Water’s Edge Cover Up – Free Crochet Pattern

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Water's Edge Cover Up - Free Crochet Pattern

Water’s Edge Cover Up – Free Crochet Pattern

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During the summer months, the beach is my favourite place to be. I’ve been a great swimmer since I was a child, but even if I’m not swimming, I’m happy just to be near the water. I would love to live there!

This is why I was eager to design a beautiful coverup to wear over my bathing suit – something delicate and classy but still functional, something I can wear while walking down the beach and listening to the water… perhaps even in slow motion. 😉

How to crochet the Water’s Edge Cover Up – Free Crochet Pattern

Finished Sizes:

Instructions given to fit size X-small; changes for small, medium, large, X-large, 2X-large, 3X-large, 4X-large and 5X-large are in () 

XS (S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL) 

Body Circumference: 34 ¼”(37 ½”, 42 ½”, 45”, 50”, 52 ½”, 57 ½”, 60 ¼”, 65 ¼”)

Finished Length: 38”, with instructions to adjust the length. 

Gauge:

16 dc x 9 rows = 4 ¼” x 4 ¼”. 

Be sure to always check your gauge. It will save you much time and heartache.

Materials:

I used Premier Yarns Cotton Fair, which is a 52% Cotton, 48% Acrylic, #2 Fine weight yarn. 

Any yarn of similar weight would work. 

Approximately 1400 (1400, 1400, 1500, 1500, 1500, 1600, 1600, 1600) yds. 

4.5mm Hook

Stitch Markers

Yarn Needle

Scissors

Measuring Tape

Abbreviations:

RS = Right Side

WS = Wrong Side

Sk = Skip

St = Stitch

Ss = Slip Stitch

Ch = Chain

Sc = Single Crochet

Dc = Double Crochet

Tr = Treble Crochet

Pic = Picot

Notes:

Ch1 at the beginning of a row is never considered a stitch. 

Ch3 at the beginning of a row is considered a dc.

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Ch4 at the beginning of a row is considered a tr. 

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Choose your size according to your largest measurement (bust/waist/hips) and how you would like the coverup to fit. For a close-fitting top, choose the size closest to your largest measurement. For a loose fit, choose a size 2-3” larger.

Water's Edge Cover Up - Free Crochet Pattern

Water’s Edge Cover Up – Free Crochet Pattern

Instructions

This coverup is made of 4 identical panels. Once you have finished making the panels, you will sew them together as instructed. The neckline and armholes can be made to any size you please. Finally, we will finish all of the edges with a simple sc border. 

Note: The instructions below will give you a coverup that is approximately 38″ long from shoulder to bottom hem. You can adjust the length easily by changing the number on your starting chain. Simply add or subtract a multiple of 12 sts. Each multiple of 12 will change your length by approximately 3 ¼”. 

Panels (Make 4)

Using a 4.5mm hook (or the hook used to obtain gauge):

Fan Rows

Ch 146

  1. Sc in 2nd ch from hook. *Ch5, sk 3 ch, sc in next ch.** Repeat from * to ** across (see Figure 1 for example). Turn.   – 36 ch5 + 37 sc st
Water's Edge Cover Up - Free Crochet Pattern

Figure 1

  1. Ch5 (counts as dc + ch2). Sc in the middle of the 1st ch5 sp. 8dc in next ch5 sp. Sc in middle of next ch5 sp. *Ch5, sc in middle of next ch5 sp. 8dc in next ch5 sp. Sc in middle of next ch5 sp.** Repeat from * to ** across until there are only 3 sts left unworked. Ch2, dc in last sc (see Figure 2 for example). Turn.   – 12 8dc groups + 24 sc + 11 ch5 + 2 dc + 2 ch2 st
Water's Edge Cover Up - Free Crochet Pattern

Figure 2

  1. Ch1. Sc in same st. (Dc, pic) in next 7 dc. Dc in next dc . *Sc in middle of next ch5 sp. (Dc, pic) in next 7 dc. Dc in next dc.** Repeat from * to ** across until there is only a sc and starting ch5 (counts as dc + ch2) left unworked. Sc in 3rd ch of starting ch5 (see Figure 3 for example). Turn.   – 12 8dc/7pic groups + 13 sc st
Water's Edge Cover Up - Free Crochet Pattern

Figure 3

  1. Ch8 (counts as dc + ch5). Sk 2 pic, sc in next pic. Ch5, sk 1 pic, sc in next pic. Ch5, sk 2 pic, dc in next sc. *Ch5, sk 2 pic, sc in next pic. Ch5, sk 1 pic, sc in next pic. Ch5, sk 2 pic, dc in next sc.** Repeat from * to ** across (see Figure 4 for example). Turn.   – 36 ch5 + 24 sc + 13 dc st
Water's Edge Cover Up - Free Crochet Pattern

Figure 4

  1. Ch5 (counts as dc + ch2). Sc in the middle of the 1st ch5 sp. 8dc in next ch5 sp. *Sc in middle of next ch5 sp. Ch5, sc in middle of next ch5 sp. 8dc in next ch5 sp.**  Repeat from * to ** across until there is only a sc and starting ch8 (counts as dc + ch5) left unworked. Sc in middle of last ch5. Ch2, dc in 3rd ch of starting ch (see Figure 5 for example).  Turn.   – 12 8dc groups + 24 sc + 11 ch5 + 2 dc + 2 ch2 st
Water's Edge Cover Up - Free Crochet Pattern

Figure 5

Measurement Check: Your project should now be approximately 37 ½” wide and 2 ½” high. 

Repeat rows 3 – 5 1 (2, 2, 3, 3, 4, 4, 5, 5) more times. Then repeat rows 3 & 4 one more time. You should now have 3 (4, 4, 5, 5, 6, 6, 7, 7) completed rows of fans. We will now begin the block stitch rows.

Water's Edge Cover Up - Free Crochet Pattern

Water’s Edge Cover Up – Free Crochet Pattern

Block Rows

  1. Ch4. 4dc in next ch5 sp. *Sk 1 st, 4dc in next ch5 sp.** Repeat from * to ** across until there is only a sc and starting ch8 (counts as dc + ch5) left unworked. Sk 1 sc, 4dc in next ch8 sp, Tr in 3rd ch of starting ch8 (see Figure 6 for example). Turn.   – 36 4dc groups + 2 tr

Figure 6

  1. Ch1. Sc in 1st st. *Ch3, sk 4 sts, sc in sp between 4dc groups.** Repeat from * to ** across until there are only 5 sts left unworked. Ch3, sk 4 sts, sc in top of ch4 (see Figure 7 for example). Turn.   – 36 ch3 + 37 sc st
Water's Edge Cover Up - Free Crochet Pattern

Figure 7

  1. Ch3. 4dc in next ch3 sp. *Sk 1 sc, 4dc in next ch3 sp.** Repeat from * to ** across until there is only 1 st left unworked. Dc in last st (see Figure 8 for example). Turn.   – 36 4dc groups + 2 dc st
Water's Edge Cover Up - Free Crochet Pattern

Figure 8

  1. Ch1. Sc in 1st st. *Ch3, sk 4 sts, sc in sp between 4dc groups.** Repeat from * to ** across until there are only 5 sts left unworked. Ch3, sk 4 sts, sc in last st. Turn.   – 36 ch3 + 37 sc st

Sizes XS, M, XL, 3X, & 5X only: Repeat rows 3 & 4 two more times. Then carry on to row 5 below. 

Sizes S, L, 2X, & 4X only: Do not repeat any rows. Carry on to row 5 below.

  1. (Right Side) Ch1. Sc in 1st st. 4sc in next ch3 sp. *Sk 1 sc, 4sc in next ch3 sp.** Repeat from * to ** across until there is only 1 st left unworked. Sc in last st. Do not turn.   – 36 4sc groups + 2 sc st

We will now work sc sts around the remaining 3 sides of the panel. First working down the side, then along the bottom, and finally up the other side. Follow the steps below: 

  • Work 2 sc into the side of the last sc of your last row. 
  • Continue working down sc sts down the side in the following manner:
    • 3sc in the side of each tr.
    • 2sc in the side of each dc. 
    • 1sc in the side of each sc. 
  • Work this way until you get to the last sc on the bottom row. Work 2sc into this sc, turning the corner to begin working the bottom. 
  • Working along the bottom, add 1 sc to each ch until all ch sts are worked. 
  • Turning the corner to work up the side, place 2sc into the side of the 1st sc. 
  • Continue working up the side, placing sc sts into the side of each row in the following manner: 
    • 3sc in the side of each tr.
    • 2sc in the side of each dc. 
    • 1sc in the side of each sc.
  • Work this way until you get to the last sc on the top row. Work 2sc into this sc. Ss to join to 1st sc. Bind off. 
  • You should now have a panel that looks similar to Figure 9
Water's Edge Cover Up - Free Crochet Pattern

Figure 9

Measurement check: Your panel should be approximately 38” wide and 9” (9 ½”, 10 ½”, 11 ¼”, 12 ½”, 13 ¼”, 14 ½”, 15”, 16 ¼”) high. 

Water's Edge Cover Up - Free Crochet Pattern

Water’s Edge Cover Up – Free Crochet Pattern

Sewing The Panels

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Once you have all 4 panels made, it is time to sew them together. We will first seam the shoulders, then the center front and back, and then the sides.

  • Begin by laying out two of your panels side-by-side with the right sides facing up and the starting chains facing each other. Then, lay your other two panels on top of the first two with the wrong sides facing up and the starting chains facing each other. They should look similar to Figure 10. 
  • Sew the shoulders together (as indicated in Figure 10). 
  • Next, sew the center front and back together leaving space for the neck hole. You can make the neckline as low or as high as you like. To help me decide where I wanted my neckline to fall, I tried my project on and placed stitch markers where I wanted them. I made my back neckline lower than the front, but you can make yours higher or the same as the front. It is all up to you! 
  • Finally, sew the sides together leaving space for the arm holes. You can make your arm holes any size you like. 
  • Fun suggestion: Leave a bottom slit on one or both sides when sewing up the side seams. 
  • Your project should now look similar to Figure 11. 
Water's Edge Cover Up - Free Crochet Pattern

Figure 10

Water's Edge Cover Up - Free Crochet Pattern

Figure 11

Finishing The Edges

Arm holes

With the right side facing you, join your yarn near the bottom of the armhole. 

  1. Ch1. Sc in 1st st and each st around. Ss to join to 1st st. Bind off. 

Bottom Hem

With the right side facing you, join your yarn anywhere on the bottom. 

  1. Ch1. Sc in 1st st and each st around. Ss to join to 1st st. Bind off. 

Neckline

With the right side facing you, join your yarn close to one of the shoulder seams. 

  1. Ch1. Sc in 1st st and each st across until you have 2 sts left before the front/back center seam. Sc2tog x 2. Sc in next st and each st across until you have 2 sts left before the next front/back center seam. Sc2tog x 2. Sc in next st and each st across until all sts have been worked. Ss to join to 1st st. Bind off. 

Tie

Start with a very long chain. I chained until it was as long as my arm span without stretching. But you can make yours as long or as short as you like. 

  1. Working in back hump of ch: Dc in 4th ch from hook and each ch across. Turn. 
  2. Ss into next st and each st across. Be sure you don’t make your ss too tight. Bind off. 

Weave in your ends, and you’re done! I highly recommend wet blocking your finished project, especially if you used a cotton blend yarn. Wet blocking will allow the lace to open up more and lay flat.

I hope you love your new crochet beach cover up, and I look forward to seeing all of your beautiful pictures on Ravelry!  

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Water's Edge Cover Up - Free Crochet Pattern

Water’s Edge Cover Up – Free Crochet Pattern

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