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Props to the Crops: 12 Trendy Cropped Sweater Knitting Patterns

Have you spotted a lot of cropped sweater knitting patterns lately? We have, and we’re ready to jump on board this trend! Cropped sweaters are a win-win for knitters. They’re trendy, plus they don’t require as much yarn as typical sweaters thanks to the cropped length. If you’re not a fan of baring your belly cropped sweaters are perfect for layering over tanks, tees and dresses. 

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Cast on one of these cropped sweater knitting patterns whether you’re looking for a pullover, cardigan, jacket, or just a substitute for your favorite shrug! Pro tip: These patterns can also be lengthened if you want to create a full sweater. 

Cropped sweater knitting Patterns

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1. Cropped Pullover

This basic cropped sweater is textured with seed stitch. Knit it in the striped colorway seen here, or just go for one color. We love the sweater paired with a pretty skirt!

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Andra Cropped Top Knitting Pattern

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2. Andra Cropped Top

Sometimes a cropped top can function as a shrug, offering that little bit of extra warmth. This one knits up quickly in a chunky yarn. Throw it on over a tee or tank for that second layer.

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Epsilon Cropped Cardigan Knitting Pattern

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3. Epsilon Cropped Cardigan

Cropped sweaters don’t discriminate when it comes to cut and style. Top your sundress or tank with this lace-yoked cardigan for an extra layer of warmth and some pretty details.

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Cropped Lace Top Knitting Pattern

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4. Cropped Lace Top

Show off your brilliant lace skills with this cropped top that features several different lace patterns. The yarn used in the photo above is a beautiful combination of mohair and silk, but you can substitute your favorite lace yarn.

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La Belle Cropped Knitting Pattern

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5. La Belle Cropped

Grab those large needles and stitch this super fast cropped sweater. This sweater is designed to be oversized and boxy, so it’s great for just lounging around. Pair it with jeans and it might just become your favorite weekend outfit.

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Top-Down Cropped Pullover Knitting Pattern

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6. Top-Down Cropped Pullover

The open stitches of this pullover mean it’s ideal for layering on top of tanks, tees,and even dresses. The designer says that since the sweater is worked from the top down you can also lengthen it to make it into a longer sweater.

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Cropped Jacket Knitting Pattern

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7. Cropped Jacket

Upgrade your colorwork with short rows to give this jacket plenty of soft angles. The jacket closes with a shawl pin, but you can also wear it open. Like cropped cardigans, you can wear this as a layering piece over practically any outfit.

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Cropped Cardigan Knitting Pattern

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8. Cropped Cardigan

This is one of our favorite cropped sweater knitting patterns because the designer is all about the perfect fit! If your size isn’t included with this pattern, email the designer for a custom pattern!  This cropped cardigan is definitely a step above casual thanks to the gorgeous textures.

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Cropped Cable Pullover Knitting Pattern

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8. Cropped Cable Pullover

When just a lightweight layering piece won’t do, pull on this warm and cozy sweater. Two strands of worsted-weight yarn are held together throughout, creating a sweater that’s both warm and quick to knit.

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Marguerite Cropped Cardigan Knitting Pattern

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9. Marguerite Cropped Cardigan

This cropped cardi has options for three different sleeve lengths (short, ¾, and long sleeves), plus you can lengthen the body to create a longer sweater. With options like this you could make a cardigan for every season!

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Woodland Cropped Cardigan Knitting Pattern

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10. The Woodland Cropped Top

A bulky, cozy yarn is your best bet for this cropped top. Its soft, loose stitches are suited for layering over tees and tanks. We love the pretty details on the sleeve cuffs and across the neckline.

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Cropped Leaf Lace Cardi Knitting Pattern

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11. Cropped Leaf Lace Cardi

This cardigan has some versatility with the neckline. Wear it close to your neck for lots of warmth, or fold it over and wear it cowl-neck style. The pretty lace stitches will make you want to wear this one again and again.

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Feeling inspired to create fun accessories to pair with your new cropped cardigan?! Check out our array of FREE knitting patterns for when you’re ready for your next project! 

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