If you want to add some extra protection or flair to your swimsuits, or maybe a little bit of both, these DIY swimwear covers are for you! No matter what type of crafts you do, you can find a tutorial for your next beach or pool trip.
Some of these styles require a little planning, but others come together in minutes. You like the look of one of these cover-ups, but you don’t know the technology? Summer can be the perfect time to learn something new!
Shore Thing Dress Pattern
Skill level: Intermediate
Did someone say beach? Add this light hearted crochet dress to your casual summer wardrobe. Red Heart It’s a Wrap takes you from ship to shore in one fell swoop. I love it as a cover-up, but with a slip dress underneath, it’s a layer of style for a night on the town! Pick a gorgeous color to create the hottest new look of the season.
Crochet a Breezy Cover-Up Pattern
worsted weight cotton yarn (see sizing for yardage, I used Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Cotton! yarn in color “Warm Blush” *linked here*, this is a great yarn for this project, incredibly soft and lightweight)
i hook (5.5 mm), or hook needed to obtain gauge
Pattern is written for three sizes (since it’s so forgiving):
Approx. 44″ bust, 29″ front length, 35″ back length, 850 yards of yarn
Approx. 50″ bust, 30″ front length, 36″ back length, 950 yards of yarn
Approx. 56″ bust, 31″ front length, 37″ back length, 1050 yards of yarn
14 double crochet by 8 rows equals a four-inch square
Knit a Beachy Tunic Pattern
Knit a cozy curtain and flip it over with this free pattern made from Patons yarn. The recommended yarn, which varies in weight across the strand, is no longer available, but it is worth making a few swatches of fabric to find a replacement yarn. You can even replace 100% cotton if you don’t plan on getting this too wet!
Beachy Cover- Up Pattern
Skill level: Easy
This cute crochet blanket is perfect for a day at the beach or pair it with shorts and a tank top for a fun everyday look. The Red Heart Fashion Crochet is perfect in white as pictured, or choose a more vibrant shade to go with your beach attire. It’s so beautiful that we think you’ll make more than one of the must-have items this summer.
Beachy Keen Cover- Up Pattern
Skill level: Beginner
Walk from the beach to the pool with some privacy in this airy blanket. Bernat Maker Fashion is the cornerstone of stylish projects that are valued for their soft and chunky quality. With a choice of 8 versatile colors, you can put one together for all of your friends before heading to the beach in style.
V- Neck Crochet Cover- Up Pattern
Skill level: Easy
This airy crochet blanket is the right choice for some warmth on cool summer nights. We’ve done it in style with a box-shaped model by Bernat Softee Cotton with side seams to separate the body and sleeves. This garment features an openwork pattern and a playful tassel and is great for practicing crochet, single crochet, double crochet and chain techniques. A must-have outfit for the grab-and-go girl!
Weekender Tunic and Beach Cover Up Pattern
Red Heart It’s A Wrap, (1100 yards per cake), two strands worked together with planned color changes **
S/M = 2 balls (2240 yds)
L/XL = 4 balls (2750 yds)
2X/3X = 4 balls (3248 yds)
4X/5X = 4 balls (3712 yds)
**Yardage was calculated by using 2 strands held together with planned color changes. If you choose a different yarn or work continuously (without planned color changes) your yardage will vary.
Hook US H/5.00 mm
Tapestry Needle for weaving ends
Gauge: 18 dc x 10 rows = 4″
Beach Breeze Summer Cover-Up Kimono Top Pattern
Beach Breeze Summer Cover-Up Kimono Top by Jade at Sweet Softies crocheted with medium-weight yarn  and 6 mm (J) hooks. The cover is available in sizes XS to XXL.
Directions are for size XS/S. Changes for M/L and XL/XXL are written in parentheses. Piece measures approximately 40 (46, 52)” around bust, and a length of 25”. There are directions on how to make it longer, too!
12 sts = 4”; 4 rows = 4” in dc before blocking.
(Check your gauge and use any size hook to obtain the gauge given.)
Iris Swim Cover Up Pattern
Lion Brand Jeans Yarn. For a size Small – 4 skeins, Medium – 4.5 skeins, Large – 5 skeins, XL – 5.5 skeins.
5mm Crochet Hook
Gauge in the Iris Stitch is approx. 14 dc across x 7 rows = 4″
The pattern is written for a size Medium.
The pattern sizes are written throughout the instructions in the following: S(M,L,XL)
Island Beach Dress crochet pattern
This beach dress is going to be a beach cover up, but you can crochet it longer and sew the lining to wear it like a real dress – it sounds great!
This piece is very customizable from length to width, edge size, how big or small you want the arm openings, color combination options – there are so many options!
Beach Day Cover- Up Tunic Pattern
Premier Cotton Fair Yarn or similar #2 weight yarn –
Color 1 – 3 balls white (317 yards each);
Color 2 – 2 balls blue (317 yards each)
6 beads or shells for belt (optional)
Hook US G/4.00 mm
2 stitch markers
Gauge: 18 dc x 10 rows = 4”
Free Crochet Beach Cover Up Pattern
*#3/DK Weight Yarn or a #4/Worsted that is close to #3 weight – (I used Lion Brand “Low Tide” in Palm)
*Size J/6 mm hook
*XS/S – (11” W // 62” L)— for bust sizes 28”-40″
*S/M/L – (14” W // 62” L)— for bust sizes 36”-48″
*XL/2XL/3XL – (17” W // 62” L)— for bust sizes 40”-52”
*4XL/5XL/6XL – (20” W // 70” L)— for bust sizes 50”-62″
Skill level: Easy/ Intermediate
Sunset Ruana Free Tapestry Crochet Pattern
11 Skeins of Lion Brand Ice Cream Cotton Blend (or similar Worsted Weight yarn)
2 Skeins of Chocolate (400 yds)
2 Skeins of Blueberry (375 yds)
2 Skeins of Orange (375 yds)
2 Skeins of Strawberry (375 yds)
2 Skeins of Grape (400 yds)
1 Skein of Lemon (50 yds)
Size J (6.0mm) crochet hook
Gauge: (With J hook) *HDC row, HDC row, HDC Mesh row.* Repeat from * to * until swatch reaches appropriated size. 12 stitches x 10 rows = 4” square
Crochet Weekender Tunic Pattern
Lion Brand Rewind Yarn in 2 colors (XS, S, M: 2 main color, 1 contrast color, L: 2 main color, 2 contrast color, XL,2XL: 3 main color, 3 contrast color, 3XL: 4 main color, 3 contrast color)
I used “Current Situation” as my main color and “Greige” as my contrast color
Size L 8mm crochet hook
12 sts x 5 rows in double crochet = 4″
White Harbour Beach Dress Pattern
Size: S – M – L – XL – XXL -XXXL
Bust: 80-88-96-104-114-124 cm / 31½”-34½”-37 3/4″-41″-45″-48 3/4″
Full length: 88-90-92-94-96-98 cm / 34½”-35½”-36 1/4″-37″-37 3/4″-38½”
Materials: DROPS Paris from Garnstudio
450-500-550-600-650-700 g color no 16, white
100-100-100-100-100-100 g color no 29, light blue
50-50-50-100-100-100 g color no 28, navy blue
DROPS circular needle size 5 mm / US 8 (40 and 80 cm / 16” and 32”) – or size needed to obtain 17 sts x 22 rows in stockinette st = 10 x 10 cm / 4” x 4”.
DROPS crochet hook size 4.5 mm/US 7 – or size needed to obtain 12 dc x 9 rows = 10 x 10 cm / 4” x 4”.
What is the best yarn for a swimsuit coverup? ›
What's the best yarn to use for a beach cover Up? The best yarns to use for a swimsuit cover up include cotton, linen, bamboo, or any other breathable natural fiber. I would definitely avoid acrylic or wool.Can you make crochet bathing suits? ›
Yes. The best thing about crochet swimsuits is that they are so versatile, that you can achieve that perfect fit. And for larger bust sizes, I highly encourage you to add firm cup paddings like these.What yarn does not absorb water? ›
Acrylic yarn is more wrinkle-resistant than wool yarn because the fibers are less likely to absorb moisture and shrink since acrylic is more water repellant. Wool yarn is more likely to absorb moisture and shrink, so it is not as wrinkle-resistant as acrylic yarn.What yarn absorbs water? ›
Wool fibers absorb moisture from air, and, once immersed in water, they take up considerable amounts of liquid.What stitch is best for swimwear? ›
Be sure to use a zigzag stitch, triple zigzag stitch, and lightning bolt stitch. The pattern instructions might recommend specific stitch settings. As always test your choose setting first to avoid any mishaps. Just like other knit fabrics, swimsuit fabric doesn't fray, so raw edges are fine.Can I crochet a beach towel? ›
The All-Around Summer Towel is a beginner friendly crochet pattern made in one size. This is a versatile piece that can be used as a travel yoga towel, picnic blanket, beach towel, oversized wrap, and more!Why you shouldn't use acrylic yarn? ›
Acrylic yarns continue to have a negative environmental impact during its lifetime. Every time the yarn is washed, it releases tiny fibers called microplastics into the water supply. Acrylic yarn isn't biodegradable or recyclable. Once your yarn is past its prime, it will spend decades in a landfill.What is the longest lasting yarn? ›
Wool – Also known as the queen of yarns, this is the top choice of knitters for their projects. Obtained from sheep and certain other animals, it is one of the most durable fiber types.What yarn is not itchy? ›
Acrylic and microfiber yarns are synthetic, so they won't irritate someone who has an allergy to animal-based products. You can put items knit from this type of yarn into the washer and dryer. Even better, acrylic and microfiber yarns hold up well when it comes to their shape and color.What fabric holds water the longest? ›
The most common absorbent fibre used is cotton, but other fabrics have recently been designed that are more absorbent, such as modal, micro-modal, Tencel®, and other viscose-based fibres. All of these are made from the same base material – plant cellulose – which loves water.
What fabric holds the most water? ›
Cotton can absorb about 25 times its weight in water. Chemists refer to substances like cotton as hydrophilic, which means that they attract water molecules. Nylon is a synthetic material, meaning that chemists create the polymer molecules that make up nylon.What soaks up water the best? ›
Towels typically dry quickly and are designed to absorb as much water as possible. These linens are highly versatile, and you can place them under areas that would be hard to reach with a vacuum or mop. When removing water from the floor with towels, try to choose ones made of 100% cotton for the best absorbency.How do I look attractive in a swimsuit? ›
- Choose Dark Colors. ...
- Stripes Work Too. ...
- Be Bold, Choose Plunging Neck Lines. ...
- Ruched Fabric Works Perfectly. ...
- Wear Your Hair Up. ...
- Wear a Hat.
Typically, the Jasmine Stitch is considered by crocheters to be the hardest stitch to learn. It is certainly a beautiful stitch, but it uses a very unconventional technique that doesn't always come naturally to people.What is the best yarn to crochet a swimsuit? ›
100% Cotton Yarns
Cotton is the first go to for bikinis. It's still relatively cheap in price, but can become more expensive when you look for higher qualities. Cotton will swell a little bit but not as much as acrylic or some others.
Synthetic, acrylic yarns are usually best for swimwear. They hold up well and do not hold water when wet. They also dry quickly, meaning you don't have to worry about walking around in a wet swimsuit for a long time. Bamboo and silk blends are also ideal.What yarn is water resistant? ›
Wool yarn, of course, is your classic choice for warmth. It's generally durable, water repellent, and offers good insulation due to its moisture wicking properties, making it desirable for use in a variety of garments.
Materials like acrylic yarns and nylon are all good choices for crochet bathing suits. If you're looking for a more natural material, cotton is another good choice because it's easy on the skin and absorbs sweat well too!Which crochet stitch is stretchy? ›
The camel stitch is a stretchy ribbing stitch that uses the half double crochet. This stitch is special because is has a “3rd loop” that is a horizontal bar of yarn across the back of an hdc stitch.What crochet stitch is not stretchy? ›
The Single Crochet Grit Stitch is a simple crochet pattern that creates a tightly textured fabric that is firm and dense.
What is the most yarn efficient crochet stitch? ›
Try using a V-stitch, filet stitch, or trellis stitch instead of a basic single, double, or treble crochet. These stitches all have spacing that allow for the project to progress without using a ton of yarn.Which yarn will not break easily? ›
Mohair yarn is shiny, lightweight yarn with a fluffy, soft texture that some people find irritating to the skin. Despite its airiness, mohair is warm and highly durable and is often held double with other fibers to add weight and tensile strength.What is the most washable yarn? ›
If machine washability alone will do, look for synthetics, superwash wool, cotton, linen, bamboo, or a blend of those.What yarn is best for the beach? ›
The number one choice I would recommend for summer knitting or crochet projects is cotton (or cotton blend). Cotton has the benefit of being lightweight, thin, and easy to work with. Unlike wool, which may irritate skin, cotton provides a breathable and light texture for wearables.
Acrylic and other synthetic yarns can be washed and dried with your regular laundry because they don't shrink. They may, however, stretch with heat, so always choose cold water and low dryer settings.Does acrylic yarn make you sweat? ›
Because of the nature of the synthetic fiber and twisting process; acrylic yarns hold water more than natural fibers. Clothing items made with acrylic yarn tend to be less breathable and hold onto sweat and body odor.