Crochet keyhole scarf pattern

20 Jan

This week, I was asked if I would be able to make a scarf for a nearly one year old. He is the grandson of a good friend of mine and lives in Canada (where scarves are needed!)
She specifically wanted a scarf which would have a hole in it so that one end could be threaded through the other, he does not like anything too high around his chin.
After a bit of Internet searching, I found this was called a keyhole scarf but patterns were few and far between so I decided to make it up and I’m very pleased with how it turned out.

This is a pretty loose pattern, in the sense that you can then adapt it for different sizes of child/adult and different yarn. I used a very chunky wool mix yarn (Wendy pampas mega chunky) and a size 10mm hook. To make it longer, you just need to make a longer foundation chain and then continue to the desired width. My finished scarf was approximately 90cm long and I used around 90g of wool.

Begin by making your starting chain (mine was 80 +1 for turning).
The first row was worked in uk double crochet, one in each chain, until you reach the end of your row.
Turn your work and chain 2, as your next row will be worked in uk half treble stitches.
Row 2- Work a half treble stitch in each of the dc stitches of the previous row.
(If you are using a thinner yarn, you will obviously need to work more rows than I did so just keep going with this pattern of DC and then HTR stitch until you reach the middle point of your scarf’s finished width).
Row 3- chain 1and then work the third row in DC stitch. At the end of this row I fastened off the grey yarn and attached my next colour, white. This was the halfway point for my scarf (I wanted it to be about 8cm wide).
Row 4- chain 1 and then DC along the length of the scarf until you reach the point where you want your scarf to thread through itself. This took a bit of working out by eye, stopping and folding it over itself to work out where I wanted to put the keyhole so that the neck opening would be the right size.
When you have decided where you want your keyhole, chain stitches from the previous stitch to create a gap in your row. I chained 10 and had to do a bit of guess work to decide how long the gap needed to be in order to fit the ends of the scarf through it. When you have made your keyhole, join back into your previous row and continue DC until the end of this row.
Row 5- chain 2 (you are now working HTR again) and work along the row until you reach the chained keyhole gap. In each of the chains, I worked a DC stitch rather than HTR as this meat that I had stitches that were the same height all the way along the row. After you have DC in the chains, go back to HTR stitches until you reach the end of the row.
Row 6- chain 1 and DC along to the end of the row. This is where I finished and fastened off the white yarn. Finally, weave in the ends and you’re done!

I hope this makes sense and isn’t too tricky to adapt for different sizes/yarns. All you need to remember is to make your keyhole at the halfway point in the width of your scarf and put a bit of time into ting about where you want your hole to be so that you get an even length on either side.





2 Responses to “Crochet keyhole scarf pattern”

  1. Nice piece of work January 20, 2013 at 12:27 pm #

    very clever!!!

  2. Abigail @ Rosy Hill January 21, 2013 at 11:02 am #

    It’s a clever idea not having to knot the scarf. I love the finished item and thank you for the pattern. One day I may get round to giving it a go! Abigail x

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