The Beach Day Ruana is so much more than a swimsuit cover! While I’m absolutely loving using it as one, it can also be worn over any outfit! I think it would be super cute over a summer dress or even just a tank top and shorts! It’s pretty perfect for any summer outfit!
I created mine in black, because honestly I couldn’t imagine it in any other color! It looks stunning under my bright red bathing suit! Plus it’ll match any other outfit I wear it with! I used Premier Yarns Cotton Fair yarn to create this design. I absolutely love Cotton Fair for summer projects. It’s a sport (#2) weight yarn so it’s very lightweight. This yarn is a cotton blend which makes it great to use for swim covers or anything else that may get wet. It holds up so nicely, even after being soaked. It also has an amazing drape to it! I’ve also created my Sarasota Swimsuit Cover and my Sarasota Tank crochet patterns with Cotton Fair.
This crochet pattern is an intermediate difficulty level. It does require seaming two panels together, so you need to know how to do that. Check out my video tutorial on Sewing your Crochet Pieces Together. The pattern comes with instructions for sizes XS to 2X. However, the Beach Day Ruana can be adjusted in both length and width. You’ll find the stitch multiples in the crochet pattern to adjust length, and to adjust width you just add more repeats of the rows.
I also highly recommend blocking this project. Blocking will add more length and width to it alone. But it also gives it an amazing drape! The drape will give it that flowing look and feel that we love in a cover-up. There are also instructions for an optional tie to add to the pattern so that you can close the ruana if you prefer. I really appreciated the tie when wearing it as a swimsuit cover.
Want to try before you buy? Check out my growing list of Free Crochet Patterns!