A new long summer sleeveless cardigan pattern, the Seabreeze beach cover up, is now a free knitting pattern here on the blog. Read all about the surprisingly easy construction and lace stitches or scroll down for the free cover up knitting pattern.
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Unleash your creativity with this beautiful knee length beach cover up knitting pattern.
Available in 4 hybrid sizes, it’s perfect for beginners and seasoned knitters alike. Crafted with an easy lace stitch and construction, this pattern is not only a fun project to make but also a beautiful addition to your wardrobe. Uplift any outfit by simply adding this versatile piece. Wear it with jeans and a tank top for a casual day out or drape it over a long skirt for an elegant evening look.
This pattern uses cotton yarn, ensuring your beach cover up is not only stylish but also comfortable and lightweight.
2 Rectangles are all you need to knit the Seabreeze Beach Cover Up knitting pattern! Stitches are cast on lengthwise so you will have quite a lot of stitches on your needles at the same time but the repeats are small and easy so you won’t have to worry about counting etc.
To make it even easier, both panels are identical. This easy construction allows you to work up a beautiful garment and enjoy the process even if you’re new to eyelets and lace knitting!
Lace CAN be Easy
The Seabreeze cover-up might look having a more advanced stitch pattern but trust me, it isn’t! It’s actually beginner friendly. All the lace details are created simply with with eyelets made by yarn overs and knit 2 stitches together stitches!
Don’t believe me?
This short video shows you how to make knit eyelets
Downloadable Beach Cover Up Knitting Pattern
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Before you Start your Beach Cover Up Knitting Pattern
- 4 mm/ US 6 knitting needles*.
- DK weight cotton yarn (50 g, 100% cotton, 75 m / 82 yds): 10 (14, 17, 21) skeins.
- Tapestry needle to weave in the ends.
*Although, you can use straight needles for this project you will have a lot of stitches on your needles (panels are worked lengthwise) so circular needles will be more comfortable.
I used old yarn I had in my stash for this coverup which isn’t currently available online. Here are some good equivalents:
You can also easily work with a cotton blend yarn and get even dreamier drape. Some of my favorites:
The coverup is available in 4 hybrid sizes. Sizes are noted throughout the pattern in the following way: A (B, C, D). The pictures illustrate size A.
Final garment bust circumference measurements are:
- Size A (XS – S): 88 cm / 34.5”
- Size B (M, L, XL): 119 cm / 47”
- Size C (2XL, 3XL, 4XL): 149 cm / 58.5”
- Size D (5XL): 180 cm / 71”
The coverup is designed with 5 – 25 cm / 2 – 10” ease at the bust.
The length for all sizes is 104 cm / 41”. If you want to change the length just add / remove a multiple of 6 sts to your cast on.
The gauge for this pattern (blocked), in pattern stitch repeat, is 16.5 st by 30 rows for a 10 cm by 10 cm square (4” by 4”).
Abbreviations & Instructions
- st = stitch
- k = knit
- p = purl
- yo = yarn over
- k2tog = knit 2 stitches together
Repeat instructions between  the indicated number of times or until the end of the round/row.
The final number of stitches is indicated at the end of the round/row between < >.
The sea breeze coverup is knit in 2 identical large panels sewed together. Each panel is worked lengthwise.
Any lace stitch is made simple by yarning over and knitting 2 stitches together.
The Actual Coverup Knitting Pattern
Cast on 342 st.
Row 1 – 4: Knit across.
Row 5: K2, [yo, k2tog] until last 2 st, k2.
Row 6: Purl across.
Row 7: K3, [yo, k2tog] until last st, k1.
Row 8: Purl across.
Rows 9 – 12: Repeat Rows 5 – 8.
Rows 13 – 14: Repeat Rows 5 – 6.
Rows 15 – 16: Purl across.
Row 17: Knit across.
Row 18: Purl across.
Rows 19 – 20: Repeat Rows 17 – 18.
Row 21: K2, [yo, k2tog, k4] until last 4 st, yo, k2tog, k2.
Row 22: Purl across
Row 23: Knit across.
Row 24: Purl across.
Rows 25 – 26: Repeat Rows 23 – 24.
Rows 27 – 28: Knit across.
Repeat Rows 5 – 28 another 1(2, 3, 4) times.
Repeat Rows 5 – 16.
Purl 2 rows.
Cast off and leave a long tail for sewing.
You are done with the knitting part.
To make your coverup even prettier, help even your stitches and open up your lace sections, wet block your project. Make sure you block both panels to the same length and width.
Don’t skip this step as it can make a huge difference. Read my detailed tutorial on why block, how-to, and all my tips and tricks if you need help.
Place both panels next to each other with the right side up. The cast on edges should be at the shoulder side.
Sew both panels together lengthwise up to 100 cm / 39.5” forming the back of the coverup, leave the front side open.
Sew up the sides up to 65 cm / 25.5” forming the armholes.
Weave in the ends.