If you are looking for some new lacy cardigan crochet patterns to try then you are in the right place! A lace cardigan is a versatile addition to any wardrobe; it adds a touch of class to simple jeans and tee, and is also perfect as a crochet beach cover-up.
Due to the nature of the lace or openwork stitches, a lace cardigan will often work up a lot more quickly than a cardigan with a closed stitch pattern, so it’s a great one to try if you are looking for a quicker make.
This list of free crochet patterns is perfect if you have been wanting to crochet a lace cardigan for yourself (or maybe as an extra special gift!). With options for all skill levels and styles, you’re sure to find something that catches your eye.
So, grab your hooks and yarn and let’s get started!
How to Crochet a Lace Cardigan
There are a few different construction techniques for crocheting a cardigan.
One of the most common methods is to crochet the body and sleeves of a cardigan separately and then sew them together once you’re done. The back and front panels can be worked individually or as one piece with a split for the armholes.
It’s also possible to work a cardigan from the top down in rows, and this seamless construction method allows you to try on the cardigan as you go for a perfect fit.
What to look for in a crochet cardigan pattern
When it comes to making a lightweight cardigan, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, consider the fit that you would like; do you prefer a relaxed, oversized fit or a more fitted silhouette?
You’ll also want to look for a pattern that matches your own style and skill level. Lace patterns can sometimes be complex with larger stitch and row repeats, but it’s also possible to create a gorgeous lace or mesh stitch pattern using just basic crochet stitches. Expect to use lots of chains to create a light and airy stitch pattern!
What is the best yarn for a lace cardigan?
A lightweight, breathable yarn such as cotton or bamboo is ideal for a summer cardigan crochet project. Wool is also surprisingly good at keeping you cool in summer (as well as warm in winter!) so don’t discount a merino wool blend yarn for a lightweight cardigan.
In terms of yarn weight, you have a lot of flexibility. A sport or fingering weight yarn will create a deliciously delicate and floaty cardigan, but a worsted weight yarn paired with an open stitch pattern can also give you a gorgeous lace effect.
Some of my favorite yarns to use for a lacy crochet cardigan include:
Blocking is an important finishing step in crochet, and for lace or open stitch patterns it is pretty much essential!
When you block crochet, you stretch and shape the fabric while damp. This allows the stitches to settle into their proper places and creates a more polished and professional-looking finished garment. Blocking helps to improve stitch definition and drape, and it also helps to bring out the beauty of intricate stitch patterns in lace garments.
By taking the time to block your lace cardigan, you can ensure that your finished project looks its absolute best.
There are different methods for blocking, including wet blocking, steam blocking, and spray blocking, each suited to different types of yarn and fabrics.
Wet blocking: Best for natural fibers such as wool, alpaca, cotton, linen, and silk.
Steam blocking: Best for synthetic fibers or blends such as acrylic, polyester, and nylon. It can also work for natural fibers, but be cautious not to overheat the fabric.
Spray blocking: Best for delicate fibers such as silk or for items that cannot withstand soaking or heat.
Keep in mind that these are general guidelines, and you should always refer to the yarn label and the care instructions for your chosen yarn.
It’s also a good idea to do a test swatch and block it using the method you plan to use for the finished project to make sure it works well with your yarn.
25 Free Lacy Cardigan Crochet Patterns
Your search for a free crochet lacy cardigan pattern is over! This list of 25 free crochet cardigan patterns has something for everyone, from beginners to more experienced crocheters.
This sleeveless crochet cardigan is the perfect layering piece for spring and summer. The pattern is written for 9 sizes from XS – 5X, and is designed for a relaxed, oversized fit. The cardigan features a lace panel at the back which adds a feminine, elegant touch to this lovely piece while the camel stitch trim finishes the cardigan off beautifully.
Get ready to cozy up with the Dream Catcher Cardi, a chunky crochet shrug that's perfect for chilly days. The beautiful diamond motif on the back adds a touch of elegance to this free pattern. It's available in 4 sizes - XS/S, M/L, XL/2X and 3X/4X, so you're sure to find the perfect fit. Keep in mind that this cocoon cardigan is designed to be oversized, but if you prefer a more classic fit, you can always opt for a smaller size.
This beginner-friendly crochet cardigan is a cute and comfy garment perfect for lounging around the house or heading out on spring afternoon! Although it features a solid stitch pattern, the super fine yarn paired with a larger 6mm hook means that this cardigan is still beautifully lightweight with amazing drape.
Size: One size. Square will measure 88 cm / 34.6 inches when finished
Looking for a stylish yet comfortable cardigan for your next movie night? Look no further than the Movie Night Cocoon Cardi! This shrug-style cardigan is perfect for draping over your shoulders for a cozy feel, whether you're lounging on the couch or heading out for a night on the town. The best part? This easy crochet pattern is versatile enough to be worked in a lightweight cotton for summer nights or a chunkier wool for cooler temperatures.
Size: Width across back: 40”/1.02m Length from neck to hem: 40”/1.02m
This beautiful short-sleeved crochet summer cardigan features the unique drunken granny stitch on the front and back panels, paired with a treble crochet for the sleeves, creating a beautiful contrast that really makes it stand out. This short-sleeved top is perfect for getting little extra coverage in the summer months while still keeping you cool and comfortable.
Get ready for the warmer weather with this stunning layering piece - beautiful Crochet Floral Summer Cardi. The cardi features a delicate flower pattern and short sleeves, and is a perfect project for seasoned crocheters.
The Peek-A-Boo Crop Cardigan is a gorgeous piece made using a simple mesh stitch pattern that is worked in one piece for easy construction. The open stitch pattern means that this cardigan works up really quickly, and you can modify the length to your liking too. Plus, a step-by-step video on how to crochet the cardigan is available should you need a little extra help.
The Forest of the Night Cardi pattern features a beautiful leaf lace motif and is worked from the bottom up with minimal seaming required. The intermediate crochet stitches used in the pattern are accompanied by helpful diagrams to guide you along the way. The pattern offers multiple sleeve options, including sleeveless, short, or long, making it a versatile choice for any wardrobe.
This free crochet cardigan pattern is versatile enough to be worn all year round. While it's perfect as a lightweight layer in the summer, it can also be worn in the fall, spring, or even winter for those living in milder climates. This cardigan is crocheted from two identical panels which are seamed at the back and sides to finish.
Get ready for summer with the stunning Summer Breeze Cardigan! This beautiful crochet cardigan is made entirely of shell stitches for an airy and lightweight feel. The positive ease design ensures a loose and flowy fit that's perfect for the summer season.
Experience the ultimate comfort, style, and elegance with the Laikini Cardigan! Made by seaming two panels, this open and lacy cardigan is named after the Hawaiian word for lace - “laikini”. Perfect for tropical getaways, poolside lounging, or even layering in the fall, this cotton cardigan is both comfortable and lightweight.
Sizes: 2 sizes: Original size fits S/M/L and Tall & Curvy fits XL/2X/3X
The Diamond Clusters Crochet Cardigan features a modern diamond motif that is sure to turn heads. Whether you're attending a casual garden party or relaxing on a summer evening, this cardigan is a versatile option to complete your look. The sample pictured is crafted in a beautiful white hue, perfect for light summer wear.
The Iris Cocoon Shrug crochet pattern is a stylish and versatile design, featuring the gorgeous Iris stitch. This oversized cocoon shrug is made with worsted weight yarn and features an easy-to-follow pattern that can be adapted to fit any size.
Embrace the warmer seasons in style with the exquisite Lace Crochet Shrug! This beautifully crafted shrug features intricate lace crochet stitch details, making it a stylish and fashionable accessory that's perfect for spring and summer. The pattern is very straightforward and perfect for crocheters of all levels.
Size: One size: Width (number of rows): 107 cm / 42.1 inches Height (number of stitches): 103 cm / 40.5 inches
The Lacy Crochet Cardigan Pattern is the ideal short-sleeved cardigan for warmer weather. Wear it over a summer top with jeans or over your favorite summer dress. The pattern is written for sizes XS to 5XL and is beginner-friendly too!
The Cabot Trail Cardigan crochet pattern is designed to be worked in a single piece, with minimal seaming required. This stunning cardigan features a cluster lace stitch pattern that combines both texture and openwork all at once. The loose-fitting cardigan includes full-length sleeves making it perfect for layering. This pattern also comes with a full video tutorial.
The Kieran Cardigan is the perfect blend of fashion and function. This free pattern uses worsted weight yarn and an open work stitch pattern to create a cozy, yet lightweight cardigan, perfect for layering. This easy pattern also includes instructions on customizing the length to suit your own individual style.
This stylish, light and airy crochet cardigan is perfect for the warm weather! The cardigan is constructed from the bottom up, with the front and back panels worked in one piece and later divided for armholes. It has a relaxed fit and you have the option to keep it closed on top with cute buttons or leave it open.
Looking for a stylish way to jazz up your warm-weather wardrobe? The stunning Kalina Duster adds a touch of luxury to any outfit, whether you're rocking a flowy spring dress or keeping it casual with jeans and a summer top. The subtle lace pattern is unique and elegant, and you can choose your favorite colors and length to create a look that's all your own. It's the perfect accessory for a laid-back yet chic spring or summer vibe.
The Sweet Summer Ruana is an ideal transitional piece from spring to summer. Throw it on over jeans and a tank for a casual look, a dress for a fancier look, or your swimsuit for a coverup! This lightweight garment is created with an open lace granny square called the Dogwood flower granny square and assembled with the join-as-you-go method.
This lovely crochet duster flatters all body types and is the ideal way to dress up any outfit. It can be worn with a dress, jeans, or even to the beach! The pattern is written for two sizes: S/M and L/XL. The silhouette is inspired by the Japanese kimono, and even the flower stitch pattern was influenced by the nature-inspired motifs found in traditional kimonos.
Create a fashionable and versatile garment suitable for any season with this customizable lace cardigan pattern. The pattern includes instructions for adjusting the sizing to ensure a perfect fit. You also have the freedom to choose your preferred yarn and tailor the design to your liking with options for short or long sleeves.
Size: Size: S-M, height –50 cm, width — 34 cm, shoulders strap and sleeve —19 cm
Yarn weight: #3 / Light / DK
Skill Level: Easy
Pattern Format: Written & Video
I hope you have taken some inspiration from these projects, happy crocheting!
Join the Ned & Mimi Crochet club for 80+ crochet patterns!FIND OUT MORE