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Crochet Beach Cover Up Pattern

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In this post, you will see a crochet beach cover-up pattern.

This beach cover-up is perfect for summer days thrown over swimwear.

Available to make in 8 sizes – XS to 5XL.

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Crochet Cover Up Pattern

The crochet cover-up pattern is for advanced beginners.

The garment is made from two long panels (a front and back) that are seamed together.

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The stitches and techniques you need to know…

The stitches used in this pattern are (in US terms) treble crochet, double crochet, and tr2tog.

The rows of treble crochet are used to make the open panels of the front and back.

Double crochet is then used to create edges on the side seams, armholes, and neck.

The dress is seamed together using both backstitching (for the shoulder seams) and the mattress stitch.

crochet beach cover up side panel view

You might also want to make matching accessories…

You may also want to make a matching beach bag and a bucket hat to take with you on vacation!

View those patterns here:

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Resources and tutorials you may find helpful in following this pattern:

This pattern is great for advanced beginners.

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Crochet Beach Cover Up Pattern

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Notes

The dress is made in two pieces – the front and back.

Both pieces have a double crochet border which adds extra width and length.

The front and back are then seamed together with a double crochet edging added to finish off the armholes and neck.

The pattern is written for all sizes, starting with the XS size – with changes for different sizes listed in all necessary places.

To follow patterns more easily, circle or highlight all numbers pertaining to your size before beginning.

crochet beach cover up pattern back view

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Skill Level – Easy (Advanced Beginner)

Gauge

9 treble crochet sts / 5 rows in 4×4 inches using the 5mm (US H/8) crochet hook and the Pima Cotton from WAK in treble crochet.

Measurements/Sizes

  • XS – To fit bust 34 inches.
  • S – To fit bust 36 inches.
  • M – To fit bust 38 inches.
  • L – To fit bust 40 inches.
  • XL – To fit bust 42 inches.
  • 2XL – To fit bust 44 inches.
  • 3XL – To fit bust 46 inches.
  • 4XL/5XL – To fit bust 48 inches.
  • The dress measures – length to shoulders around = 39 (39, 39, 39.5, 39.5, 40, 40, 40.5) inches.
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The supplies you need…

Yarn

  • 5 (5, 6, 6, 7, 7, 8, 8) x We Are Knitters – The Cotton in the color Natural.
  • This cotton is 100% Pima Cotton/10g/3.05oz/232 yds/212m.
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Hook

Notions

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Abbreviations

This pattern is written in US crochet terms.

You can grab a free list of US and UK crochet terms here.

  • ch – chain
  • dc – double crochet
  • sl-st- slip stitch
  • st – stitch
  • tr – treble crochet
  • tr2tog – treble crochet two stitches together
  • RS – right side
  • Rep – repeat
  • WS – wrong side
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Beach Dress Crochet Pattern

Back

** Ch 78 (84, 90, 96, 102, 108, 114, 120)

Set up

Work 1 dc into 2nd ch from hook, 1 dc into each ch to end. 77 (83, 89, 95, 101, 107, 113, 119) sts.

Start Pattern

Row 1: 4 ch, for the first tr and ch, miss 1 st, 1 tr into next st, * 1 ch, miss 1 st, 1 tr into next st, rep from * to end.

Row 2: 4 ch for the first tr and ch, 1 tr into next tr, * 1 ch, miss 1 ch, 1 tr into 1 tr, rep from * to end working last tr into 3rd of 4 ch, turn,

Rep row 2 until the work measures: 15 (15, 15, 16, 16, 16, 17, 17,) inches from the setup row.

Next row (decrease row): 4 ch for the first tr and ch, 1 tr into next tr, 1 ch, work next tr2tog, 1 ch, patt to last 7 sts, work next tr2tog, 1 ch, 1 tr into next tr, 1 ch, 1 tr into the last st. 75 (81, 87, 93, 99, 105, 111, 117)

Continue without further decreases until the work measures 25 inches from the start of the setup row, finishing on a wrong side row.
(* You can adjust the length here – if you want to make it shorter or longer)

Shape Armholes

Next row: sl st over 6 (6, 6, 6, 8, 8, 8, 8) sts, pattern to last 6 (6, 6, 6, 8, 8, 8, 8) sts, turn,

Next row: 4 ch for first tr and ch, 1 tr into next tr, 1 ch, work next tr2tog, 1 ch, patt to the last 7 sts, work next tr2tog, 1 ch, 1 tr into next tr, into last st.

Rep the last row twice more – 57 (63, 69, 75, 77, 83, 89, 95) sts. **
Cont without further dec until the armhole measures 6 (6, 6, 6.5, 6.5, 7, 7,

7.5) inches, ending on a wrong side row.

Shape Shoulders and Back of Neck

Next row: sl st over 8 (8, 8, 8, 10, 10, 10, 10) sts, patt over 13 (13, 13, 13, 15, 15, 15, 15) sts, fasten off.

Miss the next 15 (21, 27, 33, 27, 33, 39, 45) sts for neck edge, rejoin yarn into next st, patt over 13 (13, 13, 13, 15, 15, 15, 15) sts.

Fasten off.

You should have 8 (8, 8, 8, 10, 10, 10, 10) sts remaining for the shoulder edge.

The Edging

With the right side of the work facing you, rejoin the yarn at the start of the armhole shaping.

Work 1 row of dc evenly down the left side edge, round the lower edge, and up the right side edge, to the start of the armhole shaping, working 2 dc into the end of each of 2 rows and 3 dc into the end of the next row.

Work 2 more rows in dc, working 3 dc into each corner st and turning with 1 ch.

Fasten off.

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Front

Work exactly as instructions for the back from ** to **.

Cont without further dec until armhole measures 2 inches less than back armhole to shoulder shaping.

Next row: Patt across 18 (20, 22, 24, 24, 26, 28, 30) sts, turn,

Cont over these sts as follows:

Next row: 4 ch for the first tr and ch, 1 tr into next tr, 1 ch, work next tr2tog, 1 ch, patt to end.

Cont without further dec until armhole measures 6 (6, 6, 6.5, 6.5, 7, 7, 7.5) inches, ending on a wrong side row.

Shape Shoulder

Next row: sl st over 8 (8, 8, 8, 10, 10, 10, 10) sts, patt to end, fasten off.

Miss 21 (23, 25, 27, 29, 31, 33, 35) sts for neck edge, rejoin yarn to rem 18 (20, 22, 24, 24, 26, 28, 30) sts, and work to correspond with the other side, reversing all shaping

Work the dc border around the sides and lower edge the same as for the back piece.

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Finishing

Join the shoulder seams by backstitching.

The Neckband

With the right side of the work facing you, rejoin the yarn.

Work 1 row of dc evenly around the neck edge, turn with 1 ch.

Work 1 more row of dc.

Fasten off.

The Armhole Edges

Work the armhole edges in the same manner as the neck.

Side Seams

Join side seams using the mattress stitch, leaving 10 or 12 inches open at the lower edge of each side seam.

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12 Comments

  1. great dress and cover up for the beach
    the simple stitches used stand out with chain space between the treble
    the side panel with chain also help make the front and back panel stitches stand out
    worked in white the cover up stands with tan
    this cover up will make feel you are walking the golden sands of the Caribbean

  2. I have a question about the pattern:

    “Next row: sl st over 6 (6, 6, 6, 8, 8, 8, 8) sts, pattern to last 6 (6, 6, 6, 8, 8, 8, 8) sts, turn,”

    What does it mean to “pattern to”?
    Thank you!

    1. Hello Brittany,
      That means to work in the pattern, so if you have been working in a particular stitch pattern for that section (for example TR – treble crochet) you would continue in that.
      I hope that helps!
      Louise

  3. hi,what a great pattern. i was wondering,do you think i could make as a beach top pullover coverup.
    shortening to mid hip length?the sizing is perfect, i think just adjusting the hem on bottom would work.the cotton yarn used wb beautiful for hot summer days.
    tx so much for your beautiful patterns.

    1. Hello Jen,
      Yes, you could make the length shorter by working fewer rows and stopping at a length you are happy with.
      I”m so happy you like the pattern 🙂
      Louise

  4. I’m having trouble with my gauge. I’m using lion brand 24/7 cotton (what I had available) with the 5mm hook, and my 9 treble sts across are only 2 1/4”. The label for this suggests a 4mm hook, but if I use that I feel like my gauge will be even more off. Any suggestions?

    1. Hello Shannon,
      You could try a larger hook size? 5.5 mm (US 9)?
      That will probably give you the correct gauge…
      I hope that helps,
      Louise

  5. What is the purpose of the 8 slip stitches on the shoulders? There’s no clear images of the shoulders.

  6. Beautiful and fun in sun cover. I have one question, I am a large woman with arm issues, do you know of any tutorial that would let me add maybe a sleeve of some type?
    Thank you Louise
    Nancy

    1. Hello Nance,
      I am thinking that you could add a double crochet border edging to the sleeves in continuos rounds to make a sleeve and do it to any length you desire.
      Once you have seamed the cover-up together and the armholes are ready, you could add the sleeves.
      For a double crochet border edge – here are some instructions…
      Step 1: Join yarn to sleeve
      Begin at the seam of the sleeve or another inconspicuous spot if the sleeve is seamless. Insert your crochet hook into the edge of the sleeve’s fabric.
      With your yarn, pull through a loop to the front, and secure it with a slip stitch. This attaches the yarn to the sleeve.
      Step 2: Starting chain
      Chain 3. This counts as your first double crochet (DC).
      Step 3: Double crochet around
      Continue to double crochet around the edge of the sleeve. To make a double crochet stitch, yarn over (yo), insert the hook into the next stitch or space, yo and pull up a loop (3 loops on hook), yo and pull through two loops (2 loops remain on hook), yo and pull through the last two loops.
      The number of stitches you make will depend on the size of the sleeve and the yarn. Aim for a uniform distribution of stitches around the sleeve to avoid bunching or stretching. A good rule of thumb is to place one DC in the end of each row or in each existing stitch if the edge is already defined.
      Step 4: Work in continuous rounds
      Instead of joining each round with a slip stitch, continue to work in a spiral. This creates a seamless border. Use a stitch marker to mark the beginning of each round, moving it up as you complete each round.
      Step 5: Continue to desired sleeve length
      Keep working in double crochet stitches for as many rounds as you like to achieve the desired sleeve length. For a simple edging, one to three rounds might be sufficient, but you can make it as long as you like.
      Step 6: Finishing the border
      Once you’ve reached the desired length of your sleeve, you can finish off the edge. To do so neatly in continuous rounds, you can use an invisible join or simply make a slip stitch in the next stitch and then cut your yarn, leaving a tail.
      Weave in the end with a yarn needle to secure it.
      I hope that helps!
      Louise