25 Free Lacy Cardigan Crochet Patterns

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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 Crochet Lace

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.


I hope you have taken some inspiration from these projects, happy crocheting!

Sarah