The Gathered Buds Scarf is one of my all-time favorite crochet keyhole scarf designs. Cozy winter scarf must have’s, for me, include ample crochet fabric and snuggly yarn for warmth, a design element that is pretty to look at and full of texture, and ease of wear. This scarf has everything on my checklist covered.
Ease of wear for a scarf can come in many forms and I found this to be a necessity managing babies and toddlers and all of their fun stuff on cold winter days. Who wants to backtrack for a lost scarf when there are so many fun things to explore in the snow! One solution is a scarf long enough to “tie” so it doesn’t fall off all the time. Another wonderful solution is to seam both ends to create an infinity scarf.
My solution for the Gathered Buds Scarf was to create a “keyhole” of sorts. Most keyhole scarves have a hole built into the actual scarf material to slip the end of the scarf into to hold in place. I love that design, but I wanted more of a match to go with my Gathered Buds Headband. So, I basically recreated the headband and then extended the scarf fabric from there. I finish the piece by going back to the “buds” section and seam it to make the keyhole loop.
This pattern is written for two lengths. I find the longer length works great for multiple wraps around my neck on those super cold winter days. You know, the ones that require outerwear accessories to let us really snuggle in and hide from the incredible wind that will take our breath away. You might guess I’m writing this post as we are going through an extreme cold snap!
The free pattern is provided below including the size, materials, and notes. An ad-free PDF version of the Gathered Buds keyhole scarf pattern is also available for you to purchase, download, and print out.
Pattern information below!
♥ Pattern is written for two lengths. Directions for longer length appear in [ ].
♥ 52 x 10 in and [86 x 10 in]
♥ 132 x 25 cm and [220 x 25 cm]
♥ Approximately 480  yards worsted weight yarn. Knit Picks® Simply Organic Cotton yarn shown in pictures, but any worsted weight yarn will work.
♥ Crochet hook: Size I/9 (5.5 mm) or size needed to obtain gauge
♥ Tapestry needle
♥ In half double crochet 14 stitches and 9 rows = 4 in (10 cm)
Skill Level: Easy
♥ Due to large number of loops on crochet hook for the Altered Bean Stitch, only light tension may be required.
♥ Only use light blocking if shaping is desired.
♥ The yarn used for these items contains natural fiber and requires special laundering. Please read yarn labels and follow directions to maintain the life of your crochet work.
Half Double Crochet in Bottom Loop (Back Bar) of Foundation Chain:
Turn your foundation chain upside down and crochet in the row of single “bumps” or loops created on the bottom when you made the chain.
Altered Bean Stitch (Bean Stitch) / Puff Stitch:
Insert hook in stitch, yarn over and pull through, *yarn over, insert hook in same stitch, pull through, repeat from * 4 more times, yarn over, pull through 12 loops on hook, chain 1 (to lock stitch). Skip 1 stitch immediately following bean stitch. This will equal two stitches in pattern. Due to large number of loops on crochet hook, only light tension may be required.
Directions to Crochet Your Own Gathered Buds Keyhole Scarf
Chain 21, turn.
Working in bottom bar of foundation chain, slip stitch in second chain from hook (20 stitches total), turn.
Chain 1, slip stitch in back loop of each stitch, turn.
Chain 2, half double crochet in first stitch of row, Altered Bean Stitch (see Special Stitches section for instructions) in next stitch, continue with bean stitch across row (9 bean stitches total), half double crochet in last stitch, turn.
Chain 1, slip stitch in each stitch of row, turn.
Rows 5 – 40:
Repeat rows 3 and 4 in order for specified number of rows. (This section will create the bean stitch piece for the scarf loop.)
Chain 2, half double crochet in first stitch of row, bean stitch in next stitch, 2 half double crochet in each stitch across row until third stitch from end of row, bean stitch in third stitch from end of row, half double crochet in last stitch of row, turn.
Rows 42 – 133 [42 – 211]:
Chain 2, half double crochet in first stitch of row, bean stitch in next stitch, half double crochet in each stitch across row until third stitch from end of row, bean stitch in third stitch from end of row, half double crochet in last stitch, turn.
Row 134 :
Chain 2, half double crochet in first stitch of row, bean stitch in next stitch, continue with bean stitch across row (16 bean stitches total), half double crochet in last stitch, turn.
Rows 135 and 136 [213 and 214]:
Chain 1, slip stitch in front loop of each stitch.
To create bean stitch loop, fold bean stitch section in half with right side facing out. Match base chain stitches to slip stitches in Row 40. Whip stitch to create a loop.
Weave in ends.
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