Here’s my alibi regarding the origins of the Pua Poa Beach Swimsuit Coverup free crochet pattern. I absolutely could not find the perfect beach swimsuit coverup. And since I was on an extended stay in Kauai, Hawaii, with 80% of my days spent wearing a swimsuit, this was legitimate reason for panic. I knew exactly what I was looking for and I COULD NOT FIND IT. And once I get something in my head, I will settle for nothing less.
Is that a good thing or a bad thing?
The verdict’s still out on that one. Anyway, I finally just made one for myself. Enter: the Pua Poa Beach Swimsuit Coverup. Named after my favorite beach in Kauai, I’ve finally found exactly what I was looking for. And for you, obviously also looking for the perfect swimsuit coverup – look no further. Maybe this is exactly what you wanted too.
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4”x4” = 8 stitches x 8 rows (1 stitch = dc + ch)
I encourage you to make a small rectangle swatch to be sure your gauge is correct. It’s also a good idea to measure now and again and try it on as you go along. This will ensure your Pua Poa Beach Swimsuit Coverup will fit right when it’s done! This coverup has a lot of drape and flexibility so gauge is a general guideline.
This pattern is written in size XS with sizes S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL & 5XL following in parenthesis like this: XS(S, M, L, XL)(2XL, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL). The size can be easily modified by taking your measurements and adjusting the number of stitches or rows. The model pictured is wearing size XS with height 5’4 and a bust of 33″.
TIP: The written pattern also includes a detail sizing grid with measurements in inches and the number of rows and stitches for each size. Using the sizing grid compared to your measurements will allow you to easily customize the coverup to your exact measurements.
Length: shoulder to hem front / shoulder to hem back:
XS: 28″ / 34″
S: 29″ / 35″
M: 30″ / 36″
L: 31″ / 37″
XL: 32″ / 38″
2XL: 33″ / 39″
3XL: 34″ / 40″
4XL: 35″ / 41″
5XL: 36″ / 42″
Materials you will need:
- Rico Essentials 100% Organic Cotton Yarn | Weight 4 / Aran – Worsted
- Colors & Number of balls:
- Cream – x3(3, 4, 4, 4)(5, 5, 5, 6)
- Colors & Number of balls:
- Hook: 5.5 mm
- Tapestry Needle
- Stitch Markers
Abbreviations used in this pattern:
ch – chain
st – stitch
sk – skip
sl st – slip stitch
fdc – foundation double crochet
dc – double crochet
[…] – number of stitches in row
(…) x – repeat instructions indicated number of times
Panel – Make 2:
- The coverup is crocheted in turning rows, lengthwise from top to bottom.
- The turning chain of 3 counts as your first dc stitch of each row
- You will crochet 2 sides and then seam them together, leaving a hole in the middle for your head
Row 1: FDC 216(218, 220, 222, 224)(226, 228, 230, 232), ch 3, turn
Row 2: sk next st, (dc in next st, ch 1, sk 1) x across, ch 3, turn
Row 3: (dc in next ch sp, ch 1) x across
Row 4-17(21, 25, 29, 33)(37, 41, 45, 49): repeat row 3, ch 2, turn
Row 18(22, 26, 30, 34)(38, 42, 46, 50): dc in each st across
Fasten off and weave in end. Just one more step and you’re done with your Pua Poa Beach Swimsuit Coverup free crochet pattern!
CROCHET CORD BELT:
- There are plenty of youtube tutorials on this if the written instructions don’t do it for you!
Cut a length of 270″(294, 318, 342, 366)(390, 414, 438, 462) of yarn. In general, you’ll want about 6 times the amount of yarn as the length of belt you want. The belt sizes for the above yarn lengths are approximately 45″(49″, 53″, 57″, 61″)(65″, 69″, 73″, 77″). You’ll have the working end which you’ll yarn over as usual. Then, you’ll have a section of yarn hanging forward which you’ll wrap around the hook from front to back before yarning over.
Holding the yarn in the middle of the length, secure the yarn to your hook with a slip knot. Then, take the front yarn and wrap it over the hook from front to back. Then, take the working end of your yarn, yarn over the hook and pull through both loops on the hook. Repeat for the entire length of yarn. When you get to the end, pull both ends of the yarn through the final loop to secure.
- Lay the panels lengthwise, side by side with the final dc row in the middle together, and row 1 of FDC on the outside.
- Choose which side you want to be the wrong side and be sure it is facing out
- From the edge of the coverup, moving toward the center, seam the sides together by passing the tapestry needle through the back two loops only of each side for 20″(S, M, L, XL)(2XL, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL). This will be the front of the coverup. Secure and weave in end.
- Repeat on the opposite end, for 27″(S, M, L, XL)(2XL, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL). This will be the back of the coverup. Secure and weave in end.
- You are done with the center seam. The hole in the middle is where your head will go.
- Fold the coverup in half from top to bottom (still wrong side out), leaving a 6″(S, M, L, XL)(2XL, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL) off-set between the front and back, with the back being the longer side. Alternatively, decide how much longer you want the back to be (if any) and arrange the garment as-so right now.
- Measure 7″(S, M, L, XL)(2XL, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL) from the shoulder. This will be the arm opening. Introduce your tapestry needle at the end of this measurement and whip stitch through 3 stitches down towards the hem.
- From here, count 14 stitches down and whip stitch through the next 3 stitches.
- Repeat step 3 until you get to the end of the side seam, allowing for a final gap on the outer thigh
- Weave in all ends.
- Weave the belt through every other loop around the middle of the coverup at the waist height you like!
- Try on the cover-up and flaunt your gorgeous body!
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