35 Graphic Knit and Crochet Sweaters (Designs with Pictures On)

One incredible thing you can do with sweaters is incorporate pictures! Sweaters don’t have to be just solids, stripes, or classic Fair Isle designs. All of the graphic knit and crochet sweaters in this round-up have a picture of some kind on them.

You may have seen an example of this recently on Late Night with Seth Meyers. Designer Patty Lyons gave him a hand-knit vest with his show’s logo on it! That’s just one example of incorporating images into knit and crochet patterns.

How to Make Graphic Knit and Crochet Sweaters

You can add pictures to make graphic knit and crochet sweaters in a few different ways. With intarsia, you’ll work small sections in each of the colors. In contrast, with Fair Isle, you’ll switch between colors regularly and carry the yarn with you as you go around. With appliques, you’ll make a separate patch of the design and add it to the sweater afterward. With duplicate stitch or embroidery, you’ll make your sweater and then come back and sew the design in. Whichever method you use, you’ll end up with a one-of-a-kind sweater featuring a design that you like!

Once you learn these techniques, you can use them on other projects. Change up the colors of the patterns for a completely different look. Or take a design from the front of a pullover and put it on the back of a cardigan. The sky’s the limit, and pictures are a great way to be creative! Truly, once you find the techniques that you like, you can really go wild with graphic knit and crochet sweaters. The patterns below will guide you.

35 Graphic Knit and Crochet Sweaters  Patterns - 5 designs shown - Rose, watermelon slices, snowflake, curling, and dinosaur.

Graphic Knit Sweaters Free Patterns

Here’s our roundup of free patterns for graphic knit sweaters. There are so many different pictures you can put on a knit sweater. Moreover, as I mentioned earlier, there are many different techniques that you can use to create the design. You’ll find holiday themes, animals, UFOs, flowers, and so much more.

In Bloom Pullover Free Knitting Pattern with rose picture on front - link to pattern

Graphic Crochet Sweaters

As we said, this is a roundup of graphic knit and crochet sweaters. Therefore, we can’t forget the crochet sweater patterns! There are more free patterns for knitters in this design area. However, you’ll find nine great graphic crochet sweater patterns below. Some of these are perfect for Halloween and fall, while others work all year round. Graphic knit and crochet sweaters are especially good for kids’ clothes since children love to see their favorite animals or characters on their clothes.

Boy's Dino Sweater Free Crochet Pattern - link to pattern

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