This is a crochet pattern review of the Hibiscus Cover Up designed by Krista of Spirit and Thread Crochet. Review done by Emily of Crochet Aweigh for Cre8tion Crochet.
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Nothing quite says “Summer” like lazy days surrounded by water. Maybe you are lucky enough to live by the beach, or maybe you have a swimming pool in your own backyard, but more than likely some of your Summer plans include relaxing with friends and family. Make an entrance to your next get-together with this stunning cover up!
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What Materials Do You Need to Crochet a Cover Up?
- Approximately 800 – 2,000 yards (depending on which size you are making and which length you choose) of worsted weight yarn – Cotton is recommended!
- G6/4mm and I9/5.5mm Crochet hooks or size needed to obtain gauge
- Scissors and yarn needle for weaving ends
- Tape Measure
- Hibiscus Cover Up Paid Crochet Pattern from Spirit and Thread Crochet
I wanted a yarn that screamed “tropical” for this project and that’s when I came upon Honolulu in color 4 from Hobbii Yarn. It is a cotton/acrylic blend, but it was only sport weight which won’t work for this pattern. I loved the color so much that I purchased 2 cakes and held them together to achieve a worsted weight. I also purchased I Love This Cotton from Hobby Lobby in Buttercup and Deep Teal for the bust cups, border, and tassels. I used about 90 yards of Buttercup for the bust cups, and about 120 yards of the Deep Teal for the border and the tassels at the bottom. For the skirt I simply continued crocheting until I ran out of the Honolulu yarn. Each cake is 875 yards and since I help the 2 yarns together I used 1,750 yards for the skirt. If you were using a regular worsted weight a safe bet for the medium size is 875 yards on the skirt section, depending on your desired length, of course.
How Long Does it Take to Crochet a Cover Up?
I worked on this for 3 days without getting distracted by any other crochet projects. I timed myself while working and overall it took 13 hours and 45 minutes.
The gauge is 15 half double crochet and 14 rows to equal a 4″ square with a G/4mm Hook. I ended up going to a H/5mm hook to meet gauge.
This pattern comes in 4 sizes: XS, S, M, and L. If you need a specific size outside of the standard she does offer customization options. For example, I usually make garments in a medium size because I am a street size 10-12, but I do not have a medium bust size; I am definitely a small as far a Krista’s measurement scale goes. For this cover up I made the bust cups in the small size, and then when connecting the cups I used the number of stitches around she recommended for the medium size. It fit me perfectly in the bust and around.
For the finishing touch, Krista writes saying to use 2 skeins of your border color and hold them together while chaining the waist ties. I didn’t have 2 skeins so I substituted foundation single crochet instead.
The Hibiscus Cover Up is the perfect piece to complete your Summer wardrobe. The ripple-style stitch repeat on the skirt is so fun and makes me think of waves on the shoreline. Honestly I am always blown away by how easy-to-follow Krista’s patterns are. Her designs are trendy, quick to work up, and always showstoppers! Drop a comment below to tell me what Summer adventures your will have in your Hibiscus Cover Up!
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