Steampunk meets crochet with this Crochet Skeleton Key Pattern

Skeleton Keys

Crochet Skeleton Key Pattern

Materials Needed;

1 Ball of size 10 thread (you will work 2 strands together throughout the piece)

1 size “6” steel crochet hook

Needle to weave in ends

Choice of stiffener to shape piece

Rust proof pins to hold piece in place while being shaped


Stitches used;

Sl st – slip stitch

Sc – single crochet

Ch – chain

Dc – double crochet


Key Handle

Ch 13,

Taking care not to twist the chain, join to the beg ch with a sl st.

Ch 1 and sc in the same ch as joining

Work 1 sc in the next 2 chs,  Work 2 sc in the next 3 chs, Work 1 sc in the next 3 chs,

Work 2 sc in the next 3 chs, Work 1 sc in the last 2 chs.  Join to beg sc with a sl st. (19)

(do not cut thread, you will now begin working on the shaft of the key)


Key shaft

Loosely ch 22,

Turn, loosely sl st in the 2nd ch from the hook and in each ch across to key handle (21)

Skip the beg sc that is the base of the key shaft ch. 

Ch 1, sl st in the sc next to the skipped sc of the key handle.  Ch 1 and sl st in each sc around.  (19 sl st)

Ch 1,  sl st in the first unworked loop of the ch key shaft.  Sl st in the unworked loops of each ch across (21)

Turn, sl st in the first 2 sl st, ch 2, work 1 dc in the next 2 sl st, ch 2 and join to next sl st.  Cut thread and weave in ends.

*** These would have so many uses! You could use these for appliques on pillows, bags, shirts, etc.  You could use this as a pendant (you would probably want to include a couple of beads or something for weight) a key fob, a bookmark or you name it!***


Cpr Karen Glasgow Follett Dec 2012