Herringbone skirt tutorial

If you loved the Herringbone Skirt in issue 2 but needed a little extra help with the grafting, designer Christine Guest has provided this tutorial to help you. We’ll have more about this technique/pattern in the next issue as well. Thanks, Christine! Take it away…

When I first tried to trace the yarn as it moved through the stitch the depths eluded me. It came to me that if I knitted a row in cotton thread, then continued the swatch with yarn, I could see what was going on. That did work. I saw that the stitches on the lower working needle were all knit twice, but the stitches being formed were only worked once.

Hold the two edges you are going to graft together. Both the finished rows should slant in the same direction: uphill from left to right. If they don’t, add or subtract a row so that they match. You will be adding a row that slants downhill from left to right. It won’t continue the herringbone pattern otherwise.

1. Insert the needle knitwise into the first loop on the top knitting needle. Remove this stitch from the needle.

2. Insert the threaded needle into the second stitch from the end knitwise. Pull through.

3. Insert the threaded needle throught the first two stitches together on the lower needle through the back loops. Pull through. Remove the stitch closest to the end of the lower knitting needle.

4. Insert the threaded needle from left to right through the back loops of the first two stitches on the lower needle.

Repeat steps 1-4.

Make sure the thread tail doesn’t loop itself around your needle tips, the thread ends should lie under and between the ends of the knitting needles.

5 thoughts on “Herringbone skirt tutorial

  1. jo kuhl says:

    When the text above says “knitwise”, the photos show the yarn needle being inserted as if to purl. Is this an error? Is the top needle’s orientation inverted? I am confused! TIA, Jo

  2. Shannon Okey says:

    Hi Jo! To quote the designer herself: “I knit weird – Eastern Uncrossed, I believe it’s called.” Sorry for the confusion!

  3. Brenda Lynly says:

    HI! I’m just about to try this graft. To Clarify, I should follow the written instructions and not insert my needle as in the photos, correct? Is this tutorial also in Issue Three of the magazine?

  4. Brenda Lynly says:

    Thank you for getting back to me. I did the graft yesterday on a herringbone cowl and it worked rather well. (A few mistakes, but my fault…) I would love to see this tutorial re-done with pictures to match the instructions, especially since it’s virtually impossible to find any herringbone graft instructions on the internet or in print! I appreciate your help!

  5. Belle says:

    This is wonderful thank you!
    Would you know how to join two herringbone pieces along the pattern edge?
    I’ve tried mattress stitch and a herringbone stitch seam but it shows very obviously

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