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.
16. Simple Knit Envelope Cardigan
I love short sleeved cardigans. They’re perfect for adding a bit of extra pizzazz to your outfits and particularly great for warmer days. This knit envelope cardigan has a shawl collar and uses a textured stitch. The pattern says intermediate but as long as you know basic knitting stitches this one should be relatively easy. It’s a lovely sweater that will look great with anything you want to pair it with.
17. Gorgeous Crocheted Filigree Leaf Tunic
This lightweight tunic is perfect for spring and summer. The fit is perfect for any shape and size and the pattern can easily be adjusted as needed. You could pair this with jeans or shorts or even use it at the beach as a swimsuit coverup. You just need to know basic crochet stitches to create it and it looks like a really easy sweater to complete. It shouldn’t take more than an hour or so.
18. Folded Squares Knit Cardigan
This is a beautiful cardigan that is really easy to make and so unique in its shape and form. You will need to know the garter stitch for this one. If you come across a stitch you aren’t quite sure about, you can find many wonderful tutorials online. This one doesn’t require any fancy stitches though and can be completed in just a couple of hours. It’s a great lightweight cardigan too so it’s perfect for cooler spring evenings.
19. Easy Shoulder Detailed Crocheted Crew Neck
This crew neck sweater pattern features some wonderful detailing on the front shoulder area and you can easily crochet it in an hour or so. The pattern is actually adjusted for men or women so you could make matching sweaters! You just need basic crochet stitch knowledge for this one. It makes a wonderful three-quarter length sleeve sweater that is lightweight so it’s a great addition to your spring and summer wardrobe.
20. Four Rectangle Basic Pullover
This basic pullover is an easy project for moderate knitters. The pattern is really easy to read and the sweater itself is not at all difficult. It has wonderful detailing on the front and on the sleeves and is a heavier sweater so it’s great for those winter days and nights. The sweater is worked in four pieces; the front, back and both sleeves.
21. Garter Stitch Swingy Knit Sweater
This little sweater can be worked up in a jiffy and it’s a great cardigan type sweater for warmer temperatures. You knit each row until the sweater is as long as you want it and then work in the stockinette stitch to make the nice rolled edge. It has a couple of buttons at the top but to the side, which gives it a really unique look. This is definitely a sweater that you can finish by spring!
22. Easy Crochet Glitz And Glamour Tunic
This gorgeous tunic is perfect for parties or just hanging out with friends. The sparkle is a wonderful addition. This one has a really unique stitch pattern and uses yarn that has oval sequins, which gives the tunic its glitter. It’s a relatively easy pattern though, despite the elegance of the tunic, and is perfect for pairing with skirts or jeans.
23. Crocheted Flower Center Pullover
What a gorgeous sweater! This crocheted masterpiece features a large flower right in the center. It’s a combination of regular crochet stitches and a half hairpin lace. It’s an easy project and one that you are going to love wearing when you’re finished. It’s also a lightweight sweater so it’s great for summer parties and outings. It would also make a wonderful gift for anyone you know who loves flower power.
24. Granny Square Crocheted Shrug
I love granny squares. Actually I love shrugs too so this one may be my favorite. This one features beautiful detailing and is perfect for the intermediate crocheter. You can do this one if you’re a beginner too. It may just take a while longer. Overall, you should be able to finish it in just a few hours and it’s the perfect sweater to take along on summer nights when the air may be just a bit cool.
25. Easy Knit Jong Sweater
I really love this Jong sweater. It’s a one size fits all and creates a bulky and oversized comfy jacket style sweater using a garter stitch. The sweater gets its uniqueness from the faux seams. Overall, it’s a simple style and a simple sweater to make. The sweater is three quarter length but you can easily shorten it or lengthen it as you wish. You can also turn back the sleeves for a cropped look. This is pretty easy to knit and you can probably finish it up in under a weekend – and that’s accounting for other activities, too.
26. Crochet Coat Style Sweater
I really like the look of this coat style sweater. It looks like a pea coat, which are really popular right now and the crocheting is relatively easy. Note, this is a vintage pattern from the 1960s which just gives it that much more appeal. I love the look of this and how easy it is to finish. You’ll need a few hours with this one as it’s pretty detailed but it’s very well worth the extra time.
27. Basic Shell Stitch Crochet Tank Top
I adore this tank top. The basic shell stitching is beautiful and this is such an easy to finish project. This is the perfect crochet project for beginners so if this is your first sweater or even your very first crochet project ever, you can easily do this one and have it finished pretty quickly. It’s the perfect crochet top for summer and since it’s so easy to make, you could do several of these in different colors and have something for practically every day.
28. Talca Lace Crochet Tunic
This tunic is flowing and gorgeous and really easy to crochet, even for beginners. It’s work in rounds from the lower edge to the bust and then the bust I worked in rounds as well. The back and front of the sweater are worked separately in rows. Overall, it’s a gorgeous and really simple crocheting project and since it’s lightweight, it’s great for warmer weather.
29. Easy Tweed Look Poncho Sweater
I love the fall colors in this one but you could use whatever colors you prefer. It would be beautiful in Christmas colors and the poncho design is perfect for winter outings. The shawl collar is great and it’s really an easy pattern to follow. The design makes it a simple and really fast crochet. You should be able to finish this one in just a couple of hours so you have plenty of time to make it before fall.
30. Women’s Sawtelle Cardigan
This is the perfect knit sweater for your first sweater project. It’s one of the easiest knitting projects on this list and makes a really gorgeous sweater. You don’t need to know any fancy knitting stitches or anything. The pattern is for small but you can easily adjust it to whatever size you need. This is definitely one that you’ll want to make for fall or you could use a heavier yarn for a warmer sweater for winter. It’s such an easy sweater to knit that you may just want to make one for fall and one for winter.