Do you crochet? I just recently started and I have to tell you – I love it! I am no expert by any means, but I do love making things with those little crochet hooks. My recent thing? Crochet cardigans/jackets that I can wear for all four seasons.
Why Crochet Your Own Cardigan?
Crocheting is a great way to kill some time. It’s a wonderful hobby that could produce any number of gifts for others or things for yourself. Why should you crochet your own cardigan? Because you can! You can buy them of course, but really intricately designed cardigans are not cheap. I spent over $40 on the last one that I bought, which makes DIY crocheted cardigans a much better choice for me.
When Do You Wear Crocheted Jackets?
Crocheted jackets or cardigans can honestly be worn at any time, for any number of occasions and during all four seasons. You just have to choose the type of cardigan that you want – short sleeves, open design, etc. – and then go from there. Choose your crochet jacket pattern based on what you want to add to your wardrobe.
What Do You Need To Crochet Your Own Cardigan?
Well, you will need crochet hooks and yarn, obviously. Other than that, you really just need to choose a pattern, and I have 40 of them for you. That’s 40 crochet jacket patterns that are perfect for any season.
How Long Does It Take To Crochet A Jacket?
The length of time that you need depends on a couple of things. First, you need to consider how skilled you are. Beginners may take longer to work up a certain pattern than experts. You will also determine the time by looking at the pattern itself. Patterns for long sleeved cardigans with hoods are obviously going to take longer than sleeveless vest type patterns.
More of my favorite crochet patterns:
Spring And Summer Crochet Jacket Patterns:
Short Sleeved Americana Cardigan
This short sleeved button up cardigan is perfect for warmer weather. The pattern itself is super easy to follow, and it is available in multiple sizes, with instructions on how much yarn you need for each size.
If you want something lightweight that is perfect for pairing with skirts, shorts or even jeans, this is it. You can work this one up in just an afternoon or two, and you don’t need to know a lot of fancy stitches to make this one.
Summer Air Cardigan Pattern
Here is another beautiful and lightweight cardigan that is perfect for that warmer weather. I love the look of this one, and the pattern is super easy to follow. This would be great over a summer sundress or you could even use it as a bathing suit coverup for the beach this summer.
It can also be worn during the winter months, and it’s so easy that you could even do a few of these in different colors and maybe different lengths to match all of your seasonal outfits.
Easy Summer Cardigan Pattern
I love this short sleeved summer weight cardigan. This one is super easy to crochet, and you can have it worked up in just a few hours. The look is perfect for summer or spring, or even colder months for wearing indoors.
It doesn’t close in the front, which gives it a great summery appearance and the short length is adorable for those summer dresses and tank tops. And, you don’t need any complicated stitch knowledge to pull this one off. Definitely add this pattern to your DIY boho summer fashion ideas.
Coral Cropped Crochet Cardigan
This little cropped cardigan is great for spring and summer. The color is gorgeous – although you can do this in any color that you want or need, obviously. The cropped design makes it perfect for pairing with sundresses or shorts, and it is a really simple pattern to follow.
Plus, the shorter length means less time with your crochet hook and more time sporting this gorgeous hand crocheted cardigan. It’s long sleeved but you could alter the pattern to make it short sleeved.
Short Button Front Crochet Cardigan
This shorter cardigan has these amazing buttons on the front that you actually crochet covers for. The cardigan is great for spring to wear over sleeveless dresses or you could pair it with just about anything that you want.
It’s a super easy pattern to follow. You have to decide how many buttons you want before you begin in order to determine how to turn the edges.
Lightweight Drop Circle Crochet Cardigan
This crochet pattern is so easy to follow that even beginners can make this gorgeous drop circle crocheted cardigan. This one is perfect for spring or summer. It is lightweight, which makes it perfect for cooler summer nights or spring days.
You crochet the circle and then the cardigan just builds from that. You could easily work this one up in a weekend or so, depending on how much time you have for your crocheting.
Open Weave Crochet Cocoon Cardigan
I love the openness of this cardigan. If you want something that is more for looks than it is for warmth, this is a great one to try. This is a one size fits all pattern so it’s great for anyone.
This is so cozy for movie night or you could use it to cover up those sundresses on cooler summer nights. If you want a “wear it with anything” cardigan, this is definitely a good one to crochet. And, the pattern is really simple and easy to follow.
Sea Glass Crochet Lace Jacket
This lace crocheted jacket is gorgeous and perfect for spring and summer. You work this up in a circle with lace pattern and use extra fine yarn weight to get a nice summery cardigan.
The pattern is available in sizes from small to triple extra large, and you could totally do this in different pastel colors for spring or coral or seafoam for summer. This would be the perfect cardigan for summer evenings, and it would make a wonderful jacket to wear over your Easter dress.
Circular Pattern Crochet Cardigan
I love the creativity of this crocheted cardigan. If you love the boho style, you are going to want to keep this pattern on hand. This cardigan is super easy to crochet, even with the changes in colors.
It’s a circular pattern, which is super easy to work up and you can leave it sleeveless or add sleeves, whatever your preference. The design is beautiful. If you want something that goes along with your boho style, this is definitely the one.
Short Heartland Crocheted Cardigan
I love short cardigans for spring and summer. This one in particular really caught my eye because of the intricate detailing on the back. It has this neat little checkerboard type pattern that you crochet in, which is really easier to do than it looks.
The cardigan itself has long sleeves and it hits about the waist or a bit higher, so if you want something shorter, this is a good one. The pattern is simple to follow, too, which is important if you are just starting out with crochet.
Lightweight Open Crochet Shrug
I love open crocheted cardigans or shrugs. This one would be perfect for summer. The open crochet makes it really light and airy. You could wear this one over your bathing suit to the beach or save it for those warm summer nights to complement your sundress or shorts.
The pattern is really easy to follow. It’s a one size fits all pattern and you only need four skeins of yarn to make it.
Button Front Spring Cardigan
Here is the perfect crocheted cardigan for spring. This pattern could honestly not be any easier to follow. And, the cardigan itself is absolutely stunning when you get it finished. I love that it has three little buttons at the top and then the bottom flows open.
The short sleeves make it great for spring and summer and the design is perfect to add some elegance to your spring dresses or you could pair it with jeans or shorts and a t-shirt, too.
Tie Front Crocheted Cardigan
Here is another great little crocheted cardigan for spring. I found this pattern on Etsy for under $5. You can do this one with a lightweight yarn to make it great for summer, but it’s perfect with a heavier yarn for spring. I love the tie close front.
The pattern is actually really simple to follow and there are instructions for numerous different sizes. The design of this one makes it gorgeous, and it’s one that you could probably work up in just a few sessions.
Fall and Winter Crochet Cardigans
Simple Open Front Crochet Cardigan
I love the simplistic design of this open front crocheted cardigan. This is a really simple one to create, and you could probably work it up in a few afternoons if you spend quite a bit of time on it.
This is a long sleeved, heavier cardigan so it’s perfect for cooler autumn nights or winter days. This is a great one if you want to learn the blocking technique, which is much easier to do than it sounds.
Gorgeous Crochet Slouch Cardigan
I love the look of this slouchy cardigan. This one is super simple to crochet, even with the intricate puff stitch braids. I found this pattern on Etsy and it’s just over $8 for the PDF download. There is also a great video tutorial that walks you through the puff stitch braids, which strongly resemble cable knits.
This is a really elegant cardigan and the design is perfect for pairing with jeans or your favorite dressier outfit. And, you can use a heavier yarn to get a cardigan that is perfect for colder weather.
Simple Colorblock Crochet Cardigan
This colorblock cardigan is perfect for any season and it is perfectly easy to crochet. Instead of having to toggle between your different colors of yarn, you can use this multi-colored yarn that actually changes those colors for you.
You can find Lion Brand Mandala yarn at Walmart or in many online stores. It’s pretty cheap and it has all of these gorgeous colors in one skein of yarn. It makes this gorgeous cardigan so easy to crochet! Just choose the color combination that you want and then follow this easy instructional pattern.
Cozy Crocheted Blanket Cardigan
This comfy crocheted blanket cardigan is a must for winter. It’s warm, and you can alter the weight of your yarn to make it even warmer. It’s also the perfect design for pairing with anything in your closet; jeans or dresses.
This pattern is super easy to follow and you don’t need to know any fancy crochet stitches to finish this one. You could easily have this worked up in a weekend, depending on how often you work on it. It’s a great addition to your fall or winter wardrobe.
Crochet Lotus Duster Pattern
This lotus duster pattern that I found on Etsy is really easy to follow. This one is actually two patterns in one for less than $10. You get a pattern for the long sleeved cardigan which is great for fall and winter and a short sleeved or sleeveless vest type cardigan that is great for spring and summer.
If you want a cardigan pattern that is perfect for all four seasons, this one is it. This would make a wonderful DIY crochet gift for someone special.
Heavy Diamond Cable Chunky Weight Cardigan
If you need something for the warmth, this heavy weight diamond cable chunky cardigan will certainly do it. Despite how it looks, this one is really simple to crochet. You don’t need to know a lot of fancy stitches but you need to know the basics and the pattern is listed as intermediate level.
I found this one on Etsy for just over $5. It’s a gorgeous and really warm cardigan if you use a heavier yarn.
Simple Everyday Crochet Cardigan
If you just want a crocheted cardigan pattern that gives you a nice little sweater to wear for everyday, this is it. This is one of the simplest patterns that I have seen for crocheted cardigans and it is a comfortable look that is perfect for pairing with jeans or even dressier outfits if you want.
The skill level for this one is easy, so you can do this even if you are just starting out with your crochet hooks.
Pineapple Crochet Fairy Queen Coat
This is one of the most exquisite crocheted cardigans that I have seen. I found this pattern on Etsy, and it’s just $8. This is one of their most popular patterns and the download gives you 20 pages of photos and written instructions that will walk you through the process of creating this hooded cardigan.
The design is absolutely gorgeous, and it is not nearly as difficult to work up as you might think.
Crochet Cardigans With Pockets
Great Little Pocketed Cardigan
If you are anything like me, you need pockets. I have to have pockets in all of my cardigans and jackets. This one is a great one for beginners. It’s pretty easy to work up and it has these great, deep pockets in the front.
The front closure on this one is really unique, and the overall look is very classy. If you want just a basic shorter cardigan that is perfect for wearing to work or lounging around the house, this one is it.
Short Sleeved Riverbend Cardigan
If you want a short sleeved cardigan for spring and summer, this is a good one. This one has great pockets in the front, too, and the pattern is pretty easy to follow. You will need to use the Twin V stitch to make this one but don’t worry if that’s a new term.
There is a great tutorial that will walk you through the steps to making that stitch and then you can turn it into this gorgeous cardigan.
Comfy Pocketed Crochet Cardigan
If you need front pockets and you want a warm and comfy cardigan, this is a good one. This pattern is really simple to understand, and you can do it in a number of different sizes, depending on what you need. I love the thickness of this one. It is perfect for winter.
If you’re looking for something pretty easy and super comfortable, this is the perfect crocheted winter cardigan for you.
Easy Baggy Cardigan
This baggy crocheted cardigan is the perfect sweater for colder weather. It’s a really easy pattern to follow and doesn’t contain any super difficult stitches. This is great to just grab whenever you need a sweater or you can do it in colors that accent your winter wardrobe.
It’s just past waist length and has pockets in the front – you have to love a pattern that includes pockets! This one would be perfect for any season depending on the weight of yarn that you use and the design is just beautiful.
Granny Square Crochet Cardigans
Gorgeous Granny Lace Cardigan
This gorgeous cardigan has a design that is elegant and beautiful. This is a great cardigan for those cold winter nights. With its open granny lace design, it looks cool but the chunkier front and neck make it perfect for winter.
It has a neat shrug appearance but covers like a cardigan. The pattern is so easy to follow, even if you have never attempted the granny lace before. This is going to become your favorite, making it and wearing it.
Hexagonal Pattern Hooded Crocheted Cardigan
If you love unique looks, this hexagonal crochet pattern is perfect for you. This cardigan is a bit on the heavier side, so it is great for winter weather, and it has a hood. The cardigan is made by crocheting two hexagonal granny squares and then joining them together.
This forms the body and the sleeves. Then, you just add the hood. The pattern is really easy to follow and it’s listed as an easy one to do, so you could work this up pretty quickly even if you are a beginner.
Crocheted Rose Bottom Cardigan
If you want something a bit more intricate, this rose bottomed cardigan is perfect. You make rose granny squares for the back of this one, which aren’t at all difficult even for beginners.
Once you have those finished, you just use them to create the back, bottom front and collar of the cardigan. The process is really much easier than it sounds and you end up with a gorgeous rose covered cardigan that is perfect for fall and winter. Add your own crocheted hat and you’ve got quite an outfit with this one.
Crocheted Campfire Cardigan
This campfire cardigan is perfect for those cool fall evenings on the lake. You make this with granny hexagons for the body, then you add the back and shoulders. The long sleeves are great for cooler weather and the hood comes in handy, too.
This pattern is so easy to follow. The instructions are crystal clear and the cardigan itself is really gorgeous. I recommend this one for beginners who are just getting used to crocheting and need a fun project for practice.
Easy Crochet Cardigans For Beginners
Peek-A-Boo Button Wrap Cardigan
This crocheted cardigan looks more like a scarf or vest but it’s an actual cardigan. This is a really simple one to crochet, because you don’t have to worry about adding sleeves or sleeve holes.
Beginners will want to try this one for sure. It has a single button enclosure that keeps it closed and if you do it in a lightweight yarn, this one is perfect for spring. I love the simplicity of this one. It really is perfect for those of you who are just getting started in crochet.
Lightweight Crochet Circular Cardigan Vest
Here is another great crochet cardigan for summer or spring. This lightweight vest type cardigan will definitely not warm you up too much. The stitches are open so there is plenty of air to get through.
Choose a lighter weight yarn to really make this one the perfect summer accessory. And, the pattern is really easy to follow, even for beginners.
Basic Chunky Crocheted Cardigan
If you want something to keep you warm on those cold winter days or nights, and you want something that is super easy to crochet, this one is it. This basic chunky crocheted cardigan uses basic stitches – you don’t need to know any fancy crochet stitches to do it!
This is a great one for beginner crochet enthusiasts who maybe haven’t done clothing yet. The design is easy to do and the pattern is easy to follow.
Delicate Crochet Shrug Pattern
If shorter lengths are your thing, you really want to take a look at the pattern for this delicately crocheted shrug. This is a gorgeous piece and it is perfect for wearing over dresses or t-shirts.
The pattern is on Etsy, and it’s just $3. It’s pretty simply and straightforward as far as patterns go, and it works up really quickly without the need to know any complicated stitches. You just use basic crochet stitches – and you can have it finished in just a few hours.
Bulky Winter Crochet Cardigan
This is the perfect cardigan for winter. This bulky crocheted cardigan is so warm and comfy. It will soon become your go-to for something to take the chill off during those colder winter months.
The pattern is not too difficult to follow, and it’s so simple that even beginners could have this cardigan worked up in a weekend or so. Once you get it finished, you are definitely going to want to consider doing it again in another color to really accent your winter wardrobe.
Simple Spring Cardigan
For another short sleeved cardigan, you just can’t go wrong with this simple pattern. The pattern itself uses really basic crochet stitches, and you can work this one up with about seven skeins of yarn.
You work this one up by making two pieces – a front and a back – and then joining to add the sleeves. It’s pretty simple even for beginners and it gives you a gorgeous cropped, short sleeved cardigan that is perfect for cooler spring days.
Crocheted Zen Cardigan Jacket
This lightweight jacked is the perfect crochet project for spring and summer. The jacket itself looks great with anything – jeans to dresses. The pattern is easy to follow, and you just need to know chain and single crochet stitches, as well as slip stitch and treble crochet.
Those are all pretty simple. You end up with a gorgeous jacket that comes to a long V in the back and in the front.
Easy Crochet Bolero Cardigan
This little bolero styled cardigan is a great one for spring or summer. If you use a lightweight yarn, this would be perfect for those warmer days when you just want to add a little style to your wardrobe.
The crocheting part is pretty simple and the pattern is really easy to understand. I love the openness of the crochet stitches in this one and it’s a good one for beginners to get in some practice on.
Fast And Easy Crocheted Shrug
I have a wardrobe filled with shrugs. If you love them as much as I do then you are going to adore this shrug pattern that you can crochet in no time. This is a really simple pattern, and can be worked up in just a few hours.
The sleeveless design on this one make it great for spring or summer. It’s a bit more complex than some of the other free crochet patterns that you may find, but it’s still simple enough for beginners to intermediates.
Crocheted Wedding Jacket Cardigan
If you want something truly elegant and classy, this pattern that I found on Etsy is perfect. You can pick this one up for just over $4, and it is absolutely stunning when you get it finished.
If you need something to pair with a fancy dress or a night out on the town, this is a great one. The pattern is super easy to follow, and the single button enclosure makes it a great pattern for beginners to try. You could even crochet a wedding dress to match up with this for a summer wedding!
Crocheted Fringe Cardigan
If you love fringe, then you will adore this crocheted cardigan that has fringe at the bottom. This is a great summer cardigan pattern. I found it on Etsy and you can get the downloadable pattern for less than $3.
The pattern itself is really simple, and the lightweight design makes this the only summer cardigan that you will need. Plus, there’s the fringe. If you love boho style, this is a must, and it works up really quick and easily.