The Kua Bay Scarf

An easy, beginner-friendly crochet scarf using only 1 skein of hand-dyed sock yarn plus some DK yarn in a contrasting color. Perfect for warm weather adventures.

Named after the beautiful Kua Bay on the Big Island of Hawai’i. This quick and easy free crochet summer scarf is perfect for all of your warm-weather travels. Written recipe style and designed to get the most use of 1 hank of sock yarn. Perfect for stash busting and displaying gorgeous hand-dyed colorways!

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Named after the beautiful Kua Bay on the Big Island of Hawai’i. This quick and easy free crochet summer scarf is perfect for all of your warm-weather travels. Written recipe style and designed to get the most use of 1 hank of sock yarn. Perfect for stash busting and displaying gorgeous hand-dyed colorways!

Inspiration + Design

As a crocheter in Florida, I am always looking to design versatile wearables for warmer weather. For me, light and airy scarf is going to get a tremendous amount of use compared to a chunky knit sweater. I also really enjoy making things that only use 1 hank of hand-dyed sock yarn. So I decided to write this pattern recipe style so it can easily be customized to however much yarn you have. You can even double up and make it twice as big!

When designing this scarf, I really wanted to allow the gorgeous colors of the yarn be the true star with a neutral accent color in a DK weight to break up the sections. This yarn is gorgeous and I love how many colors there are. This is why I went with simple double crochets for the majority of the shawl. The double crochets also created a lightweight and airy design perfect for summer and spring! 

Named after the beautiful Kua Bay on the Big Island of Hawai’i. This quick and easy free crochet summer scarf is perfect for all of your warm-weather travels. Written recipe style and designed to get the most use of 1 hank of sock yarn. Perfect for stash busting and displaying gorgeous hand-dyed colorways!

I chose to go up in weight to a DK yarn for the accent sections because it created extra pillowy soft stars and chains that stand out. I used a 100% superwash merino wool from Valley Yarns. It was super affordable and gave me the texture I was looking for. Feel free to play around with different weights and colors to make your scarf as unique as you are!

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Beginner Friendly

This scarf is very beginner-friendly! If you have mastered Double Crochets, chains and basic pattern reading, then I am confident you can easily make this.

Named after the beautiful Kua Bay on the Big Island of Hawai’i. This quick and easy free crochet summer scarf is perfect for all of your warm-weather travels. Written recipe style and designed to get the most use of 1 hank of sock yarn. Perfect for stash busting and displaying gorgeous hand-dyed colorways!
The gorgeous secluded beach of Kua Bay on the Big Island of Hawai’i, just north of Kona.

The Yarn

As for the name, I decided to name this scarf Kua Bay after visiting on a recent family trip to the Big Island of Hawai’i. A short drive north of the Kona Airport, this beach is everything you’d ever imagine for a beach in Hawaii. This remote beach is true heaven with crystal clear waters and white sands secretly tucked away amongst ancient Lava fields. The Big Island is truly magnificent how drastic the scenery changes due to volcanic activity ranging in age from ancient times to the active eruptions of Kīlauea today. The variety of landscapes remind me of the vivid and many colors of this Hedgehog Fibres Sock in Piggy Bank.

Named after the beautiful Kua Bay on the Big Island of Hawai’i. This quick and easy free crochet summer scarf is perfect for all of your warm-weather travels. Written recipe style and designed to get the most use of 1 hank of sock yarn. Perfect for stash busting and displaying gorgeous hand-dyed colorways!

I quickly fell in love with this yarn on a trip to New York City at Downtown Yarns. It reminded of the many hues of Monet’s Water Lilies but with the Florescent tropical flair of Lily Pulitzer. Upon returning home, I stashed it away waiting for warm weather inspiration to flow. Fast forward a year later, I pulled it out of my stash for a family trip to the Big Island of Hawai’i.

You can use any hank of sock / fingering weight yarn. The pattern is written recipe style and easily apadptable to how much yarn you have. The merino wool composition makes sock yarn perfect for warm weather wear. It’s incredibly breathable and moisture-wicking.

Named after the beautiful Kua Bay on the Big Island of Hawai’i. This quick and easy free crochet summer scarf is perfect for all of your warm-weather travels. Written recipe style and designed to get the most use of 1 hank of sock yarn. Perfect for stash busting and displaying gorgeous hand-dyed colorways!

The Pattern

Supplies

Abbreviations

  • Chain (ch)
  • Double Crochet (dc)
  • Half Double Crochet (hdc
  • Right Side (RS)
  • Single Crochet 5 Stitches Together (sc5tog)
  • Star/Five Star Marguerite Stitch (str)
  • Stitch / Stitches (st / sts
  • Wrong Side (WS)
  • Yarn Over (yo
Named after the beautiful Kua Bay on the Big Island of Hawai’i. This quick and easy free crochet summer scarf is perfect for all of your warm-weather travels. Written recipe style and designed to get the most use of 1 hank of sock yarn. Perfect for stash busting and displaying gorgeous hand-dyed colorways!

Pattern Notes

  • Filet Mesh and Star Stitches (aka Five Star Marguerite) break up the Double Crochet Sections by changing colors and using DK weight yarn. Do not increase in these sections. I like going up in yarn weight to create pillowy soft stars and chains that stand out. 

Double Crochet Section

  • Main body of the entire scarf.
  • Section should always end with an even number of stitches in your row. 
  • Beginning chain of each row does not count as a stitch.
  • Every other row is an increase row by working 2 stitches in the final stitch of that row.  
    • In the beginning, I put a stitch marker on the increase side as a reminder. 
  • Two Row Repeat:
    • Row 1: ch 2, dc in each st, 2dc in final stitch, turn.
    • Row 2: ch 2, dc in each stitch across, turn.

Changing Colors

On the final stitch of the row prior to your color change, for the last yarn over, yarn over using the new color then begin the next row. 

Star Stitch / Five Star Marguerite Section

  • Should always begin on the increasing side of the scarf.
  • Must be done on a row with an even number of stitches. Do not increase.
  • Sc5tog: *insert hook into designated stitch, draw up a loop* repeat 5x for 6 loops on hook, yarn over and draw through all 6 loops, ch 1 to close the stitch (creating an eye)
  • Star Stitch Section, 2 row section: 
    • Row 1: ch 3, sc5tog starting in the 2nd ch from the hook, sc5tog across ending with a hdc in the final stitch. (RS)
    • Row 2: ch 2 (counts as hdc), *2 hdc in each ch 1 from the previous row* end with hdc in starting ch 3. (WS)

Filet Mesh Stitch Section

  • Must be done on a row with an even number of stitches. Do not increase.
  • Filet Mesh Stitch Section, 3 row section:
    • Row 1: Ch 4, sk 1st st, dc in next, *ch 1, sk st, dc* repeat across ending with dc in final st, turn. 
    • Rows 2-3: Ch 4, dc in 1st ch 1 space, *ch 1, dc in ch 1 space* repeat across ending with dc in starting ch, turn.  
Named after the beautiful Kua Bay on the Big Island of Hawai’i. This quick and easy free crochet summer scarf is perfect for all of your warm-weather travels. Written recipe style and designed to get the most use of 1 hank of sock yarn. Perfect for stash busting and displaying gorgeous hand-dyed colorways!

Let’s Get Stitching!

Begin with a Double Crochet (dc) Section: Ch 3

Row 1: dc in 3rd ch from hook, turn (1) WS

Row 2: ch 2, 2dc in 1st st, turn (2) RS

Row 3: ch 2, dc across, turn (2) WS

Row 4: ch 2, dc in each st, 2dc in final stitch, turn (3) RS

Row 5: ch 2, dc in each stitch across, turn (3) WS

DC Section: Repeat rows 4-5 until 16” long, ending on an increase row with an even number of sts. For me this was 46 rows with 24 sts across. 

Star Stitch Section (2 rows, DK yarn)

DC Section for 5” ending with an increase row with an even number of sts (15 rows with 38 sts for me) 

Filet Mesh Stitch Section (3 rows, DK yarn)

Named after the beautiful Kua Bay on the Big Island of Hawai’i. This quick and easy free crochet summer scarf is perfect for all of your warm-weather travels. Written recipe style and designed to get the most use of 1 hank of sock yarn. Perfect for stash busting and displaying gorgeous hand-dyed colorways!

DC Section for 5” ending with an increase row w/even number of sts.

Star Stitch Section (2 rows, DK yarn) 

DC Section for 5” ending w/ increase row w/even number of sts.

Filet Mesh Section (3 rows, DK yarn)

DC Section for 5” ending with an increase row w/even number of sts.

Star Stitch Section (2 rows, DK yarn)

DC Section for 5” ending w/ increase row w/even number of sts.

Filet Mesh Section (3 rows, DK yarn)

DC Section for 5” ending with an increase row w/even number of sts.

Final Star Stitch Section: (6 rows or more, DK yarn)

Final Row: Ch 1, sc across, cut yarn and weave in ends. 

Named after the beautiful Kua Bay on the Big Island of Hawai’i. This quick and easy free crochet summer scarf is perfect for all of your warm-weather travels. Written recipe style and designed to get the most use of 1 hank of sock yarn. Perfect for stash busting and displaying gorgeous hand-dyed colorways!

Congratulations, you’re done!! Go out and enjoy your scarf! 

I would absolutely love to see your finished scarf and your gorgeous color choices! 

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