January Knot

This is going to be a great year!

I am so excited about the theme for 2023’s monthly “Year of…” squares: Celtic Knots!

If you’ve been following me for awhile, you may remember we did gnomes in 2021, and cats in 2022.

Celtic Knots

The designs I’ve drawn are sometimes traditional Celtic knots found on stonework, manuscripts, and metalwork in Ireland and sometimes I take a bit of creative license and draw a knot that follows the rules (never-ending, woven over and under itself) but is not something actually found in history.

Thank you to everyone who grabbed the eBook during the pre-sale! You should have received your pattern through Ravelry now. It has been sent to the email address you used to pay with on PayPal (unless you contacted me to edit that).

Multiple Colorwork Options

My ‘thing’ is that all my patterns are designed for two colorwork techniques: interlocking crochet and overlay mosaic crochet.

This series of squares was originally designed with an interlocking crochet option and a center-out overlay mosaic crochet option but has since been updated to also include a bottom-up overlay mosaic crochte option!

NEW! Third Option!

In addition to the original interlocking crochet option and center-out overlay mosaic crochet option, as of November 2023 I’ve now added a bottom-up overlay mosaic crochet option!

This version of each Celtic knot square will require you to cut your yarn at the end of each row. The fringe that gets created can either be a style feature or hidden in an envelope border. Some people choose to weave in the ends instead.

Or you can use this new file for tunisian mosaic crochet if you don’t want to deal with the cut ends on the sides.

Oops! Hold Up!

As of the end of November 2023 I have done a MAJOR reworking of the January Knot design. I’m a bit stunned that it was live for 11 months before someone pointed out to me that the overs and unders didn’t actually alternate the whole way through!

The current files are for a proper Celtic knot but you’ll notice a lot of the January Knot photos use the old, original design.

Compare these two photos below and see if you can spot the mistake in the original (the photo with the journal).

January Trial

If you’re not ready to commit to the full eBook of all 12 Celtic knot squares, why not try January first?

If you decide you DO want the eBook, the cost of January Knot will be deducted from your purchase of the eBook!

Available on Ravelry only, no code needed.

Monthly Updates

The eBook listings will be updated monthly. Whether you receive an email or just a notification in your Ravelry inbox is dependent upon your Ravelry settings.

The eBook (on Ravelry or Etsy) is still your best deal. You’ll eventually receive all 12 Celtic knot squares (one a month) but you’ll save 40% compared to buying each square individually.

Each month’s square is also published on its own – and can make a great blanket by itself! Change up the colors or keep them simple, either way you will have something fabulous.


As always, I truly appreciate the time and effort my testers put in. They help me look good by making sure the pattern is error-free and the explanations are all spot-on. Plus they have made a kaleidoscope of pretty squares!

The 2023: A Year of Knots series was tested by Altona Newcombe, Angela Kermack, Ann Walter, Anonymous Squirrel, Brandi, Chantal Lariviere, CrochetCarob, cyncitycrochets, Divya Tellakula, Eva, Heather Passmore, Just Duckie Crochet, Kami, MadeByMrsJones, Maja Serec, Margaret Maillet, Marijke Laenen, Pleva, Roxy’s Yarnstitchery, ScorpiosHook, Tehzeeb Mahil, & Wolsalon.

January Knot Pattern Details

This information can also be found on the Ravelry listing.

Each Celtic Knot design comes with the full written pattern and chart for three techniques: interlocking crochet, center-out overlay mosaic crochet, and bottom-up overlay mosaic crochet.

Click here to go to my tutorials for these crochet techniques.

Interlocking Crochet

The interlocking crochet version is done from the bottom-up.

All of the Celtic Knots squares are on a chart size of 81 x 81. This means they begin with 40 windows in the foundation row and will finish to about 20″ square.

Interlocking crochet / LFM crochet file includes:

– line-by-line instructions- instructions on reading a chart
– a one-page chart

Interlocking Crochet Details

  • Chart is 81 x 81
  • Gauge: 8 (dc, ch) x 8 rows = 4”
  • 20″ x 20″ / 51cm x 51cm
  • 4.5 mm hook (US7)
  • Worsted weight yarn (490 – 565 yards total)
    • Main color (MC) (knot) – 250 yards plus 75 for optional border
    • Accent color (AC) (background) – 240 yards

My January Knot using the interlocking crochet technique (original design).

Center-Out Overlay Mosaic Crochet

The original overlay mosaic crochet version is done from the center-out so we don’t have to worry about any cut ends when we join our squares!

The mosaic crochet charts have been adjusted from their interlocking crochet counterparts. They are solid (there are no interlocking mesh dots on it) and they do not have the unnecessary border lines.

The full chart is 77 x 77 and will finish to about 19″ square. Take note, you’ll receive the top 1/4 of the x-marked chart that gets repeated for all 4 sides of the square.

Center-Out Overlay Mosaic Crochet file includes:

– line-by-line instructions
– instructions on reading a chart
– a one-page chart marked with X’s for mosaic crochet

Mosaic Crochet Details

  • Chart is 77 x 77
  • Gauge: 16 sc blo stitches x 16 rows = 4”
  • 19″ / 48cm
  • 5 mm hook (H-8)
  • Worsted weight yarn (580 yards)
    • Main color (knot) – 250 yards
    • Contrasting color (background) – 330 yards

A beautiful center-out overlay mosaic crochet January Knot square crocheted by Margaret Maillet.

Bottom-Up Overlay Mosaic Crochet

The additional bottom-up overlay mosaic crochet version can be done using Tunisian mosaic crochet if you’re trying to avoid an envelope border. Or you can weave in the cut ends. Another option is to crochet the squares together as you make them – create your foundation row as wide as three squares, for example, and crochet row 1 of all three squares, one after another, without cutting between them.

The bottom-up charts use the same solid image as the center-out mosaic crochet charts.

Gauge when worked from the bottom-up will be slightly different than when you work from the center-out.

You’ll receive both a single-page chart and a multi-page chart. Both charts have x’s marked on them for the dropped double crochets.

Bottom-Up Overlay Mosaic Crochet file includes:

– line-by-line instructions
– instructions on reading a chart
– a one-page chart marked with X’s (good for viewing on a screen)
– a four-page chart marked with X’s (better for printing)

Bottom-Up Mosaic Crochet Details

  • Chart is 77 x 77
  • Gauge: 14 sc blo stitches x 15 rows = 4”
  • 22″ x 21″ / 56cm x 52cm
  • 5 mm hook (H-8)
  • Worsted weight yarn 570 – 820 yards)
    • Main color (knot) – 250 yards
    • Contrasting color (background) – 320 yards
    • Optional envelope border – 250 yards

My new bottom-up overlay mosaic crochet sample of January Knot.

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