Summer is in full swing and it has been very busy! For some reason there is a lot going on this month….a lot more than usual. It can be a juggling act sometimes between barbecues, swim lessons, blogging and so on!
We seem to be spending a lot more time at the pool and beach. If you are like me, I tend to spend most of my time out of the water watching my kids. I will be honest, I’m not the biggest fan of wearing a swimsuit. Hence, why I love cover ups! I have a few but, wanted something new, something fresh! I started looking at some of the cover ups I already own to find inspiration.
I wanted to make a cover up that was easy in construction but also had a beautiful stitch. I came across the Iris Stitch in one of my favorite books, Crochet Stitch Dictionary. This stitch is such an easy and beautiful stitch, and it works up quickly. I like how this stitch creates a semi open look making it perfect for a swim cover up. I chose to use Lion Brand Jeans yarn for this project because it is so soft but light as well! You can also use any worsted weight yarn for this cover up.
This pattern is very versatile. You can wear it off the shoulder or on both. The length can also be altered by simply crocheting more/less rows. You can also choose where you want to put the drawstrings. You can also adjust the length for armholes.
Scroll down for the pattern!
- This cover up is worked in two pieces from the bottom-up: the back panel and front panel.
- The measurements for sewing are just suggestions. The neckline and armhole measurements can be adjusted depending on your taste.
- If you would like to make the cover up longer, simply crochet more rows for the back and front panels.
- If you would like to shorten the length of the cover up, crochet fewer rows for the back and front panels.
- Whenever it says to sew/seam two pieces together, always flip them inside out and whip/mattress stitch them together to get a cleaner look.
The pattern is written for a size Medium.
The pattern sizes are written throughout the instructions in the following: S(M,L,XL)
Gauge in the Iris Stitch is approx. 14 dc across x 7 rows = 4″
Lion Brand Jeans Yarn. For a size Small – 4 skeins, Medium – 4.5 skeins, Large – 5 skeins, XL – 5.5 skeins.
5mm Crochet Hook
Single Crochet (sc)
Double Crochet (dc)
Iris Stitch: Tutorial
Panel (make 2)
Ch. 74 70(74,78,86)
Row 1 – sc in the 2nd ch from the hook and each ch across. (73) 69(73,77,85)
Row 2 – Ch.3 turn, sk first two stitches, (2dc, ch.1, 2dc) in the next st. *sk three stitches, (2dc, ch.1, 2dc) in the next st* Repeat *across the row. Skip last two stitches and dc in the last st.
Row 3 – Ch.3 turn, (2dc, ch.1, 2dc) in the first ch-1 space (in between the four dc) and each ch-1 space across. Ending with a dc in the top of the ch.3 of previous row.
Rows 4 thru 45 – Repeat Row 3
Panel dimensions are approx. 27″ x 22″
Lay both panels on top of each other with wrong side facing you. Sew panels together as indicated below. These are suggested measurements.
DRAWSTRINGS (make 2)
There are two ways you can make the drawstring. The first way is by crocheting an I-cord. The best way to do this is by watching a video tutorial HERE. Just make the I-cord in your desired length.
The second way (the method I used for this pattern) is by making a row of foundation single crochet. For this pattern, I ended making 85 stitches in the foundation single crochet stitch, binding off and weaving in both ends. Again, you can make this any length you like.
Measure 10″ down from the neckline and take one drawstring and weave it in and out of stitches across the front of the cover up. Next, take the other drawstring and weave it in and out across the back of the cover up. Tie each side to cinch.
I really hope you have enjoyed this pattern!