Knitting and crocheting are wonderful pastimes. Whichever one you prefer, there are a number of beautiful clothing pieces that you can make for yourself or someone special. If you have a few hours, you can easily DIY yourself a new sweater and I’ve got a collection of 30 patterns that you can use to do so.
All of these sweaters are easy to make depending on your skill level. None of them are difficult even for beginners. If you’ve ever wanted to crochet or knit a sweater, now is the time. From gorgeous lacy tunics to shell stitched tank tops and virtually everything in between, you’re sure to find the right DIY sweater for every season and every occasion. You can alter many of these patterns to size, and even make some of them small enough for little girls, so you can create a mother daughter matching outfit. You also want to check out these amazing infinity scarf patterns that you can easily knit in an evening or two.
From pullovers to cardigans, there is sure to be a sweater in this pattern collection that you just can’t live without. I have such a passion for sweaters – my dresser is literally full of all types of them. That didn’t stop me from making a few of these however, and I can tell you that they’re really easy patterns. I’m not an expert at knitting or crocheting by any means and I found them really simple to follow and they create such beautiful DIY sweaters. If you’re really a fan of crocheting, you need to check out this gorgeous crocheted wedding dress that was made by the bride to be. If you’re planning a wedding this year, this is a must see pattern.
Now, back to our sweaters. There are so many ways that you can create your own sweater and these patterns are so easy that you can make more than one of each and give them out as gifts. Now is a great time to get started on handmade Christmas gifts and these sweater patterns are the perfect place to start.
1. Easy Bell Sleeve Crochet Pullover
This beautiful bell sleeve pullover can be crocheted in just a few hours. The sleeves bell out at the hands, giving it a really elegant look. This is an intermediate pattern but if you know your basic crochet stitches you can easily finish it. It’s the perfect spring or summer sweater because it’s lightweight and it resembles those gorgeous sweaters you see in department stores for around $50. This one won’t cost you anywhere near that though.
2. Big Comfy Knit Sweater
This gorgeous sweater is a relatively easy one to knit and it’s a lighter weight than many, so it’ great for cooler days when you don’t really need something heavy. You can wash it without hurting the shape or size and it’s so comfortable to wear. It’s a longer sweater too, so it’s perfect for pairing with leggings or skinny jeans. The pattern is really easy and as long as you know a few basic knitting stitches, you can turn this one out in just a few hours.
3. Vintage Crochet Floral Pullover
This is a great vintage pattern from Etsy for a pullover sweater that just screams 1970s. It’s an easy project that is worked with motifs across the yoke and the sleeves and waist. Don’t let the details fool you, this one is even easy for beginners. It’s so colorful and such a wonderful vintage looking sweater. It’s also relatively lightweight so it’s perfect for the upcoming spring temperatures.
4. Caron V-Topper Tunic
You can make this gorgeous sweater for less than $30. How’s that for a deal? Plus, it’s a pretty easy tunic to crochet. I love the big, wide sleeves and this is a great sweater for warmer days – not too warm, though depending on the weight of yarn that you use. You could easily finish this in an afternoon and the details are just gorgeous.
5. Easy Knit Poncho Sweater
We all have those days when we need a nice warm sweater in the morning but by afternoon we’re wishing for short sleeves. When you need a grab sweater – something to grab as you head out the door just in case it gets cooler later – this poncho sweater is perfect. It’s a knit sweater that is long and comfortable and really easy to finish. It’s got a wide ribbed collar and uses a thermal stitch which makes it really cozy for those cooler evenings.
6. Comfy Car Coat Knit Sweater
This beautiful knit coat is perfect for colder days. It takes quite a bit of yarn and is definitely not the cheapest sweater that you will ever make, but it is definitely worth the extra effort. The pattern itself is fairly easy and there are many gorgeous details. You would probably spend a couple hundred dollars buying a sweater like this in the department store but wouldn’t you much rather DIY it?
7. Knit Lace Cardigan
This lovely cardigan can easily be knitted in a few hours. You use worsted weight yarn and size 11 needles – or whatever you need to obtain the gauge. You can adjust the pattern for sizing. Overall, it’s a pretty easy pattern to knit and it gives you a lovely open cardigan with beautiful detailing in the front. This is perfect for when you need a long sleeved sweater and want something comfortable yet elegant.
8. Ballerina Crochet Sweater
This ballerina top is a beautiful sleeveless crocheted sweater. If you know basic stitches, you won’t have any trouble with this one. You can make it easier by sticking with one color but the contrasting colors look really good. You’ll use a single crochet stitch as well as double crochet, slip stitches, and clusters to create this. It’s not as complicated as it sounds. You could easily have this one done in an evening or two.
9. Crocheted Fan Tunic
This gorgeous tunic has a fanned out bottom that is simply beautiful. It’s perfect for the upcoming spring and summer seasons and would make a wonderful swimsuit cover. It resembles a baby doll top which is great and is lightweight so it’s a wonderful addition to your spring wardrobe. You could do this easily over the weekend and have time to spare for other projects too. The pattern can be done in sizes from small to XXL.
10. Clarice Sleeveless Crochet Top
Here’s another beautiful sleeveless sweater that can be crocheted in just a few hours, even by beginners. It’s a baby doll pullover that uses an easy stitch pattern and has a wonderful little eyelet peekaboo section at the top. This is a must for summer and can easily be paired with anything from jeans and shorts to skirts. You’ll love how easy this one is to make and it would be a wonderful gift for teens and adults alike. The detailing is exquisite!
11. Double Stitch Crochet Summer Sweater
If you love the look of bulky sweaters then this summer sweater is perfect. You can wear it during the warmer months and it uses really simple single chain and double crochet stitches. The pattern is all straight lines. You make two rectangles for the front and back and two smaller rectangles for the sleeves. It’s a beautiful sweater that you can easily crochet in just a couple of hours.
12. Easy Knitted Drape Front Cardigan
I really love the design of this knitted drape front cardigan. It gives you such a nice 1960s vibe, like something Jackie O would have worn. It’s a pretty easy knit, too. You’ll need eight inch needles and a circular to create the drape. It looks like a time consuming and difficult sweater but it’s really not. You can easily finish this in a few hours and it’s short sleeved so it’s perfect for spring weather.
13. Irish Crochet Lace Sweater
This beautiful sweater has flower motifs and is so elegant. You actually combine knitting and crocheting to complete this so you’ll need to be a bit skilled in both arts. You don’t have to know any super fancy stitches though. It’s a pretty easy sweater to complete although it may take you a bit of time considering you have to switch between knitting and crocheting. The end result though is absolutely stunning.
14. Warm Knit Blanket Sweater
If you want a heavier sweater, one that hugs you like a comfy blanket, this is it. You can go with the stockinette stitch and make it really large and cozy. The sleeves are large and loose, which are really easy to create and the entire sweater just looks like something you would cozy up with on a cold winter night. The pattern itself is really easy and even beginners can master the stitches in this one.
15. Heavy Knit Pullover
This heavy knit pullover sweater pattern is marked as easy so it’s perfect for beginning knitters. Even if you’ve only done a project or two, this one should be a cinch. I love the heavy yarn and the overall look of comfy with this one. You’ll need to know your purl stitch, which is really easy. This is the perfect cozy sweater for those cold nights we still have ahead of us. Or, start making several now and use them as Christmas gifts!