Have you ever worn a dress that you just know would be gorgeous as a tank top? Or a swimsuit coverup that really should be a dress? This NEW Beach Waves pattern can be made into a tank top, a dress, OR a swimsuit coverup. All instructions for each variety are included in this one pattern, and I just know you’re going to looooove it!
Beach Waves Crochet Pattern
Do you remember the “Choose Your Own Adventure” books that were so popular in the 1980s and 1990s? Where you turn to such and such page to read the character doing one thing, and another page if you want them to do the other? It was so fun to flip the pages and discover the possibilities, then start all over again and try a different way. That is exactly what we are doing with this NEW Beach Waves pattern!
For this pattern everyone will start by crocheting the torso first, then we’ll take a break to add the straps. At this point you are able to decide #1) how long to make your tank top. (I personally like mine a bit longer.) #2) if you would like to continue on to make a swimsuit coverup, OR take it all the way to the floor for a gorgeous full length dress. ♥
Comfy Fingering yarn (75% Cotton/25% Acrylic)
-approx. 725 yards for XS for tank top
-approx. 800 yards for S for tank top
-approx. 860 yards for M for tank top
-approx. 920 yards for L for tank top
-approx. 980 yards for XL tank top
-approx. 1030 yards for 2XL for tank top
-approx. 1090 yards for 3XL for tank top
-approx. 1150 yards for 4XL for tank top
-approx. 1200 yards for 5XL for tank top
*always buy extra in case you want yours longer, and approximately double the yardage for full length dress
Crochet hook in size E/3.5mm
*or hook size needed to obtain gauge
Crochet hook in size D/3.25mm
*or one hook size down from that needed to obtain gauge
(8) Stitch markers
We are using the gorgeous Comfy Fingering that is a 75% Pima Cotton, 25% Acrylic blend. This is a size 1/fingering yarn and is perfect for this pattern because of the high content of cotton – a fiber that does not stretch much while also allowing the wearer to stay cool.
I decided that instead of sewing a lining into this dress, that I would purchase an inexpensive slip to wear underneath. I found these slips for less than $15 and I just love them! They run true to size and I got both the white and the black. They are so comfy!
Sizing: (XS, S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL)
Measure your bust and hips, then use the larger of the two. For example, if my bust is 45″ and my hips are 46″, I would find where the 46″ hits on the chart, and see that I need to make the XL size.
One wave = 3” wide and 1.75” tall (including sc rows)
*see gauge pattern and VIDEO tutorial here
Pattern written using US terms.
You get to choose whether you will make the tank top OR the coverup/dress.
While you are making the first half of the pattern, it is completely normal for it to feel like it is WAY too big. After adding the “top” and then blocking, the stitches/rows will get taller and the dress/tank/coverup will get slimmer.
The blocking process (and the weight) makes the garment “grow” in length, but only by about 10 – 20%. For this reason, I do recommend NOT completely fastening off until you have blocked the garment. Then, if you decide you need a bit more length, that can easily be added.