Looking for a fun and practical crochet project to do this summer? This crochet cover up pattern is a great solution! Not only is it simple and easy to make, but it is also helpful in staying cool on hot summer days. Get the free, easy-to-follow crochet pattern to make your own beach cover-up or a swimsuit cover-up,.
Whether you’re a seasoned crocheter or a beginner, making your own crochet cover up is the ideal weekend activity.
This crochet pattern is for people of all skill levels, and it includes tips and tricks to help you along the way. Prepare to let your craftiness run wild and create something incredibly special!
Easy Crochet Cover Up Pattern
Why is it a beginner-friendly crochet pattern?
- We use chain, single crochet, and double crochet, which are all basic crochet stitches.
- We use basic supplies, so you don’t need a lot of tools to make it.
- We made the pieces in the shape of a rectangle, so there is no need to do any increment or decrement stitches.
- Each piece is a single-piece design, so no sewing is required.
- There is no right or wrong side for the cover-up, so it is easy to wear on either side. You can wear it right side out or the opposite. You have a carefree sense of style!
Supplies To Make A Crochet Cover Up
You only need a crochet hook and a few balls of yarn to make this crochet cover-up set with a top and a skirt.
We used fingering weight, a 22 wpi (wraps per inch) cotton blend yarn, to make the crochet fabric airy and lacey.
Working with a 4mm crochet hook, the tension gauge for a 4″ x 4″ crochet swatch is 20 dc sts x 9 rows. Make a swatch to check your tension before you begin the project. This will help you make sure the crochet cover up is in the correct size that fits you.
If you’re just starting out and need a little more help getting an idea of the basics, check out our crochet guide for beginners.
- Start crocheting and share your completed handmade on Facebook and/or Instagram. Remember to tag us, @craftpassion, so that we are able to see them.
- Pin it to Pinterest for a future To-Crochet List.
- Share with your crochet groups for a crochet-along event.
- Browse more free crochet patterns to make, particularly for wearable patterns and summer-themed crafts.
- Make this crochet bralette and crochet shorts for the summer as well.
- Cotton blend yarn, fingering weight, 22 wpi (wrap per inch). Or, Samia
- Crochet Hook, 4mm
- Tapestry Needle
- Measuring tape (To measure your body and the crochet tension)
Size: XS, (S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL)
Bust Measurement: 32" (34", 36", 39", 42", 46", 50")
Hip Measurement: 34" (36", 39", 42", 45", 49", 53")
Top Width: 18" (19", 20", 21.5", 23", 25", 27")
Top Length*: 12.5" (12.5", 13.5", 13.5", 13.5", 14", 14")
Skirt Width (without the tie strip): 17" (18", 19.5", 21", 22.5", 24.5", 26.5")
Skirt Length*: 9.5" (9.5", 9.5", 9.5", 9.5", 9.5", 9.5")
*crochet more rows to make it longer if needed
Loose fit and low waist
4, (4, 5, 5, 6, 6, 6) balls of 50g/ball
4" x 4" Gauge Swatch (blocked) = 20 dc sts x 9 rows
The first ch3 in a row is counted as a dc stitch.
The first ch stitch in a row is NOT counted as a stitch.
The slst at the end of the round isn't counted as a stitch.
Crochet Skirt Cover-Up Pattern
- Skirt Body:
Start crocheting the skirt piece at the waist and work your way down to the bottom edge of the skirt.
The skirt is made with 4 rows of the filet stitch (ch + dc) and then 14 rows of alternating dc and filet rows. You can crochet more rows if you want a longer skirt.
Lastly, crochet the final row using filet stitches with picots.
Foundation row: sl knot, chain 170, (180, 196, 210, 226, 246, 266)
Row 1 - 4: ch3, [filet stitch: ch, sk, dc in next st] repeat 85, (90, 98, 105, 113, 123, 133) times, turn.
Row 5: ch3, dc in next 170, (180, 196, 210, 226, 246, 266) sts, turn
Row 6: repeat Row 1
Row 7 - Row 8: Repeat the set of Rows 5 & 6.
If you want a longer skirt, repeat rows 5 & 6 multiple times.
Last Row: ch3, [filet stitch: ch, sk, dc in next st. picot: ch3 slst in the top loop of dc st] repeat 85, (90, 98, 105, 113, 123, 133) times.
- Skirt Ties:
Next, crochet a waist tie for the cover-up skirt so that you can wear it around your lower waist.
To make the waist tie, you will need to add two 6" foundation chain strips to the right and left sides of the skirt or use foundation single crochet (fsc) stitches instead. After that, use sc stitches to crochet it to form a waist tie band.
Weave in all yarn ends and block the crochet skirt to get the right size.
Left: With a new strand of yarn, sl knot, ch 28, fo. [Note: if you know how to make fsc, you may skip this part.]
Right: Add a new strand of yarn to the right corner of the waist, ch 28.
Row 1: ch, sc in next 198, (208, 224, 238, 254, 274, 294) sts, until you reach the left corner of the waist. With the pre-make foundation chain for the left, continue to sc for the 28 sts, or fsc 28 directly, turn.
Row 2 - Row 6: ch, sc in next 226, (236, 252. 266, 282, 302, 322), turn.
Crochet Top Cover-Up Pattern
- Similar to the skirt, the cover-up top is crocheted with filet stitches and complete double crochet rows. Start at the bottom of the first round and work your way up. It works in rounds until it hits the arm opening. From there, work in rows for both the front and back sections before joining at the shoulder.
The crocheted top is made with 6 rows of filet stitches, then 20 to 24 rows of alternating dc rows and filet rows.
- When you get to the top of the crochet top, use filter stitches to connect the back and front pieces at the shoulder area. By doing so, you simultaneously create the neck opening.
Create an edging by crocheting a row of single crochet around the arm and neck openings. Lastly, crochet the filet with picots on the bottom edge of the crochet top.
Weave in all yarn ends and block the crochet top to get the right size.
Foundation row: sl knot, chain 180, (188, 200, 216, 232, 248, 268)
Round 1 - 6: ch3, [filet stitch: ch, sk, dc in next st] repeat 90, (95, 100, 108, 115, 125, 135) times, slst tot he first st of the round, turn.
Round 7: ch3, dc in next 180, (188, 200, 216, 232, 248, 268) sts, slst tot he first st of the round, turn.
Round 8: repeat Row 1
Round 9 - Round 12: Repeat the set of Rows 7 & 8.
You can crochet more rows if you want a longer top.
Work the rest in Rows for both front and back pieces.
Row 13: ch3, dc in next 90, (94, 100, 108, 116, 124, 134) sts, turn.
Row 14: ch3, [filet stitch: ch, sk, dc in next st] repeat 45, (47, 50, 54, 58, 62, 67) times, turn.
Row 15 - Row 26 (26, 28, 28, 28, 30, 30): Repeat the set of Rows 13 & 14.
Repeat Row 3 to Row 26 (26, 28, 28, 28, 30, 30) to make for another side.
Crochet the shoulder section by alternating the dc pattern for the front and back pieces.
ch3, dc in the dc st on the back piece, dc in the dc st on the front piece, repeat for 8 (9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15) sts.
Repeat this on the other shoulder, beginning from the arm edge.
After crocheting the shoulders, the balance unwork sts 58 (58, 60, 64, 68, 72, 74) formed the neck opening.
Crochet sc sts around the neckline with a new strand of yarn, ch, 1 sc st into 1 ch or 1 dc, 3 sc sts into the post of a dc. Finish with an slst into the first st. fo.
Total sc stitches for the full neckline 128 (128, 132, 140, 148, 156, 160)
Similar to the neckline, crochet a round of sc sts on the armhole opening with a new strand of yarn, ch, the 3 sc sts into 1 dc post. Finish with an slst into the first st. fo.
Total sc stitches for each arm hole = 90 (90, 102, 102, 102, 114, 114) sts
With a new strand of yarn: ch3, [filet stitch: ch, sk, dc in next st. picot: ch3 slst in the top loops of dc st] repeat 90, (95, 100, 108, 115, 125, 135) times, slst to the first st of the round, fo.