A knitted sweater might not sound like something you’d wear or make as the weather warms up but, where we come from, spring is actually a time of year that can still get a little chilly every once in a while until summer properly settles in. That’s why we always make sure to keep a light sweater on hand each day, just in case the cool winds pick up! As the avid knitters we are, of course, we’d much rather make our own light spring sweaters than buy them. We really like treating ourselves to a new sweater each spring, so we’ve been keeping our eyes peeled lately for new patterns we haven’t tried before in order to pick which sweater we’ll make this season!
Just in case you’re as big a fan of the idea of knitting yourself a new light spring sweater for the new warmer season as we were, if not more, here are 15 patterns we’ve come across so far in our search.
1. Provence Wrap sweater
Have you always been a huge fan of pullovers but you’re also feeling like you’d really enjoy making something with a bit of interesting construction or shape to it lately? Well, particularly if you’re a big fan of V-neck style sweaters, we think you’ll get a real kick out of the way Interweave made a crossing-style sweater that wraps around the front in a stylish, flattering way.
2. Modern sweater
Were you actually quite intrigued indeed with the concept of making a wrap style or crossing sweater but you’re also the kind of person who much prefers cardigans and open sweaters rather than pullovers that go over your head? In that case, we think you might get along a little better with the way I’m Knitting created this modern looking sweater that crosses over and buttons at the top like a wrap, opening towards the bottom.
3. Drop Stitch Cotton Easy Kimono sweater
If you’re going to make something lovely and light, would you rather make it a design that has a looser, more casual fabric to it so it even feels breezy while you’re wearing it? In that case, we have a feeling you’ll get a real kick out of the way Mama in A Stitch made this lovely kimono style sweater using drop stitch techniques to get that not-quite-mesh texture throughout.
4. Sprout cardigan
Just in case we really caught your attention when we started talking about cardigans because you love an open sweater that you can just throw on over a cute dress, here’s a lovely design for those who love three quarter length sleeves in warm weather! Classic Elite Yarns teaches you step by step how to construct a short cardigan with a pretty eyelet border hat can be dressed up or down.
5. Drape Front cardigan
Maybe you really are intent on making a light spring cardigan of some kind but you’re also feeling like a flowing garment that you can really wrap yourself in when the breeze picks up might be your best bet? In that case, we would absolutely suggest taking a look at the way All Free Knitting outlines this draped front cardigan that hangs open but is easy to snuggle right into.
6. Bolan t-shirt sweater
If you’ve never made yourself a sweater with short sleeves for the spring before then we’re sorry to tell you that you’ve been missing out on the perfect springtime garment! We’re huge fans of the way Leila Raabe made this t-shirt sweater that has a light, breezy fabric and an absolutely stunning lace panel across the top of the sleeves, neckline, and bust.
7. Kinton sweater
Just in case you really loved the idea of making yourself a t-shirt sweater but you’re just not sure that the delicate, feminine looking lace panel in the previous idea is quite the style for you, despite the fact that you might enjoy some lace detail in a different spot, here’s an alternative pattern for your consideration! Jennifer Kelley shows you how to make a t-shirt sweater with a heavier spring leaf inspired lace panel down the centre of the back.
8. Zircon sweater
Maybe you’re quite in love with the idea of adding unique stitching detail but you’re just not sure that the lace concepts you’ve seen are really selling you? Perhaps you’d prefer to make something with alternating stitch directions made with simple yarn overs and double yarn overs instead! We’re huge fans of the way Berroco incorporated precisely that in their empire waist, three quarter length sleeves sweater.
9. Social Network sweater
Were you actually quite enamoured indeed with the idea of making a sweater that has a looser, almost meshy fabric to it but you’re just not sure the shape of the holes you’ve seen in the garments we’ve shown you so far are quite the style you’d like to aim for? Maybe you’re quite an experienced knitter and you’d prefer to make something a little bit lace influence, without really getting into complicated lacy knitting for an entire garment’s body. In any case, we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at how Yarnspirations made this adorable sweater that has a blossom inspired main fabric with a simple ridged panel at the bust for visual contrast.
10. Lovely Lacy Cable cardigan
Have we really caught your attention with both the idea of making a light spring cardigan and the concept of knitting lace but you’re also a big lover of cables, so now you’re feeling torn? In that case, we have a feeling this pattern from All Free Knitting that combines all of those things beautifully in one place might be just the kind of thing you’re looking for! Their pattern is wonderfully straight forward for how advanced the finished product looks.
11. Lisette sweater
Just in case you were a huge fan of the concept of having a lace inspired detailing panel at the top of your sweater and a solid fabric at the bottom but you’ve always liked regular long sleeve sweaters over the t-shirt style, here’s a design that might give you what you want a little more closely! We’re in love with the way Berroco created this intentionally slightly oversized sweater that frames the busy and shoulders in a delicate weave.
12. Spring Pullover
Just in case you’re still thinking about how much you’d like to make a light, nearly-mesh sweater that’s clearly lace inspired but you’re not so sure you wan to include a more solid contrast panel like the idea we showed you previously features, here’s a similar pattern that skips that part and lets you continue your delicate stitching all the way up and down! Knitted Patterns is here to show you how it’s done with good, solid guidance.
13. Scoop Neck sweater
Just in case you’re actually still feeling quite enamoured with the idea of knitting a light, spring appropriate t-shirt sweater but you can’t help wondering whether there’s a design out there that won’t bring the neckline quite so high up, since you prefer to leave your necklines more open, here’s a great alternative for your consideration! We’re completely enamoured with the way Gina Michele made this scoop neck sweater with a contrasting bottom hem and nice, almost bell-shaped short sleeves.
14. Spring Rays knitted jacket
Have you actually been scrolling through our list and thinking about how you might still need a jacket where you live until later in the year, but you’re still feeling intent on making it yourself rather than conceding to buying a light spring jacket from the store? Then we think you simply must take a look at the way The Knitting Space created this beautiful knitted jacket with an interesting hemline that buttons all the way down the front!
15. DIY Paneled Tank sweater
Are you actually still feeling quite intent on making yourself a short sleeved or sleeveless spring sweater but you’re also slightly new to the idea of constructing whole garments and the idea of knitting sleeve holes worries you? Then we have a feeling you might get along much better indeed with this design from Gina Michele that’s made by knitting and attaching simple panels rather than trying to navigate more advanced shaping. The fit is still flattering but nice and comfy-casual!