If you are looking for free knit sweater patterns, you came to the right place!  We have collected and curated patterns for people of all sizes, from babies and children to adults. 

Along with the usual classic pullover sweaters, you will find a variety of cardigan knitting patterns, vests, and tank tops.  If you are a man who knits or a woman who knits for men, you will appreciate that we have included many free knitting patterns for men’s sweaters, too. Everyone deserves fabulous and free knit sweater patterns.

What Kinds of Patterns are Available for Free?

Vests and tanks are great projects for beginners or for quick gratification when you don’t have time for sleeves.  Speaking of sleeves, this collection includes raglan sleeves, set-in sleeves, and drop shoulder styles.  You are sure to find a neckline to please, too:  funnel neck, crew neck, V-neck and more.

Satisfy your need for color with striped or color blocked sweater patterns.  If you prefer the challenge of lace or cable knitting, we have patterns for those styles as well.  (See the Cabled Coatigan or the Cabled Topper with Pockets.) Hoodies for men, women, and children are included in this collection to keep the entire family comfortably cozy.

Do you need a gift for a special baby shower or christening? You will love the Lullaby Layette set or the Baby Cardigan knitting pattern.  Make them in white, baby pastels, or bright colors--whatever suits the recipient. 

The sweater you knit could become an heirloom and be worn by your great grandchildren or grand-nieces or nephews.  In the smallest sizes, a sweater can dress a stuffed animal or rag doll, too.

Traditional sweater looks include men’s cardigans like the Hey Handsome Knit Cardigan (think 1950s dad sweater) as well as turtlenecks and striped pullovers.  Modern looks include bulky sweaters like the Thick Cardigan for women, perfect for a cold winter day, or the fuzzy Funnel Neck Pullover. 

You can create a great year-round sweater wardrobe using just the free patterns we’ve collected for you. Most patterns call for yarn that is readily available online or at your local craft store or yarn shop.

But What if I Don’t Knit?

Do you prefer crochet to knitting? We’ve thought of you, too. Check out Free Sweater Patterns to Crochet for a collection of designs to make with hooks instead of needles. Either way, a handmade sweater is a terrific gift to yourself or a dear one.

When Can I Start?

Start now! Look through the links below a select your favorites. Download or print the free knit sweater pattern of your choice, collect the supplies you’ll need, and get going on your project.


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Baby Cardigan

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Check out this free pattern to make a Baby Cardigan. Sizes 6 months to 24 months. Affiliate Link to Michaels

Back to the Basics Knit Cardigan

Back to the Basics Knit Cardigan #ad

This oversized sweater will be snuggly and warm in colder temperatures. Affiliate Link to Michaels

Black & White Pullover

This pattern may be a challenge but carefully follow the pattern to knit this black and white beauty. Craft Yarn Council

Cabled Coatigan

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This warm, cozy sweater has been styled with interesting cables in an eye-catching shade. Affiliate Link to Yarnspirations

California Sun Vest

Bottoms Up! This sleeveless vest is knitted from the bottom up and has a rounded neckline. Garn Studio

Checked Mates Layette

A free layette pattern for sweater, hat and socks. P2Designs

Color Block Sweater

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With this free pattern, create your own color palette when you knit this gorgeous color swatch sweater! Affiliate Link to Michaels

Colorblock Knit Tank

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Get the free pattern to make your own trendy top! Affiliate Link to Michaels

Crew Neck Cardigan

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Enjoy knitting a classic and casual piece that can be layered onto any outfit using this free pattern. Affiliate Link to Michaels

Crew Neck Striped Pullover

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This Crew Neck Pullover makes striping so easy! Affiliate Link to Yarnspirations

Daisy Cardigan

A simple free knit cotton baby cardigan pattern. Knitty

Dressy Cardigan

The dressy knitted cardigan sweater with frog closures is fitted with simple shaping and the front bands are worked along with the body of the sweater for minimal finishing. Knitty

Elegant Noro Yarn Cardigan

Back and front of the free cardigan pattern are knitted as one piece up to armholes, then front and back knitted separately. ABC Knitting Patterns

Funnel Neck Pullover

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This soft and cozy sweater is oversized with deep raglans, a cozy neck and generous sleeves. Download the free pattern. Affiliate Link to Michaels

Glenwood Child's Cardigan

Glenwood Child's Cardigan #ad

Get the free pattern to get started knitting a warm and cozy sweater for a child. Affiliate Link to Michaels

Hey Handsome Knit Cardigan

Hey Handsome Knit Cardigan #ad

Knit him a classic cable cardigan that features a shawl collar, rolled cuffs, and lovely textured cable stitches throughout the garment. Affiliate Link to Yarnspirations

Hooded Cardigan

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Show your skills by knitting this unique, hooded cardigan. Affiliate Link to Yarnspirations

Hooded Knit Vest

Hooded Knit Vest #ad

Keep it classic with this one-button vest that's easy to knit with this pattern. Affiliate Link to Michaels

Jutka Knit Cardigan

Jutka Knit Cardigan #ad

Here is an oversized sweater pattern that knits up quickly with thick yarn. Affiliate Link to Michaels

Knit Pullover

Knit Pullover #ad

Immediate Knitters! Here is a free pattern for a cozy and cropped pullover that is fashion forward. Affiliate Link to Michaels

Lace Back Tank

Lace Back Tank #ad

Simplicity in the front, with a fun surprise in the back, this free knit project offers a chance to improve your knitting skills. Affiliate Link to Michaels

Lace Yoke Tee

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This easy, breezy top-down yoke top features a beautiful lace yoke pattern around the neck. Get the free pattern. Affiliate Link to Michaels

Lacy Knit Tank

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This tank top is knitted with bamboo yarn making the top light and breathable. Affiliate Link to Michaels

Long Cardigan

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This beauty is knit from the top down and features a garter stitch yoke and button band. Affiliate Link to Michaels

Man's Hoodie Sweater

An easily memorized textured stitch pattern features a dropped shoulder and generously sized hood for a cozy, casual look. Universal Yarn

Men Sweater

This free men's sweater pattern is a basic cable rib with a rolled neck. Knitty

Men's Pullover Sweater

This sweater is worked top down, with saddle shoulders and ribbed edges. Get the free pattern. DROPS Design

Men's Turtleneck Sweater

This turtleneck sweater is a timeless design is comfy and oversized for those chilly autumn or spring days. Handy Little Me

Men's V-Neck Vest

Men's V-Neck Vest #ad

With this pattern, fashion a knit cardigan for the well-dressed man. Affiliate Link to Yarnspirations

Mohair Pullover Sweater

Use this free pattern to knit a crew neck sweater. The Lamb's Wool

Montage Shell

Sleeveless knit top. Numei

Nantasket Child's Pullover

A chunky drop-shoulder pullover pattern - free pattern. Directions are for children’s size 2. Changes for sizes 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12 are in parentheses. Berroco

Notch-necked Cardigan

This fashionable knitted cardigan pattern has three-quarter length sleeves, notch-necked which is enhanced by horizontal eyelet styling and single decorative button closure. Knitty

Pomp & Stripes Child's Hoodie

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Free knit pattern for a stylish hoodie. Directions are for child’s size 2; changes sizes 4, 6, and 8 are in parentheses. Affiliate Link to Yarnspirations


Have fun alternating blocks of color to create this classic knitted pullover. Craft Yarn Council

Raglan Cardigan

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This raglan sweater is knitted from the top down making for easy shaping and great fit. Affiliate Link to Michaels

Raised Striped Toddler Pullover

Knit up a quick & Easy toddler sweater with this free pattern. Nancy Hearne, Designs

Relaxed Knit Cardigan

Relaxed Knit Cardigan

This comfy knit cardigan is a great addition to your wardrobe. Get the free pattern here. Michaels

Rocky Ridge Pullover Sweater for Men

With this free pattern, this sweater is worked with the neck down with a round yoke, English rib and double neck. DROPS Design

Sierra Men's Pullover

This V-neck sweater pattern is knit in pieces and sewn together. Premier Yarns

Stripe Sweater

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With this free pattern knit this beginner friendly striped pullover that features a laidback and casual fit. Affiliate Link to Michaels

Striped Oversized Sleeve Pullover

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Mixing comfort and style, this great pullover is knitted from the neck down making it an essential pullover for fall and winter wardrobes. Affiliate Link to Michaels

Stylish Knit Pullover

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This knit pullover is knit from the neck edge down. It's soft and has the right amount of drape. Affiliate Link to Michaels

Summer Top

With this free knit pattern, make a cap sleeve, v-neck summery top. ABC Knitting Patterns

Thick Cardigan

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Cool weather calls for a comfy thick sweater! Here is a great free pattern just right to layer on when where is a chill in the air. Affiliate Link to Michaels

Tie Dye Pullover

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Fun, colorful and easy to wear; looks like tie dye! It's with cotton yarn making it the perfect garment for spring days and summer nights. Affiliate Link to Michaels

Toddler Sweater

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A cute toddler knit collared sweater pattern. Affiliate Link to Yarnspiration

Top Down Knit Cardigan

Top Down Knit Cardigan #ad

This must-make top down cardigan would be a great addition to any wardrobe. Affiliate Link to Michaels

V-Neck Vest

Brighten up your winter wardrobe with this knitted striped vest. Fun to wear and easy to make. Craft Yarn Council

Vest - Cable Vest

Free knit vest pattern. ABC Knitting Patterns

Vest - Leftover Vest

A V-neck vest pattern for using scrap yarn. Or just make using your favorite color. Knitty

Vest - Prudence Easy Vest

A bulky V-neck vest pattern - free. Berroco

Wee Strips Pullover and Hat

Wee Strips Pullover and Hat #ad

A pullover with shoulder buttons knit pattern. Affiliate Link to Yarnspirations

Yellow Duckling Child's Pullover Sweater

An adorable knit sweater pattern! Directions are given for child's size 4. Changes for sizes 6 and 8 are in parentheses. Craft Yarn Council

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