Two pictures of a woman wearing a knitted cardigan showcasing free chunky knitting patterns.

Simple Chunky Cardigans – Free Knitting Patterns

Share this post with friends

Looking for stylish knitwear to go fab? We have just found free chunky cardigan knitting patterns, and we can’t stop ourselves from sharing them with you!

You surely know that summer is right around the corner. Yet you should also be aware of one widely known fact – a warm cardigan is a must-have all year round. Especially if it is handmade and incredibly soft, right?

Cardigans come in a variety of cuts. Would you prefer a cute crop top style, an oversized fit, or perhaps fancy maximum lengths? As with any handmade garment, it’s really up to you what your cardigan will look like.

With so much to choose from, we really hope the following knit projects will spark your imagination. They’re sure to bring more than one new cardigan into your wardrobe! So, find the best quality yarn and get to work on one of these exciting patterns.

Check out these free patterns under the links below and follow us on Facebook and Pinterest for more creative ideas!

If you need more inspiration, check out our collections of Spring Colors Knit Tees and Simple Baby Pullovers.

Chunky Cardigan Free Knitting Pattern Ideas

Paintbox Cardigan

Any fans of the noble art of color blocking here? Obviously! We bet there is plenty of us everywhere!

If you want to hone your knitting skills, make this chunky cardigan in your favorite colors. Will you stick with pastels or go wild with colours of your choice?

This project requires no sewing and you make it from the top down. You can make it in sizes from small to large, so you are sure to find the perfect one for you. Chunky cardigans with free knitting patterns rock!

Level: upper beginner Author: Rachel Brockman

Knitted Cardigan

Find this pattern on, or

The Downtown Cardigan

This garter stitch gem is so simple and yet so beautiful. We are surely into this light salmon shade. How do you feel about it?

This brilliant author, the queen of adorable amigurumi, is evidently conquering the world of handmade fashion as well. It certainly makes one of the most beautiful cardigan patterns we’ve ever seen! Follow the stitch patterns given in the instructions and enjoy wearing this fabulous clothing piece!

Level: beginner Author: Stephanie Jessica Lau

Knitted Cardigan

Find this pattern on, or

Embarker Cocoon Cardigan

Cocoon cardigans are an awesome idea for winter, trust us! We simply can’t believe that this knitting pattern for a cardigan designed by brilliant Ashley Lillis is actually great for beginners.

Use embossed diamond stitch to make this piece. You can also adjust the width of the sleeves by increasing or decreasing the number of stitches. Take a look at the full pattern with instructions on how to achieve this.

It makes one of the more exceptional cuts for long cardigans. Be sure to make this one! This is a real gem among cardigans for women.

Level: upper beginner Author: Ashley Lillis

Cocoon Cardigan

Find this pattern on, or

Moonbow Slouchy Knit Cardigan

Mama in a Stitch is back with another outstanding chunky cardigan knitting pattern! Knit it before winter ends and enjoy it during the transition period. The weather will certainly require us to keep cozy and warm!

This one definitely falls into the team of free chunky cardigan knitting patterns with an oversized fit. To work this piece you need to knit and purl with a little bit of decreasing. Already know those stitches? If, so you’re ready to go with this gorgeous oversized pattern!

What color will you go for this time? Definitely you should give this ladies chunky cardigan knitting pattern a try!

Level: upper beginner Author: Jessica Reeves Potasz

Slouchy Knit Cardigan

Find this pattern on, or


What kind of yarn to choose for chunky knit cardigans?

Oh, there is only one answer to this question or actually, two. If you want to keep your cardigan chunky and delightful, use bulky or super bulky yarn!

It will feel soft and look fabulous. Having wool in the blend is always nice for winter. However, if you have allergies, 100% acrylic will work just as well! With these two types of yarn, you are sure to create cardigans of your dreams.

Do knit cardigans Come easy enough for beginners?

The ones you can see above definitely are! Simplicity is present on so many levels here – we have minimalist fashion style and beginner-firendly patterns. If you are new to knitting clothes, a chunky cardigan is a great option for you.

How to choose the right color for a chunky knit cardigan?

It all depends on what colors you like the most for autumn and winter. If you need extra energy, bold or deep shades are what you should consider. We are talking mustard yellow, burgundy or dark green. However, if you live for sense-soothing pastels and neutrals, wrap yourself in those beiges, powder pinks and light greys.

Share this post with friends

Similar Posts


  1. Hi please do you have an easy free ladies pattern for chunky cardigan, done on straight needles, thank you

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *