5 Easy Sweater Patterns You’ll Have Time to Knit

Posted by on Jan 7, 2014 in Knitting | Comments

I save a lot of sweater knitting patterns to my Craftsy wishlist, but rarely do I ever get around to knitting them. That’s probably because all of them involve intense colorwork knitting, crazy cables, lots of shaping — and sometimes all three. Instead of longing for the time to knit difficult sweaters, I decided to instead focus on easy knit sweater patterns. Easy sweaters won’t just hang out on my Craftsy wishlist — I’ll actually have time to knit them! These sweater patterns will also be fabulous for you if you are learning to knit your first sweater, or if you’re just pushed for time.

Whether you’re knitting your very first sweater or are just looking for easy sweaters that won’t take much time to knit, check out these sweater patterns straight from Craftsy members.

Knitted eggplant sweater

Photo via Craftsy instructor Amy Ross

Wool-ease eggplant sweater

If you can knit and purl, you can make this sweater. Woo-hoo! This sweater is exclusively for students of Amy Ross’s My First Sweater class. Enroll in Amy’s class and you’ll automatically get the pattern for this and two other simple sweaters that are perfect for beginners.

Get more info on the wool-ease eggplant sweater.

Ramona knit cardigan

Photo via Craftsy member thebrownstitch

Ramona cardigan

This lovely cardigan is knit in bulky yarn, so it knits up quickly. And designer thebrownstitch knows that even beginners like to knit beautiful sweaters, so the instructions for the Ramona Cardigan are so detailed that this cardigan will be a breeze to knit.

Get the Ramona Cardigan pattern.

Knit snowcloud cardigan

Photo via Craftsy member littletheorem

Snowcloud cardigan

Buttons? Psh, nonsense. Not all sweaters need buttons. There aren’t any seams to deal with on this cardigan, either, so for your first sweater you can focus on getting all the stitches and shaping just right without having to stress over seams and other extras. The double moss stitch makes even the easiest sweater look way more complicated than it actually is — but don’t tell anyone that when they compliment you!

Get the Snowcloud Cardigan pattern.

Lysa knit pullover

Photo via Craftsy member theyarniad

Lysa pullover

Beginners who want to try a little bit of colorwork in their sweater will be dying to try this pretty pullover. Stockinette stitch makes up most of the pullover, keeping you focused through any increases or decreases that might trip you up. There is also some optional short row shaping around the collar. Why not try the simple version first, then take advantage of the short rows and knit up a completely different pullover for the second version?

Get the Lysa Pullover pattern.

Knit Cornelia sweater

Photo via Craftsy member Deirdre78

Cornelia sweater

Who knew garter stitch could look so cool? Choose between elbow-length or full-length sleeves. Either way, they’re gonna be poufy! The garter stitch makes the sweater a cinch to work through, but no one else has to know that.

Get the Cornelia Sweater pattern.

Still feeling hesitant about knitting a sweater?

Read our 7 tips for knitting your first sweater to work up more courage. Don’t forget to check out the pretty patterns the Craftsy members enrolled in My First Sweater are knitting. Sign up for the class and Amy Ross will walk you through knitting all three of the sweaters. You can even ask Amy specific questions if you get stuck.

Come back to the Craftsy blog tomorrow for a look at the sneaky stockinette stitch!

Which of these easy sweater patterns are you going to knit?


  1. Dian Minall says:

    I am desperately searching for a VERY EASY D.Knitting pattern for my Granddaughter who wants me to knit her a round necked long sleeved crop top pullover! Plaese can any HELP with letting me know where to get such a pattern? Many thanks, an harassed “Nanny!”.