11 Short-Sleeved Cardigans Perfect for Summer Layering

Summer can be sweltering, sure, but it’s also when offices blast the air conditioning, which isn’t always pleasant when you’re wearing sleeveless tops. When the cold air arrives unexpectedly, you’ll need a knitting pattern for short-sleeved cardigans.

These short-sleeved cardigans are light and quick.

Leaf Lace Cardigan Knitting Pattern

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1. Leaf Lace Cardigan

Grab your favorite lace-weight cotton to stitch up this pretty piece. It’s light-weight, and the open stitches will still show off whatever pretty top you’re wearing underneath.

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Vintage Cotton Cardigan Knitting Pattern

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2. Vintage Cotton Cardigan

This cardigan uses stranded colorwork, so the bottom panels of the sweater are a bit warmer than your usual cardigan. Save this one for nights when the temperature is going to dip quite a bit, or for air-conditioned offices.

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Koukla Cardigan Knitting Pattern

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3. Koukla Cardigan

This soft, double-breasted cardigan works with dresses or with casual tops and jeans. You might even be able to transition right into fall and winter with this cardi if you pair it with long sleeves. I love that this one has pockets, too!

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Somerset Cardigan Knitting Pattern

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4. Somerset Cardigan

Looking for something to pop on over your work wear? This cardigan is designed with a vintage style that’s perfect for both professional and casual outfits. The leather buttons are an especially nice touch.

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Top Down Lace Cardigan Knitting Pattern

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5. Top-Down Lace Cardigan

This gorgeous lace cardigan has open lace stitches that give you an extra layer without too much warmth. The pattern comes with instructions for four different sizes.

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Shawl Cardigan Knitting Pattern

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6. Shawl Cardigan

Brush up on your chart-reading skills before you begin this project. The cardigan is reversible, so you can button it in the front or in the back depending on the occasion.

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Free Spirit Topper Knit Cardigan

7. Free Spirit Topper Cardigan

Don’t pack this cardigan away for the winter! It’s so soft and comfortable that you’ll probably want to wear it year round, whether you’re layering it on top of a tank top, strappy sundress or over a long-sleeved tee.

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Starry Night Cardigan Knitting Pattern

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8. Starry Night Cardigan

Easy does it when it comes to the garter stitch that makes up this simple cardigan. Let the yarn do the talking as you breeze through this one. It’s a great project for a first-time sweater knitter.

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Shamrock Cardigan Knitting Pattern

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9. Shamrock Cardigan

Don’t worry, you don’t have to be Irish to knit this cardigan. The pattern uses a sport-weight yarn so it’s nice and light for mild weather. The sleeves are raglan-style, and the lace panels give the sweater just enough personality without making it too complicated.

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Abbi Shawl Collar Cardigan Knitting Pattern

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10. Abbi Shawl Collar Cardigan

Think cozy, even in summer! This cardigan is seamless with a top-down raglan construction, so you can wrap up in it without being bothered by any bulky seams. The pattern does use short rows, so be sure you’re familiar with that technique before you cast on.

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Sideways Cardigan Knitting Pattern

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11. Sideways Cardigan

This loose-fitting cropped cardigan is ideal for an extra layer during spring and summer. The cardi is stitched with cotton, too, so you get that extra layer without too much clingy warmth.

What kind of garments or accessories do you knit as an extra layer during warm months?

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8 Responses to “11 Short-Sleeved Cardigans Perfect for Summer Layering”

  1. Polina Gimelberg

    can I get pattern # 1 Leaf Lace Cardigan?
    Thank you very much

    • EMILY

      Yeah! And I tried searching the patterns on Craftsy without success. I found some of them on Google for purchase on other websites, though. Is that why the links don’t work? Because they are external to Craftsy?