Tutorial Tuesdays: Double “Key” Quick Knit Top



Happy Tuesday everyone!

I have something “just for the ladies” today! I’m sharing a quick and easy knit top for spring, something super confy that you can throw on with your favorite pair of jeans and sandals (Great  for an impromptu picnic at the park!) It can be made in under 2 hours (less than 1 hour once you get use to it). I wear a medium (8/10) and used 1 yard of  (two-way stretch) 45″  knit fabric. Based on the diagram below, I believe one yard of fabric will work  for most sizes depending on the fabric’s width; however, if you find that you are not able to fit the WAIST pieces underneath the arc of the top, you will need to add extra yardage for the WAIST pieces.

(1/2″ seam allowance is used unless otherwise noted.)

STEP 1:  Cut out your pieces.

In Windows, double click image to enlarge

Since the top requires only 4 basic measurements, I drew directly onto the fabric using tailor’s chalk. (I freehanded the side seam arc)

The total length between sleeve ends is 38″. This will hit most above or just below the elbow. Extend or shorten the sleeve  to your liking :).

The front and back pieces of the top are duplicates. The top is fairly “roomy”, but if you have a full bust you may need to make an adjustment. NOTE*: The bottom of the top is ¼ of the total waist measurement. The WAIST piece is ½ of the total waist measurement.

Once you cut out your pieces, hem top edge of front and back pieces by ½”


STEP 2: Cut Out 2 Keyholes

For the keyhole I freehanded a “teardrop” shape onto my card stock (use any paper) and used it as a pattern. It measured 2″ tall and 1.5″ at it’s widest point, but you can play around with size until you find something you like. Just remember, any larger, and you’ll need to adjust the length of the KEYHOLE STRAPS.


Cut 2 keyhole shapes 3” from center front  (1” between).

STEP 3: Attach Keyhole Strips to Keyholes

This was difficult to diagram or explain in words, so I put together a quick video tutorial to explain how to attach the fabric strips to the keyhole. (You can also use bias tape here)

STEP 4:  Attach Waistband


Gather the bottom of your top using a basting/gathering stitch. Gather until bottom of top matches width of WAISTBAND.

Placing right sides together, attach waistband to bottom of top. (Do this for your front AND back top pieces.)

STEP 5: Mark Starting Point of Shoulder Seam.

Mark Starting Point for shoulder seam 6” from Center Front (On both sides of center). The point should fall a little past your second keyhole.

STEP 5: Pin Front and Back Pieces Together

With right sides facing, pin front and back pieces together  at marked starting points. Continue pinning until you get to the end of your sleeves. Sew pinned area together on both sides leaving a center opening. To keep the “unstitiched” areas from rolling up, fold under ½” and top stitch in place.

STEP 6: Sew Side Seams

Sew Side Seams starting at bottom of sleeve to bottom of top.

STEP 7: Double Waistband

Place a ¼” hem at the bottom of the top. Iron flat. Turn the bottom of the top inward until it just covers the inside seam. Your waistband should now be about half its height. Pin in place. Stitch “in the ditch” of the seam.

STEP 8: Hem Sleeves

Turn sleeves in and hem in place.


That’s it! So super easy, right? Feel free to ask me any questions in the comments or send me an email at  littlekidsgrow (at) gmail (dot) com.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Keep doin’ what you love!




  • amy mayen

    Thanks for the tut Shannon! Pinning!

    • Shannon_CC

      Thank you for the “pin” Amy!

  • Tara Karmas

    Shannon this is SO cute! Glad to see you’re making things for yourself–maybe it will light my fire and I’ll come back to try this tutorial to get a top or 2 for spring for myself ;-)

    • Shannon_CC

      I definitely need to sew more for myself. My closet is really SAD right now. :)

  • Tammia

    super cute. (and nice work on the tutorial–well-done!). Good for you for sewing/creating something for yourself!

    • Shannon_CC

      Thank you, Tammia. I don’t sew for myself often (I don’t have time!).

  • Sew Country Chick

    A unique and cool design Shannon. You are always so innovative. i’d love to try this as a dress sometime. Pinning to my tutorials board!

    • Shannon_CC

      What an awesome compliment, Justine. Thank you!

  • louise

    this is totally cute! It looks great on you! I might have to give it a try!

    • Shannon_CC

      Thank you, Louise. You’re so creative. I’d love to see your version!

  • Heidi

    What a great tutorial, Shannon, and love the graphics, too! You are inspiring me to sew for myself one of these days.

    • Shannon_CC

      Thank you, Heidi!. One of these days? (You’re such a busy mama.)

  • Ajaire

    That flower knit is so pretty. Such a cute top! Thanks for the tutorial.

    • Shannon_CC

      Thank you, Ajare. The knit was something I found in the clearance bin at JoAnn’s fabrics last year. I thought it was going to be my “practice” fabric. I’m glad I made something out of it. It sewed up beautifully and was so easy to work with.

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  • Sandi_Knowles

    This is so pretty! Thank you for sharing.

    • Shannon_CC

      You’re welcome, Sandi!