Schaabling Free Key to Heaven Knitting Pattern

I designed this pattern to go along with an upcoming Christian tradition, though of course you can use it for anything! Enjoy!

“Key to Heaven” Pattern


  • Craft: Knitting
  • Yarn Weight: Any worsted or Aran; I used Red Heart Soft in Tangerine colorway
  • Needle size: US 5 / 3.75 mm
  • Other Supplies: scissors, tapestry needle
  • Sizes: One Size; finished measurements 2.5 inches (length) x 1.25 inches (width of handle)
  • Availability: Free


  • CO = cast on
  • sts = stitches
  • k = knit
  • k2tog = knit 2 together


Unfortunately, the video is unavailable at this time. I knitted it once, recording videos of the difficult parts, and then discovered there was not enough memory and so it had not recorded either video. 😦 I will edit this post to add the video link when available.


There are two versions: the Easy Version, which requires some sewing, and the Sew-Free Version, for people (like me) who hate finishing. The pictured example is the Sew-Free Version.



  • CO 4 sts
  • K i-cord for 5 inches.
  • Pull yarn through live sts, and pull tight.
  • Curl CO edge around so that it touches the body of the key halfway down. Use the CO tail to sew the CO edge to the body of the key to form the handle.


  • CO 3 sts. K i-cord 2 rows. Cut and pull yarn through live sts, and pull tight. Sew to bottom edge of key.
  • Repeat.


  • Weave in ends. FIN.


  • CO 4 sts


  • K i-cord for 2.5 inches.
  • Next Row: pick up 1 st from CO edge and k2tog, k to end of round.
  • Next Row: repeat previous row.


  • K i-cord for another 2.5 inches. Cut yarn, leaving VERY long tail, pull yarn through live sts, and pull tight.


  • Pick up 1 st from last row at bottom edge of key and 1 st from second-to-last row at bottom edge of key. CO 1 st by backwards loop method.
  • K i-cord 2 rows. Pull yarn through live sts and pull tight. Weave yarn through i-cord to bottom of tooth.
  • Repeat previous instructions for second tooth.


  • Weave in ends. FIN.



Edited 11 Jan 2015 to add “k2tog” to abbreviations list.


3 thoughts on “Schaabling Free Key to Heaven Knitting Pattern

    1. Melanie Schaab Post author

      Glad to hear it! πŸ™‚ The ornament can be used for anything, of course, and I’m sure it’ll look great on an Advent calendar!

      The event for which I designed it is the Feast of the Confession of Peter, which occurs 18 January every year. I have a post explaining that feast in detail coming up on 16 January. The feast commemorates Peter’s “confession,” as told in Matthew 16. Jesus asks His disciples, “Whom do you say that I am?” and Peter replies, “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.” Jesus then praises Peter and adds, “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 16:15-19)

      My plan is to make an ornament for every Christian tradition this year, but in the end, I don’t know whether I’ll be hanging them on a Christmas tree, or on a wall hanging I’ve also knitted, or what. I thought I might knit a wall hanging in all the seasonal liturgical colors with little circles here and there to show where everything goes, but if something changes, I’m in trouble. :-/ Do you have any ideas?



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