This toddler keyhole scarf knitting pattern is so easy to make. I love this scarf because it won't fall off—the keyhole keeps it nice and snug! This knit pattern can also be modified for adults.

Toddler Keyhole Scarf Knitting Pattern

You’re going to love this toddler keyhole scarf knitting pattern—the keyhole keeps the scarf from falling off! And it’s super simple to make too.

I decided to knit 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.

How to Knit a Child’s Scarf in Seed Stitch:

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 pattern! I made this toddler girl scarf for my daughter, and she loves it!

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 yards; click here for some cute yarn options)
Size 9 knitting needles
Yarn needle

By the way, if you need a refresher or instructions on how to knit, click here for a free CreativeBug Beginning Knitting class. It includes 44 minutes of video tutorials that will cover the basics so your project will be successful!

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

I love this toddler keyhole scarf! This children's keyhole scarf knitting pattern is simple enough for beginners to knit. Love 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.

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Update: Here’s the link to 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. You can see it pictured below. 🙂

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 responses to “Toddler Keyhole Scarf Knitting Pattern”

  1. Rachel Avatar

    What an adorable scarf! The keyhole is super helpful for little ones . . . at least in my experience. 🙂

    I’d love to have you link up to my weekly Yarn Fanatic Party!

    1. Jennie Avatar

      Thank you! I’ll be sure to stop by your party. Thanks for the invite! 🙂

  2. All that's Jas Avatar

    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!

  3. Patrice M Foster Avatar

    Jennie you have knitting skills pretty scarf for toddler. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Jennie Avatar

      Thank you and thanks for stopping by, Patrice! 🙂

  4. Carmen N Avatar

    What yarn did you use for the scarf? I love the color and variations in it!

    1. Jennie Avatar

      I used “Berry Burst” from the Deborah Norville Collection (at Joann’s Fabrics). It was a bulky knit weight and acrylic yarn. I love how it turned out; want one for myself! 🙂 Here’s a picture of my daughter wearing it on my Instagram: 🙂

  5. Kimberly Curtis Avatar

    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. Jennie Avatar

      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!

  6. Mary Beth|Cupcakes and Crinoline Avatar

    This is simply beautiful. Any little girl would be so lucky to have it. Thank you so much for sharing at this week’s Project Inspire{d}. Pinning 🙂

    1. Jennie Avatar

      Thank you! And thank you so much for stopping by–I always like visiting your party. 🙂 Have a great week!

  7. Ana Love Craft Avatar

    Hi Jennie! This is a really gorgeous scarf! I love the color and pattern too!
    Have a wonderful Easter!
    Hugs and love from Portugal,
    Ana Love Craft

    1. Jennie Avatar

      Thanks so much! 🙂 Have a wonderful Easter! 🙂

  8. Lou Lou Girls Avatar

    This looks amazing! You are so talented. Pinned and tweeted. Thanks for being a part of our party. I hope to see you on Monday at 7 pm. Happy Easter! Lou Lou Girls

    1. Jennie Avatar

      Thank you! 🙂

  9. Samantha @ Stir the Wonder Avatar

    This is adorable! Thanks for linking up at the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop! We hope you join us again next week!

    1. Jennie Avatar

      Thanks so much!

  10. Jenny @ Women With Intention Avatar

    Love it! Thanks for sharing at Women With Intention Wednesdays! 🙂

  11. jill Avatar

    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!

    1. Jennie Avatar

      Thank you! I’ll be there tomorrow! 🙂

  12. Jane Holbeck Avatar
    Jane Holbeck

    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. Jennie Avatar

      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.

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