigan that will look great in any wardrobe. The simple design also allows for experimentation, so if you’re an advanced knitter, you can try to make it as personalized as you want. The garment is made with mohair yarn to keep you toasty this winter. Learn more about the stitches used and get started!

  • DESIGNED by Macrafts Products
  • PROJECT TYPE cardigans
  • CRAFT knitting
  • SKILL LEVEL beginner
Two pictures of a yellow knitted cardigan hanging on a hanger.

Photos by Macrafts Products / Ravelry.com

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

15. Winter Sweater

White is the trend of the season! This is a pattern for a beautiful white knit cardigan with a voluminous cable texture. The project is worked from the bottom up using moss stitch in combination with cable motifs. A cardigan like this will look great if it fits you well or if it is a bit oversized. Adjust the size to your needs and get started!

  • DESIGNED by Kelbourne Woolens
  • PROJECT TYPE cardigans
  • CRAFT knitting
  • SKILL LEVEL beginner
Learn the process of creating a charming cable knit cardigan.

Photos by Kelbourne Woolens / Ravelry.com

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

16. Adult Knit V-Neck Cardigan

A basic knit cardigan with a V-neck. If you’re looking for a basic piece, this is it. There’s nothing excessive about this cardigan, and it’s good for adding some textured layers to your outfit. It works well with shirts, turtlenecks, and even with t-shirts when it’s warm outside. The project is designed with beginners in mind, so you won’t have any trouble if you follow the PDF tutorial.

  • DESIGNED by Yarnspirations
  • PROJECT TYPE cardigans
  • CRAFT knitting
  • SKILL LEVEL beginner
Two pictures of a cozy orange knitted cardigan with buttons.

Photos by Yarnspirations / yarnspirations.com

Find the original free pattern on yarnspirations.com.

17. Anastasia’s Cardigan

If you love colorful clothing, this knit cardigan is for you. Easy to make and totally beginner-friendly, it’s still a high-quality piece with a store-bought look. The pattern is interesting to work with and will quickly improve your skills. Plus, it’s great for mid-season and your spring and fall outfits. Save the pattern for later.

  • DESIGNED by Knit Picks Design Team
  • PROJECT TYPE cardigans
  • CRAFT knitting
  • SKILL LEVEL beginner
A collage of women wearing knitted cardigans.

Photos by Knit Picks / Ravelry.com

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

18. Bulky Cardigan

A cute cropped cardigan with an unusual design. It looks great with shirts, blouses, turtlenecks and sweaters. It is sure to add a touch of uniqueness to your look and make you stand out. Plus, it’s pretty easy to knit if you follow the instructions step by step. If you like, you can add a few extra rows for better shaping.

  • DESIGNED by Tara M
  • PROJECT TYPE cardigans
  • CRAFT knitting
  • SKILL LEVEL beginner
Two pictures of a woman wearing a knitted shawl.

Photos by Tara M / Ravelry.com

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

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