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11 reasons to make a crochet beach cover up
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Welcome to the world of crochet beach cover-up wearable ideas for every summer season! As the temperatures rise and the beach beckons, it’s time to update your summer projects with this stylish and practical creation. Whether you’re a seasoned crocheter or just starting out, we’ve got you covered with 11 reasons why you should make a crochet beach cover up!

We will explore a variety of crochet cover-up ideas that are not only perfect for lounging by the pool or enjoying a day at the beach, but also for music festivals and that beach vacation. There’s something to suit every style and skill level.

The best part? We’ve included a free pattern tutorial so you can dive right into your crochet project without any hesitation. So grab your crochet hook, select your favorite lightweight yarn, and get ready to create stunning beach cover-ups in every color that will turn heads all summer long.

Whether you prefer a breezy mesh design, intricate motifs, or tassel embellishments, these amazing crochet beach cover-ups are not only fashionable but also functional. They provide perfect summer vibes with just enough coverage while keeping you cool and comfortable on hot summer days.

So, whether you’re heading for an island vacation or enjoying a staycation, these crochet cover-up ideas will elevate your summer style. Let’s dive in and discover the perfect pattern that will inspire your next summer project.


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The Perfect Summer Wardrobe

vera beach cover top
Vera beach cover top

A crochet beach cover-up can be a stylish and practical accessory to wear but not limited to only at the beach or by the pool. Here are more reasons why you should choose to make yourself a crochet cover up:

1. Sun protection: Crochet cover-ups can provide an extra layer of protection from the sun’s harmful rays. The crochet pattern allows for some airflow while still offering coverage for your skin, helping to shield you from sunburn and reduce the risk of skin damage.

However, it’s still important to apply sunscreen regularly and take other sun safety precautions to protect your skin from harmful UV rays!

2. Modesty and comfort: A crochet beach cover-up can give you some added coverage and modesty while you’re lounging by the water. It’s a great option if you prefer not to walk around in just a swimsuit or a bikini but still want to feel comfortable and relaxed.

3. Versatility: Crochet cover-up patterns come in various designs, styles, and lengths, offering versatility in how you wear them. They can be worn as a dress, a skirt, a top, or even a tunic, allowing you to personalize your beach look to suit your style and body shape.

4. Fashion statement: Crochet cover-ups are trendy and fashionable. They add a bohemian or beachy vibe to your outfit, making them a popular choice for those who want to make a fashion statement while enjoying the beach or poolside.

5. Quick and easy to wear: Crochet cover-ups are typically lightweight and easy to slip on and off. They are designed to be worn over swimwear, allowing you to transition effortlessly from the water to other beach activities without having to change your entire outfit.

6. Breathability: This crochet beach cover up is made using basic crochet stitches a lacy granny square pattern and a lightweight yarn, which promotes breathability. This helps to keep you cool and comfortable, even in hot weather, as the air can circulate through the fabric.


Not only for the Beach

Granny square Beach Top
Granny Square Beach Top

A beach cover-up only by name, but this crochet cover is a versatile piece of accessory that can be used in various settings beyond the beach. Here are some great ideas on how you can use a “beach” cover-up:

1. Resort wear: If you’re on vacation at a beach resort, a swimsuit cover up can double as stylish resort wear. You can wear it while lounging by the pool, strolling around the resort, or enjoying outdoor activities. It provides a comfortable and lightweight option for casual daytime to sunset wear.

2. Summer dress: Depending on the design and length of the crochet coverup, you can wear it as a casual summer dress. Pair it with some sandals or wedges, add accessories like a belt or statement jewelry, and you’ll have a breezy and effortless outfit for a day out or a casual gathering with friends.

3. Festival or outdoor event: A crochet beach dress with bohemian or flowy designs can be perfect for attending festivals, concerts, or other outdoor events. They offer a carefree and boho vibe, keeping you cool and comfortable while still looking fashionable.

4. Poolside loungewear: When you’re relaxing by the pool or spending time in your backyard, a beautiful crochet bathing suit cover-up can serve as comfortable loungewear. It provides additional coverage while allowing you to stay cool and protected from the sun’s rays. You can easily slip it on and off over your swimsuit, making it a convenient option for poolside relaxation.

5. Summer Vacation: If you’re on a beach vacation and plan to do some sightseeing, a crochet cover-up pattern can be a versatile and practical garment. It offers coverage and protection from the sun during the day and can be paired with leggings or shorts after. It’s lightweight, easy to pack, and can be worn as a dress or tunic, making it suitable for different activities and destinations

Remember, the versatility of using a crochet cover-up in various settings depends on its style, fabric, and personal preference. Explore different ways to style and incorporate it into your wardrobe to maximize its usefulness beyond the beach and don’t forget to share new and creative ideas with me! I’d love to know.

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Best Yarn to Use?


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When choosing yarn for crochet cover-up patterns, it’s important to consider a few factors such as breathability, durability, washability, and yarn weight. Ideally, the yarn should be between a fingering weight yarn and a DK weight yarn. Here are some yarn options that are commonly used for crochet beach cover-ups patterns:

1. Cotton yarn: Cotton is a popular choice for beachwear because it is breathable, lightweight, and comfortable to wear in warm weather. It allows air to circulate, keeping you cool and preventing the yarn from becoming too heavy when wet. 

Additionally, cotton is machine washable, making it easy to care for. About Strings Totally Cotton Yarn is a magnificent fingering yarn to consider. It’s lightweight and makes for the perfect yarn option for the occasion.

2. Rayon yarn: Rayon yarn or Bamboo yarn is another excellent option for swimsuit cover-ups. It is soft, lightweight, and has a natural sheen. Made from bamboo fibers, they have excellent moisture-wicking properties, making them ideal for beachwear as it helps to keep you dry and comfortable.

Rayon yarn is also eco-friendly as bamboo is a sustainable and renewable resource. My favorite Rayon yarn is hands down Truboo by Lion Brand. If you have not used this yarn before, please give it a go! You will love it!

3. Linen yarn: Linen yarn is known for its breathability and ability to keep you cool in hot weather. It is a natural fiber made from flax plants and has a slightly rustic texture. Linen is highly absorbent and dries quickly, making it a great choice for beach cover-ups that may get wet.

It can be a bit stiffer to work with compared to other yarns, but it softens with each wash. La Mia Linen Cotton yarn is a soft and drapey yarn making this yarn an excellent choice.

4. Microfiber yarn: Microfiber yarn is a synthetic yarn that is known for its softness, lightweight feel, and quick-drying properties. It is often used for summer garments and beach cover-ups because it is durable and retains its shape well even when wet.

Microfiber yarn is also machine washable and resistant to fading, making it a practical choice for beachwear. Alize Diva Silk is a great option to consider for its soft and silky finish. Another great option is Bernat Softee Cotton.

It’s important to note that different individuals may have personal preferences for yarn types and textures. When selecting a different yarn for your crochet beach cover-up, consider the feel of the yarn against your skin, the level of breathability you desire, and how the yarn will hold up to washing and exposure to sun, saltwater, and sand.



crochet beach dress swimsuit cover
Crochet beach dress swimsuit cover

This crochet granny square beach dress / top cover-up is made using a stunning geometric lace pattern that forms into a square that can easily be assembled like a mosaic puzzle.

granny squares beach cover up tank top
Granny squares beach cover up tank top

With each square joined together in a simple construction, I was able to seamlessly create a beautiful crochet beach cover top AND dress. This pattern also comes in a group of 4 different sizes ranging from XS – 4XL. And with the perfect lightweight yarn, I was able to achieve lightness and structure. 

Each square starts off with a magic ring / magic circle that is built up in the round using simple crochet stitches. Check out these two quick and easy ways how to start a magic ring/ magic circle.


Tools & Materials


Yarn weight: Category 1
BrandWoolike Simili-Laine by Loops & Threads
Color: Rose
Crochet Hook Size3.0mm
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
Toolstapestry needlemeasuring tapescissors
Skill level: Easy

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