Toddler Keyhole Scarf Knitting Pattern

I love this cute toddler keyhole scarf! I made one for my daughter, and it's her favorite.

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I decided to make a keyhole scarf for my daughter this year, and (of course) we ended up having a very warm winter in Oregon. Isn’t that how it goes? But I have comforted myself in that this little scarf is still perfect for our early morning walks when it is foggy and misty outside.

I love this scarf. It is soft and warm, and because of the keyhole, it stays around your child’s neck. But the best part is the pattern is simple enough for someone like me who enjoys staying in the knitting realm of scarves, hats, and baby blankets. The seed stitch pattern is very simple to knit but it looks complex. If you have never knitted in seed stitch before, you’ve got to try it. I love using this stitch for baby blankets—they always turn out so pretty.

For this pattern, you will need to know how to knit and purl. To knit in seed stitch, you will knit one, purl one (k1p1) until the end of the row, then purl one, knit one (p1k1)  for the second row. You will continue this pattern throughout. I like to think of it as knitting the purls and purling the knits. Doing so creates a little “x” pattern in your knitting. This stitch also makes it easy to pick up wherever you stopped your work because you don’t have a complicated pattern to remember. Just knit your purls and purl your knits. :)


I love this toddler keyhole scarf! I made one for my daughter, and she loves it!

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Toddler Keyhole Scarf Knitting Pattern

To make this scarf, you will need:

One skein of yarn (I used a bulky weight yarn that had 109 yard; here are some options)
Size 9 knitting needles
Yarn needle

Cast on 14 stitches. Knit in seed stitch for 30 rows.

I love this toddler keyhole scarf! I made one for my daughter, and she loves it!

For the keyhole, I pulled the other end of the yarn out of the skein in order to have a new length of yarn to attach rather than use a new skein of yarn. (I know, I know, I admit I didn’t wind my yarn into a ball.) Knit in seed stitch for 7 stitches, then leave the yarn you’ve been knitting with and pick up the new length of yarn and continue in seed stitch. Doing so will leave a small hole in your work. Continue knitting in seed stitch for 10 more rows, knitting both sides with their separate ends of yarn.

Cut the yarn that you added into your piece, leaving a tail to weave in later and proceed to knit in seed stitch for an additional 100 rows. Bind off (in seed stitch) and sew in yarn ends.

I recommend measuring your scarf as it takes shape against your child and making it longer (or shorter) as needed. The scarf I knit for my daughter ended up being around 27 inches long. I wanted it short enough so I could tuck it into her coat and knew she didn’t need a big, billowy scarf that would drag behind her.

You can also cast on more stitches, knit for a longer length, and make this scarf for an adult. I made a bunch of these scarves for Christmas presents many years ago, and it was such a satisfying project.

Update: Here’s another simple scarf I knit for my daughter. This time I made a drop stitch scarf and sewed the ends together to make a cowl. :)

This little scarf is so simple and cute! Perfect for your toddler—I sewed the ends together to make a cowl which makes it easy to wear too! Love this! (Would also make a great gift!)

Have a lovely {and creative} day!

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22 thoughts on “Toddler Keyhole Scarf Knitting Pattern

  1. Love this! How old is the daughter you made this for? I want to make it for my 4 year old granddaughter. She lives in another state so I can’t fit it to her as you suggest. She wears size 4 clothes. Thank you!!

    1. My daughter was 2 when I made this for her. You could leave the buttonholes out all together and make the scarf a bit longer so that it wraps around like a “regular” scarf. I’ve also noticed that since I used acrylic, the knitted fabric is more stretchy so my daughter can still wear the scarf this year.

  2. This is such a cute scarf!!
    Thank you for stopping by the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop this week. We hope to see you drop by our neck of the woods next week!

  3. So glad I stopped in! What a cutie of a scarf… I am pinning on my knit board, for when I get back my knitting mojo! I am way into crochet at the moment. I just love it has the yarn crafts have become “IN” again! :-)

    1. I know, me too! I love all the different patterns that people make now–it used to be so hard to find anything cool. :) Thanks for pinning!

  4. I should start knitting now for my granddaughter to get it done by next winter (I’m just too slow). Thank you for linking up to Thursday Favorite Things and we hope to see you again next week!

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