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Beach Bloom Crochet Beach Cover Up Free Pattern

Looking for a stylish and practical way to cover up at the beach or by the pool? Look no further than my crochet beach cover up!

a yellow crochet beach cover up is styled on a mannequin in front of a shrub with pink flowers

This free crochet pattern is written in UK and US Crochet Terms.  I’ve included instructions for sizes XS to 5X.

Whether you’re relaxing in the sun or taking a dip in the water, this cover up will keep you comfortable and looking your best.

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This is an easy-to-follow pattern crocheted with a soft, lightweight merino mix yarn that will not only keep you cool but also warm on those breezy days.

Perfect for all body types and skill levels, you’ll whip my project up in no time (did I also say this pattern works up great for a sun dress too!).

A sideways view of a yellow crochet beach dress

Why you’ll love crocheting this beach cover-up

Quick and Easy: Beach cover-ups are often relatively quick and easy to crochet compared to more intricate garments. This makes them an ideal project for beginners or for those looking for a satisfying, fast project.
Versatility: Beach cover-ups are versatile garments that can be thrown over a swimsuit, providing modesty when needed. They can easily transition from the beach to a casual lunch or a stroll along the boardwalk or promenade.
Portable and Packable: Crocheted items are generally easy to fold and pack, making them convenient for travel. A beach cover-up can be a stylish addition to a vacation wardrobe without taking up much space in luggage.

Design Inspiration

I needed a practical way to cover up and protect my skin from the sun and wind while at the beach or pool.

I also wanted to have something comfortable to wear when out walking the dog – something not too tight and clingy!

I designed this cover up to be loose fitting with open shoulders and more room for the arms.  Perfect to wear in warmer weather!

You’ll find other designs in this collection of free beach cover up patterns.

the back view of a cover up crocheted in yellow styled on a mannequin in front of a pink flowering shrub

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How the cover up pattern is worked

This crochet beach dress is an easy pattern with minimal shaping.

Worked from the bottom up, the neckline shaping is achieved by working each shoulder separately (no decreasing needed).

The back panel is worked with no shaping.

A row of 2 treble crochet stitches (US double crochet), chain 2, skip 2, and 2 rows of double crochet (US single crochet) are repeated until the top of the shoulders.

The top of the shoulder is worked in two rows of double treble crochet (US treble crochet).

the front of a crochet cover up to show the stitches and shoulders

The front and back panel are joined together at the shoulders by sewing the first two stitches from the neckline and the last two stitches at the sleeve edge.  This leaves the shoulders open.

The side seams are sewn from the armhole to the hem leaving an 18cm gap to give a split hem. 

Once the side seams are sewn, the yarn is re-joined at the neckline to work a round of double crochet (US single crochet). 

Next, I worked a border of double crochet around the armholes and also the split hem to give a professional finish.

To cinch the waist in, I’ve included instructions for crocheting a cord to thread through the eyelets of the pattern.

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Yarn

Hayfield Soft Twist DK is a blend of 90% anti-pill acrylic and 10% merino.

This yarn uses the twist-on-twist technique which combines strength with softness.

There are three complementary palettes to choose from: classic brights, grown up pastels and deep earthy tones. 

I found this yarn fab to work with and will definitely be using it for future projects.

Why did I use this yarn for the beach cover up? Merino wool is good in the heat, as it regulates body temperature really well. It’s just as good of a summertime yarn as it is in the colder months!

Another benefit is merino wool’s ability to insulate when wet.  The cold and wet cover up won’t cling to your body like cotton would do.

Care InstructionsDry Flat, Machine Wash – Wool Wash – 40°C, Tumble Dry – Low Heat
Fibre(s)Acrylic, Merino Wool
Length (y)354
Crochet Hook Size4mm
Ball Weight100g
front view of a yellow crocheted beach cover up on a mannequin with pink flowers in the background

Pattern Notes

  • Size instructions are written thus XS, (S, M, L, XL, 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X)
  • Read the pattern through before you start
  • Chain 1 does not count as a stitch
  • Chain 3 counts as a treble (US double)
  • Chain 4 counts as a double treble (US treble)
  • The turning chain at the end of a row (instead of the beginning) will keep your edges neat.  If you’re used to the turning chain at the start of the row you can continue to do that
  • Repeating instructions are denoted between asterisks (ie; * stitches to repeat * and ** repeat instructions **
  • Front and back are identical in length
  • Make sure you don’t twist the shoulders when you’re crocheting the border around the neckline

Level

Easy

Materials

  • Hayfield Soft Twist DK in Sunflower (or any yarn that matches gauge)
SizeYards(100g balls)
XS8633
S10253
M11254
L12664
XL14134
2X15685
3X17285
4X18965
5X20706
  • H/8 5mm Crochet Hook
  • Tape Measure
  • Stitch Marker (x2)
  • Scissors
  • Yarn Needle

Stitches and Abbreviations

UK stitches

Double Crochet (dc)

Treble Crochet (tr)

Double Treble Crochet (dtr):

US stitches:

Single Crochet (sc)

Double Crochet (dc)

Treble Crochet (tr)

  • Ch – chain
  • St/s – stitch/es
  • Sk – skip
  • Rep – repeat
  • Sp – space
  • Chsp – chain space
  • Ea – each
  • Rem – remaining
  • Instr – instructions
  • Cont – continuity
  • RS – right side
  • Sl st – slip stitch

Gauge

With a H/8 5mm crochet hook:

10cm X 10cm

UK:  5 rows [2 treble crochet, chain 2, skip 2] and 8 rows of double crochet = 13 rows X 15 double crochet stitches /  7 x chain 2, 7 x skip 2 and 8 treble crochet stitches

US:  5 rows [2 double crochet, chain 2, skip 2] and 8 rows of single crochet = 13 rows X 15 single crochet stitches /  7 x chain 2, 7 x skip 2 and 8 double crochet stitches

Sizes

This pattern follows the Yarn Craft Council Measurements:

XS, S, M, L, XL, 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X

Final Measurements

I’ve included extra room for movement (positive ease):

cmXSSMLXL2X3X4X5X
  Finished Bust Measurements   
94  
 104 114 124 134 144 154 164 174
  Finished Length Measurements      72   
75
    76    79    82    84    85    90   
91
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Cover Up Instructions UK Crochet Terms

Front Panel

Ch 71, (79, 87, 95, 103, 111, 119, 123, 131)

Row 1: dc in 2nd ch from hook dc across, ch3, turn

Row 2: tr in next st, ch2, sk2, *tr in next 2 sts, ch2, sk2, * rep to last st, tr in last st, ch1, turn

Row 3: dc in base of 1st st, dc in ea st and 2dc in ea chsp across, ch1, turn

Row 4: dc in base of 1st st and ea st across, ch3, turn

Rep row 2 – row 4 until work measures 62, (64, 64, 66, 68, 68, 68, 72, 72) cm ending with row 3

Shaping Shoulders

**Next row: dc in next 24, (28, 30, 34, 38, 40, 46, 50) sts, ch 3 turn (leaving rem sts unworked)

Keeping cont of pattern, rep row 2 – 4 until shoulder measures 6, (7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15) cm ending with row 4

Next 2 rows: ch4, dtr in ea st across

Fasten off and weave in ends **

Count 24, (28, 30, 34, 38, 40, 46, 50) sts from the edge and re-join yarn to shape the other shoulder

Rep instr **

Back Panel

Rep front panel to shaping shoulders.

Keeping cont of pattern, rep rows 2 – 4 for a further 6, (7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15) cm ending with row 4

Next 2 rows: ch4, dtr in ea st across

Fasten off and weave in ends

Assembly

Shoulder Seams – With front and back RS facing inwards, sew the first 2 sts from the neck edge and the last 2 sts from the sleeve edge.  Rep for the other side

Side Seams – from the shoulder measure 18.5, (19.5, 21, 23.5, 25, 26, 27.5, 28.5) cm  Place a st marker at this point.  Measure 18cm from the hem and place a st marker here.  Sew between each st marker.  Rep for the other side

Turn garment RS out

Borders

Neckline – re-join yarn at the back in the st before the dtr on the shoulders. 

Round 1: ch1, dc in ea dc, 3 x dc in dtr sps to end, join with a sl st to ch1

Try on your beach dress.  If you would like a higher neckline, complete another round of dc

Fasten off and weave in ends

Armhole – re-join yarn underarm, ch1, dc evenly around armhole, join with a sl st to ch1

Fasten off and weave in ends

Hem – re-join yarn to the bottom at the split, ch1, dc evenly to centre of split, 2dc in centre st, dc evenly to bottom of hem working 2dc in last st, cont dc evenly around the bottom, 2dc in last st before split, dc to centre st, 2dc in centre st, dc evenly to bottom of hem working 2dc in last st, cont dc evenly around to start of round, join with sl st to ch1.

Fasten off and weave in ends

Optional Belt:

Ch to preferred length (mine is 150cm), tr in 3rd ch from hook, tr to end of ch, fold in half, sl st through inside loops.

Fasten off and weave in ends

Thread through eyelets at waist height.

the front view of a beach cover up crocheted in sunflower yellow styled on a mannequin

Cover Up Instructions US Crochet Terms

Front Panel

Ch 71, (79, 87, 95, 103, 111, 119, 123, 131)

Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook sc across, ch3, turn

Row 2: dc in next st, ch2, sk2, *dc in next 2 sts, ch2, sk2, * rep to last st, dc in last st, ch1, turn

Row 3: sc in base of 1st st, sc in ea st and 2sc in ea ch sp across, ch1, turn

Row 4: sc in base of 1st st and ea st across, ch3, turn

Rep row 2 – row 4 until work measures 47, (48, 48, 49, 50, 50, 50, 52, 52) cm ending with row 3

Shaping Shoulders

**Next row: sc in next 24, (28, 30, 34, 38, 40, 46, 50) sts, ch 3 turn (leaving rem sts unworked)

Keeping cont of pattern, rep row 2 – 4 until shoulder measures 6, (7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15) cm ending with row 4

Next 2 rows: ch4, tr in ea st across

Fasten off and weave in ends **

Count 24, (28, 30, 34, 38, 40, 46, 50) sts from the edge and re-join yarn to shape the other shoulder

Rep instr **

Back Panel

Rep front panel to shaping shoulders.

Keeping cont of pattern, rep rows 2 – 4 for a further 6, (7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15) cm ending with row 4

Next 2 rows: ch4, tr in ea st across

Fasten off and weave in ends

Assembly

Shoulder Seams – With front and back RS facing inwards, sew the first 2 sts from the neck edge and the last 2 sts from the sleeve edge.  Rep for the other side

Side Seams – from the shoulder measure 18.5, (19.5, 21, 23.5, 25, 26, 27.5, 28.5) cm  Place a st marker at this point.  Measure 18cm from the hem and place a st marker here.  Sew between each st marker.  Rep for the other side

Turn garment RS out

Borders

Neckline – re-join yarn at the back in the st before the tr on the shoulders. 

Round 1: ch1, sc in ea sc, 3 x sc in tr sps to end, join with a sl st to ch1

Try on your beach dress.  If you would like a higher neckline, complete another round of sc

Fasten off and weave in ends

Armhole – re-join yarn underarm, ch1, sc evenly around armhole, join with a sl st to ch1

Fasten off and weave in ends

Hem – re-join yarn to the bottom at the split, ch1, sc evenly to centre of split, 2sc in centre st, sc evenly to bottom of hem working 2sc in last st, cont sc evenly around the bottom, 2sc in last st before split, sc to centre st, 2sc in centre st, sc evenly to bottom of hem working 2sc in last st, cont sc evenly around to start of round, join with sl st to ch1.

Fasten off and weave in ends

Optional Belt:

Ch to preferred length (mine is 150cm), dc in 3rd ch from hook, dc to end of ch, fold in half, sl st through inside loops.

Fasten off and weave in ends

Thread through eyelets at waist height.

Happy crocheting!

Copyright Notice

The pattern and photographs of this design are the property of Sharon Goodwin at Jera’s Jamboree.  This pattern and design are subject to copyright and are for personal, non-commercial use only.  You may not share, resell, alter or redistribute this pattern in part or in whole. You may, however, sell any finished items you make.  If you would like to include this pattern in a roundup, you may take one photo and link back to this pattern.

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