Hey guys! Are you still loving the warm summer air? If you are, then why not make your next beach appearance a lasting one! Say hello to your next-level Granny Square crochet beach top/beach dress Swimsuit cover-up. 😅
It’s versatile, light, and multi-functional. If you are familiar with my work by now then you would know how much I love to multi-purpose my patterns just like the Sienna bralette that can be worn two ways or the Desert bottom that can be made two ways. Double isn’t always trouble. 😉
Planning my island holiday was the drive that inspired me to make this two-way beach cover-up.
I want to be able to spend the whole day on the beach and lounge around the pool with the kids and I knew I needed a swimsuit/ beach cover throughout the day.
I wanted to make something fun and modern, light and breezy, perfect for the occasion. And this is when I knew I needed to make your Not-so-Granny- Square beach cover Woop Woop.
Squares are the perfect geometrical shape to form all if not most shapes. And I knew this would work out great. With each square joined together, it would seamlessly create a beautiful top AND dress.
CHECK OUT THE VIDEO TUTORIAL HERE
Tools and Materials:
Yarn weight: Category 1
Brand: Woolike Simili-Laine by Loops & Threads
Gauge: Refer to square size measured from Rnd 1 – 6 = 4in /10 cm
No. of yarns (skein): Top: 1.5 skeins for all sizes / Dress: 2.5 skeins for all sizes
Tools: tapestry needle, measuring tape, scissors
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This pattern tutorial is also available on my YouTube channel where it is worked up in size medium. If you would like a printable ad-free PDF copy of this pattern, it is available for purchase in my shop, or add this to your Ravelry queue
Things to Note:
- Prepare pattern gauge to get the right size
- Chain up does not count as a stitch unless mentioned otherwise.
- Definition of 2Dc Vs Dc2 : Work 2 Dc in the same St vs 1 Dc in the next 2 Sts.
- Special Stitches: Picot Stitch: Ch 5, Slst through the 1st Sc St, Dc Puff St: Dc5tog in the same Sp/ St. (Click link for reference)
- Finished garment has plenty of positive ease
- Your body measurement: Sizes: S [M/ L/ XL] = Bust: 30-34 [38-42/ 46-50/ 54-58]”or 76-86 [96.5-107/ 117-127/ 137- 147] cm
- Refer to the measurement chart here
- Abbreviation page available in English US format
- Video Tutorial available here
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Granny Square Swimsuit Cover-up Free Crochet Pattern
PART 1: Granny Square Pattern
1. Foundation row: Magic Ring (MR) – See tutorial here
2. Rnd 1: Work 10 Sc on MR, Slst to join, Ch up 1,
3. Rnd 2: Work 2Dc in each St, Slst to join, Ch 1 (20 Sts)
4. Rnd 3: Dc in the 1st St, *(Ch 1, Dc), Rep (*) in the round. Slst to join
5. Rnd 4: Slst on Ch, Sc on Ch Sp, *(Ch 5, Sc on next Ch Sp) . Rep (*) in the round, Slst to join
6. Rnd 5: 2 Slst on Ch, Sc on Ch Sp, *(Ch 6, Sc on next Ch space) . Rep (*) in the round, Slst to join
7. Rnd 6: 3 Slst on Ch, Sc on Ch Sp, *(Ch 4, Sc on next Ch space) . Rep (*) in the round, Slst to join
8. Rnd 7: Dc in the same St, work **[(3Dc, Ch 2, 3Dc) in the next Ch Sp, *(Dc in the next St, 2Dc in the next Ch Sp) Rep (*) 3 more times], Rep [**] in the round, Slst to join
9. Rnd 8: Dc in the same St, **[Ch 3, Sk 3, (2Dc, Ch 2, 2Dc) in the next Ch Sp, Ch 3, Sk 3 Sts, Dc, *(Ch 2, Sk 2, Dc) Rep (*) 5 more times], Rep [**] in the round, Slst to join
10. Rnd 9: Slst, Sc around Ch sp, work Dc Puff St in the same Ch Sp, **[Ch 2, Sk 2, work (3Dc, Ch 2, 3Dc) in the next Ch Sp, Ch 2, Sk 2 *(Dc Puff St in the next Ch Sp, Ch 2) Rep (*) 7 more times, Rep [**] in the round, Slst to join. 8. (Size Small will go straight to Step 14. M will proceed to the next step. L & XL will repeat Step 10 for one more round.)
11. Next Rnd (Rnd 10): Slst, Sc on Ch Sp, Dc in the same Ch Sp, **[Ch 3, Sk 3, (2Dc, Ch 2, 2Dc) in the next Ch Sp, Ch 3, Sk 3, *(Dc in next Ch Sp, Ch 2), Rep (*) 8 more times, Rep [**] in the round, Slst to join
12. Next Rnd (Rnd 11): Slst, Sc on Ch, **[Ch 2, Sk 2, work (3Dc, Ch 2, 3Dc) in the next Ch Sp, Ch 2, Sk 2, Sc on next Ch Sp, (Ch 5, Sc in the next Ch Sp) Rep (*) 9 more times, Rep [**] in the round, Slst to join. 11. (M & L will proceed to the next step. XL will repeat Step 12 for one more round. )
13. Next Rnd (Rnd 12): Slst, Sc on Ch, **[Ch 3, Sk 2, work (2Dc, Ch 2, 2Dc) in the next Ch Sp, Ch 3, Sk 3, Sc on next Ch Sp, (Ch 3, Sc in the next Ch Sp) Rep (*) 9 more times, Rep [**] in the round, Slst to join
14. Last Rnd: **[Work 2 Sc on Ch Sp, Sc 2, Sc in Ch Sp, Picot St Sc in the same Sp, Sc 2, 2 Sc on Ch, *( Sc, 2 Sc on Ch Sp) Rep (*) for 10 more times], Rep [**] in the round, Slst to join. Bind off
15. Rep Steps 1 – 14 and make 13 more squares if you’re making a top and 21 more squares if you’re making a dress.
Part 2: Straps
1. Place 2 squares (sqrs) on top of another 2 sqrs together RS up like image 1 and Slst each St (individual sqrs) across starting from the right side, working your way up, then across the neckline joining the 2nd sqr, then back down.
2. Turn to the back, join 3rd sqr and Slst to the top, once you’ve reached the Picot loop, work 1 Sc in the loop and measure the length you want your strap to be. For ref, mine is 10 in / 25cm and I have Ch 48. ( 1 in/ 2.5cm = approx. 5 chains)
3. Join chain to the Front sqr #2 by working 2 Sc in the Picot loop, Ch 1 turn, and Dc each Ch back to sqr #3, Sc in the Picot loop.
4. Cont to Slst along the neckline across while joining the next sqr until you reach the next Picot loop at the top. Sc in the Picot loop and work your # of chains.
5. Join chain to the Front sqr #1 by working 2 Sc in the Picot loop, Ch 1 turn, and Dc each Ch back to sqr #4, Sc in the Picot loop.6.Cont to Slst down and join. Bind off.
Part 3: Assembling Squares.
1. Working on the RS, arrange all squares together like image 3. Each row will have 4 sqrs except for the last row.
2. We will now work on Row 2. Starting with sqr #5 and the top right square #2, place both ends together (ref image 4), you can use SMs to tack both sides together if you pref. Insert hook through both Picot loops, and Ch1, Sc through both loop spaces. Sc each St together across.
3. At the end of the row, work 1 Sc through both Picot loops, align sqr #4 to the side of sqr #2 and work 1 Sc through sqr #4 and #2’s Picot loop together. Cont to Sc both sqrs together across.
4. At the end of the row, work 1 Sc through both Picot loops, align sqr #4 to the side of sqr #1 and work 1 Sc through sqr #4 and #1’s Picot loop together. Cont to Sc both sqrs together across.
5. Rep joining steps for each square in the round. On the last sqr, fold sqr #5 over, and rep joining steps.
6. Bind off and rep joining steps for each row.
Part 4: Edging
1. From the last St, Ch 5, *(Sk 1, Tr, Ch 1) rep (*) until you reach the bottom picot tip on the last row.
2. 2Tr, Ch 2, 2Tr, *(Ch 1, Sk 1, Tr) rep (*) until the next bottom tip.
3. Rep step 2 in the round. Slst to join, Ch up 1
4. Work 1 Hdc on each Ch and St until you reach the bottom picot tip on the last row.
5. Hdc each Tr, 2Hdc in the Ch Sp, Hdc each Tr, rep step 4 & 5 in the round.
6. Slst to join7. Bind off and weave in all loose ends
**If you are looking for the entire tool used to make this Granny Square Top/ Beach Cover crochet pattern, check them out here below:
- Clover Amour Crochet Hook, 3.00mm
- Woolike Simili-Laine Yarn in Rose
- Granny Square Top/Beach Cover up PDF File
How to do a Picot (Pee-koh) Stitch
Ch 5, Slst in the 1st Ch, Sc in the next St
How to do a Puff stitch
(YO, insert hook, draw up a loop, YO, Pt2) 5x, YO, Pt all 6 loops, Ch 1
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