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Delicate Knitted Cardigans for Summer Free Patterns

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Lacy designs will certainly lift your spirits, so it`s time to make some Delicate Knitted Cardigans with free patterns. Whether you use cotton or merino yarn, these projects will definitely add a stylish touch to your look. In addition, they will keep you cozy and warm while out and about or simply lounging on a couch. Beginner-friendly designs are not difficult to knit at all, therefore even beginners will enjoy making them. Wonderful (and free!) lacy patterns for knitted cardigans are feminine and stylish. Show them off with beautiful colors! Such cardigans will make a perfect addition to any wardrobe. Give them a go! Check out these free patterns under the links below and don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Pinterest for more creative ideas!

If you need more inspiration, check out our collections of Shawlettes with Ruffles and Soft Cardigans.

free knitting patterns for cardigans

Wildflowers Lace Cardigan

Marci was inspired by the flora of the Pacific Northwest trails and decided to incorporate the wildflowers into her lacy design. This cardigan will be your favorite summer piece, but it can be much more. The white version pictured below would be a beautiful bridal accessory, but it will come in handy for date nights, cocktail parties, and other special occasions. 

Level: intermediate Author: Marci Marra

white lacy knitted shawl on a black mannequin

photo by Marci Marra /

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Trafori Luxury Cardigan 

This cardigan from Laines du Nord looks simple but has a lot of unexpected details. Delicate openwork on the sleeve and the body, the color blocking, the length – it all makes it unique. Wear it over a jeans-and-t-shirt combo, or a fancy dress. Compliments guaranteed!

Level: intermediate Author: Laines du Nord

a woman in a long cardigan

photo by Laines du Nord /

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Lace cardigan

Knit yourself this cheerful cardigan with colorful Stylecraft yarn. A delicate chevron pattern makes the colors go in waves, and little openwork adds lightness to the whole project. Style it with dresses, or go for simple jeans and a T-shirt.

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Level: intermediate Author: Stylecraft Yarns

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Louanne Cardigan

Simple geometric patterns are timeless, so take a look at Kate’s project below. Choose a feminine lilac hue, or go for something more classic – neutrals, for example. The pattern and construction require some skills, so consider this pattern suitable for intermediate crocheters.

Level: intermediate Author: Käte Stödter

photos by Käte Stödter /

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Senape Cardigan

Do you feel the chill of summer evenings these days? Don’t worry, Kuki Knits has got you covered! This awesome pattern will let you create a real fashion gem and won’t take much of your precious time. Pack the cardigan for your holiday suitcase! What color will you go for?

Level: upper beginner Author: Kuki Knits

Knitted Cardigan

The original pattern and the photos are on Ravelry


Soft merino yarn creates a cuddly and delicate fabric that`s certainly perfect for a cardigan. Simple construction is decorated with lace and seed stitch. This pattern by Sintra Wolff is somehow both casual and so elegant! Miraculous, isn’t it?

Level: upper beginner Author: Sintra Wolff

Knitted Shawl

The original pattern and the photos are on Ravelry

Ivy Cardigan

The Blue Mouse is the queen of handmade fashion! With plenty of positive energy and timeless style, this cardigan is certainly an ideal cover-up. Whether over a top or a dress, it`s a beautiful and versatile addition to your wardrobe.

Level: upper beginner Author: The Blue Mouse

Lacy Knitted Cardigan

The original pattern and the photos are on The Hook Nook Life. More info on Ravelry.


Who doesn’t need a pattern for a stockinette cardigan in their repertoire? We all do! This one by the genius Berroco team has a wide collar and a fashionable crop fit. We love this color too! So unique, isn’t it? Go for it if you need fresh energy.

Level: upper beginner Author: Berroco, Inc.

Knitted Sweater

The original pattern and the photos are on Berroco. More info on Ravelry.

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