The Keyhole Scarf

The Keyhole Scarf

Want a quick, festive scarf for a loved one in your life? The keyhole scarf is easy to wear and looks decadent when really it’s a cinch to make! By holding two strands of yarn together while you knit, you can really spice up a simple super bulky with a splash of a speckled/super colourful indie fingering weight yarn!

This is a great project to use up your bits and bobs of leftover yarns!

The Keyhole Scarf PatternFree Pattern Keyhole Scarf


K - Knit | P - Purl | CO - Cast On 

BO - Bind Off | st(s) - Stitches

K2Tog - Knit 2 stitches together (decrease)

KFB - Knit into the front AND the back of the stitch (increase)

YO - Yarn Over (increase stitch that leaves a hole) 

Size & Gauge: 

One size fits all (looks like a big scarf on a kiddo, looks like a lil’ scarf on adults!) Gauge is not super essential, but if you are a loose knitter use 12mm needles instead of 15mm.


OR approximately 88 yards/80 metres of another speckled or variegated fingering weight yarn. 

  • 1 ball of Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick n’ Quick (super bulky) 

Or approximately 88 yards/80 metres of another super bulky yarn - might we suggest Malabrigo Rasta or Cascade Magnum for something extra squishy? 

We used Uptown Worsted for the sample. 

Needles n’ Notions:

  • 15mm (US 19) knitting needles
  • Darning needle
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Cardboard (to make tassels)


CO 3 sts

Row 1: Knit all stitches

Row 2: KFB, K to last stitch, KFB

Repeat rows 1 and 2 until you have 11 stitches.

Knit in garter stitch (knit every stitch, no purls here!) for another 70 rows (or until the piece has a total of 40 garter stitch bumps from the cast on edge)

Time for the keyhole! 

K4 sts, K2Tog, YO, K5 sts 

Knit in garter stitch for another 23 rows, then begin decrease.

Decrease Row 1: K2Tog, K to last 2 sts, K2Tog

Decrease Row 2: K all stitches

Repeat decrease rows 1 + 2 until you have 3 sts. BO all sts.

Tassel Time! 

  • Cut a piece of cardboard about 4.5” (12cm) long
  • Wrap worsted weight yarn around cardboard 60 times
  • Thread tapestry needle with 12” of yarn and tie top of tassel snugly. Remove needle, leaving tie to attach to work. 
  • Cut ends at bottom and remove from cardboard
  • Thread tapestry needle with about 18” of yarn, and wrap around tassel 6-10 times, snugly. 
  • Trim tassel ends evenly
  • Attach to the ends of your scarf!

If you’re a visual peep, we recommend checking out a video tutorial like this one by The Nervous Knitter. 

Give yourself a high five because you’ve just finished The Keyhole Scarf! 

Looking for a printable version? Click here for the free download!

This nifty pattern was designed by STASHy peep, Veronica! 
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