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June 25, 2014

Crochet Pattern: Swim Cover-up

When we were in the Dominican Republic last month, we spent much of our time on the beach or at the pool. I was a little jealous because many of the women had beautiful swim suit cover-ups. As soon as we got home I decided to make one of my own so I would be ready for our next beach/pool vacation, wherever that may be.

This crochet pattern is probably a bit unconventional because it uses the same type of cotton yarn that you would traditionally use to make crocheted washcloths. I chose it because there were plenty of fun colors of yarn available and, since it's cotton, the finished product is quite cozy. It measures 44 1/2 inches wide x 26 1/2 inches long and fits a women's size small-medium. (There is a note about advanced sizing options at the end of the pattern.)

Materials



Gauge


14 rows or 13 sc = 4 inches

Directions

Ch 146

Row 1 (WS): 1 sc in 2nd chain from hook, 1 sc in each ch across, turn. (145 sc)
Row 2: Ch 1, sc in each sc across, turn.
Row 3: Ch 1, sc in each sc across, turn.
Row 4: Ch 1, 1 sc in each of first 3 sc, *ch 5, skip 3 sc, 1 sc in each of next 5 sc,* repeat across, omitting 2 sc at the end of the last repeat, turn.
Row 5: Ch 1, 1 sc in each of first 2 sc, *ch 3, 1 sc in next ch 5 space, ch 3, skip 1 sc, 1 sc in each of next 3 sc,* repeat across, omitting 1 sc at the end of the last repeat, turn.
Row 6: Ch 1, 1 sc in first sc, *ch 3, 1 sc in next ch 3 space, 1 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next ch 3 space, ch 3, skip 1 sc, 1 sc in next sc,* repeat across, turn.
Row 7: Ch 5, 1 sc in next ch 3 space, 1 sc in each of next 3 sc, 1 sc in next ch 3 space, *ch 5, 1 sc in next ch 3 space, 1 sc in each of next 3 sc, 1 sc in next ch 3 space,* repeat across, ch 2, dc in last sc.
Row 8: Ch 1, 1 sc in first dc, ch 3, skip 1 sc, 1 sc in each of next 3 sc, *ch 3, 1 sc in next ch 5 space, ch 3, skip 1 sc, 1 sc in each of next 3 sc,* repeat across, ch 3, 1 sc in 3rd of 5 ch at the beginning of the previous row, turn.
Row 9:  Ch 1, 1 sc in first sc, 1 sc in next ch 3 space, ch 3, skip 1 sc, 1 sc in next sc, *ch 3, 1 sc in next ch 3 space, 1 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next ch 3 space, ch 3, skip 1 sc, 1 sc in next sc,* repeat across, ch 3, 1 sc into next ch 3 space, 1 sc in last sc, turn.
Row 10:  Ch 1, 1 sc in each of first 2 sc, *1 sc in next ch 3 space, ch 5, sc in next ch 3 space, 1 sc in each of next 3 sc,* repeat across, omitting 1 sc at the end of the last repeat, turn.

Work Rows 5-10 ten more times.


(Note: If you would like your cover-up to be longer, buy an additional skein(s) of yarn and work Rows 5-10 until your wrap reaches the desired length,)

Row 11: Ch 1, 1 sc in each sc and 3 sc in each ch 5 space across, turn.
Row 12: Ch 1, *1 sc in next sc, ch 3, skip 1 sc,* across, sc in last sc, finish off.

Tie Strings
Ch 80.

Row 1: With wrong side facing, sc in each ch across the top of the wrap (145 sc), ch 81, turn.
Row 2: Sc in 2nd chain from hook, sc in each ch and sc across, finish off.

To wear, wrap the cover-up around your body and tie once, loosely at the front. Bring the tie strings up around your neck and tie in a bow.

Care Instructions

Machine wash in cool water on a delicate cycle. Tumble dry low on a delicate cycle.

Advanced sizing options


If you would like to increase the size of this wrap, you can do so by making the width of the wrap your bust size plus 10-14 inches depending on how much overlap you would like across the front.

The stitch pattern will work as long as you chain any multiple of 8 stitches +2 at the beginning.

If you are increasing the width and/or length, make sure to buy additional skeins of yarn before you begin the project.

Happy summer!

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