Beach Cover Up Free Crochet Pattern

Table of Contents

  • About the Pattern
  • Required Skills
  • Measurement
  • Materials
  • Abbreviations
  • Project Instructions
  1. The Motif (Motif Crochet Pattern, How to Join Motifs, How to Weave in Ends)
  2. Assembly
  3. Binding (Finishing)

The Eloiza Beach Cover is a product of my attempt to reverse engineer a gorgeous cover up I found through Pinterest by kayokokoswimwear.com. However, I’m just a novice at making garments, so this is my best effort. As such this project is appropriate for your first crochet garment.

About the Pattern

Eloiza beach cover up is made by joining several square motifs. Four triangle (half) motifs around the collar create a round neckline.

Moreover, this garment utilizes a soft drape achieved by using a big hook for thread.

This pattern is good for average-sized Asian women with a bust/hip size of about 35 inches. If your size is lower, this pattern will still work. But if your size is larger, you may need to modify the pattern.

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Required Skill

  • Magic ring (see video below)
  • Working in rounds and rows
  • Ch, sc, sl st, dc, tr, dc-tog (see video below), rsc (see video below)
  • Joining motifs (discussed below)
  • Weaving in loose ends (discussed below)

Measurement

Individual motif measures ________ inches on each side. The garment stretches a lot so I did not take measurements.

Boye Crochet Master Steel and Aluminum Crochet Hook Set
Boye Crochet Master Steel and Aluminum Crochet Hook Set

I love how my 5.00-mm Boye hook slips through yarn so easily making my crochet experience wonderful. I only have a 4.00-mm and 5.00-mm crochet Boye hooks which was given to me as present by a crochet buddy. But I really wish I could save up enough to buy this set soon.

 

Materials

  • Mercerized crochet cotton size 8 or crochet thread
  • 5.00 mm hook
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle

Eloiza Beach Cover Up is crocheted using Classic Cotton Yarns from Yarn Source Manila. It's most appropriate for our humid tropical climate. The yarn is not plied, so the stitches lay flat. However, this yarn has lots of knots so it's not great for perfectionists.

This could also pass for a romantic crochet pullover.
This could also pass for a romantic crochet pullover.

How to DcTog?

Abbreviations

This pattern uses American notation.

  • Ch – chain
  • Dc – double crochet
  • Tr – treble crochet
  • Sl st – slip stich
  • Sp – space
  • Rsc – reverse single crochet or crab stitch
  • Dctog – double crochet together

The video (floating right) shows how to do the dctog stitch. But it shows the dc's anchored in one place only. This pattern requires the dc's to be attached to successive stitches.

PROJECT INSTRUCTIONS

1. The Motif

This beach cover up uses three kinds of motif. The square motif has two versions to create its sheath-shape bodice.

The video floating right shows how to make a magic ring. If you're not familiar with the technique, this video is a lot of help. Pay attention to the "noise" that locks the ring at 3:00.

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Square Motif 1Ch 3, 9 dc in magic ring, sl st to top of ch-3, ch 5, turn.(Dc in dc, ch 2) 9x, sl st to central chain of ch-5, ch 3, turn.3 dc in ch sp, (4 dc in next ch sp) 9x, sl st to top of ch-3, ch 2, turn.Dc4tog, (ch 7, dc5tog) 7x, ch 3, tr on top of dc4tog, turn.[Ch 7, (2 dc, ch 7, 2 dc) on top of next dctog, (ch 7, sl st in next ch sp) 2x] 3x, ch 7, (2 dc, ch 7, 2 dc) on top of next dctog, ch 7, sl st in next ch sp, ch 3, tr on tr, ch 1.
Square Motif 1
Square Motif 1
Ch 3, 9 dc in magic ring, sl st to top of ch-3, ch 5, turn.
Ch 3, 9 dc in magic ring, sl st to top of ch-3, ch 5, turn.
(Dc in dc, ch 2) 9x, sl st to central chain of ch-5, ch 3, turn.
(Dc in dc, ch 2) 9x, sl st to central chain of ch-5, ch 3, turn.
3 dc in ch sp, (4 dc in next ch sp) 9x, sl st to top of ch-3, ch 2, turn.
3 dc in ch sp, (4 dc in next ch sp) 9x, sl st to top of ch-3, ch 2, turn.
Dc4tog, (ch 7, dc5tog) 7x, ch 3, tr on top of dc4tog, turn.
Dc4tog, (ch 7, dc5tog) 7x, ch 3, tr on top of dc4tog, turn.
[Ch 7, (2 dc, ch 7, 2 dc) on top of next dctog, (ch 7, sl st in next ch sp) 2x] 3x, ch 7, (2 dc, ch 7, 2 dc) on top of next dctog, ch 7, sl st in next ch sp, ch 3, tr on tr, ch 1.
[Ch 7, (2 dc, ch 7, 2 dc) on top of next dctog, (ch 7, sl st in next ch sp) 2x] 3x, ch 7, (2 dc, ch 7, 2 dc) on top of next dctog, ch 7, sl st in next ch sp, ch 3, tr on tr, ch 1.

A. The Crochet Patterns

Square Motif 1

//Crochet pattern begins

Make a magic ring*.

Round 1: Ch 3, 9 dc in magic ring, sl st to top of ch-3, ch 5, turn.

Round 2: (Dc in dc, ch 2) 9x, sl st to central chain of ch-5, ch 3, turn.

Round 3: 3 dc in ch sp, (4 dc in next ch sp) 9x, sl st to top of ch-3, ch 2, turn.

Round 4: Dc4tog, (ch 7, dc5tog) 7x, ch 3, tr on top of dc4tog, turn.

Round 5: [Ch 7, (2 dc, ch 7, 2 dc) on top of next dctog, (ch 7, sl st in next ch sp) 2x] 3x, ch 7, (2 dc, ch 7, 2 dc) on top of next dctog, ch 7, sl st in next ch sp, ch 3, tr on tr, ch 1.

Break off.

* The magic ring can be substituted with ch 3, sl st to form ring.

//Crochet pattern ends

Square Motif 2 - Very similar to Square Motif 1
Square Motif 2 - Very similar to Square Motif 1

Square Motif 2

//Crochet pattern begins

Round 1-4 is the same as Square Motif 2.

Round 5: [Ch 5, (2 dc, ch 5, 2 dc) on top of next dctog, (ch 5, sl st in next ch sp) 2x] 3x, ch 5, (2 dc, ch 5, 2 dc) on top of next dctog, ch 5, sl st in next ch sp, ch 2, dc on tr, ch 1.

Break off

//Crochet pattern ends

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Triangle (Half) Motif 3Ch 3, 5 dc in magic ring, ch 5, turn.Beginning with the second dc, (dc on dc, ch 2) 4x, dc on the last dc, ch 3, turn.4 dc on ch sp, (5 dc on next ch sp) 3x, 4 dc on last ch sp, dc on the central chain of ch-5, ch 2, turn.Dc4tog, ch 7, (dc5tog, ch 7) 3x, dc5tog, ch 3, turn.Dc on top of dctog, ch 7, 2 dc on the same dctog, (ch 7, sl st in the next ch sp) 2x, ch 7, [2 dc on dctog, ch 7, 2 dc on same dctog]. Repeat instructions in ( ) 2x then the instructions in [ ] once more.
Triangle (Half) Motif 3
Triangle (Half) Motif 3
Ch 3, 5 dc in magic ring, ch 5, turn.
Ch 3, 5 dc in magic ring, ch 5, turn.
Beginning with the second dc, (dc on dc, ch 2) 4x, dc on the last dc, ch 3, turn.
Beginning with the second dc, (dc on dc, ch 2) 4x, dc on the last dc, ch 3, turn.
4 dc on ch sp, (5 dc on next ch sp) 3x, 4 dc on last ch sp, dc on the central chain of ch-5, ch 2, turn.
4 dc on ch sp, (5 dc on next ch sp) 3x, 4 dc on last ch sp, dc on the central chain of ch-5, ch 2, turn.
Dc4tog, ch 7, (dc5tog, ch 7) 3x, dc5tog, ch 3, turn.
Dc4tog, ch 7, (dc5tog, ch 7) 3x, dc5tog, ch 3, turn.
Dc on top of dctog, ch 7, 2 dc on the same dctog, (ch 7, sl st in the next ch sp) 2x, ch 7, [2 dc on dctog, ch 7, 2 dc on same dctog]. Repeat instructions in ( ) 2x then the instructions in [ ] once more.
Dc on top of dctog, ch 7, 2 dc on the same dctog, (ch 7, sl st in the next ch sp) 2x, ch 7, [2 dc on dctog, ch 7, 2 dc on same dctog]. Repeat instructions in ( ) 2x then the instructions in [ ] once more.

Triangle (Half) Motif 3

//Crochet pattern begins

Make a magic ring.

Row 1: Ch 3, 5 dc in magic ring, ch 5, turn.

Row 2: Beginning with the second dc, (dc on dc, ch 2) 4x, dc on the last dc, ch 3, turn.

Row 3: 4 dc on ch sp, (5 dc on next ch sp) 3x, 4 dc on last ch sp, dc on the central chain of ch-5, ch 2, turn.

Row 4: Dc4tog, ch 7, (dc5tog, ch 7) 3x, dc5tog, ch 3, turn.

Row 5: Dc on top of dctog, ch 7, 2 dc on the same dctog, (ch 7, sl st in the next ch sp) 2x, ch 7, [2 dc on dctog, ch 7, 2 dc on same dctog]. Repeat instructions in ( ) 2x then the instructions in [ ] once more. Ch 1.

Break off.

//Crochet pattern ends.

B. How to Join Motifs

Motifs that end with a round of chain spaces can be seamlessly connected by changing the central chain into a slip stitch attached to adjacent chain spaces in adjoining motifs.

As for corners, the central chain of the first motif is where all the slip stitches of the remaining motifs will be anchored.

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The beginning's loose end is crocheted into the last dc of the first round.The end's loose end is caught and crocheted into the chain of the adjoining motif.The loose ends near the opening of the garment is weaved into the rsc's using a tapestry needle.
The beginning's loose end is crocheted into the last dc of the first round.
The beginning's loose end is crocheted into the last dc of the first round.
The end's loose end is caught and crocheted into the chain of the adjoining motif.
The end's loose end is caught and crocheted into the chain of the adjoining motif.
The loose ends near the opening of the garment is weaved into the rsc's using a tapestry needle.
The loose ends near the opening of the garment is weaved into the rsc's using a tapestry needle.

C. How to Weave in Ends

Since the garment is very delicate, hiding loose ends is a challenge. This trial can be addressed by catching loose ends and crocheting them into the garment. This way, the loose ends are secured and seem to disappear when looking at the garment as a whole.

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Eloiza Crochet Beach Cover UpDiagram showing how motifs are joinedClose up on the diagram
Eloiza Crochet Beach Cover Up
Eloiza Crochet Beach Cover Up
Diagram showing how motifs are joined
Diagram showing how motifs are joined
Close up on the diagram
Close up on the diagram

2. Assembly

The motifs are joined as you go. Begin with the sleeves. Then work the neckline down to the hem. Don’t forget to catch loose ends and crochet them into the garment.

Square Motif 1 - 30 pieces

Square Motif 2 - 12 pieces

Triangle (Half) Motif 3 - 4 pieces

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3. Binding or Finishing

After connecting all the motifs, the openings of the garment must be bound to control the clothing’s elasticity and to shape the garment.

The binding of this cover up involves a round of single crochet finished by another round of reverse single crochet (rsc) or crab stitch. The rsc’s provide a good place to hide loose ends on the hem, sleeve and neckline of the beach cover up.

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MoiraCrochets 2 years ago from Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines Author

Thank you Jill!


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jill of alltrades 2 years ago from Philippines

Very pretty! Thanks for sharing the instructions!


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MoiraCrochets 2 years ago from Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines Author

Thank you Barbara Kay for the link. I really appreciate that.

You're welcome, tirelesstraveler.

Hello Patrice! Thank God we didn't get hit badly last year during the super-typhoon. Thank you for your concern.

Hi there Lee Ann! Thanks for leaving a comment.


Lee Ann 2 years ago

how very pretty! thank you! :) :)

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PWalker281 2 years ago

Moira, so good to see you writing again! This cover up is so cute. And it looks easy to make too. Thanks for sharing. How did you fair in the bad typhoon the Philippines had? I thought of you often during that time.


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tirelesstraveler 2 years ago from California

This is a cute cover-up and looks very doable. Thanks for the instructions.


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Barbara Kay 2 years ago from USA

I shared your link with my free crochet pattern group. Hoping you get lots of traffic.

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