10 Easy, Breezy Cardigans to Knit for Spring

Even in the warmest months it’s nice to have a great layering option. Open cardigans are stylish and comfortable, perfect for almost any outfit or occasion. You can dress them up or down, wear them open or belted, with short sleeves or long.

Here are 10 great knitting patterns that show off the diversity of the perfect warm-weather layering option!

Watershed Cardigan

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1. Watershed

Using minimal amounts of yarn and openwork can make even aran weight yarn into a light summer layering piece, which is exactly what Amy Swenson does with the Watershed cardigan. Open and airy, with an elegant lace edging, Watershed is a great option for wear over a sleeveless summer dress. A beautiful tonal yarn like Malabrigo Rios will shine when knit in this lovely pattern!

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Newsom knitted cardigan

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2. Newsom Cardigan

Designer Bristol Ivy is a master of clever construction, even when it comes to a clean-lined open-front cardigan like Newsom Cardigan. The garter stitch front wraps around the stockinette back at mitered angles, creating a simple, elegant cardigan that calls to mind paper folding. Knit in a delicate opalescent shade of Mrs. Crosby Hat Box, African Grey, this is a timeless piece that will go with everything in your wardrobe.

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Aureed knit cardigan

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3. Aureed

Lightweight and lovely with a pleated lace panel in back, Aureed is knit in fingering weight Tosh Merino Light, meaning that even though the sleeves are bracelet length, you won’t overheat in this beautiful cardigan. Although the lace looks fancy and will impress the heck out of your friends, it’s a mesh, which is relatively simple to knit even if you’re a lace novice. This is a gorgeous piece that will wow without a lot of pain in the knitting.

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Summer Waves knit cardigan

4. Summer Waves Cardigan

This sunny cotton cardigan saves the lace for last, replacing button bands with sideways knit lace edging. Soft pima cotton will breathe, and in a range of beautiful colors, you’re sure to find one that suits your wardrobe.

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Rhombi knit cardigan

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5. Rhombi

This cheery cardigan by designer Terri Cruse also makes use of the edging as a space for more complicated stitch patterns. A silk blend creates drape, meaning your cardigan will hang beautifully every time.

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Ardelise knit cardigan

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6. Ardelise

If you live in the southern hemisphere, or if you need an elegant sweater coat for cool spring nights, Ardelise is a gorgeous choice. With an attractive corrugated lace edging knit at the same time as the body of the sweater, waist-shaping, and a mid-thigh length, this is a sophisticated choice for an evening out. Try an alpaca blend like Manos del Uruguay Serena for a soft and glamorous drape.

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Promontory Point knit cardigan

7. Promontory Point Cardigan

Shaped fronts come to a point with textured stripes of knit and purl stitches for emphasis. Available in a variety of tonal solids and speckled lights, this lightweight cardigan is sure to be a hit as a casual and comfortable layer that doesn’t lack in style.

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Wisteria knit cardigan

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8. Wisteria Cardigan

I love the way the lace leave panel on the back of this cardigan is both geometric and organic. Sized for children and adults, this is a versatile and winning piece that will work for people of many sizes and shapes. Try a cotton yarn for a breathable warm weather option.

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Katherine Rib knit cardigan

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9. Katherine Rib Cardigan

This fun oversized cardigan is a trendsetting piece that will jump start a tired wardrobe. Knitting on oversized needles will make a loose, open ribbing. Try a wool blend for a less weighty option.

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Strand Hill knit cardigan

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10. Strand Hill Cardigan

A pretty lace panel makes this cardigan pop, and in fingering weight yarn, it will be just the right weight for warm weather. Pick a summery shade for a bit of sunshine year round!

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4 Responses to “10 Easy, Breezy Cardigans to Knit for Spring”
  1. Cheryl Wolthuis
    Cheryl Wolthuis

    Finding lots of interesting patterns when I browse but none of them are available. Just takes me to the home page. Annoying!

  2. Kate Thomas
    Kate Thomas

    #4 Summer Waves Cardigan says to get the kit and It’s not there. In fact none of them are.