Beach Cover-Up Free Knitting Pattern

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This beach cover-up is just what you need for a trip to the beach!

This knitted top is a good length to wear over your bikini and shorts, with enough holes to let the air through so you can dry off and stay cool.

I wore this top recently to the beach over my bikini and denim shorts and it was comfortable to relax in, as it has plenty of slouch.

At first, I made the cover up a bit longer than I had intended, so ended up pulling it out and re-working the pattern. I think the shorter version is much better and more practical.

The longer version of the top which is more of a beach dress is at the end of the post if you want to take a look.

Inspired by the cool whites of summer that I see around the Greek island of Corfu, the colours inspired me to make a beach cover-up tunic.

Free Beach Cover Up Pattern

I wanted to make and share a really easy beach tunic pattern that would be perfect for any beginner knitters.

This simple knit beach cover-up pattern is super easy, made with Lion Brand Fast Track Yarn and knit on size 15mm (US 19)straight needles.

If you need help with any of the instructions in the pattern, please visit my ‘learn how to knit’ page, which has video tutorials to help you.

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Beach Cover-up Pattern

Materials >

15mm (US 19) knitting needles

2 x Lion Brand Fast Track yarn in the colour ‘Airstream white (100)

Darning needle/Tape measure/Scissors/Stitch Markers

Gauge – 2 rows/2″

With 15mm (US 19) knitting needles cast on 40 sts

1st row: Knit

2nd row: In each st, insert the right-hand needle into the st on the left-hand needle as if to knit, then wind the yarn 2 times around the needle and K1.

3rd row: Knit each st, working into the 1st loop and allowing the 2 extra loops to slip off the needle to their full length.

4th row: Knit

The last 4 rows form the pattern.

Continue to rep the pattern until piece measures – 25″

Making up >

Sew in all loose ends (weave along the seams).

Pick up and sew sts on either side of the top that measures 6″ in length – this is for the shoulder seams. Weave your needle in between the V stitches on either side. The shoulder seams should measure 6″ each side.

Stitch from the bottom of each side for 12″ and leave 11″ for each sleeve.

Abbreviations >

K – knit

Rep – repeat

St(s) – stitches


beach cover up knitting pattern

Maxi Dress Beach Cover-up Pattern

Materials >

15mm (US 19) knitting needles

4 x Lion Brand Fast Track yarn in the colour ‘Airstream white (100)

Darning needle/Tape measure/Scissors/Stitch Markers

Front and back >

With 15mm (US 19) knitting needles cast on 52 sts

1st (right side), 2nd, 3rd, 4th rows: Knit

5th row: In each st, insert the right-hand needle into the st on the left-hand needle as if to knit, then wind the yarn 2 times around the needle and K1.

6th row: Knit each st, working into the 1st loop and allowing the 2 extra loops to slip off the needle to their full length.

The last 6 rows form the pattern.

Continue to rep the pattern until piece is the length that you want then cast off – the length will probably differ for every person.

Making up >

Sew in all loose ends (weave along the seams).

Pick up and sew 16 sts on either side of the top – this is for the shoulder seams. Weave your needle in between the V stitches on either side. The shoulder seams should measure 7″ each side.

Stitch from the bottom of each side and leave 13″ for each sleeve.

Abbreviations >

K – knit

Rep – repeat

St(s) – stitches

beach cover up knit pattern


I hope that you have enjoyed this post and that you will feel the need to make your own beach cover-up.

*All photographs were taken in Ipsos, Corfu, Greece*

Let me know what you think in the comments and as ever happy making! xoxo

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