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.

woman wearing a beach cover up

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.

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I think the shorter version is much better and more practical.

The longer version of the top which is more of a beach dress can be seen below.

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.

woman wearing a knitted beach dress

An Easy Level Knitting Pattern

This is an easy pattern for those of you who are advanced beginner level, and the techniques you will need to know are casting on, casting off and the knit stitch.

This top has a very interesting stitch pattern that is called – The Drop Stitch.

If you enjoy this stitch you may also like this Drop Stitch Knit Top Pattern that is knit in cotton.

*Please scroll down to see the free pattern*

woman wearing a knitted beach cover up

The Yarn I Used…

I made the top with Lion Brand Fast Track yarn, knit on size 15mm (US 19) straight needles.

This was knit up quite quickly and used 2 skeins of the mixtape yarn for the short top and 4 skeins for the longer version.

This yarn is a tape yarn and is used for many projects including bags, rugs, and baskets.

woman wearing a white knit top

Beach Cover-up Pattern

Purchase the inexpensive ad-free, PDF printable pattern in my shop here.

Notes

The beach cover-up knits up quickly and the simple design makes for a relaxing and enjoyable knit.

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Skill Level – Easy

Size –

  • Adult woman – small/medium

The Supplies You Need

Yarn

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

Needles

  • 15mm (US 19) knitting needles

Notions

  • Darning needle
  • Tape measure
  • Scissors
  • Stitch Markers

Gauge – 2 rows/2″

Abbreviations >

  • K – knit
  • Rep – repeat
  • St(s) – stitches

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.


woman wearing a white knitted beach dress

Maxi Dress Beach Cover-up Pattern

The Supplies You Need

Yarn

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

Needles

  • 15mm (US 19) knitting needles

Notions

  • Darning needle
  • Tape measure
  • Scissors
  • Stitch Markers

Abbreviations >

  • K – knit
  • Rep – repeat
  • St(s) – stitches

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.

knitted beach cover up dress

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

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

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4 Comments

    1. Hello Leslie,
      I don’t actually have this piece anymore to give you the dimensions as it was made a very long time ago when I first started this website.
      But to make the top larger, it would be easy enough to do, by just adding more cast-on stitches.
      So for example, if you have a tee shirt you wear, you can measure and just from that.
      I would suggest using a circular needle on a long cable – 100cm/40″ or longer to then measure your cast on stitches against your tee shirt measurements.
      For an L size, I would suggest casting on 50 sts, XL 60 sts, 1X 70sts, and so on.
      The yarn is thick so you will be able to easily see if it looks too long for your shoulder width or not.
      If you need more help, send me an email and we can discuss it.
      Thanks,
      Louise

    1. Hello Calyn,
      You could take a look at Knit Picks – Memento Cotton, Lana Grossa – Star, Deramores – Studio Cotton, Knit Picks – Dishie, Lion Brand – Pima Cotton, Berroco – Pima 100, Queensland Collection – Coastal Cotton.
      You would have to check that the cotton you use can be used with the hook size given in the pattern.
      I hope that helps!
      Louise