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Easy Granny Square Swim Cover

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Dive into summer style with our Easy Granny Square Crochet Swim Cover!  This breezy garment features a modern take on the classic granny square and is perfect for lounging poolside or strolling along the beach. Whether you're a crochet enthusiast or a beginner looking to hone your crochet skills, this pattern promises a fun and rewarding project that's as stylish as it is practical. Soak up the sun in our other crochet couture covers like the Caladium Hexagon Cover-Up and the Long Summer Duster!

Crafted with lightweight, breathable cotton yarn and featuring a unique pull-up design, this cover-up offers effortless versatility for beach days or poolside lounging. Simply slide it up over your body for quick and easy coverage, eliminating the need to pull it over your head.

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What you'll love about this swim cover pattern.


  • Simple Motif - The modern granny square motifs are simple to make and quick to work up!
  • Customizable Length - Feel free to customize the length of this to be shorter or longer by experimenting with the granny squares and your preferred style.
  • Size-Inclusive - The Adult-size crochet pattern is available in sizes X-Small to plus size 5X.
A hand holding a crochet needle next to a crocheted blanket, with a bowl of flower-shaped candles and dried decorative plants nearby, invites relaxation. Try your hand at an easy granny square swim cover using this free pattern for your next creative project.

Crochet Supplies

Yarn
WeCrochet Comfy Fingering
75% Pima Cotton, 25% Acrylic; 109yds/50g

Yarn Quantities
600 (625, 700, 800, 900) (1000, 1150, 1300, 1450) yds
6 (6, 7, 8, 9) (10, 11, 12, 14) balls

Yarn Substitutions
Hobbii Rainbow 8/4 - 100% Cotton; 175yds/50g

Lindy Chain - 70% Linen, 30% Pima Cotton; 180yds/50g

Scheepjes Whirlette - 60% Cotton, 40% Acrylic; 498yds/100g

Remember always to check the gauge and drape when substituting yarns.

Crochet Hook
Size US G (4.0mm) Crochet Hook or hook to obtain gauge.

Notions
Scissors
Yarn Needle
Removable Stitch Marker
Blocking Board

Skill Level
Beginner

Sizing
XS (S, M, L, 1X) (2X, 3X, 4X, 5X)

To Fit Bust:
28–30, (32–34, 36–38, 40–42, 44–46) (48–50, 52–54, 56–58, 60–62)

Abbreviations
blo - back loop only
ch - chain
dc - double crochet
sc - single crochet
sl st - slip stitch
st(s) - stitch(es)

Gauge
20 sts and 10 rows = 4" by 4" in dc.

How to Crochet A Gauge Swatch
Working a gauge swatch will let you know if you will have the correct sizing for this pattern. It will also help you practice the stitches used in this project and improve your stitch work for a flawless look.
Are you struggling to match the gauge? Check out the blog post on What is Crochet Gauge and How To Fix It

Special Stitches

Stsc Cluster: Do NOT chain, insert hook into next stitch, yo, pull up a loop, yo and pull through both loops, insert hook in the vertical bar below, yo, pull up a loop, [yarn over, insert hook into next space or stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through two loops on the hook] two times, yarn over and pull through all 4 loops on the hook.

Cluster: [Yarn over, insert hook into next space or stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through two loops on the hook] three times, yarn over and pull through all 4 loops on the hook.

Construction

We will create a number of simple granny squares and seam them together for a swim cover. Then straps will be added.

Love this style of Construction? You might also enjoy the Granny Square Cardigan or the Seven Hexi Granny Square Bag.

Pattern Notes

  • This Pattern Uses Standard US Terminology.
  • This pattern substitutes a Stsc Cluster for a tradition cluster at the beginning of each round. Please see Special Stitches.
  • Each granny square increases the width and length of the garment. For some sizes, we will not need as many granny squares to keep a similar length.

Video Tutorial for the Granny Square Swim Cover

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Written Crochet Pattern Instructions

Schematic

Diagram of a diamond-patterned fabric with measurements in inches. Squares marked to be excluded for certain sizes: gray for sizes Large, 1x, and 2x; dark gray for sizes 3x, 4x, and 5x. Perfect for creating an Easy Granny Square Swim Cover - Free Pattern included.

For this design, I wanted to keep the look and placement of the granny squares similar for each size. Each granny square increases the width and length of the garment. For some sizes, we will not need as many granny squares to keep a similar length. Feel free to customize the length of this to be shorter or longer by experimenting with the granny squares and your preferred style. If the front or center back area is too low cut, a half granny square can be created to fill it in.

Granny Square

Rnd 1: Inside Magic Circle with Main Color (MC): Stsc cluster, ch 5, (cluster, ch 2, cluster, ch 5) three times, cluster, ch 2, join to the first Stsc cluster with a sl st. Pull ring until there is a small cirle in the center.


Rnd 2: Sl st into the next 3 ch sts (through one of the ch strands), Stsc cluster in the first ch-5 space, *ch 2, 3 dc into the next ch-2 space, ch 2, (cluster, ch 2, cluster) in the next ch-5 space; repeat from * three times, ch 2, 3 dc into the next ch-2 space, ch 2, cluster, ch 2, sl st to join to the first Stsc cluster in the rnd.


Rnd 3: Working in the previous ch 2 space, Stsc cluster, *ch 2, 2 dc in the next ch-2 space, dc in each stitch until the next ch space, 2 dc in the next ch-2 space, ch 2, (cluster, ch 2, cluster) in the next ch-2 space, repeat from * three times, ch 2, 2 dc in the next ch-2 space, dc in each stitch until the next ch space, 2 dc in the next ch-2 space, ch 2, cluster, ch 2, sl st to join to the first Stsc cluster in the rnd.


Size XS Rnds 4-8: Repeat Rnd 3.

Size Small Rnds 4-9: Repeat Rnd 3.


Size Medium Rnds 4-10: Repeat Rnd 3.


Size Large Rnds 4-11: Repeat Rnd 3.


Size 1X Rnds 4-12: Repeat Rnd 3.


Size 2X Rnds 4-13: Repeat Rnd 3.


Size 3X Rnds 4-14: Repeat Rnd 3.


Size 4X Rnds 4-15: Repeat Rnd 3.


Size 5X Rnds 4-16: Repeat Rnd 3.


Last Rnd All Sizes: Working in the previous ch 2 space, Stsc cluster, *ch 2, dc 1 in the next ch-2 space, ch 1, working in the third loop if desired, dc 1, ch 1, skip 1 until the last dc st before ch-2 space, dc 1, (ch 1, dc 1) in the next ch-2 space, ch 2, (cluster, ch 2, cluster) in the next ch-2 space, repeat from * three times, ch 2, dc 1 in the next ch-2 space, ch 1, working in the third loop if desired, dc 1, ch 1, skip 1 until the last dc st before ch-2 space, dc 1, (ch 1, dc 1) in the next ch-2 space, ch 2, cluster, ch 2, sl st to join to the first Stsc cluster in the rnd, or see video for an invisible join.


Make 14 (14, 14, 11, 11) (11, 9, 9, 9) granny squares.

Fasten off and weave in all ends.

Seaming

First, block all the granny squares to dimension. Using a wooden blocking board makes this process easy, and I block each square after making it so it can dry by the time I get the next square done. Using the diagrams from page 4, join the granny squares with either a sl st seam or your preferred seaming method.

Style Tip

  • This is the section where we have the option to adjust the length. Work more or fewer rows to adjust length in increments of 4 rows. Note how many rows are crocheted so you can match on the back side later.

Straps

I designed this cover with straps that sit on the edges of the shoulder so the cover can easily be stepped into and slipped over the shoulders.


We will be join our yarn to the top corner of the swim cover. Working into the three center sts, insert your hook into the first stitch, yo and pull up a loop, then do the same to the second and third sts. Three loops are on the hook.

Pull-Up Style

Whether you're relaxing by the pool or exploring the shoreline, this chic swim cover is the perfect accessory for any summer adventure. Designed with a low back and thin straps that sit on the edge of your shoulders, this garment is easy to pull up and down your body without having to go over your head.

Strap Repeats:
Next, yarn over and pull through the first loop on the hook. Then, yarn over and pull through two loops on the hook. Last, yarn over and pull through the remaining two loops on the hook.

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We will then pick up stitches again until we have three loops on the hook. Insert your hook into the vertical bar of the second stitch, yo and pull up a loop. Then insert your hook into the vertical bar of the last st, yo and pull up a loop.

With three loops on the hook, repeat the Strap Repeats sections until the strap measures 14-18 inches, trying it on often to get the best custom strap length for the best fit.


Once the strap is the correct length, fasten off and use the tail end to sew the strap to the next corner of this granny square on the back.

Finishing

Weave in any ends, block again if necessary, and enjoy wearing your new swim cover out in the sun.

Crocheting lightweight and airy garments is a fabulous way to add a delightful blend of style and comfort to your summer wardrobe. The airy and open designs allow for ample ventilation, keeping you cool and refreshed on even the hottest days. From elegant cover-ups like this Granny Square Swim Cover, to breezy tops like the Shine Like a Diamond Tank and the Muse Summer Top, crocheted pieces add a touch of handmade charm to your summer ensembles.

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