The Trendiest Cropped Cardigans for Your Modern Outfits

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A cardigan is a must for the cold season. The handmade ones are perhaps the coziest and have the highest quality. Crochet cardigans made in the cropped style combine the warm vibes and stylish store-bought look. Such projects are always fun to make, and many of them are suitable even for beginners with no skills at all. Expand your wardrobe with these cute ideas of crochet cropped cardigans!

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

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1. Marta Braided Cardigan

This piece is just what you need when the cold weather arrives. A piece for long walks in the park, a piece to wrap up in while drinking hot chocolate, a piece to dance in the streets when it’s raining and other people are walking with open umbrellas. If you want to get in the mood, follow the free pattern and get started. The step-by-step crochet pattern will help you.

  • DESIGNED by Carrie M Chambers 
  • PROJECT TYPE cardigan
  • CRAFT crochet
  • SKILL LEVEL beginner
Two pictures of a woman wearing a pink knitted cardigan.

Photos by Carrie M Chambers / Ravelry.com

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

2. Flower Passion Cardigan

Delicate and soft, this crocheted cropped cardigan is a number one piece for feminine outfits. If you want to be that one bright little star in a sea of black coats and gray suits, add it to your to-do list. It’s easy to make and will make you feel like a princess with flowers blooming all around you. Indulge in light aesthetics with the easy to follow free crochet pattern!

  • DESIGNED by Yarnspirations Design Studio
  • PROJECT TYPE cardigan
  • CRAFT crochet
  • SKILL LEVEL beginner
A woman is knitting a cardigan with flowers on it.

Photos by Yarnspirations Design Studio / Ravelry.com

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

3. Garden 3 Cropped Lace Cardigan

This crochet cardigan is the one you want to have when you go to parties and bars. Stylish, rich and store-bought looking, it’s the thing you need to make you stand out and make your outfit look unique and bright. The fabric of the piece works soft and warm, so despite the cropped style, you will not just be warm, but really hot. Check out the step-by-step crochet pattern and get started.

  • DESIGNED by Premier Yarns
  • PROJECT TYPE cardigan
  • CRAFT crochet
  • SKILL LEVEL beginner
Two pictures of a woman wearing a pink knitted cardigan.

Photos by Premier Yarns / premieryarns.com

Find the original free pattern on premieryarns.com.

4. Sora Cardigan

Cozy and simple design to wear at home and feel comfortable in. This project is specifically designed to be comfortable to wear and won’t get in the way of your activities. This cardigan is designed with the intermediate crocheter in mind. If you’re comfortable with the basics, this is a great project to start today. Master your skills with the free, easy to follow crochet pattern.

  • DESIGNED by Knit Gang
  • PROJECT TYPE cardigan
  • CRAFT crochet
  • SKILL LEVEL intermediate
Two pictures of a woman wearing a pink knitted cardigan.

Photos by Knit Gang / Ravelry.com

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

5. Azorella Cropped Cardigan

Cropped cardigans are a combination of classic design and modern-looking fit. It’s a comfortable piece of clothing that must be in a very fall wardrobe. The relaxed design of this one makes it a great thing to make before it gets too cold. The project is suitable for beginners and works quickly. To get started, just follow the step-by-step crochet instructions on the original website. The pattern is free for a limited time.

  • DESIGNED by Janica York Carter
  • PROJECT TYPE cropped cardigan
  • CRAFT crochet
  • SKILL LEVEL upper beginner
Two pictures of a woman wearing a teal crocheted cropped cardigan.

Photos by Expression Fiber Arts / Ravelry.com

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

5. Abigail Cardigan

The long sleeves with the cropped body of this cardigan make it look interesting. It’s quite comfortable to wear and is a good addition to your wardrobe if you appreciate a light aesthetic. This project is beginner-friendly, and if you know a few basics, it’ll be easy for you. Don’t be afraid to start and see how it works. The cropped cardigan crochet pattern is free.

  • DESIGNED by Lion Brand
  • PROJECT TYPE cardigan
  • CRAFT crochet
  • SKILL LEVEL upper beginner
Two pictures of a girl wearing a pink cropped cardigan.

Photos by Lion Brand / lionbrand.com

Find the original free pattern on lionbrand.com.

6. Campbell Everyday Cardigan

Elevate your wardrobe with this versatile, handcrafted cardigan. Designed for comfort and style, this piece features long sleeves, ribbed cuffs and a seamless neckline. It’s perfect for beginners using basic stitches – half double crochet and treble crochet. The size-inclusive, customizable free crochet pattern allows you to create your own custom fit. Visit the original site and get started right away.

  • DESIGNED by Kiks + Jack Crochet
  • PROJECT TYPE cardigans
  • CRAFT crochet
  • SKILL LEVEL beginner
A woman wearing a cropped cardigan and jeans.

Photos by Kiks + Jack Crochet / Ravelry.com

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

7. Cloud Nine Cocoon Cardigan

Indulge in the comfort of a beautifully crocheted cocoon cardigan to keep you warm on chilly days. Crafted from two crocheted halves, this project features additional finishes and ribbing for a snug fit. The Cloud Nine creation offers a fun crafting experience, allowing you to unleash your creativity by choosing your favorite colors from the Paintbox Yarns Wool Blend DK collection. Stay cozy and stylish all season long with this easy to follow crochet pattern!

  • DESIGNED by Paintbox Yarns
  • PROJECT TYPE cardigans
  • CRAFT crochet
  • SKILL LEVEL beginner
A woman wearing a crochet cropped cardigan in multiple colors

Photos by Paintbox Yarns / Ravelry.com

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

8. Pearly Elegance

The cropped crochet cardigan is a combination of style and comfort. Perfect for any situation, it’s formal enough to wear to a job interview, yet interesting enough to pair with your casual outfits. The simple design of this cardigan makes it a must-have for any crocheter’s wardrobe. Even if you’re a beginner, don’t be afraid to get started! The step-by-step crochet pattern will guide you through the process.

  • DESIGNED by Jane Green
  • PROJECT TYPE cardigans
  • CRAFT crochet
  • SKILL LEVEL beginner
A woman wearing a cropped cardigan.

Photos by Jane Green / Ravelry.com

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

9. Granny Square Hexagon Cardigan

If you are looking for something cozy and easy to make, this cropped cardigan is for you! Made from a hexagonal panel, it features a variation on the granny crochet square. This means the project is beginner friendly and you have no chance of failing, no matter what your level. With the easy to follow crochet instructions, you won’t have any trouble completing this garment. Just follow the directions and see what happens.

  • DESIGNED by Kai Lea
  • PROJECT TYPE cardigans
  • CRAFT crochet
  • SKILL LEVEL beginner
A woman wearing a crochet cropped cardigan.

Photos by Kai Lea / Ravelry.com

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

10. Oversized Cropped Cardigan

Catch the summer vibe with this cropped cardigan design! Made with soft and bright yarn, it is sure to become your favorite garment and remind you of those warm vacation memories. The project is easy to follow and even an adventurous beginner with an understanding of the basics can easily complete it. Plus, the step-by-step cropped cardigan crochet pattern will help you along the way. Just follow the directions and get started!

  • DESIGNED by Kai Lea
  • PROJECT TYPE cardigans
  • CRAFT crochet
  • SKILL LEVEL beginner
Two pictures of a woman wearing a pink crocheted cropped cardigan.

Photos by Kai Lea / Ravelry.com

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

11. Celsea Button Up Crochet Cardigan

Learn how to crochet a cardigan with this free pattern! This chic oversized design features a shaped front neckline, tapered sleeves and knit-look ribbing at the hem and cuffs for a stunning look. Plus, you can easily adjust the length for a cropped or long look. This free crochet cardigan pattern comes in sizes XS to 5XL. Visit the original website for details and get started today!

  • DESIGNED by Jennifer Renaud
  • PROJECT TYPE cardigans
  • CRAFT crochet
  • SKILL LEVEL beginner
A woman in a cropped cardigan poses in front of a tree.

Photos by Jennifer Renaud / Ravelry.com

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

12. Mysa Cardigan

A cropped cardigan is a nice addition to elegant outfits. A handmade one will also add a bit of coziness to your look. It’s a versatile piece that you can wear for both informal and formal occasions. This particular design was made with beginners in mind, so there’s nothing complicated about it. Plus, the pattern comes in sizes XS-5XL so you can make it fit perfectly.

  • DESIGNED by Lion Brand Yarn
  • PROJECT TYPE cardigans
  • CRAFT crochet
  • SKILL LEVEL beginner
Two pictures of a woman wearing cropped cardigans.

Photos by Lion Brand Yarn / Ravelry.com

Find the original free pattern on lionbrand.com.

13. Be My Valentine Cardi

Valentine’s Day has just passed, but heart designs are trendy all year round. If you like feminine outfits, this pattern is for you. It’s a great cropped cardigan design with a lovely heart motif. The piece is made in pastel colors that add some extra softness to your look. The crochet cardigan pattern is quite simple, so don’t be afraid to try it out.

  • DESIGNED by Maria Teresa Trujillo
  • PROJECT TYPE cardigans
  • CRAFT crochet
  • SKILL LEVEL beginner
A woman wearing a blue and pink cropped cardigan with the word love on it.

Photos by Maria Teresa Trujillo / Ravelry.com

Find the original free pattern on Ravelry.

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