Free Chunky Knit Cardigan Patterns

Try a chunky knitted cardigan pattern as your first knit garment project! Once you’re familiar with the basics, a beginner knitter can finish a chunky cardigan pattern in no time. These beginner-friendly patterns use simple shapes and thicker yarns.

We’ve currated a collection of chunky knit cardigan patterns that are easy to knit and even easier to wear. All of these patterns are cozy and practical, perfect as knit gifts or wardrobe staples to keep!

Photo Credit: Katie Marcus

1. Buttony Sweater

by Katie Marcus

YARN: Debbie Bliss Merino Chunky

SIZES: One Size 36-38″ bust

“Looking for that chunky, cosy go-to sweater that stays with you until it virtually becomes part of you? Sari Nordlund’s Lempi just might be it, a perfect beginner project from chunky Hygge Wool yarn. Seamless design with raglan sleeves, sleeves above wrist height, and a high turtleneck.”

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Photo Credit: Yarnspirations


by Yarnspirations Design Team

YARN: Caron X Pantone (Bulky)


Knit on circular needles from the top-down, this raglan sleeve sweater knits up in a flash with no extra seams to sew. Choose a self-striping yarn for easy color, or a solid color for a timeless wardrobe staple.

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Photo Credit: Gralina Frie

3. Wild Mohair Cardigan

by Gralina Frie

YARN: Rowan Kidsilk Haze or Garnstudio DROPS Vienna

SIZES: one size – approx. XS-L

“Knitting this mohair cardigan is a really quick and fun project. You finally get to use up a lot of saved single skeins from your stash. And get a wonderfully soft and unique cardigan that will go with just anything!”

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Photo Credit: Berroco Yarn

4. Left Wheel

by Berrocco Yarn

YARN: Berroco Lodge™


This pattern is a great way to use color changing yarns for a simple cardigan with a big impact. This pattern features two front panels knit in different directions. The subtle stripes and shifts in color can create a fun, dramatic effect!

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Photo Credit: 2018 MEZ Crafts UK Ltd.

5. Dee

by Martin Storey

YARN: Rowan Brushed Fleece

SIZES: 32 – 50″

Classic, cozy, and comfortable, this cardigan is super simple to make and easy to wear. This pattern is a great time to showcase a fun, textured yarn and practice your seaming skills.

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Photo Credit: Lion Brand Yarn

6. Colonia Cropped Cardi

by Lisa Carnahan

YARN: Lion Brand Color Made Easy


Easy and relaxed! This pattern is an open-front cardigan, perfect for layering all year round. Use cotton yarns for a summer version or cozy wools for winter. Garter stitch at the shoulders creates a soft silhouette and simple stockinette for the rest means this is a fast and beginner-friendly project.

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Photo Credit: Dharma Trading Store

7. Cloud Gate II

by Dharma Trading Store

YARN: Henry’s Attic Toaga or Henry’s Attic Toaga II Mohair or Galler Yarns Toaga II or Sirdar Temptation

SIZES: One Size, 40″

“In the store, many knitters are excited to see this pattern, because they’ve stashed mohair and don’t know what to do with it. Here’s the answer! And because it’s knit loosely, yardage requirements are low.”

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Photo Credit: Amy Gunderson

8. Penelope’s Cardigan

by Amy Gunderson

YARN: Universal Yarn Deluxe Bulky Superwash

SIZES: 38″ – 57″

“This A-line cardigan is knit seamlessly from the top down. First, the collar extensions are knit outward from the back neck. Next, stitches are picked up along the sides of the collar extensions and raglan shaping begins.”

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Photo Credit: Louise Bollanos

9. Rainbow Cardigan

by Handy Little Me

YARN: Paintbox Yarns Simply Chunky


“The cardigan is easy to make, with advanced beginner knitters in mind.

Using mainly knit stitches, you will create a loose-fitting striped cardigan with some simple increases and decreases.

This knitted cardigan will be perfect for spring/summer days.”

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Photo Credit: Mama in a Stitch

10. Moonbow Slouchy Knit Cardigan

by Mama in a Stitch

YARN: Lion Brand Hue + Me


“Featuring a drapey oversized fit, cozy pockets, and generous sleeves, this cardi is right on trend and comfy as can be! Try pairing it with a graphic tee, jeans or even shorts. It’s a super easy knit with minimal shaping so just about anyone can make it. And because it’s made with chunky yarn and big needles, it’s a quick knit too.”

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About Chunky Yarns

Chunky yarns are more commonly labeled as “bulky” in craft stores. Bulky yarns include a whole wide world of fibers and colors to choose from. From soft fuzzy mohair, to smooth machine-washable acrylic, you can find the perfect chunky yarn for any pattern!

As always, make sure you’re able to get the same knitting gauge called for in the pattern if you’re using a yarn not recommended by the pattern.


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