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Keyhole Scarf Pattern – How to Knit a Keyhole


The great thing about a keyhole scarf is that one end has a hole in it and you can slip the other end of the scarf through it.  That way it stays nice and snug around your neck without it feeling too bulky.

When I first heard about keyhole scarves I didn’t have a clue what they were talking about but now that I know, what a great way to keep warm.  Finally a knit scarf that actually stays in place. Why didn’t I think of it? It’s so simple and effective…haha

Once you know the basics you can knit a keyhole into any scarf you want to make.  And if you really enjoy knitting scarves you can simply use a different stitch pattern or different yarn and knit all kinds.

The best thing is that they’re fast and easy to knit and with the holidays getting closer and closer this is a great gift idea too.

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Keyhole Scarf Pattern Details

keyhole scarf

Skills Required:
Placing stitches on a stitch holder
Joining yarn
Garter stitch

Length – 45 inches (114 cm)   
Width – 7 inches (18 cm)

Gauge:  Not important

Yarn:  2 skeins (see pattern notes) Patons Canadiana
100% Acrylic – 200 yds / 182 meters
Net wt. 3 1/2 oz. / 100 g,
Color – purple or any color you like

Needles:  9 US / 5.5mm for using 2 strands held together or 8 US (5 mm) for using 1 strand

2 Small stitch holders
Tapestry Needle

Pattern Notes:
The keyhole scarf uses 1 ball of yarn however I used 2 balls and held two strands together as one so that it was thicker and warmer.

Keyhole Scarf Pattern Instructions

Instructions:  Cast on 24 stitches

Knit garter stitch for 8 inches.

Divide stitches for keyhole

Knit 12 stitches and place remaining stitches (12) on holder.

Turn work and continue knitting on 12 stitches for 4 inches.  Cut yarn and place these stitches on second stitch holder.

Slip stitches from first holder back to needles and join yarn.  Knit for 4 inches, same as for first slit making sure that the garter stitch ridges match up evenly on both sides of keyhole.  (You have created the keyhole)

Bringing all the stitches together.

Next row:  Knit across 12 stitches on needle.  Slip the 12 stitches from holder onto left needle (make sure the stitches aren’t twisted) and continue knitting across row.

With all stitches on the needle, continue knitting until scarf measures 45 inches or as long as you like.

Bind off loosely.  Weave in yarn ends.  When you tie in the ends at the keyhole make sure they’re nice and secure.


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