I was inspired to make this crocheted cover-up pattern by a swimsuit cover-up that I wore on my recent beach vacation. I loved it so much, and I thought it would be fun to try to create a crochet version of a cover-up. Not only that, but I hope you like it!
Read down below to find the free pattern, or purchase a PDF version of the cover-up pattern here for the price of a fancy coffee.
This crochet cover up is part of a collaboration with Lionbrand.com. This post may contain affiliate links. I hope you enjoy this free crochet cover up pattern!
How to Crochet a Swimsuit Cover-up Pattern
What makes the Mara cover up so great is that you can throw it on over almost anything. This cute crochet cover-up would also look wonderful with a comfy pair of skinny jeans, and a tee/tank top for a fun everyday look like I styled it in these photos.
My favorite use though is using it as a beach cover-up, since that was my main inspiration for this piece. You can scroll on down to learn about the yarn and the crochet stitches you’ll need to know to make this easy crochet pattern!
The Yarn for A Swimsuit Cover-Up
To get this beachwear look, I suggest using the yarn I used, Flikka Yarn from Lion Brand. This Flikka yarn adds to the comfy factor of the cover-up, for sure. If you haven’t had the chance yet to try Flikka, it is a soft cotton yarn & polyester lightweight blend with a beautiful drape, which makes it perfect as a layering garment.
- As of 2021, Flikka yarn is no longer available. See my suggestion for a yarn substitution below.
Need a Substitute? Try Comfy Cotton Blend Yarn that is made up of the same fibers and is also from Lion Brand Yarn. You’ll love both of these yarns for a bathing suit cover. Promise!
The Stitches for a Cover Up
To make this easy cover up pattern, you will need to know just a few basic crochet stitches. If you can half double crochet and double crochet, you will be able to make this beach robe. The stitches used are beginner crochet stitches, so if you are a newer crocheter looking for something a little more difficult to try, this pattern is it!
Half Double Crochet (hdc):
- Yo (yarn over), insert the hook from front to back of the designated st, yo the hook and pick up a loop.
- Yo the hook and pull back through all three loops on the hook.
Double Crochet (dc):
- Yo the hook, insert the hook into the specified st.
- Yo the hook again, draw the yarn through the st, so there are 3 loops on the hook
- Yo the hook again draw it through 2 loops, so there are 2 loops on the hook
- Yo the hook, draw it through the final 2 loops.
Let’s Get Started
Scroll on down to make this summertime essential cover up with our free crochet pattern for your next beach vacation! Enjoy!
Easy Crochet Beach Cover Up Pattern
Skill Level: Easy
Pattern Description: The Mara Crochet cover up is a must-have for instant vacation vibes! The pattern has three rectangles, a mesh, or filet crochet design which makes this piece simple to work up and wear over swimwear.
- Flikka Yarn from Lion Brand in Keepsake or any light weight 3 yarn such as Comfy Cotton Blend Yarn from Lion Brand
- Crochet Hook 6 mm (J-10)
- Yarn Needle
Approximate Yardage/Number of Skeins Required
Tip: I recommend getting an extra skein of yarn just in case to account for differences, since each person crochets not quite the same.
- S/M: 4 skeins, 670 yards
- L/XL: 4 skeins, 784 yards
- 2XL / 3XL: 5 skeins, 910 yards
*Dimensions are after blocking
- S/M: Back =30″ L x 22″ W, Front Panel x2 = 30″ L x 12″ W
- L/XL: Back = 30″ L x 24″ W, Front Panel x2 = 30″ L x 14″ W
- 2XL / 3XL: Back = “30 L x 26” W, Front Panel x2 = “30 L x 16” W
This crochet beach dress / cover up is oversized, loose, and available in bigger sizes. If you want a more fitted look, size down. To shorten the panels, crochet fewer rows (the width will stay the same). Sizing stitch count in the pattern will be S/M, L/XL, 2XL/3XL listed in parentheses. The best practice is to take your body measurement before starting, so you know what size will fit best.
- ch(s) = chain(s)
- hdc(s) = half double crochet(s)
- dc = double crochet
- st(s) = stitch(es)
- sk = skip
- rep = repeat
- The pattern is in standard US terms
- The ch(s) at the beginning of each row do NOT count as a st
- Learn how to crochet the hdc row 3 below:
Happy Crocheting Friends! I hope you enjoy making your beach day cover-up tunic!
Swim Suit Cover Up Pattern Instructions
Foundation Row: Ch (53, 61, 69)
Row 1: In the second ch from the hook hdc, hdc in every ch across, turn. (52, 60, 68)
Row 2: Ch 3, dc in first st, ch 2, sk 2 st(s), * dc, dc, ch 2, sk 2, rep from * across ending with 1 dc in last st, turn. (52, 60, 68)
Row 3: Ch 2, hdc, *2 hdcs in ch 2 space, hdc, hdc, rep from * across ending with 1 hdc in last st. turn. (52, 60, 68)
Row 4- 37: Rep row 2 & 3 ending with row 3 on row 37, fasten off yarn. (52, 60, 68)
Front (Side) Panels (x2):
Foundation Row: Ch (33, 37, 41)
Row 1: In the second ch from the hook hdc, hdc in every ch across, turn. (32, 36, 40)
Row 2: Ch 3, dc in first st, ch 2, sk 2 st(s), * dc, dc, ch 2, sk 2, repeat from * across ending with 1 dc in last st, turn. (32, 36, 40)
Row 3: Ch 2, hdc, *2 hdc’s in ch 2 space, hdc, hdc, repeat from * across ending with 1 hdc in last st. turn. (32, 36, 40)
Row 4- 37: Repeat row 2 & 3 ending with row 3 on row 37, fasten off yarn. (32, 36, 40)
Finishing The Cover Up
Blocking: I suggest blocking your pieces before sewing together, so they lay nice and flat for seaming. Dimensions above were taken after blocking.
Shoulder Seams: Place the back panel down and the two front panels on top as shown below. With a spare piece of yarn and a yarn needle sew together 8 inches on each side as shown below using the whip stitch.
Arm Openings: Leave armhole for sizes as follows:
S/M: 8 inches
L/XL: 9 inches
2XL/3XL: 10 inches
Side Seams: After leaving a space for the armholes with a spare piece of yarn and a yarn needle sew one front panel and back panel together using the whip stitch stopping with approximately 8 inches of panel left to sew. Do this for the other side as well. Fasten off and weave in ends securely
- Make sure panels are lined up evenly for a cohesive look before sewing together.
- This piece should drape and fall where it pleases. Blocking the panels before beginning to sew will make it easier to sew the kimono pieces together.
You are now done with your new Summer top beach cover up!
You Are Done With Your New Summer Swim Suit Cover-Up!
I hope you enjoyed making this simple pattern, and I hope you enjoy your very own swimsuit cover up! It is really the perfect accessory for a day at the ocean or lake.
If you need any clarification, feel free to email me or ask in the crochet community group on Facebook.