by Emily Nelson
Whether you’re lounging by the pool, skipping rocks on the river, walking by the ocean, or relaxing on the lake, you’ll find that this swimsuit cover-up fits perfectly into the scene. Make one to match each of your swimsuits, and more to match your moods. One simply won’t be enough!
- Hook, size H/8 (5.00mm) OR size needed to obtain gauge
- Worsted weight cotton (I used about 2.5 balls of Lily Sugar ‘n’ Cream to make a size 32” with 23 pattern rows.)
- Two buttons, about 3/4” diameter
- 1 needle that will fit through the holes in your buttons
4 sc per inch
When choosing a size, measure where you’d like the top of the cover-up to sit.
Sizes: 32” (34”, 36”, 38”, 40”, 42”)
US pattern conventions used
ch(s) = chain(s)
sc(s) = single crochet(s)
dc(s) = double crochet(s)
sk = skip
bet = between
Foundation: Chain 135 (144, 153, 162, 171, 180).
Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across. Ch 4. Turn.
Row 2: 5 dc in 4th sc. Ch 1, sk 3, dc in next sc. (Dc in next sc. Ch 1, sk 3. 5dc in next sc. Ch 1, sk 3. Dc in next sc.) 14 (15, 16, 17, 18, 19) times. Ch 3. Turn.
Row 3: 2 dc in first dc. Ch 1. Dc bet 2nd and 3rd dcs in shell. (Dc bet 3rd and 4th dcs in shell. Ch 1. 5 dc bet 2 dcs in pair. Ch 1. Dc bet 2nd and 3rd dcs in shell.) 14 (15, 16, 17, 18, 19) times. Dc bet 3rd and 4th dcs in shell. Ch 1. 3 dc in top of ch-3. Ch 4. Turn.
Row 4: 5 dc bet 2 dcs in pair. Ch 1. Dc bet 2nd and 3rd dcs in shell. (dc bet 3rd and 4th dcs in shell. Ch 1. 5 dc bet 2 dcs in pair. Ch 1. Dc bet 2nd and 3rd dcs in shell) 14 (15, 16, 17, 18, 19) times. Ch 3. Turn.
Rows 5 -?: Repeat Rows 3 and 4 until your cover-up is the desired length.
Finish off. Weave in ends.
To attach buttons
Using yarn or embroidery floss, sew one button onto a corner, attaching it to the row of sc at the beginning. Sew the other button on the same row of sc, just over the first dc pair.
When sewing the button, don’t forget to leave a bit of space between the button and the fabric of the cover-up. Wrapping a bit of the yarn or floss a few times between the button and the fabric will solve this problem by making a shank.
If you’d like to use yarn to sew your buttons on, but can’t fit it through the eye of a needle small enough to sew the button on, try this: Cut a short length of yarn, and split it in half, using only 1 or 2 strands to sew with.
Your button holes are in the first row of pattern stitching opposite the buttons. The first is the hole at the corner, and the second is between the last two dcs in a pair. When you button the cover-up, one stitch pattern will overlap.