Creating a Crochet Swimsuit Cover-up or Tunic can be done in several different ways. Learning how to crochet is fun process but it takes time to develop a technique that works for you. My goal is to show you how to create beautiful crochet projects from a beginner’s perspective. Simplifying the process so you can fall in love with the art of crocheting and later learn more complicated techniques, as you get better. This tutorial/pattern will allow you to create a swimsuit cover-up using basic crochet stitches. It for the beginner/advance beginner.
This pattern is written in basic terms, overall. There is a key provided, to help with any abbreviations. There have been Notes placed throughout the pattern to provide additional help. Along with a few pictures there is also attached an instructional video.
Materials Needed for the Crochet Swimsuit Cover-Up
- Yarn Suggestion- Lion’s Brand Vanna’s Choice 4 worsted weight or Cotton Yarn
- Hook- 6.5mm
- Measuring Tape
- Yarn Needle
- Stitch Markers
This Crochet Swimsuit Cover was created for person that is 5’5” with a Large/X-Large body size. Thus, these instructions have been written for a Large/XL. The goal was for the swimsuit cover-up to be fit with a bit of a slouch
The cover-up pictured is approx.. 21” Width (L/XL) and 31” Long
This project can be customize to fit all sizes.
To Adjust Size- Crochet Swimsuit Cover-up
Measure from shoulder to shoulder to determine the width. Create the back panel with a foundation chain a few inches longer.
When you work on the front panel follow the instruction as written for the front panel.
The below size chart is an approximation:
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Keep in mind, measure yourself (shoulder to shoulder) for the width and then chain enough to cover the distance, plus a few more. If you are making for someone else use the above measurements as a template. For the length just determine the length you want and continue the pattern until the desire length is obtained.
Written Instructions- Crochet Swimsuit Cover-up
Make a slip knot. Tighten around the hook.
Ch 80 (Be sure to not pull your yarn too tight around your hook or it will be difficult to work the stitches in the foundation chain).
Note: The foundation chain, number of stitches will vary based on your measurements. Create your foundation chain with your personal measurements in mind
1) Row 1 – sc into next stitch from the hook. sc down the row ch 1 tw
2) Row 2: Repeat Row 1, ch 1tw
3) Row 3: sc into next stitch from the hook. sc down the row ch 5 tw (ch 5 serve as the 1st dc of the next row)
4) Row 4: dc into 2nd stitch, ch 2, skip 2, dc 2(place 2 dc into next 2 stitches). Repeat pattern down the row. (ch 2, skip 2, dc 2, ch 2 skip 2 dc 2) end of the row ch 2 dc into last stitch, ch 5 tw
NOTE: Stitches should stack on top of each other from row to row. I ended with a double crochet stitch on each row followed by chain 5.
5) Row 5: Repeat row 4- dc into 2nd stitch, ch 2, skip 2, dc 2(place 2 dc into next 2 stitches). Repeat pattern down the row. (ch 2, skip 2 dc 2, ch 2 skip 2 dc 2) end of the row ch 2 dc into last stitch, ch 5 tw dc 2, ch 2, skip 2, dc 2 repeat till the end of the row.
Should end with a dc stitch, ch 5 tw (row 5 should stack up on row 4)
6) Row 6 – until Desired Length: Repeat row 4, at the end of the final row (once desired length has been achieved) ch 1 tw, sc into next stitch from the hook. sc down the row ch 1 tw.
Final Row (Will very based on the length of your garment)- : sc into next stitch from the hook. sc down the row at the end of the row, finish off and weave in the yarn.
Once first panel has been completed. Repeat the steps for front panel to create the back panel. (These panels should be identical).
CONSTRUCTION OF COVER-UP
Lay the panels on top of each, making sure the stitches and length line up.
To determine the neck area measure across the top of your panel and divide this number by 4.
For example, if the panel measure 32” across, divide 32/4= 8”.
Measure along the top from the left corner, 8” place your stitch marker at the 8” mark. Then repeat this same thing, measuring for the right 8”. This area will be the shoulder area, the remaining 16” would be the neck area.
Sew along the top of the panel leaving a space for the head.
*Note: The swimsuit cover-up was designed to be slouchy (hang off the shoulder). If you want a more fitted cover up create a shorter neck area. Moving bother shoulder stitch marker towards the center (this will lengthen the shoulders area and shorten the neck area.
Establish the arm area of the garment by measuring from the top to approximately 7” down (on both the right and left side of the panel). Place stitch marker.
Sew the panels together, leaving a space for the arms 7” from the top of the garment.
Optional: Around the arm openings create a row of single crochet stitches to allow the project to look more seamless and finished.
Weave in any loose yarn and enjoy.
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Check out the below video to help with a visual construction of crochet cover up