One of my favorite parts about summer is all of the fun beach and lake trips that you get to take during those hot summer days, which means it is time to make all of the fun crochet swim cover up patterns and crochet summer dresses. There’s something so fun about getting to crochet a swimsuit cover up dress that you get to wear on all of your beach days. Today on the blog, I am happy to get to introduce Rebekah Haas, who is sharing how to crochet her Navarre Crochet Beach Dress, which is a beautiful and easy free crochet beach cover up pattern. It’s made from 4 panels, making it great for beginners, and it creates a beautiful and flowing crochet beach dress. So I’m so excited to hand this post off to Rebekah to have her introduce and share her beautiful free crochet dress pattern!
Hi everyone, my name is Rebekah and I’m the designer behind the crochet blog www.rebekahhaas.com. This crochet summer dress pattern is inspired by the serene waves, white sands, and abundant seashells of Navarre beach. This crochet summer swimsuit coverup is perfect for a quiet walk by the waves, to relax poolside, or even to dress up for a cruise! If you are anything like me, the gentle swish of the cotton crochet swimsuit coverup has all the hallmarks of a romantic walk on the beach. With the whisper of ocean breezes in my ear, seashells in my hands, and a crochet hook tucked into my messy bun, I fully intend to enjoy my Navarre Beach Dress on the beach!
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Created with simple stitches, the four cotton panels are seamed together, forming a handkerchief hem and sweetheart neckline, flattering to any figure. The pattern is written for an oversized fit in One Size crochet cover up and Plus Size crochet cover up, but additional instructions are included to create a custom fit! You can make the bust tighter or looser (because there is no true One Size fits all) or even create a tunic length version to suit your personal style.
To make this dress design, I recommend using a lightweight cotton yarn so that it’s perfectly airy for those days at the beach or the lake. A lot of my testers used Hobby Lobby I Love This Cotton, which has a lightweight and soft cotton texture that is great for this type of pattern. You could also use Lion Brand 24/7 cotton, Bernat Handicrafter, or Lily’s Sugar and Cream. All of those yarns would create a wonderful crochet cover up that can last you all summer long!
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- Worsted/4 Weight Cotton such as Lion Brand 24/7 cotton, Bernat Handicrafter Yarn, or Lily’s Sugar and Cream
- One size—1700 yds
- Plus size –2100 yds
- Hook 6.5 mm
- Stitch Markers
- Yarn Needle
- Sl St– slip stitch
- Fsc—foundation single crochet
- Sc—single crochet
- Hdc—half double crochet
- Dc—double crochet
- Tr—treble crochet
4” x 4” = 1 pattern repeat + 3 rows of sc x 11 sc across (blocked)
Pattern repeat = 3 rows of sc, 2 rows of Sprouts (see notes below)
- This pattern uses the Sprout Stitch from the Desert Blossom Craft Blog—find the full stitch tutorial here.
- One pattern repeat of the Sprout Stitch is three rows of sc and two rows of “Sprouts”
- You can adjust the bust size and length to fit your own size or style—details for adjusting the bust will be listed in the seaming instructions. Details for making tunic length are included in the panel instructions.
- Pattern counts are listed in OS, with ascending sizes in parenthesis (PS).
- Notes in the pattern are in (italics and parenthesis)
- Stitches worked in the same space are in (parenthesis)
- End counts are in (bold, italics, parenthesis)
- Repeats are between *stars*
Navarre Beach Dress Pattern:
Make 4 panels
Fsc 77 (97) OR Ch 78 (98) , sc in 2nd ch from hook and in ea ch (77, 97 sc) Turn.
Note: If you want a shorter, tunic length, start with fsc 69 (85)
Row 1-2: ch 1, turn, sc in each sc (77, 97 sc) Turn.
Row 3: Ch 4 (counts as tr), tr in next st, sk 2 st, (tr, 2 dc, tr) in 3rd st, *sk 3 st, (tr, 2 dc, tr) in 4th st,* repeat until 4 st left, sk 2 st, tr in last 2 st. (18, 23 sprouts) Turn.
Row 4: Ch 4 (counts as tr), tr in next tr, sk 2 st, (tr, 2 dc, tr) BETWEEN the 2 dc of previous row’s sprout,* sk 4 st, (tr, 2 dc, tr) be- tween the 2 dc of previous row’s sprout* repeat in each sprout across, tr in last two tr. (18, 23 sprouts) Turn.
Row 5: ch 1 (doesn’t count), sc in same st and in each st until you reach the 9th (10th) sprout, sc in first two st of sprout, sc BE- TWEEN the two middle dc, sc in each stitch until the end. (77, 97 sc) Turn.
Row 6-7: ch 1 (doesn’t count) sc in the same stitch and in each st across (77, 97 sc)
Rows 8— 42 (47): Repeat rows 3-7.—do not fasten off.
3 sc in the last st of Row 42 (47), to form a corner. Working down the side, sc in the side of each sc, 3 sc in the side of each tr. 3 sc in the corner, working across the bottom, sc in the bottom of each fsc, 3 sc in the last st to form corner. Working in the side, sc in each sc, 3 sc in each tr. Join with sl st to first sc, fasten off, weave in ends.
- Start by laying out all four panels so the top right corner is in the middle (see diagram).
- Note: the top of the panel (three rows of sc) should form the neckline and back of the dress.
Front and Back Seams:
1. Measure (6”, 7”) down from the corner. Count the number of stitches. For me, 6” = 16 st.
2. Count the same number of stitches down on the panel you are joining it to—just to make sure they are lined up straight. Pin them together at the 6” (7”) mark.
3. Starting in the stitch AFTER the pin, seam through both panels to the bottom corner. I prefer to pick up a loop with my hook and slip stitch through both panels to make a seam.
4. Repeat this process for the back.
- Repeat the same process as the front and back seams, just measure down 7” (8”, 9”) down the side.
- Continue seaming the same way you did for the front and back seams.
If you have a bigger or smaller bust size, you can adjust the amount of room you have through the bodice. By raising or lowering the neckline seam, you can create a little more wiggle room in the pattern. You can also adjust the height of the side seams to cre- ate more or less room as needed.
Row 1: Working in the front right panel, pick up a loop in the side of the top row of sc. Sc in the side of each of the top three rows of sc. (3 sc) Turn. (See Diagram for placement)
Row 2. Ch 1, turn, sc in ea sc (3 sc) Turn.
Row 3-12: Repeat Row 2. Fasten off, weave in ends. Repeat on the other front panel.
Attach the strap to the side of the top rows 3 rows of the back panels to match the front. Fasten off, weave in ends.
Note: If desired, the straps can be lengthened or shorted by adding extra rows of sc. Just make sure both straps are the same length.
You made the Navarre Beach Dress (or at least, you thought about it really hard). Slip that beauty on and give it a twirl! Unless you haven’t made it yet – then go grab some cotton! What are you waiting for? The summer is short, and we have beach walks to take! For more inspiring crochet pics and to get the latest details on my newest designs – don’t forget to follow my Instagram! If you enjoyed this crochet swimsuit coverup pattern, check out the other free crochet patterns on my blog, www.rebekahhaas.com. You can also find fun tips and tricks to help you take your crochet skills to the next level.
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