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Beach Bloom Crochet Dress Pattern

Looking for a stylish and practical way to cover up this summer? Look no further than the Beach Bloom crochet dress!

An open stitch crochet dress in yellow is styled on a mannequin showing the front and side view of the dress

The pattern is free to view here on the blog in US crochet terms or you can upgrade to a PDF in my shop. The PDF includes instructions for sizes XS to 5X in both UK and US crochet terms.

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

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An easy-to-follow pattern, I’ve used 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 up my dress in no time.

Pair with: crochet sun hat

A sideways view of a yellow crochet beach dress

Why you’ll love crocheting this dress

Quick and Easy: the Beach Bloom dress is relatively quick and easy to crochet compared to more intricate garments. An ideal project if you’re a beginner! If you’re looking for a satisfying and fast project you’ll love this too.
Versatility: can be thrown over a swimsuit and easily transition from the beach to a casual lunch or a stroll along the boardwalk or prom.
Portable and Packable: Easy to fold and pack, this dress is convenient for travel. A beach cover-up can be a stylish addition to a vacation wardrobe without taking up much space in your 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 dress 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.

How to get this pattern:

Option 1: Keep Scrolling to get this pattern for free

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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 for a summertime garment as it is in the colder months!

Another benefit is merino wool’s ability to insulate when wet.  The dress 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

SizeYards100g balls / yds
XS8633 / 1062
S10253 / 1062
M11254 / 1416
L12664 / 1416
XL14134 / 1416
2X15685 / 1770
3X17285 / 1770
4X18965 / 1770
5X20706 / 2124
  • H/8 5mm Crochet Hook
  • Tape Measure
  • Stitch Marker (x2)
  • Scissors
  • Yarn Needle
montage of 5 images - 1, 2 and 3 images a yellow dress styled on a mannequin showing front and side views, underneath these images is an image of the crochet dress laid flat and the last image is a close up of the stitches

Stitches and Abbreviations

You will need to know how to work these stitches in this dress pattern:

US Terms

Single Crochet (sc)

Double Crochet (dc)

Treble Crochet (tr)

Not sure how these stitches work? Head over to the stitch library for instructions.

  • 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:

Stitches = 15 single crochet stitches /  7 x chain 2, 7 x skip 2 and 8 double crochet stitches

Rows = 5 rows [2 double crochet, chain 2, skip 2] and 8 rows of single crochet = 13 rows total

= 10cm X 10cm / 4in X 4in

Final Measurements

Sizes follow the Craft Yarn Council guidance.

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
holding image for purchasing the crochet beach cover up on Etsy
the front view of a beach cover up crocheted in sunflower yellow styled on a mannequin

Crochet Dress 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.

Congratulations! Your dress is ready to be blocked and worn.

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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