Lightweight Crochet Cardigans

41 Feminine Crochet Cardigans of Various Shapes and Designs

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If you’re looking for a new, fun project to start, a new idea might be hiding somewhere in this post. And I assure you that these projects are really gorgeous and it’s hard to pick the best one! In other words, lightweight, breathable, and comfortable crochet cardigans are the perfect idea for a smooth transition period, no matter if it’s early spring or the middle of fall. Look at these patterns and choose your favorite one! Moreover, I think you can never have too many cardigans in your closet, I absolutely love them!

From this post, you’ll learn about:

  • Beautiful designs for cropped crochet cardigans.
  • How to crochet a lightweight cardigan?
  • What are the instructions for an easy hexagon crochet cardigan?
  • Many ideas for chunky cardigans.
  • How to crochet a kimono, ruana, and summer poncho.

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Cropped Crochet Cardigan Patterns

1. Doveport Cardigan

  • Designed by Grace Forthefrills

If you’re a beginner in crocheting, it doesn’t mean you should take only dishcloths or granny squares. If you know a few basic stitches, you can try to create a stylish feminine cardigan for your chic outfits! Take this free crochet cardigan pattern, watch the video tutorial, and make a trendy piece for your wardrobe.

oversized cropped crochet cardigan on a woman

PHOTOS by Grace Forthefrills / Ravelry.com

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

2. Moira Crochet Cardigan

  • Designed by Karlijn Glaudemans

Here is a modern, oversized cardigan that you can make with a free pattern. It consists of crochet squares sewn together with a ribbed hemline. It’s a beginner-friendly project that you’ll definitely like. Make your own colorful design and be stylish.

a woman wearing a beige yellow brown crochet cropped cardigan

PHOTOS by Karlijn Glaudemans / Ravelry.com

Find the original free pattern on Ravelry.

2. Lakeside Crochet Cardigan

  • Designed by MJ’s Off The Hook Designs

Look at this cropped crochet cardigan! What a stylish and modern model it is! It crochets quickly with the free crop cardigan pattern. You need to know only simple single crochet and extended single crochet stitches. But you’ll afford this project even if you don’t know these stitches yet because there is a video tutorial on how to make this cardi. Grab your gear and let’s start!

beautiful blue cropped crochet cardigan

PHOTOS by MJ’s Off The Hook Designs / mjsoffthehookdesigns.com

Find the original free pattern on mjsoffthehookdesigns.com.

3. Peek-A-Boo Crop Cardigan

  • Designed by MJ’s Off The Hook Designs

A cropped cardigan is a trendy piece for this season. Many collections of fashion designers have shown such items. So, add one to your wardrobe using a free crop cardigan crochet pattern we offer to you.

Crochet it now! You should follow a simple crochet mesh cardigan pattern for free and get a quick result thanks to the open stitch work. It also comes with a free YouTube video tutorial.

a woman in a white crochet meshed cardigan making selfie in the mirror

PHOTOS by MJ’s Off The Hook Designs / Ravelry.com

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

4. Caramel Drizzle

  • Designed by DROPS design

This absolutely gorgeous cardigan from DROPS Design will make a great addition to your wardrobe. The feminine design with ruffled yoke and elbow-length sleeves is summery and fresh. Whether you are planning a romantic evening or just a quick pop to the shops, this cardigan is surely a perfect accessory to any outfit.

Caramel Drizzle Cardigan with lovely ruffles along the square neckline

PHOTOS by DROPS design / ravelry.com

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

5. The Evie Cardigan

  • Designed by Cactus and Lace Designs

If you are looking for a light crochet cardigan, then Cactus and Lace Designs has the perfect pattern on her blog. This beginner friendly cardi pattern has written instructions for sizes XS to 5XL so you can choose the right one for your figure.

a woman in a look with lightweight cropped crochet cardigan

PHOTOS by Cactus and Lace Designs / ravelry.com

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

Crochet Hexagon Cardigan Patterns

1. The Granny Hexagon Cardigan

  • Designed by Kelly Phelps

The Granny Hexagon Cardigan is perfect for scraping your leftovers and making a stylish cardigan for your everyday looks. The color combinations could be any you like! Make it bright or pale, colorful or solid — whatever you choose will look eye-catching. The crochet cardigan video tutorial is free and beginner-friendly. Enjoy!

bright crochet granny hexagon cardigan

PHOTOS by Kelly Phelps / Ravelry.com

Find the original free video tutorial on YouTube, or read more about it on Ravelry.

2. 6-Day Hexagon Cardigan

  • Designed by Betty McKnit

It’s nice when you can not only use the free crochet cardigan pattern but add your vision to your final garment, isn’t it? This project is very adaptable. You may add length or make it shorter, make a hood, cuffs, ribbing, collar, etc. It is made of folded in half and sewn together two 3-dimensional hexagons. You’ll recognize the 6-Day Kid Blanket stitches if you have made it before.

two photos with women in hexagon crochet cardigan in long and midi lengths

PHOTOS by Betty McKnit / Ravelry.com

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

3. Crochet Retro Stripe Hexagon Cardigan

  • Designed by Repeat Crafter Me

This might be the easiest crochet cardigan you’ve ever seen! The pattern uses only simple double crochet, so it’s quick to make, and you can get on with this project even if you’re new to crochet. If you want to add some length to the arms or the bottom, it will take no time at all. Check out the free crochet pattern!

bright and colorful granny hexagon cardigan free crochet pattern

PHOTOS by Repeat Crafter Me / repeatcrafterme.com

Find the original free pattern on repeatcrafterme.com.

Lightweight Crochet Cardigan Patterns

1. Laveau Cardigan

  • Designed by Alison Green

Here’s a free cardigan pattern combining crocheting and knitting. Knit ribbing is at cuffs, hem, and front bands. However, if you are a crocheter, you can also make these parts with a hook, though the structure will be a bit bulkier. A nice challenge and excellent result, isn’t it?

classic-looking lightweight cardigan on a woman sitting on a street

PHOTOS by Alison Green / Ravelry.com

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

2. Stephanie Cardigan

  • Designed by Divine Debris

What to crochet watching your favorite series or TV show? For example, this simple short-sleeve cardigan with a free crochet pattern. It consists of easy to make 3 details sewed together. The design comes in a wide range of sizes — from XS to 5XL. So, let’s do it!

a woman with light blue hair displays a purple short-sleeved crochet cardigan on her

PHOTOS by Divine Debris / Ravelry.com

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

3. Wildflower Cardigan

  • Designed by Jessica Reeves Potasz

Boho style is a trend for the upcoming warm season, and the floral granny squares too. So, this free summer cardigan pattern perfectly matches your stylish look. Wear it with cut-off shorts like the author advises, wide pants or light jeans, as I also see, and enjoy your day!

beautiful lightweight cardigan in peach color on a woman posing on a beach

PHOTOS by Jessica Reeves Potasz / Ravelry.com

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

4. The Summer Path Cardigan

  • Designed by Rachel Misner

Here’s a perfect add-on to your multilayered summer outfits! This stylish cardigan crochets just with a 2-row repeat. So, the free lightweight cardigan pattern is lovely and beginner-friendly. Furthermore, there’s it comes with a video tutorial.

summer cardigan with short sleeves on a woman standing in front of green grass and tree

PHOTOS by Rachel Misner / Ravelry.com

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

5. Mandy – Fun Cardigans Free Crochet Pattern

  • Designed by Emily Marie Davies

You can never go wrong with a pink cardi because it’s a true classic that will always look amazing. I really hope you’ll try this lightweight crochet cardigan pattern – it’s truly worth it. Moreover, it’s so simple and fast to make!

short-sleeved crocheted lightweight cardigan in pink color worn by a woman in glasses

PHOTOS by Emily Marie Davies / ravelry.com

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

6. Wild Bloom Cardigan

  • Designed by Rachel Misner

This gorgeous cardigan in the pictures below is made by Rachel Misner in a very neutral and delicate color, so it’s going to make you look and feel very elegant. The best thing about such subdued colors is that they work so well with many stylizations. Take this cardigan pattern and crochet your own sample!

lovely beige crochet summer cardigan in midi length and with short sleeves

PHOTOS by Rachel Misner / Ravelry.com

Find this free pattern on eandpcrochet.com, or check out more on Ravelry.

7. Brighter Days Lace Cardigan

  • Designed by Lorene Haythorn Eppolite- Cre8tion Crochet

Are you looking for a new, super fun and comfy cardigan for warmer days ahead? If so, you really have to check out this amazing project by Lorene Haythorn Eppolite- Cre8tion Crochet! It’s a bottom-up cardigan and it features an elegant teardrop stitch design that will keep you cool. The crochet cardigan pattern is free.

long lace crochet cardigan in white color with bright stripes in the middle and short sleeves on a woman standing on a wooden pier

PHOTOS by Lorene Haythorn Eppolite- Cre8tion Crochet / Ravelry.com

Find this free pattern on cre8tioncrochet.com, or check out more on Ravelry.

8. Eyelet Stitch Crochet Cardigan

  • Designed by Yarnspirations 

This gorgeous and super impressive crochet cardigan in the pictures below is very relaxed and casual, so it’s a perfect little covergan for warm weather wear. It’s made by Yarnspirations in Red Heart It’s A Wrap Sprinkles and the body is worked in one piece. Basic stitches will be enough to make it!

eyelet stitch crochet cardigan on a woman

PHOTOS by Yarnspirations  / Yarnspirations.com

Find this free pattern on Yarnspirations.com. The photos are here.

9. The Delta Cardi

  • Designed by Meghan Ballmer

Fall in love with this beautiful delta cardi in the pictures below. It’s a stunning project made with lightweight Nuboo yarn and is sure to be a summer staple. And take a look at these little picots on the end of the fan stitches!

a woman wearing a white lacy cardigan with ornaments resembling inflorescences

PHOTOS by Meghan Ballmer / ravelry.com

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

10. Rosebud Dreamer Cardi

  • Designed by thehooknooklife

This amazing design in the pictures below is perfect for any of you, who want to start making garments or for a more advanced crocheter just looking for a fun new stitch to try! You can make it in variety of sizes and colors but the most important thing is to have fun!

a woman on a road resenting a short-sleeved long summer crochet cardigan in light blue color

PHOTOS by @therealjourneychaneldesigns / Instagram.com

Find the original free pattern on thehooknooklife.com. The photos are here.

11. Sea Star Cardi

  • Designed by Mimi Alelis

This lovely, delicate, lacy cardi in the pictures below is an easy-to-wear, feminine and flattering cardigan, that will become your favorite beach cover-up and the ultimate summer piece! What’s more, the motifs easily blend together to form a simple and beautiful flower-patterned fabric. Do you like it? Let me know!

a woman in a midi-length lace crochet cardigan with sea stars ornaments

PHOTOS by Mimi Alelis / ravelry.com

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

12. The Wendy Crochet Cardigan

  • Designed by Rachel Misner

Rachel Misner has a true flair for designing feminine and chic garments. And this crochet cardigan is no different. The pattern is beginner-friendly, and it has that boho vibe that we love. The Wendy Cardigan also comes as a Lionbrand kit, so it will be even easier to start crocheting this lovely piece.

sweet lightweight crochet cardigan with short sleeves on a woman smiling to the sun

PHOTOS by Rachel Misner / ravelry.com

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

13. Lavender Cocoon Cardigan

  • Designed by Selina Veronique

Simple yet delicate, the Lavender Raccoon Cardigan is a touching gift you can make with your own hands! The pattern uses a filet crochet pattern which is both simple and creates a perfect texture. The instructions are in US terms, and you’ll get a full video tutorial. It’s time to grab your crochet hook!

lavender meshed crochet cardigan free pattern

PHOTOS by Selina Veronique / ravelry.com

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

Chunky Crochet Cardigan Patterns

1. Moira Crochet Cardigan

  • Designed by Carrie M Chambers

Practice the puff stitch and crochet this lovely cardigan with a beautiful texture. It comprises five panels. You’ll work them flat from the bottom up, and it’s easy. The free crochet cardigan pattern describes all processes, including assembling. Enjoy!

a woman in a hat and yellow crochet cardigan with puff stitch lines on it

PHOTOS by Carrie M Chambers / Ravelry.com

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

2. Be Mine Cardigan

  • Designed by Carrie M Chambers

The Be Mine Cardigan is the perfect piece for your multilayered outlooks in any season. It has a modern, oversized design with ample room for a slouchy look and contains only basic stitches. Follow a detailed free cardigan crochet pattern and finish this project in a few series of your favorite TV series.

beige oversized long crochet cardigan on a woman

PHOTOS by Carrie M Chambers / Ravelry.com

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

3. Brunch Cardigans Free Crochet Pattern

  • Designed by Jess Coppom

I really think it’s one of the best cardigans you can wear while going on a brunch. It’s so casual and elegant at the same time! I believe it will look gorgeous with a simple T-shirt and a pair of jeans.

a woman wearing a plush oversized crochet cardigan in a dusty pink color

PHOTOS by Jess Coppom / ravelry.com

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

4. Classic Raglan Cardigan – Super Bulky Edition

  • Designed by Joy of Motion Crochet | Janne Kleivset

This super bulky cardigan is a true classic, because it’s made with neutral colors and it’s made with basic stitches, so it’s perfect for both late summer and fall and winter time. What’s more, it’s super fast and easy to make. It’s the ideal basic garment for your closet. The sizes vary from XS to 5XL.

classic raglan cardigan in bulky edition worn by a woman

PHOTOS by Joy of Motion Crochet | Janne Kleivset / ravelry.com

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

5. Your Afternoon Walk Cardigan

  • Designed by Joy of Motion Crochet | Janne Kleivset

When I look at this amazing cardigan by Joy of Motion Crochet | Janne Kleivset I want to crochet it asap! It has a very beautiful knitted look and it has such lovely deep green accents! Just imagine wrapping yourself in it on a chilly evening with hot tea and your favorite book!

stylish midi-length chunky crochet cardigan on a woman

PHOTOS by Joy of Motion Crochet | Janne Kleivset / ravelry.com

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

6. The Morning Coffee Cardigan

  • Designed by Rachel Misner

The Morning Coffee Cardigan is a super simple cardi with stripes in many neutral colors, that create a very casual and relaxed look, perfect for home wear. It’s the best project for beginners who want to dive into the crocheting world. The sizes available vary from XS to 5 XL.

classic fit stripy crochet cardigan on a woman

PHOTOS by Rachel Misner / ravelry.com

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

7. Cafe au Lait Cardigan

  • Designed by Breann Mauldin

This delicate, neutral cardigan has a seamless construction, which makes it look really simple and modern, I love it! What’s more, you can make it very quickly and adjust it to your size. The pattern has instructions on how to do sizes from S to 3 XL.

meshed warm long crochet cardigan in beige color

PHOTOS by Breann Mauldin / ravelry.com

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

8. Elevation Duster Cardigan

  • Designed by Jess Coppom

If you’re looking for a cardigan that you’ll be able to wear all year long and feel super comfy in it, we’ve got you covered! Take a look at this amazing cardi by Jess Coppom in the pictures below! It’s a drape, sweater hug that’s perfect for everyday wear.

a woman in a marvelous below the knee crochet cardigan with roomy pockets

PHOTOS by Jess Coppom / ravelry.com

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

9. Scrappy Blanket Cardigan

  • Designed by Crystal White-Van Cleemput

You will find this really simple pattern by Crystal White-Van Cleemput very easy and fast to make. It’s ideal to take your mind off things. What’s more, it allows you to practice basic stitches. So, if you’ve never crocheted a sweater and cardigan, this one is definitely for you!

a woman wearing a chunky crochet blanket cardigan made with scrap yarns

PHOTOS by smileNstitches / ravelry.com

Find the original free pattern on Ravelry.com or read more about this version on Ravelry.

10. Chelsea Cardigan

  • Designed by CrochetDreamz

This cute crochet cardi in the pictures below was made by CrochetDreamz and it’s such a lovely piece, that looks very feminine and flattering! It can be made in 2 lengths, regular length or long as you see in the pictures.

beautiful feminine midi length crochet cardigan in pink color with pockets

PHOTOS by CrochetDreamz / ravelry.com

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

11. The Paisley Slouchy Crochet Cardigan

  • Designed by Cactus and Lace Designs

If you like chunky cardigans and sweaters as much as I do, you will simply love this comfy piece by Cactus and Lace Designs in the pictures below! It’s made in one piece with very minimal seaming, so it’s a really quick project to make.

white slouchy crochet cardigan with a great texture

PHOTOS by cactusandlacedesigns / Instagram.com

Find the original free pattern on cactusandlacedesigns.com. The photos are here.

12. Patchwork Party Cardi LITE

  • Designed by Jess Coppom

Jess Coppom did such a fantastic job with this crochet cardigan in the pictures below, don’t you think? It’s absolutely incredible and so flattering! It uses minimal seaming and has spacious pockets (we all love them, right?). Make sure to give this one a go!

grey and white ombre oversized crochet cardigan in below hips length

PHOTOS by Jess Coppom / ravelry.com

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

Crochet Kimono Patterns

1. Free Spirit Ruana/Kimono Free Crochet Pattern

  • Designed by Crystal White-Van Cleemput

I love delicate, loose crocheted kimonos because they are very versatile and make the whole outfit fashionable and fun. What’s more, this kimono is very comfy, just ideal for a summer walk on a chilly day.

dusty blue meshed crochet kimono on a woman

PHOTOS by Crystal White-Van Cleemput / ravelry.com

Find the free video tutorial on YouTube, or read more about it on Ravelry.

2. Lana Kimono Free Crochet Pattern

  • Designed by Ashleigh Kiser

Cardigans with fringes are so original and have a cute boho vibe to them, right? What’s more, this cardi is so feminine it will take your whole look to the next level. Play with the colors to make it even more unique!

a woman presenting light blue crochet kimono with tassels along the hem

PHOTOS by Ashleigh Kiser / ravelry.com

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

3. Mara Kimono

  • Designed by Krista Cagle

Summer vibes are here! Mara Kimono will be a great addition to your summer wardrobe, bringing an instant boho vibe to your outfit. It’s perfect for beginners – easy to make, based on three rectangles, and works up really fast.

meshed crochet kimono cardigan on a woman

PHOTOS by Krista Cagle / ravelry.com

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

4. Sandbar Kimono

  • Designed by Toni Lipsey

If you like clothes that create a perfect outfit with regular jeans and a plain shirt – this pattern is for you because it looks really great with basic clothes. Even when you’re in a hurry, you can wear it in smooth clothes and look great!

a woman in a knee-length crochet kimono in light brown color

PHOTOS by Toni Lipsey / ravelry.com

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

5. Dusk Cape Free Crochet Pattern

  • Designed by Stephanie Jessica Lau

I absolutely love neutral cardigans, because they are really universal and you can wear them on several different occasions. Above all, this cardi will keep you warm and cozy, therefore, you have to try it!

beautiful long crochet cape cardigan on a woman

PHOTOS by Stephanie Jessica Lau / ravelry.com

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

6. Wisteria Drops Kimono Free Crochet Pattern

  • Designed by Rachel Carson Hill

This fun and colorful kimono is a great project for both summer and autumn because it is lightweight and warm at the same time. I’m sure it will become one of your favorite new accessories!

midi length plushie kimono with bobble stitches in lavender white and blue colors

PHOTOS by Rachel Carson Hill / ravelry.com

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

7. Perfect Summer Poncho Free Crochet Pattern

  • Designed by Melissa Fisher

I really understand why the author called the poncho a perfect one, because it is truly perfect for summer – it will protect you from the wind and keep you slightly warm, while still being breathable. I recommend trying this beautiful pattern!

perfect summer poncho in midi length and beige color

PHOTOS by Melissa Fisher / ravelry.com

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

Summary

So, how do you like these free crochet cardigan patterns? If you want more to see, check out these selections:

Do you like knitting? When yes, scroll through Chunky Knitted Cardigans and 42 Feminine Knitted Cardigans For All Seasons also.

Have fun!

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