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50+ Easy Free Crochet Sweater Patterns with Tutorials

Woman wearing a mustard colored jumpsuit and an in progress crochet cardigan, which still has yarn hanging from it.

Beginner and more experienced crocheters alike will find something to love in this compilation of free crochet sweater patterns. Each of these cardigans, pullovers and shrugs requires very little shaping so you can confidently tackle your first (or tenth!) garment. 

This image shows off seven free modern crochet sweater patterns made with Lion Brand Yarn. Designed and created by Jess Coppom at Make and Do Crew.

Prior to a few years ago, I had never crocheted a sweater. I had knit several over the years from other people’s patterns, but the world of crocheted sweaters was foreign to me.

Once I ventured into the magical land of crochet sweaters–and specifically designing my own free crochet sweater patterns–I realized that they can totally be hip, easy to construct and often SO much faster than knitting a sweater! (You can find all my free crochet sweater patterns here!)

Now that I’m tuned in, free crochet sweater patterns are my absolute favorite to design. If poke around this list below, you’ll find I have a real sweet spot in my heart for crochet cardigans although you’ll also find patterns for crochet ponchos, pullovers, jumpers and shrugs too.

Many of the free crochet patterns below are made from very simple shapes and include video tutorials, making them perfect beginner projects to learn how to crochet a sweater.

Alright, are you ready to roll up your, ahem, sweater sleeves and dive in?!

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Readers’ Favorite Free Crochet Sweater Patterns

Grid of two images, displaying two types of crochet cardigans. One is a colorful patchwork cardigan and one is a long, ombre crochet cardigan.

A. Patchwork Party Cardi ORIGINALLearn how to crochet a scrappy patchwork crochet sweater with buttons in this four part free pattern + tutorial series. Surprisingly easy construction without a lot of ends to weave in! Detailed video tutorial included.

B. Patchwork Party Cardi LITEThis ombre crochet cardigan pattern uses the same concepts as the original with fewer total crocheted strips, which means less seaming for you. Adjust the length, combine a few colors, add buttons––this is a straightforward pattern you can put your mark on using beginner garment-making skills.

Grid of four crochet cardigan patterns. One is a beginner crochet cardigan made from a rectangle, one is a chunky crochet cardigan made from a rectangle, one is a velour crochet cardigan made from a hexagon, and one is an easy crochet cardigan with pockets.

A. Habitat Crochet Cardigan – No one will guess you created this figure-flattering crochet cardigan from a simple rectangle. There is even a video tutorial, making this a perfect first crochet sweater for beginners!

B. Dwell Chunky Crochet Sweater – Chunky, cozy and fast–this is another easy crochet sweater made from a basic rectangle! Step-by-step video tutorial included.

C. Brunch Hexagon Crochet Sweater – This incredibly comfortable crochet cardigan sweater is simpler than it looks. Made from two basic hexagons and super soft yarn, you’ll love watching your new favorite cardigan take shape! 

D. Up North Crochet Cardigan – This easy, cotton crochet cardigan pattern for beginners uses a very simple construction to create a show-stopping look beginner skills and minimal seaming. How-to video tutorial included!

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Grid of four free crochet sweater patterns. One is a crochet poncho sweater with sleeves, one is a rainbow gradient crochet cardigan with hood, one is a classy crochet cardigan with cuffed sleeves and pockets and one is a bobble stitch crochet cardigan with pockets.

A. Alpine Crochet Poncho – This stylish crochet poncho with sleeves is very easy because it’s made from five simple rectangles. Watch the step-by-step video tutorial for extra help!

B. Remix Crochet Cardigan – Learn how to remix Mandala yarn cakes to create a stunning gradient effect in this free draped crochet cardigan pattern. Such a fun pattern for your inner artist! Video tutorials included.

C. Alchemy Crochet Cardigan – This lightweight, cuffed sleeve sweater is perfect to toss on for some summer stargazing or layer with a long-sleeve shirt in the colder months. Detailed video tutorial included!

D. Haven Bobble Crochet Cardigan – With a super easy construction based on a rectangle, this free crochet sweater pattern is playful, fast and perfect for beginner crocheters. You’ll love watching it come together with zero increasing or decreasing! Video tutorial included.

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Grid of four crochet sweater patterns. One is a cocoon cardigan with faux fur collar, one is a simple pullover crochet sweater, one is a reversible Tunisian crochet cardigan and one is a simple crochet jacket sweater.

A. Backcountry Crochet Cardigan – This oversized crochet cardigan pattern begins as a simple rectangle and transforms with the addition of easy sleeves, a faux fur collar and a delicate rope accent.

B. Celestial Crochet Pullover Sweater – A simple silhouette and drapey knit-like stitch make this jumper a comfy toss-on essential. The exposed seams add a touch of interest and ensure your sweater feels intentional and handmade in the best possible way. 

C. Mercantile Tunisian Crochet Cardigan – This easy Tunisian crochet cardigan is a magical, reversible make that will soon become your go-to sweater. And we’ve gotcha covered with tutorials on all the confident-beginner level skills.

D. Sojourn Crochet Sweater – This is a cardigan that’s as effortless to make as it is to wear. The natural texture and weight of cotton blend yarn lends a beautifully organic drape and look to this casual sweater.

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Grid of four free crochet cardigan patterns. One is a corner to corner crochet cardigan, one is a lightweight spring cardigan with bishop sleeves, one is a hooded crochet cardigan made from hexagons and one is a long crochet cardigan with fringe.

A. Free Range C2C Cardigan – A few basic rectangles come together to form a gorgeously drapy, on-trend sweater in this simple corner to corner crochet cardigan pattern. Video tutorials included.

B. Day Date Crochet Hexagon Sweater – Two simple crochet hexagons transform into a lightweight, modern cardigan complete with cozy pockets and roomy bishop sleeves. Includes step-by-step video tutorial!

C. Campfire Crochet Hexagon Sweater – Another sweater made from simple shapes! Believe it or not, two simple granny hexagons are the foundation of this free crochet hexagon sweater pattern.

D. Solstice Long Crochet Cardigan With Fringe – Minimal counting, two short seams and a lot of fun fringe make for an easy, long crochet cardigan that’s perfect for layering.

Grid of four free crochet sweater patterns. One is a thick crochet cardigan with pockets, one is a colorwork crochet shrug, one is a crochet poncho and one is a kids crochet cardigan.

A. Staycation Women’s Crochet Cardigan – This stylishly oversized women’s crochet sweater pattern is perfect for trips to the farmer’s market, art museum–or the couch! Includes video instruction.

B. Navajo Blanket Crochet Shrug – While this free crochet shrug pattern resembles the look of tapestry crochet, its Navajo-blanket-inspired design is actually made by switching colors mid-row using basic crochet techniques! Includes video instruction.

C. Greyscale Crochet Poncho Sweater – This simple free crochet poncho pattern is a little more fitted than most, offering a versatile wardrobe staple that’s great for fall layering.

D. Girl’s XO Crochet Sweater – Believe it or not, this four-season child’s crochet cardigan pattern is made from two simple hexagons! Crochet one for all the stylish girls in your life.

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Grid of four free crochet sweater patterns. One is a baggy crochet cardigan, one is a turtleneck crochet pullover sweater, one is a one crochet duster and one is a sherpa crochet hooded sweatshirt.

A. Mezzo Crochet Cardigan – You can’t beat the drape of this comfy, lightweight sweater and you’ll enjoy trying it on as you go. (Because it’s easy to check the fit as you crochet, you’ll be sure to love your finished cardi!) Includes very detailed video tutorials that show you how to crochet a cardigan with hexagons.

B. Snowbound Crochet Pullover Sweater – Don’t let the top-down method of constructing garments intimidate you any longer! This very easy free crochet yoke sweater pattern will teach you all the concepts of crocheting a pullover you can try on as you go.

C. Elevation Long Crochet Cardigan – Add drama to any outfit without sacrificing an ounce of comfort! With very easy construction and basically no seaming, this free crochet duster cardigan pattern is straight up #CrochetAsTherapy.

D. Sherpa Fleece Crochet Hoodie – If you’re ready to hibernate inside a cozy yarn hug and not come out until spring, this hoodie is for you! Don’t let the fluff intimidate you though–feeling for your stitches will become second nature and you’ll appreciate the speed at which this project comes together. Includes video.

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Grid of four free crochet sweater patterns. One is an ombre crochet poncho with fringe, one is a lightweight crochet wrap, one is a crochet shrug and one is a crochet cocoon shrug.

A. Braided Women’s Crochet Poncho Sweater A simple combination of extended half double crochet and slip stitches make for a knit-looking “braided” texture in this free women’s crochet poncho pattern. Includes video tutorial.

B. Serenity Crochet Vest – A sea of gorgeous neutrals paired with a slight shimmer makes this free crochet vest pattern as stunning as it is versatile. Easy project with very beginner-friendly skills required.

C. Cocoon Crochet Cardigan – You’d never guess by looking at this sweater that it’s made from uniquely combined crochet rectangles! This crochet sweater is great for beginners who are looking to expand their skills or advanced crocheters who want a quick, stylish project.

D. Stonewash Beginner’s Crochet Shrug – Don’t let the dolman sleeves and modern silhouette fool you, this easy crochet shrug pattern is constructed with basic stitches and simple shapes. Excellent sweater for confident beginners.

Grid of four free crochet cardigan patterns. One is a crochet sweater jacket, one is a crochet sweater with fringe, one is a sherpa crochet jacket and one is a crochet granny square cardigan with hood.

A. Backpacker Crochet Sweater Jacket – This surprisingly easy crochet sweater jacket pattern uses very simple stitches and construction to create a stylish cold-weather staple. Add an optional belt or leave it open for a comfy, oversized look!

B. Strata Hooded Crochet Sweater – The main body of this free crochet sweater pattern with a hood is worked in one piece, making it almost seamless and very beginner-friendly.

C. Tunisian Crochet Sherpa Sweater – Recreate the popular look of “teddy bear” fleece in this crochet sherpa sweater jacket pattern. By using fuzzy yarn and the most beginner Tunisian crochet stitch, we’ll make a fabric that looks decidedly not crocheted.

D. Revival Granny Square Cardigan – Take a traditional crochet motif and revive it for contemporary times! This crochet granny square cardigan plays on the 1970’s classics with reimagined details to fit effortlessly into your modern wardrobe.

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Grid of four free crochet sweater patterns. One is a crochet pullover sweater, one is a striped crochet sweater, one is an openwork crochet blouse and one is a cropped crochet sweater with bell sleeves.

A. Seafarer Tapestry Crochet Sweater – This tapestry crochet pullover pattern creates a modern take on the timeless fisherman’s sweater. And it’s easier than it looks! Designed by Zoe Curtis for Make & Do Crew.

B. Slice of Nice Top Down Crochet Sweater – With a seamless construction and lightweight stitch pattern, this colorful top down crochet sweater is the perfect springtime layering piece to add to your handmade wardrobe. By Colourful Crochet for Make & Do Crew.

C. My Lucky Blouse Raglan Crochet Sweater – This on-trend raglan crochet pattern works up easily with seamless construction and basic double crochet stitches for an easy, breezy bohemian summer top that is versatile enough for all occasions. By ByKaterina for Make & Do Crew.

D. Willow Crop Crochet Sweater – Add some sass to your style with this cropped crochet summer top with bell sleeves. It’s even easily customizable to be full length, short sleeve, sleeveless–whatever your heart (and hook) desires. By Crafting For Weeks for Make & Do Crew.

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Grid of four free crochet sweater patterns. One is a cropped crochet sweater with 3/4 length sleeves, one is a nearly seamless crochet cardigan, one is a crochet sweater with a removable cowl and one is a short sleeve summer cardigan.

A. Silver Linings Cropped Crochet Sweater – This v-neck, lightweight cropped crochet sweater comes together with surprisingly simple construction and is perfect for the warmer weather.

B. Maple Woods Crochet Cardigan – This nearly seamless crochet cardigan is perfect for sweater-making newbies who want to spend more time crocheting and less time seami

C. Harvest Pullover Sweater – Make this simple crochet pullover sweater pattern with removable cowl to create two different looks with one easy crochet garment!

D. Willow Short Sleeve Cardigan – This summer crochet cardigan pattern uses cotton yarn and easy stitches to make the perfect topper for sundresses, tank tops and even swim suits.

Grid of four free crochet sweater patterns. One is a striped v-neck crochet pullover sweater, one is a crochet poncho, one is a crochet wrap sweater and one is a raglan style crochet sweater.

A. SubLime V-Neck Crochet Sweater – If you’re on the hunt for that perfect crochet autumn sweater – look no more. The SubLime Sweater is a fun quick autumn sweater that mixes texture with color and brings you all those autumn feelings!

B. Brookside Crochet Rectangle Poncho – Create your own modern poncho for the cooler months! Basic stitches combined with minimal seaming make the Brookside Poncho an ideal project for beginners, or anyone wanting a meditative project to relax with.

C. Cross Body Crochet Sweater – This light and airy sweater is the perfect fall transition piece. Using a lighter yarn with a simple stitch technique, this sweater has a wonderful slouchy shape and drapey fit.

D. Sigfrid Raglan Crochet Sweater – This easy crochet raglan sweater pattern will add a flattering pullover to your handmade wardrobe.

Grid of four free crochet sweater patterns. One is a lightweight, openwork crochet top, one is a crop crochet sweater, one is a waffle stitch crochet poncho and one is a classic v-neck crochet sweater.

A. Poppy Lightweight Crochet Pullover – This lightweight crochet top pattern transitions between seasons beautifully and requires only basic stitches.

B. The Weekender High Low Crochet Sweater – This super fast crochet sweater pattern features a stylish high-low design and can be finished in a single weekend! 

C. September Crochet Sweater – This V-neck crochet pullover sweater pattern uses easy stitches and simple construction to create a classic look that’s effortless to dress up or down.

D. 5th Avenue Crochet Poncho – If you’re looking for a modern, on-trend seamless crochet poncho pattern, you’ve found it! Use the waffle stitch to whip up this easy blanket-like garment.

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Grid of four free crochet sweater patterns. One is a colorblock crochet cardigan, one is a striped crochet poncho, one is a child's bobble stitch crochet sweater and one is a basic crochet cardigan.

A. Remi Color Block Crochet Cardigan – This crochet color block cardigan is drapey, textured and perfect for layering.

B. Mountain Haze Crochet Rectangle Poncho – Two simple shapes is all it takes to make this easy crochet rectangle poncho. This surprisingly simple poncho will be a go-to favorite for all those cool, crisp nights and blustery mornings.

C. Peace River Raglan Pullover – This raglan crochet baby sweater is equal parts cute and cozy–a modern take on a classic children’s pullover sweater.

D. Jasmine Cardigan – Simple one piece cardigan with very minimal seaming. The dropped sleeve design and long sleeve make this a go to cardigan for fall and winter. The sleeves are finished with and beautiful chevron edging to add a little extra flair.

More Free Crochet Patterns

Whether you’re into crochet sweaters, C2C crochet blankets, Tunisian or crocheting your own fedora hat, we’ve got you covered. You can find all our free crochet patterns here.

A grid of eight modern free crochet patterns from Make & Do Crew (Jess Coppom).


  • Maria
    December 9, 2017 at 3:18 am

    Bellissimi,,, grazie! Un bacio da Roma 🙂

  • Robin
    December 9, 2017 at 11:11 pm

    Thanks! I made #6 months ago. # 1 is on my “you better hurry up and start!” list. I’m making it for my son’s GF for Christmas. I def wanna make #2 & #4 on the Make &Do Crew list as well.

  • Melaine Mero
    January 20, 2018 at 12:24 pm

    I need advice on the Dwell sweater.. I am using Lions Pride wool spun yarn. It’s a bulky 5 weight yarn. My test gauge swatch stitch and row count were correct. I have made the correct amount of rows and stitches and my rectangle is about 9 inches short on length and width both. My only guess is I crochet too tight? Can I save this by adding more rows and making another rectangle to add to the sides? Or add more rows to the collar and sleeves Or just frog the whole thing and start over with a larger hook and looser hand? I gotta have this sweater before spring and the yarn was my Christmas gift.

    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      January 22, 2018 at 9:46 pm

      Hey Melanie,

      I’m sorry to hear you’re having trouble. My suggestion would be to pin the sides where you’d work the seam of the rectangle and try it on as is. If you feel like the drape works okay, you can definitly just add some extra collar rows to add some more fabric to the sweater overall. Similarly, you can just add extra rounds to make the sleeves longer too. These additions may require a bit more yarn.

      If you try on the rectangle and don’t like the fit, then I’d suggest tearing it out, unfortunately. (I really hope that’s not the case!)

      Hope that helps!


  • Pamela Cuvelier
    January 27, 2018 at 7:09 am

    I need a sweater and saw #11 but I can’t make it since I don’t have the pattern. Please give them to me, or tell me how I can get it.

  • Anna Smith
    January 7, 2019 at 11:50 pm

    I totally love your patterns. I want to make my sister a cardigan. Her size is 2x and I was looking at the crochet cardigan #16. Does it come in that size to make? Do you recommend a cardigan? She lives in Virginia where they get a lot of snow. Thank you for your help.


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