These 16 gorgeous and fun cardigan crochet patterns are all you need to make a new fashion piece with a few fun hours of hooking!
Cardigans are a staple of any fashion lover’s wardrobe. Why spend hours looking around the shops for the perfect option when you can make a custom piece at home?!
There was a time when no one wanted handmade crochet fashion items, but that time is long gone. Handmade clothes are more in fashion than they have ever been and the internet has made it possible for us to get our hands on some breathtaking patterns.
In this article, we have collected 16 of the most gorgeous and fun cardigan patterns that we have found. You can use these to make gifts for others, but you will probably find you don’t want to give the pieces away. We won’t judge you.
But, before you rush off and find a pattern to make, be sure to pin this to your favorite crochet crafts board on Pinterest so you can find it again later when you’re ready for your next project!
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16 Gorgeous and Fun Cardigan Crochet Patterns
Watson Cardigan Crochet Pattern
Super flexible with that fun drape that is so flattering and fun, this cardigan (with pockets! YAY!) is very versatile. Plus, if you enjoy the waffle stitch, there’s so much waffle going on in this pattern, you’ll be breaking out the syrup!
Source: Lakeside Loops
The Vintage Cardigan
Let’s kick this list off with a classic – a vintage cardigan. As thrifting becomes more and more popular, finding genuine vintage items is getting increasingly difficult. Using a vintage pattern is the next best thing.
You can make yourself a brand new vintage cardigan that you can enjoy for many years to come.
This pattern comes with multiple sizing options and was designed to use up the crochet practitioners’ leftover pieces of yarn. It has been designed to look good no matter what combination of colors you use.
This cardigan requires the knowledge of 5 basic stitches.
Y2K Style Cropped Cardigan
We will be the first to admit that we are really in love with this pattern. It is so easy to follow and the end result is breathtaking. This cardigan perfectly marries the classic knitwear style with something modern and fresh. We knew as soon as we finished the first cardigan that we would be making it again in a few different colors.
This is a cropped cardigan with balloon sleeves and chunky buttons. It is designed for intermediate crochet practitioners. Included with the pattern is a video guide to the stitches required and how to put the pieces together.
The Streetlight Cardigan Crochet Pattern
Super cute waist-length design with ribbed waist and cuffs, this fun cardigan pattern is so simple in its construction. Plus the stitch work on this really stands out, looking gorgeous on the chest, back and arms! Definitely a cardigan worth making.
Source: Evelyn and Peter Crochet
This is the first of two really jolly cardigan patterns on this list. If you are someone who is looking for a little extra sunshine in your life (and wardrobe) then you are going to love this pattern.
This cardigan is slightly cropped and comes with bell-shaped sleeves. Wearing this cardigan will leave you feeling like a Van Goch painting.
This pattern is easily adjustable to suit any size and is made up of interlocking panels. There are many great color combinations for this cardigan – we like the green and yellow shown in the example. We also saw another customer post a breathtaking white and yellow jacket.
It is a great pattern for beginner and advanced practitioners alike.
This is the cardigan that you are going to want to make in early spring and enjoy all the way through until late fall. This cardigan is perfect for lazy days on the beach, but it still has big enough pockets to be practical.
This pattern requires a 6.5 mm hook (which is slightly wider than most patterns require), but it is a great option for beginners. It can be made in one block color or multiple colors can be introduced to create a striped effect.
This is a knee length cardigan with bell sleeves that reach down to the mid thighs.
Oh, my fingers just itch to make this gorgeous crimson cardigan! The ripples, the ribbed edging, it just really looks fantastic. The simple, fitted shape is one of the most beautiful drapes I can imaging and having buttons to pull it together in the front is to die for!
Source: Yay for Yarn
Sleeveless Cardigan Vest
Let’s take a look at another vintage style cardigan. This one is a sleeveless vest cardigan that is reminiscent of the late 60s and early 70s. This is definitely something the ladies in ABBA would have loved to wear.
This pattern consists of two identical rectangles that are sewn together at the end to make the complete cardigan. It is an incredibly easy to follow pattern that even beginners can excel with.
You can make this using multiple colors of yarn, or as one block color.
Elegant Long Cardigan
This is the type of cardigan that you will see people wearing all over Pinterest and Instagram. It is elegant, classy, and minimalist – all while stealing the show.
This cardigan pattern comes in 5 sizes and is recommended for intermediate practitioners and above. It requires a 6mm hook and it is recommended that you use one block color to create it. You will also require a yarn needle and stitch markers for this pattern.
This is one of the more complete patterns on this list, but it is more than worth the effort. Once you have finished this cardigan, you won’t want to take it off.
Just look at the fabulous drape on that tunic-length cardigan! Who doesn’t love a little extra length to cuddle up in and wrap around your legs?! I just love the way this falls and the cozy look of it.
Source: All About Ami
Here is another incredibly classy cardigan that would look at home on a Pinterest board and on Instagram feed. This is chunky knitwear that is going to make you want to stay inside all day and watch movies.
This is the perfect cardigan for late fall and all through winter. It would also make a great alternative to a jacket on warm spring and summer evenings.
This cardigan has a knit-like finish and can be done in one or multiple colors. It has huge pockets and comes in four sizes. It is suitable for all skill levels and is a really quick project.
This looks great in any color, particularly when flecked yarn is used to add more dimension to the pattern.
Cardigan With Fringe
If Dolly Parton was a cardigan, she would be this cardigan. We mean that as a compliment to the cardigan. This pattern is a real show stopper. We think this piece looks gorgeous in white but a tan brown yarn would also make a great option here.
This pattern is completely customizable and includes options for longer fits, shorter fits, bigger pockets, and even a sleeveless version of the cardigan.
This pattern requires the user to know the following stitches: CH, YO, SK, ST(S), SC, DC, DCXST, TR, BO, FSC, INC, HDC, SLST(S), FPSC, FPTR, FPTR2TOG, FHDC, RST, RSO, SC2TOG, TR2TOG, CT
Cuddly, tunic-length and it has pockets?! I might just swoon! Constructed with a beginner in mind, this fast work-up crochet cardigan pattern is a breeze. The edging, the pockets, it’s all easy to understand and bring together so you get a gorgeous, fun project you’ll be proud of!
Source: A Crocheted Simplicity
Who can say no to an owl cardigan? No one is the answer to that question. Although, if you are not a huge fan of owls then you can still use this pattern, you can choose not to sow the button eyes on at the end.
Despite the fact that this is a cardigan that is covered in owls, it is still very classy.
This pattern requires the user to be confident with cable stitches and is therefore better suited for intermediate and advanced users. The pattern comes in 4 sizes and can be done in one color or using stripes.
Strawberry Dreams Cardigan
This is by far the cutest cardigan pattern we have ever seen in our lives. We are planning to make it for everyone who comes on our next group holiday. This pattern is kooky in all the right ways without being kitsch.
This cardigan screams cottage core summer. We want to wear it to picnics, wine nights, and while we go berry picking.
The pattern comes with instructions on how to make the cardigan in different sizes and any combination of colors can be used. It is perfect for beginners, as only a few stitches are required.