Summer is finally here and with it comes trips to the beach for many. Even those who aren’t planning a beach vacation may spend time this summer at the lake or river, basking in the wonderful sunshine and having an amazing time on the water. So, you know what that means, right? It means that it’s time to get those knitting needles and crochet hooks out and start making some beach essentials, and I’ve got just the list of essentials that will make this summer’s beach trip amazing.
From bathing suits and cover ups to floppy hats and large tote bags, there are so many things that you can knit or crochet to take along on your wonderful beach vacation, or that weekend trip to the lake. Whether you’re looking to crochet your own monokini or you want a huge tote bag that will easily hold all of those sunglasses and sunscreen bottles that we moms tend to tote along, there is definitely a project in this list for you. Many of these are so easy that you can finish them in one day, which means you have time to make plenty of essentials before your beach trip arrives. And, if you need a beach blanket, here’s a wonderful list of quick and easy crochet blanket patterns for beginners.
I love the water. Whether I’m spending the weekend at the lake, which we do quite often during the summer, or planning that once a year beach vacation – since I’m not lucky enough to actually live at the beach – I look so forward to summer every year just to be near the water. Whether you’re planning a family vacation or just a little girls’ getaway, those beach essentials are a must and they can be a bit expensive. Of course, they’re not expensive if you make them yourself, which is what this collection is all about. There are some beautiful patterns for shorts and tops in here too, that are perfect for wearing to the beach. And while you’re looking for new things to crochet or knit, be sure to check out these 100 crochet patterns for beginners.
If you’re planning a trip to the beach this summer, or you just want a new crochet or knitting pattern to occupy your afternoons, this is a good collection of patterns. There are so many options and so many different patterns with beautiful designs, all just waiting for you to make them for your summer adventures.
1. Roomy Crochet Beach Bag
This beach bag is roomy enough to carry towels, changes of clothing, and other essentials like your sunscreen and even snacks if you need them. It’s an easy crochet and you only need to know the basic crochet stitch as well as half double and chain stitches. This is definitely a must for those beach trips and it’s stretchy so you can get everything you need in just one bag.
2. Large Striped Crochet Bag
Here’s another wonderful beach bag that is definitely roomy enough for all of those beach essentials. This one measures 12 by 12 by 18 inches! It’s actually large enough to hold two small Chihuahuas, you know, just in case you want to take your fur babies along on your beach trip. It’s also a really easy bag to crochet and only requires you to know single and chain stitches.
3. Easy Crochet Bikini Top And Skirt
This bikini top and matching skirt are a must for summer. This is a really easy set to crochet, provided you know basic stitches and the skirt is great for a cover up when you are traveling to and from the beach. Sizes run from extra small to extra large and you can crochet A, B, or C cup for the top.
4. Crochet Jacket Styled Lightweight Cardigan
This little jacket would be perfect for those evenings on the beach. It’s really lightweight so it’s not too hot for summer and it’s a really easy jacket to crochet. You’ll need to know basic stitches and have three buttons on hand for the crochet covered buttons. This is perfect for casual or semi-formal dates on the beach and the pattern is available in sizes from extra small to 2X large. Oh, and there’s a pattern for a matching bikini top included!
5. Casual Crochet Summer Top
Here’s a great top to use as a cover up for that bikini at the beach this summer. It provides the perfect coverage but still lets you see your bikini top through it. It’s a really easy project to crochet, too. It’s listed as an easy pattern and shouldn’t take you longer than a couple of hours to complete. You could crochet this while you’re traveling to the beach!
6. Lightweight Crochet Swimsuit Cover
This great cover up features a large button in the front to keep it closed and it’s the perfect length to completely cover that swimsuit. This would be great for relaxing on the beach in the evening or for sitting around the campfire at the lake. It’s a pretty easy cover up to crochet and only requires that you know basic stitches.
7. Drawstring Crochet Beach Shorts
These shorts are absolutely gorgeous and so easy to crochet. They have a drawstring waist, so they’re going to fit perfectly no matter what size you need. You can get the pattern for these on Etsy for just over $4 and you only need to know basic crochet stitches like chain, single and double crochet. These will be perfect to wear to the beach or lake this summer!
8. Beaded Sand Dollar Bikini Top
This beaded top is gorgeous and really easy to crochet. I love the seashell accents and the fringe, although you could leave both of those out if you don’t want to include them. The top itself is really simple to crochet and will only take you a couple of hours depending on your skill level. The straps can be made in any length and there’s a great tutorial on how to do the invisible join.
9. Crochet Day At The Beach Bag
This bag is appropriately called the “Day At The Beach Bag” and it’s wonderful. I love the nautical theme, although you can of course do this in whatever colors and designs you want. It’s really room though and will give you plenty of space for all of those sunglasses, sunscreen and other beach essentials. It’s also pretty easy and quick to work up.
10. Easy Crochet Market Bag
This market bag is lightweight and roomy, just what you need for those trips to the beach this summer. It’s also roomy enough to carry those essentials like extra clothing and a few beach towels. I love how easy this one is to crochet. It works up pretty fast and should only take you a couple of hours from start to finish.
11. Lightweight Beach Bandana/Headband
I love the beach but really don’t love what it does to my hair. Just as soon as that salty air hits me, my hair starts flying out of control, which is why I love this headband or bandana pattern. You can crochet this in no time at all and it will keep your hair back and out of your face when those lovely salty breezes come through. It’s a one size fits all pattern so it’s great for adults or children. You can get this pattern on Etsy for around $3.
12. Super Easy Sarong Skirt
This sarong styled skirt is very easy for beginners. You create a simple rectangle and that’s it. It ties on the side and is the perfect beach accessory to cover up that bikini when you’re heading indoors for lunch or shopping. You can also use this pattern to make three different garments, all of which are super easy and quick to work up.
13. Another Fun Crochet Beach Bag
Here’s another really fun beach bag that is perfect for holding all of those necessities. It’s got a great peekaboo look in the center and is really lightweight so you won’t get too tired lugging it around. You can alter the pattern to change your yarn weight if you want and even do this in really colorful yarn to give it a great tropical look.
14. Lightweight Layered Crochet Tank
This beautiful tank looks like two in one. It has a sheer spider web top and a solid tank underneath that give it a wonderful layered look. It’s perfect for the beach with its lightweight and airiness and you could do so many wonderfully bright colors in this one. It’s listed as an intermediate level project because of the layering but you could do it with minimal skills. It may just take you a while.
15. Lighthearted Tunic Styled Cover Up
This crochet cover up has a fun heart on the front and it’s a pretty easy tunic to work up. It measures 25 inches in height and width, so it’s perfect for using at the beach for a cover up and it’s roomy enough to be extra comfortable. It has a great open design and is super easy to crochet. You could also create your own center design if you want something besides the heart.