I’m fascinated by the clever and beautiful ways designers find to fasten shawls and scarves using keyholes, pull-throughs and openings. Hope you are, too! Updated 2/7/23
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Kensington Cable Wrap
Rectangular shawl stays put with a double keyhole at the center front so one end of the scarf can pass through. Written instructions or chart. Designed by Two of Wands (Alexandra Tavel). Quick knit in Super Bulky weight yarn. A kit is also available.
Gradient Keyhole Scarf
Easy scarf that starts as two separate halves, then joined and worked in one piece, then are separated into halves again to work create the loop for a keyhole opening. Uses 1 skein (344 yds) of the recommended Mandala® Ombre Yarn. Worsted weight yarn. Designed by Lion Brand.
2 ways to get the pattern
- Get the free WEB VERSION knitting pattern at Joann
- Get the free PDF VERSION knitting pattern at Lion Brand - link is below kit information
- Get the recommended Mandala® Ombre Yarn at Joann
Easy Keyhole Pom-Pom It Up Scarf
Garter stitch scarf with tapered ends and keyhole to slip the end through and hold the scarf in place. Suitable for beginners according to the designer. Designed by Lion Brand. Super Bulky weight yarn.
Open Cable Scarf
The clever open cable design of this scarf creates openings so you can pull the ends through to create a long cowl or style in many creative ways. Designed by Grace Akhrem for Knitty as "Erin Goes to College". Super Bulky weight yarn.
Pull Through Cable Wrap
Cynthia Yanok Wise designed this wrap that features cables, seed stitch borders, and a slit for wrapping the shawl.
Alpi Alpenrose’s ingenious shawl pattern is designed with holes to thread the end of the wrap through. Available in 8 different languages including English.
Ribbed Slit Shawl
Kimberly K. McAlindin designed this easy shawl for Red Heart that’s perfect for beginners. Three sizes.
- Get the free knitting pattern - note the pics on the pattern page are incorrect
- See more Easy Shawl Knitting Patterns
Wager Welt Wrap
This shawl is shaped with a few rows of subtle decreases so it sits nicely around the shoulders. The front closes with a clever loop and tail which stay in place without bulk. Designed by Erika Flory. Worsted weight yarn.
More Free Patterns
Cherry Pie Scarf
Scarf knit with the star stitch that features a keyhole opening for self-fastening. Designed by Yucca. DK weight yarn. Available in English and Japanese.
Brioche Keyhole Scarf
Reversible Rodekool keyhole scarf was designed by Nancy Marchant. Pictured project by LilyLilyLily
- Get the free knitting pattern
- See the Ravelry page
- Get more patterns from Nancy Marchant (Prime and Kindle available)
Easy Honeycomb Scarf
Keyhole scarf knit in a 16 row repeat with 3 colors of worsted weight and a loop end to pull the end of the scarf through to keep in place. Designed by Vanessa Ewing for Plymouth Yarn Company
Farmer’s Market Scarf
Knit all in one piece with a decorative counterpane edge on one end and a loop on the other, this scarf is a quick knit in bulky yarn. Designed by Rebecca Shepler
Carol’s Clever Little Shawl
Carol Sanders’ keyhole shawl was inspired by an antique 1800’s shawl. It is knit from side to side in garter stitch with lace edging added as you go. The shawl is shaped with short rows and closes cleverly with interlacing front tips created at the beginning and end of the shawl. Pictured project by hellskitsch
Martha Stewart Neck Scarf
This cute keyhole neckwarmer by the Martha Stewart Design Team is easily customizable. One knitter even knitted a matching scarflet for her cat! Pictured project by lachicaerina
Robyn Diliberto’s fast project is knit in fisherman’s rib and finished with a knitted flower and button. Pictured project is by chocoJ
Kim Selo designed this keyhole style neckwarmer.
This neck wrap by Myrrhia Resneck is knit with a wide fan on one end that tucks into the loop on the other end — no buttons! The pictured project is knit in novelty yarn.
Symphony Wrap and Headband
Pull-through shawl in seed stitch in bulky yarn.
Patterns for Purchase
Royal Lace Scarf
Stay-on lacy scarf knit with a combination of lace stitches and twisted cables. The scarf knits up quickly in one piece without sewing or grafting. Row by row instructions with many photos and knitting chart is also provided for chart persons. Designed by Christy Hills. Sport weight yarn.
Zigzag Lace Keyhole Scarf
Fun and seamless zigzag lace scarf with two pull-through ways to wear that keep the scarf in place. Designed by Christy Hills. Worsted weight yarn.
Lace Keyhole Shawl
Versatile wrap can be worn a variety of ways and the keyhole fastening keeps the shawl in place. Designed by Nazanin S. Fard as Fuchsia Keyhole Wrap. Sport weight yarn.
Reversible Betangled Shawlette
Betangled is a fully reversible, crescent-shaped shawlette featuring two cabled twists curving around a garter-stitch field. This versatile piece can be draped loosely around the shoulders or fastened in place by pulling one of the leafy ends through any cable opening. Designed by Jennifer Weissman. DK weight yarn.
Versatile qsymmetrically shaped, triangular scarf that features both horizontal and vertical keyholes so it can be worn many ways. Designed by Carina Spencer. Pictured project by EspaceTricot.
Beautiful one skein lace keyhole scarf by Christy Hills!
Chevron Keyhole Scarf
The chevron stitch looks great in a self striping yarn.
Sprinkle and Squares Scarf
Cute neckwarmer knitted in one piece and self-fastens by pulling through the bow. The color is worked in a mosaic stitch pattern where one color is used at a time, eliminating fussy stranding as in fair isle technique. FINISHED SIZE 4” wide and 18” long.
Fox Keyhole Scarf
This cute fox by StitchEScrochet is a keyhole scarf. Just pull the tail through the head loop to fasten.
Leaves and Mock Cable Keyhole Scarf
This lace pattern includes links to video tutorials.