Can you smell it in the air? It’s nearly summer! We are looking forward to some beautiful weather so we can go for a swim – although since we live in Wellington we’re more likely to be traveling to some beautiful weather for a swim. 

And before or after a swim, there’s nothing better than a cute beach coverup. We’ve got choices here for knitters and crocheters. Maximum cover and barely-there decoration. Beach-specific or wearable for all around the town. Beginner simple and challengingly complex. Take a look below and find the beach cover up that your summer dreams are made of!

Beach Cover-Up Kit

Wool and the Gang’s Love Me Tunic is the perfect thing to throw over your togs. Wool and the Gang designed this pattern for beginners and thoroughly instruct you on every element of construction, so you never have to be concerned about getting lost in the pattern. And the kit makes it simple. Just buy your yarn and the pattern is free!

Free Beach Cover-Up Crochet Patterns

Sea Breeze Cover-Up

Katerina Sea Breeze Beach Coverup

By Katerina designed this fun, flirty beach cover-up after people raved about a pattern she had created for a child’s top. If you’re looking for a pattern that’s a bit of a challenge, the Sea Breeze Cover-Up should be exactly what you want. Make them both if you want some parent-child matched looks! She uses a fingering weight yarn, and if you want to create a similar gradient effect we’d recommend the Urth Yarns Merino Gradient set.

Harbor Bay Beach Cover Pattern

Harbor Bay Cover Up Pattern

The Harbor Bay Beach Cover is an extremely clever crochet cover up. It wraps around the body in a way that is designed to stay in place, no matter what. Crochetmylove Designs created it for a fingering weight yarn and we recommend Anzula Luster for its beautiful drape, glamorous shine and excellent stitch definition. (If you wish there was a knitted version of this pattern…well, just keep reading!

Easy Breezy Swim Cover

Easy Breezy Beach Cover Up

Are you just getting started with crochet and looking for something simple to make? Then the Easy Breezy Swim Cover by Megmade With Love is the perfect pattern for you! You can make it longer, shorter, and change it up in other ways, even if you’re a beginner. She recommends a worsted weight cotton for this, and what could be better than Wool and the Gang’s Shiny Happy Cotton yarn?

Island Beach Cover Up

Island Beach Cover Up

This beautiful beginner-friendly pattern comes in a wide range of sizes and is simple to crochet. One tester reported she completed it in 4 hours. You can extend the length of the Island Beach Cover Up if you prefer maxi-length coverups. Designer Janine Myska says that some of her testers had great results using Lily Sugar ‘n Cream yarn for this pattern.

Long Summer Crochet Duster Pattern

Long Summer Duster Crochet Pattern

This Long Summer duster pattern by Briana K Designs is also extremely size-inclusive and can go from brunch to the beach to the bar without missing a step. The core pattern is ankle-length, but you can change the length as you see fit. She recommends a fingering weight yarn and we think Manos del Uruguay’s Alegria would be just the thing.

Free Beach Cover-Up Knitting Patterns

Lakeside Beach Cover-Up Pattern

Lakeside Beach Cover Up

It looks like crochet…but it’s knitted! The Lakeside Beach Cover-Up pattern is a lacy, beginner-friendly creation that’s ready to wrap around you all summer long. Chantal Miyagishima worked very hard to create a truly unique stitch pattern that would be easy enough for beginners. It has the round flow and openwork of crochet, but using knitting techniques. It uses worsted weight yarn and for the beach we’d suggest a cotton yarn like Lily Sugar ‘n Cream.

Laguna Blue Beach Cover-Up Pattern

Laguna Blue Beach Cover Up

You may notice some similarities between this and the Harbor Bay Beach Cover-up Pattern in the crochet section. That’s because Crochetmylove Designs has created versions of this clever cover-up for both knitters and crocheters! The Laguna Blue Beach Cover-Up is made for the knitting crowd and uses fingering weight yarn. We’d recommend Malabrigo Mechita because of its reputation for making stitchwork extremely clear.

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