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Knit Cover Up Pattern

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You don’t need an excuse to make this fashionable drapery neckline knit cover up. You know you need it in your wardrobe, so knit it up. It’s ideal for summer beach cover-ups or as an extra layer in your casual OOTD.

knit cover up

This is a simple knitting pattern that is suitable for beginners. All you need to know is how to work knit and purl stitches together with their increase and decrease stitches.

Unlike many garment knitting patterns, this drapery neckline top pattern does not require arm or neckline shaping. As a result, there is no complicated shaping pattern to follow because everything is done in a straight line here.

cover up knit top

To alleviate the monotony of working with only knit and purl stitches, I included an optional beginner’s challenge at the back of the pattern: knit a Stockinette Lace Ladders. If you prefer a simpler pattern, you can skip this and replace it with the standard Stockinette pattern.

The back piece is quick to finish, but the front one may take longer because it is larger and requires more stitches than the back pattern.

how to knit top

The yarn I used was Katia Soda, which has unfortunately been discontinued. You should be able to find some stock in the market, but if not, fine/sport weight yarn can be substituted. Because I used 8 balls of Katia, the total yardage needed is approximately 1280. To be safe, purchase extra yarn or request that the yarn shop temporarily hold the stock for you.

I knit with a 4.5 mm knitting needle, which is larger than what the yarn label suggests. Using a larger needle will help me achieve my goal of giving the knit fabric a light, airy feel. In addition to those tools, you’ll need a 4.5 mm crochet hook and a tapestry needle.

Just like other knitting projects for clothes. Once the pieces for the front and back are done, we’ll block them into the right shape and size before sewing them together.

knit cover up top

I hope you enjoy this simple knit cover up pattern.

What’s Next

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knit cover up top

Knit Cover Up Pattern

Yield: 21″ (W) x 31 1/2″ (L) NECK TOP
Active Time: 14 days
Total Time: 14 days
Difficulty: Avid Beginner/Intermediate
Estimated Cost: $20 - $30

Unlike many knitting patterns for garments, this drapery neckline knit cover-up top pattern doesn’t require arm and neckline shaping. Thus, there is no complicated shaping pattern to follow because everything here is done with a straight line.

Enjoy knitting them!

Download and print separately: Pattern Dimension



  • Katia, Soda (White), qty=50g x 8 or equivalent fine/spot weight yarn


  • Knitting Needle – 4.5mm
  • Crochet hook – 4.5mm for casting stitches on knitting needle
  • Tapestry needle
  • White lace thread or light weight yarn


Knit Cover-Up Top Pattern

Finishing Size

Loose fit: USA size 10 or M/L
Approximate dimension: 21″ (W) x 31 1/2″ (L)

Knit Tension

20 sts and 26 rows to 4″ x 4″ [10cm x 10cm] on 4.5mm needles in stockinette st.
Remark: stockinette st means K on RS, P on WS.


· k – knit
· p – purl
· st(s) – stitch(es)
· kfb – knit front and back (increment stitch)
· k2tog – knit 2 together (decrement stitch)
· ssk – slip slip knit (decrement stitch)
· yo – yarn over
· RS – right side
· WS – wrong side

Stockinette Lace Ladders Pattern

1st row (RS) – ssk, (yo) twice, k2 tog
2nd row (WS) – p1, (p1, k1) into double yo, p1

Pattern Dimension

knit cover up
Click on the photo to view a bigger image.
Or, click here to download a printable pdf document for the dimension of the Back and Front knit pieces.

With 4.5mm crochet hook, cast on 106 sts on 4.5mm knitting needle.
Starting with a K row, work in stockinette st for 150 row.
With RS, k3, start 1st-row stockinette lace ladders pattern, repeat 25 times, k3.
Continue with 2nd row on WS then repeat for 20 rows with this pattern.
Continue to knit with the stockinette st for another 36 row.
Cast off.

Remark: you may replace the stockinette lace ladders pattern with normal stockinette stitch if you are not comfortable working in this pattern.


With 4.5mm crochet hook, cast on 110 sts on 4.5mm knitting needle.
Starting with a K row, work in stockinette st and make increment stitch with kfb on the first and the last stitch on RS only, repeat for 140 row. (250 sts)
Work with stockinette st (without increment stitch) for the next 66 row.
Cast off.


Steam-block the knitted front and back piece to the correct dimension before joining up.
Join side with mattress stitch for 140 row. Join shoulder with shoulder seam stitch for 37 sts. If you find the yarn is hard to sew, substitute it with white lace thread or lightweight yarn.
Gather up part of the shoulder seams to suit your shoulder width.
Gather up one side of the side seam.

Knitting process – The Katia Soda yarn in white color during the work in progress.
how to knit top

Blocking process – Dampen the knitted front and back pieces, open flat on a few pieces of dry towels. Adjust the shape according to the dimension, pin on the towel. Press with steam iron with medium heat until the knitted piece is dry and fixed to the dimension.

Check the highest heat your knitted piece is able to handle, be careful and not to burn the yarn.

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Join all the seams according to the instructions.

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Saturday 18th of May 2019



Thursday 25th of April 2019

Thank you for a lovely pattern. Do you have any intentions of adding larger sizes? Thanks! Anj


Wednesday 1st of March 2017

Do you happen to have a similar pattern with a bit less draping? I LOVE the length and stitching of this, but would like to have the drape end around the bust! :)

Craft Passion

Friday 3rd of March 2017

You may alter this pattern by giving it lesser increase on the front side slope, instead of increase 2 sts on every 2 rows, you can increase 2 sts on every 4 rows, this will make the drape shorter by half of the original pattern. Try it and let me know how it turns out. Thanks.


Thursday 26th of March 2015

I would love to make the Loose and Drapery Neck top for my daughter, but she would be a smaller size. How would I go about making it about a size 6? Thanks, it's a great pattern.

Craft Passion

Monday 30th of March 2015

Hi Leslie, the easiest way to scale it down is by using a lighter weight of yarn (perhaps lace thread) with a pair of correct size knitting needles. You will need to do a bit of calculation on the test gauge to get the proper size that suits Size 6.


Monday 6th of October 2014

Awesome. Thank you. I've seen ssk before, but for the passover, I've seen psso, so I wasn't sure. Thank you for your help :)

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