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Free Knitting Pattern: Jiffy Keyhole Scarf

Knit in a soft, bulky yarn, this scarf uses elongated garter stitch to make a cloud around your neck! The free Jiffy Keyhole Scarf knitting pattern is so easy, you’ll knit it in a jiffy!

The keyhole, make by doing extra yarn-overs, allows the scarf to stay secure, no matter your activities.

This project was part of Marly Bird’s 24 Days of Quickies 2022. The premium version of this pattern was free only on December 7, 2022, but you can still get the free version below, or purchase the premium version using the buttons below!

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Closeup of Jiffy Keyhole Scarf on mannequin, with white background

The Yarn

CYC yarn weight symbol 5-bulky

You’ll knit this scarf in no time with bulky-weight yarn. I used Cascade Yarns Baby Alpaca Chunky in color 554 Koala Bear.

skein of pink yarn-Cascade Baby Alpaca Chunky

You’ll need about 100 yards [92 m] to make the scarf if you match the listed gauge.

Jiffy Keyhole Scarf Free Knitting Pattern

The pattern is designed to fit adults, and to be 6″ [15 cm] wide x 33″ [84 cm] long.

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I used size 10 [6 mm] knitting needles. Use whatever size you need to get gauge.


k2tog: knit 2 stitches together
st(s): stitch(es)
yo: yarn over

Scarf Instructions

closeup of Jiffy Keyhole scarf on mannequin

Elongated Garter Stitch

(worked over any number of sts, reversible)
Row 1: Knit, wrapping yarn twice around the needle on each stitch.
Row 2: Knit, dropping extra wraps. Repeat Rows 1 and 2 for pattern.


Cast on 15 sts. Knit 1 row.

Work even in Elongated Garter Stitch until scarf measures approximately 26″ / 66 cm, ending with Row 2 of pattern.

Keyhole Row: Wrapping yarn twice around the needle on each st, k6, k2tog, yo 5 times; knit to end.

Next row: Knit, dropping all extra wraps. [15 sts]
Work even in Elongated Garter Stitch until scarf measures approximately 33″ / 84 cm, ending with Row 2 of pattern. Bind off. Weave in ends. Block.

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8 thoughts on “Free Knitting Pattern: Jiffy Keyhole Scarf”

  1. Love the pattern! I’m doing it now but is it missing the bind off? Do I just do a regular one? Thanks!

  2. Hi there,
    A question regarding the keyhole row, you have a k2 together but where do you add back the stitch? Plus do you wrap two before that k2 together?

  3. The yarnover adds the stitch back on the same row that you k2tog. “Wrapping yarn twice around the needle on each st” means that you wrap 2 on each of the stitches across (except the yarnover where you yo 5 times).

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