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Chunky Cropped Sweater Knitting Patterns


Klara Nilsson | Updated on October 18, 2021

We’ve pored through Etsy, LoveCrafts, Instagram, and some of the biggest knitting websites on the web to bring you a collection of the best cropped sweater knitting patterns out there.

Some of these cropped jumper patterns are free, while others come at a small cost – but they’ve all been chosen carefully based on style, value, difficulty level, and the latest trends.

We’ve chosen a range of projects to make sure there are options for all skill levels, but most of these knitting patterns are for beginners. You’ll find turtlenecks, cable knit jumpers, vintage cropped sweaters, and a range of different yarns including merino and mohair.

Most of these patterns use heavy weight chunky yarn, which makes them simple to knit and perfect for beginners.

Regardless of your skill level, we’ve made sure to pick only the best cropped sweaters and cardigans that come with a short length and a boxy fit.

16 Curated Cropped Sweater Knitting Patterns

Most of the following patterns require only the basic knit and purl stitches. They all come with step-by-step instructions and measurements in both centimetres and inches.

You’ll find a few free cropped sweater knitting patterns in this list as well as a large selection of paid patterns from popular designers. Each recommendation comes with details on the techniques and materials required, as well as suggestions for the best chunky yarn suppliers.

1. Cozy Mock Neck Sweater

Cozy Mock Neck Sweater
Price$8.79/£6.45
Difficulty LevelBeginner
Techniques Used1×1 Rib Stitch, Stockinette Stitch
Completion Time12 Hours
Designer’s WebsiteCozy Mock Neck Sweater – WellLovedKnits on Etsy

This comfy cropped sweater from WellLovedKnits on Etsy is an easy pattern to follow that’s perfect for beginners. Some customers have reported difficulty knitting the sleeves, but both the pattern has received excellent feedback on Etsy.

The pattern starts from the bottom up, and is then worked back and forth in 1×1 stockinette and ribbing stitch. After knitting the first two body panels, you simply stitch them together and move onto the sleeves, which are knitted with circular needles in the round.

The pattern has a boxy, cropped silhouette and can be knitted a size up for an oversized fit. We recommend knitting a small swatch first to test out the chunky yarn you’re using.

Recommended Materials

To knit this pattern, you will need the following materials:

Needle Size12mm/US Size 17 Circular Needles
15mm/US Size 19 Circular Needles (40cm & 60cm cables)
Yarn Weight80m = 200g/Super Chunky (4 wpi)
Yarn QuantityS: 5 skeins
M: 5 skeins
L: 6 skeins
+ 1 skein in a contrasting color
Suggested YarnCrazy Sexy Wool – Wool and the Gang
The Wool – We Are Knitters

2. Oversized Cropped Turtleneck Sweater

Easy Oversized Turtleneck Sweater
Price$6.32/£4.59
Difficulty LevelBeginner
Completion Time15 Hours
Designer’s WebsiteChunky Turtleneck Sweater – DaisyandPeace on Etsy

This chunky knit sweater is oversized and designed with a thick turtleneck. Like many others on the Etsy shop, the design is both modern and fashionable.

Based on customer feedback, this pattern is excellent for novices that haven’t yet started their first jumper.

Recommended Materials

To knit this pattern, you will need the following materials:

Needle Size3.5mm Circular Needles (40cm-60cm Cable)
4.5mm Circular Needles (60cm-80cm Cable)
Yarn WeightBulky/120m = 100g
Yarn Quantity900g–1050g
Suggested YarnNako Sport Wool – Ravelry

3. Boring Sweater “01”

Boring Sweater 01
Price$8.57/£6.26
Difficulty LevelIntermediate
Completion Time17 Hours
Designer’s WebsiteBoring Sweater 01 – Boring Knits

Boring Sweater 01 is a new addition to this list that couldn’t be missed. It’s a lightly cropped sweater pattern with a drop shoulder that is knit using 100% organic wool. The pattern includes instructions for six sizes and requires two sets of circular needles.

Recommended Materials

To knit this pattern, you will need the following materials:

Needle SizeUS Size 10/6mm Circular Needles (80cm)
US Size 4/3.5mm Circular Needles (60cm)
Yarn Weight80m = 50g
Yarn Quantity500g-600g
Suggested YarnN/A

4. Olann Cropped Turtleneck Sweater

Olann Cropped Turtleneck Sweater
Price$8.74/£6.41
Difficulty LevelBeginner/Intermediate
Completion Time18 Hours
Designer’s WebsiteKNITTnyc – Etsy

KnittNYC is a fantastic source of independently-designed modern knitting patterns, as well as some one-off items of clothing.

This cropped turtleneck sweater knitting pattern is no different. Its puffy sleeves, thick collar and boxy silhouette will look incredible on just about anyone.

The pattern is one size fits all, but the neck, body, and sleeves can all be made longer or shorter depending on your preferences.

Another pattern that calls for chunky yarn, this is a gorgeous, squishy sweater with tons of bounce. There’s not much additional information out there, but all of the details can be found once you download the pattern.

Recommended Materials

To knit this pattern, you will need the following materials:

Needle SizeN/A – See Pattern
Yarn WeightChunky/Bulky
Yarn QuantityN/A – See Pattern
Suggested YarnCrazy Sexy Wool – Wool and the Gang

5. “Stay Home” Cropped Sweater Pattern

"Stay Home" Cropped Sweater Pattern
Price$6.34/£4.60
Difficulty LevelBeginner
Completion Time10 Hours
Techniques Used1×1 Rib Stitch, Stockinette Stitch, Whip Stitch
Designer’s Website“Stay Home” Sweater – aHoneyKnits on Etsy

This cropped mohair sweater is a one-size-fits-all pattern, but there are instructions within if you want to change the measurements to your preference.

The silhouette is classic; with a wider body, short length, and big sleeves. Thanks to the suggested mohair yarn, the texture is fluffy and it’s very slightly transparent. This jumper is a favourite of ours – there’s a reason aHoneyKnits features in our recommendations for knitting instagram accounts!

Recommended Materials

To knit this pattern, you will need the following materials:

Needle SizeUS Size 11/8mm Circular Needles
US Size 17/12mm Circular Needles (32in Cable)
Yarn WeightAran/Worsted (100m = 50g)
Yarn Quantity5 skeins (109 yards per skein)
Suggested YarnTake Care Mohair – Wool and the Gang

6. The Bubblegum Jumper

The bubblegum Jumper
Price$8.27/£6.00
Difficulty LevelIntermediate
Completion Time15-20 Hours
Techniques UsedRib Stitch, Bubble Stitch
Designer’s WebsiteBubblegum Jumper – AlizaKnits on Etsy

This Bubblegum Jumper is a best seller on Etsy. It uses super chunky yarn and archives a comfy, bouncy texture with slightly cropped fit and balloon sleeves.

The sweater is knit in the round from the bottom up using bubble stitch. It’s possible for an advanced beginner, but more suited to knitters of an intermediate level. Novice knitters might have difficulty picking up stitches for the arms.

For full sizing information, see the designer’s page on Etsy.

Recommended Materials

To knit this pattern, you will need the following materials:

Needle SizeUS Size 17/12mm Circular Needles
US Size 19/15mm Circular Needles
Yarn WeightSuper Chunky/130m = 50g
Yarn QuantityS: 480m
M: 560m
L: 590m
Suggested YarnCrazy Sexy Wool – Wool and the Gang
Heal the Wool – Wool and the Gang

7. “Perfect Cropped Sweater” by aHoneyKnits

Perfect Cropped Sweater
Price$6.23/£4.57
Difficulty LevelBeginner
Completion Time12 Hours
Techniques Used1×1 Rib, Stockinette, Knit, Purl, Waffle Stitch
Designer’s WebsiteaHoneyKnits – Etsy

This sweater is aptly named. It’s as close to the perfect cropped sweater as it gets, and does exactly what it says on the tin. It’s heavy, boxy, and great for winter.

Knit with chunky yarn, this sweater looks excellent when paired with high-waisted jeans and is super simple for beginners.

Recommended Materials

To knit this pattern, you will need the following materials:

Needle SizeUS Size 17/12mm circular needles
US Size 19/15mm circular/straight needles
Yarn Weight80m = 200g/Super Chunky (4 wpi)
Yarn Quantity88 Yards per Skein
S: 5 skeins
M: 5 skeins
L: 6 skeins
Suggested YarnCrazy Sexy Wool – Wool and the Gang
The Wool – We Are Knitters

8. “Hazy Skies” Cropped Sweater Pattern

Hazy Skies Cropped Sweater Pattern
Price$8.24/£5.98
Difficulty LevelBeginner
Completion Time12 Hours
Techniques Used1×1 Rib, Stockinette, Knit, Purl, Waffle, Seed Stitch
Designer’s Website“Hazy Skies” Sweater – aHoneyKnits on Etsy

This is a great pattern regardless of your knitting level. The designer’s instructions are detailed, but you can add extra rows to the sleeves, front, and back based on your measurements and fit preferences.

Recommended Materials

To knit this pattern, you will need the following materials:

Needle SizeUS Size 17/12mm Circular Needles
US Size 19/15mm Circular Needles
Yarn WeightWorsted/Aran (140m = 100g)
Yarn Quantity6 Skeins (153 yards per skein)
Suggested YarnPetite Wool – We Are Knitters

9. Rowan Cropped Sweater 016

Rowan Cropped Sweater
Price$5.45/£4.00
Difficulty LevelIntermediate
Completion Time14 Hours
Designer’s Website016 Cropped Sweater by Rowan

This cropped crew neck sweater from Rowan is classy and smooth. Using one shade of a unique blend of alpaca and virgin wool, its yarn requirements are simple, though the pattern may be tough for absolute beginners.

Recommended Materials

To knit this pattern, you will need the following materials:

Needle SizeN/A – See Pattern
Yarn WeightN/A – See Pattern
Yarn QuantityN/A – See Pattern
Suggested YarnAlpaca Soft DK – Rowan

10. Balloon Sleeved Cropped Women’s Sweater

Balloon sleeve cropped sweater
Price$6.33/£4.60
Difficulty LevelBeginner/Intermediate
Completion Time12 Hours
Techniques UsedKnit Stitch, Purl Stitch
Designer’s WebsiteBalloon Sleeved Sweater – BeEweniqueBoutique on Etsy

This cropped pullover is incredibly stylish and perfect with high waisted jeans (and even leggings). The short body length is balanced well with wider balloon sleeves and a chunkier collar.

The effect in the pictures shown is created using eyelash yarn, but any chunky yarn will also do. As per the designer’s instructions, it’s recommended to choose a size that is 4-6 inches larger than your typical chest measurement.

Slightly harder than some other beginner sweaters in this list, we love the way this pattern looks but recommend it for knitters at an intermediate level with a little more experience.

Recommended Materials

To knit this pattern, you will need the following materials:

Needle SizeUS Size 10.5/6.5mm Needles
Yarn WeightChunky
Yarn Quantity495m – 885m
Suggested YarnPaintbox Yarns Simply Chunky – LoveCrafts
King Cole “Moments DK” Eyelash Yarn – Wool Warehouse

11. Cropped Cabled Jumper

cropped cabled jumper
Price$9.65/£7.00
Difficulty LevelBeginner
Completion Time12-16 Hours
Designer’s WebsiteCropped Cabled Jumper – Lauren Aston Designs

This chunky, high-necked cropped jumper is super comfortable and easy to throw on for everyday wear.

The sweater features beautiful symmetrical cabling down the front and back, along with a cropped silhouette and three-quarter length sleeves.

Recommended Materials

To knit this pattern, you will need the following materials:

Needle SizeUS Size 15/10mm Needles
US Size 17/12mm Needles
Yarn WeightSuper Bulky (5-6 wpi)
Suggested YarnSuper Chunky Merino – Lauren Aston Designs

“12. Night and Day” Cropped Cardigan (80’s Style)

Cropped 80s Cardigan
Price$8.42/£6.12
Difficulty LevelBeginner/Intermediate
Completion Time12 Hours
Techniques Used1×1 Rib Stitch, Knit Stitch, Purl Stitch
Designer’s WebsiteNight & Day Cropped Cardigan – ShopVickyKnits on Etsy

If you’re a beginner that loves vintage knitting patterns and is looking for a challenge, the “Night and Day” cropped cardigan is for you.

Though the pictured cardigan is a size small, the instructions include details for sizes XS to 5XL, all of which have an oversized silhouette. The pattern instructions also come with photos, videos, and measurements for different weights of yarn for you to follow throughout.

Whichever size you go for, this is a fun design that yields a beautiful 80s style cardigan with two colors and long puffy sleeves to roll up.

Recommended Materials

To knit this pattern, you will need the following materials:

Needle SizeUS Size 10/6.5mm Needles
Yarn Weight130m = 50g
Yarn Quantity3 Skeins of 1 Colour, 3 Skeins of Another
Suggested YarnFeeling Good Yarn – Wool and the Gang

13. Beginners’ Boat Neck Jumper

Beginners Boat Neck Jumper
Price$9.64/£7.00
Difficulty LevelBeginner
Completion Time12 Hours
Techniques UsedKnit Stitch, Purl Stitch
Designer’s WebsiteBoat Neck Jumper – Lauren Aston Designs

This pattern is super easy and an excellent choice for beginners. The design is a classic shape that’s spiced up with its contrasting coloured sleeves.

It comes with a boxy, loose fit and a wide neckline that can be worn low or off the shoulder. Using a basic combination of knit stitches and purl stitches, it’s also very easy to follow and fun to make!

Recommended Materials

To knit this pattern, you will need the following materials:

Needle SizeUS Size 17/12mm Circular Needles
Yarn WeightSuper Chunky
Yarn QuantityS/M: 600g
M/L: 800g
Suggested YarnSuper Chunky Yarn – Lauren Aston Designs

14. Raglan Turtleneck “Sable” Sweater

Raglan Turtleneck Sable Sweater
Price$8.93/£6.49
Difficulty LevelBeginner
Completion Time10 Hours
Techniques Used2×2 Rib Stitch, Stockinette Stitch, Slip Stitch
Designer’s WebsiteSable Sweater – WellLovedKnits on Etsy

This cropped raglan sweater is a timeless classic. A chunky design yet still lightweight, it has a classic high neck and wide sleeves shaped for comfort.

Though the pattern comes cropped by default, you can adjust the pattern to your desired length as you knit from the top down.

Recommended Materials

To knit this pattern, you will need the following materials:

Needle SizeUS Size 15/10mm Circular Needles
US Size 17/12mm Circular Needles
(40cm & 60cm cables)
Yarn Weight130m = 50g Aran/Worsted (9wpi)
Yarn QuantityS: 250g
M: 275g
L: 350g
Suggested YarnFeeling Good Yarn – Wool and the Gang

15. Diamond Fair Isle Sweater

Diamond Fair Isle Sweater
Price Free
Difficulty LevelIntermediate/Advanced
Completion Time15 Hours
Designer’s WebsiteDiamond Fair Isle Sweater – LoveCrafts

This free cropped sweater pattern is a great option for intermediate knitters. It uses both Fair Isle and diamond textured stitches to create a beautiful pattern with stylish colorwork.

It’s slightly more difficult, but this cute short jumper is an excellent option for knitters looking to play with color and choose their shades.

Recommended Materials

To knit this pattern, you will need the following materials:

Needle SizeUS Size 6/4mm Needles
US Size 6/4mm Circular Needles (40in Cable)
Yarn Weight302yds = 100g
Suggested YarnPaintbox Yarns Simply DK – LoveCrafts

15. “Charisma” by Rowan

Charisma Sweater by Rowan
Price$5.45/£4.00
Difficulty LevelIntermediate
Completion Time18 Hours
Designer’s WebsiteCharisma by Rowan

This is a beautifully subtle pattern for a chic cropped lace sweater, designed by Martin Storey at Rowan.

Short, sleek, and lighter than most of the jumpers in this list, the Charisma knitting pattern is a sophisticated design with a vintage feel that’s perfect for warmer weather.

The recommended yarn is a blend of merino wool and mohair, which creates a soft texture that works perfectly with a skirt for summer nights. In combination with nylon and polyester, this blend is also comfortable to wear directly on the skin.

Recommended Materials

To knit this pattern, you will need the following materials:

Needle SizeN/A – See Pattern
Yarn WeightN/A – See Pattern
Yarn QuantityN/A – See Pattern
Suggested YarnRowan Selects Patina – Rowan

How Do You Knit a Cropped Sweater?

Cropped sweaters are typically easy to knit, but exactly how will depend on the pattern you’re using. As usual, you’ll need several skeins of yarn, normal knitting needles, a darning needle, and some scissors.

The short length of these patterns make them relatively quick to knit for a vintage silhouette that’s timeless.

Once you’ve picked your size, most cropped sweaters are knit in several sections – the two body panels, followed by the collar and the two sleeves. The body panels are usually knit from the top down and attached, while the sleeves are knit separately onto the armhole and shaped with short rows.

Though these rules apply generally, consult the exact pattern you’re thinking of knitting for full instructions.

Can a Beginner Knit a Cropped Sweater?

Knitting your first sweater can be intimidating if you’re just starting. Truthfully, it’s much easier than it seems. Without any experience, you can create a beautiful sweater by following basic instructions in a knitting pattern.

Cropped sweaters are extra simple because they’re short and they typically use chunky, easy yarn and big needles. You can learn more about the relationship between yarn weight and needle diameter in our guide to knitting needle sizes.

Some patterns can be knit flat, too, which makes them easier to construct. In the majority of cases, you’ll only need to know how to use the knit stitch and the purl stitch.

How Much Yarn Will it Take to Knit a Cropped Sweater?

A cropped sweater will usually require less yarn than a full sweater, because of the sizing differences. On average, a typical cropped knitted sweater will require between 800-100 yards of chunky yarn.

Follow the requirements of the pattern you have chosen. If you want to play it safe, always purchase an extra 10% so you can change the measurements to your preferences.

Can You Knit a Jumper With Straight Needles?

There are several different methods of knitting a sweater, and each one will require different needles. You can knit it in the round, but for this you will need circular needles.

Alternatively, you can knit each part of the sweater (back panel, front panel, sleeves) separately on straight needles and then sew these panels together. It’s also possible to work the pattern flat and seamlessly knit the entire sweater at once.

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