2023: a lace knitting stitch pattern

Happy New Year!

Every year, I design a knitting stitch pattern by charting the digits for the upcoming year. Here is some lace for 2023.

I’ve also made a needlework chart for 2023 as an alternative to lace.

Knitted sample of 2023 lace. Lace diamonds alternate with shapes that look kind of like manta rays with lace eyelets underneath them.
The top edge is a little messed up in the blocking because I somehow thought it would naturally have a wavy edge, but it doesn’t.
Chart showing how to work 2023 lace by means of special symbols. Written instructions in blog post.
click chart to enlarge


  • This is a stitch pattern such as might be found in a stitch dictionary. It is not a pattern for a finished object. You will need to add selvedges or some other form of knitted stitches to either side.
  • 2023 is a multiple of 6 + 7 stitches and 8 rows.
  • I’ve made a stitch map for 2023.
  • Designers, please feel free to use this in your patterns. I’d like credit but won’t be offended if people don’t give it.
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  • BEY (bunny ears yarnover): This turns three stitches into three stitches with a yarnover in the middle. Knit 2 together, but only remove the first stitch from the needle; yarn over; then work ssk with the second and third stitches. The middle stitch of the original three has been knit together with each of its neighbors. Blog post about bunny ears yarnover.
  • CDD: slip the next 2 stitches as if to knit 2 together, knit the next stitch, then pass the 2 slipped stitches over the third. (Stands for centered double decrease.)
  • k: knit.
  • k2tog: knit 2 stitches together as if they were 1. (Right-leaning decrease)
  • p: purl.
  • p1‑below: purl one below. For this stitch pattern, it’s not quite the same as a regular p1‑below, because it’s actually purling the bar below a yarnover, but the action is much the same. From behind, pick up the bar below the yarnover with the right needle and place it on the left needle next to the yarnover; purl both those strands at the same time. This prevents the bar from making a horizontal line in front of the yarnover.
  • ssk: slip each of the next 2 stitches as if to knit, then knit them together through the back loop. (Or substitute your favorite left-leaning decrease)
  • yo: yarnover. Bring the yarn forward between the needles so that it will make a loop over the needle when the next stitch is worked. When there are two in a row, bring the yarn forward, wrap it once around the needle, and leave the yarn in front so it makes a second loop.

Row 1 (RS): k2, BEY, *k3, BEY; work from *, k2. (13 sts)

Row 2 (WS): p3, *p1‑below, p5; work from *, p1‑below, p3.

Row 3: k1, k2tog, yo, k1, *yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k1; work from *, yo, ssk, k1.

Row 4: purl.

Row 5: yo, ssk, k2, *k1, BEY, k2; work from *, k1, k2tog, yo.

Row 6: p3, *p3, p1‑below, p2; work from *, p4.

Row 7: k2, yo, cdd, *yo, k3, yo, cdd; work from *, yo, k2.

Row 8: purl.