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Beach Bum Bouquet

Beach Bum Bouquet

For the free pattern for this top, continue on. For a 100% ad free downloadable pdf version (paid) with detailed pictures and charts for this pattern, please visit my ravelry or ETSY pages.

Ah summer-time! I can’t wait honestly. Usually, I’m a little wary of the summer time. If you couldn’t tell, I tend to stay out of the sun. My skin is SO fair, I burn so easily. And melt. I just MELT in the sun. BUT, this year I think will be a little different.

As you might know, my husband and I moved to Montreal at the beginning of the year. Apparently, the weather here is totally different from what I’m used to. I mean, I should expect that since this winter was CRAZY. (at least for me).

So, this year, I’m ready for the Canadian summer! I heard that the high temperature for Montreal during the summer is only 25°C (that’s only 77°F for you Fahrenheit people). That is absolute CRAZINESS for me! I’m more used to Japanese summer which is TORTURE! 40°C and 100% humidity.

With that in mind, I’m super excited to be making a slew of summer items!

Today, let me introduce to you the Beach Bum Bouquet cover-up! It’s great for all you beach bums out there! Or pool bums… or just bums that like pretty crochet things. It’s really for every bum!

This cover-up is a great item to add to your wardrobe. It’s perfect for your days lazing about on the sand (or at the pool). With the beautiful flower pattern, it gives the perfect details to your swim attire. Do you have a boring bathing suit? BAM, now it’s adorable! Need a little something to make you a little more comfortable in a bikini? Here you go! This cover-up is also great as a transition piece. You can wear it both on your way and on the beach over your bathing suit, or pop it over a tank with some shorts or jeans and you have a great top for heading out after you’re done playing at the pool.

So get your hooks ready and let’s make this thing!

I love to see what you create!

Please share your creations with the community on social media tagging @ravinsekaidesigns and hashtag #beachbumbouquet

I can’t wait to see the beautiful things you come up with!

Beach Bum Bouquet Free Crochet Pattern - Ravin Sekai Designs

What you need:

Hook Size: 4.5mm hook

Yarn: 3 skeins Super Size Lily Sugar & Cream Cotton Yarn, 450 yrds, weight 4 (I used color Potpourri)  OR 1 skein 14oz Bernat Handicrafter cotton weight 4 (I used color White). Pretty much any 4 ply, weight 4, worsted weight cotton yarn will work. (you can use any type of yarn like acrylic if you’d like. However, cotton/bamboo/linen will be the best for something you’re wearing out in the sun. Those fibers are the most breathable. But, also be aware, cotton tends to stretch quite a bit when wet).

Gauge: 12st x 14rows = 4” on 4.5mm hooks with sc

Tools: crochet hook, darning needle, scissors, something to wrap yarn around to make tassels. (I used a broken coaster that was laying on the table. lol.)

Skills needed/Abbreviations:

St/Sts - Stitch/Stitches

Ch - Chain

Sc - Single Crochet

Hdc - half double crochet

Dc - Double Crochet

Tc - treble crochet

Sl st - slip stitch

Cont. - continue

The Pattern:

The basic shape:

The shape of this cover-up is relatively simple and just a variation on a classic shaped granny square crochet top. The difference comes with the placement of the straps to make it cross in the back and the fact that we are using a flower motif instead of granny squares. Each Square below is one motif.

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Motif 1 -

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Each motif is 4” x 4”

Row 1: ch8, sl st in 1st ch.

Row 2: ch5, [dc in next st, ch2] x7, sl st in ch3 and ch4 spaces of of beginning ch5.

Row 3: ch4, tc3 in same ch4 below, [ch7, 4tc in next ch2 space below, ch3, 4tc in ch2 below] x3, ch7, 4tc in ch2 below, ch3, sl st into ch4 of start of row.


After creating the first motif, we will be connecting the next motifs as we go.

Motif 2 -

Row 1 - 2: Repeat Rows 1 - 2 from motif 1.

Row 3: ch4, 3tc in in same ch4 below, ch3, attach through corner 1 ch7 of motif 1 w/ sc, ch3, 4tc in next ch2 below, ch1, attach through ch3 of motif 1, ch1, 4tc in next ch2 space, ch3, attach through corner 2 ch7 of motif 1 w/ sc, ch3, 4tc in next ch2 below, cont. Following the next steps in Row 3 from motif 1 the rest of the way around.

Motif 3 -

Row 1 - 2: Repeat Rows 1 - 2 from motif 1.

Row 3: repeat steps of Motif 2 until attaching the second corner, ch3, placing hook through the center of one attached corner of both motifs 1 & 2, sc through this space, ch3, cont. Finishing motif 3.

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Motif 4 -

Row 1 - 2: Repeat Rows 1 - 2 from motif 1.

Row 3: ch4, 3tc in same ch4 space below, ch3, attach through corner of ch7 of motif 3  w/ sc, ch3, 4tc in next ch2 below, ch1, attach through ch3 of motif 1, ch1, 4tc in next ch2 space, ch3, placing hook through center space of all motifs sc, ch3, complete the rest of the motif attaching as you go.

Continue putting the motif together until you have all 28 flowers put together. This is what the piece should look like once you finish all the motif.

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Border -

Starting at one unattached corner ch7 space, attach yarn & ch3, 2dc in same corner ch7 space again, dc evenly until next unattached  corner, [3dc, ch2, 3dc] in unattached corner ch7 space, cont. Evenly around entire piece placing [3dc, ch2, 3dc] in every unattached corner. When you come back all the way around, place 3dc in starting corner, ch2, sl st in top of starting ch3. Fasten off.

Straps -

Attach yarn at corner A (refer to picture above) ch20 (for a larger or taller person, add more ch. For example, a large coverup ch25 - 30. You can play with this a little until you get the drape you want for your top), attach ch to corner C. Do the same for the opposite side attaching corner B to D. Fasten off.

Neckline Border and Strap Detail-

1.Attach yarn on strap 3 ch spaces away from corner c, ch1, dc in corner a, skip 1st dc, [dc in next st, ch1, skip next st], cont. Across front to opposite strap, ch2 & attach to strap w/ sc at 3 ch spaces from corner b.

2.After attaching to strap, we will be making picot along the strap. Ch3, sc back in same st. [skip 2 st, sc in next st, ch3, sc in same st] cont. Across strap.

3.At end of strap ch1, attach in corner d w/ dc. (follow arrow in picture)

4.For back border, ch1, [skip 1 st, dc in next st, ch1] cont. Across to other starp, follow direction #2 again making picot across the strap, then follow step #4 again to finish other side of back. Fasten off.

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Tassels -

For tassels, I found a broken coaster and used it to wrap my yarn around to get tassels all the same length. But you can literally use anything. This method produced 9 inch tassels, which I thought were perfect for this top. Each place I attached tassels has 5 tassels (10 tassels after being folded over and  attached). You can attach the tassels wherever you’d like, but space them evenly along the bottom of the garment.

Once you’ve got the tassels attached, you’re all done! Now get out there and wow everyone at the beach!

if you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment here or contact me. The downloadable pdf will have more pictures for explanations.

I love to see what you create!

Please share your creations with the community on social media tagging @ravinsekaidesigns and hashtag #beachbumbouquet

I can’t wait to see the beautiful things you come up with!

Beach Bum Bouquet Free Crochet Pattern - Ravin Sekai Designs
Beach Bum Bouquet Free Crochet Pattern - Ravin Sekai Designs
Beach Bum Bouquet Free Crochet Pattern - Ravin Sekai Designs
Beach Bum Bouquet Free Crochet Pattern - Ravin Sekai Designs
Beach Bum Bouquet Free Crochet Pattern - Ravin Sekai Designs

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