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Chelsea Skirt from Knitting Daily TV Episode 410

Mar 8, 2010
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In Knitting Daily TV episode 410, travel on location to meet Cecily Glowik MacDonald and Melissa LaBarre, authors of New England Knits: Timeless Knitwear with a Modern Twist (Interweave, Summer 2010) to discuss the quitessential New England style and signature fibers of New England knitters. Download the free pattern for the Chelsea Skirt, featured on epside 410. This skirt is shown in Classic Elite Yarns; visit Classic Elite Yarns for more information.


Cherish the gorgeous and timeless appeal of America’s northeast with this irresistible collection. Inspired by autumn, winter, and spring in new England (where the savvy knitter is never far from a sweater between September and March), New England Knits delivers 25 gorgeous patterns with classic wearability and contemporary style.

Inspired by their daily surroundings, New England-based designers Cecily Glowik MacDonald and Melissa LaBarre created each piece to distinctly showcase the weather, colors, and culture of the region they so love. Projects by four guest designers from new England yarn companies round out the collection.

Lushly photographed, New England Knits is divided into three classic themes: Around the Town, Fall on the Farm, and Along the Coast. Within each section you’ll find beautiful multiseasonal clothes and accessories, such as cardigans for layering or scarves to warm your neck when the temperatures dip. You’ll also fall in love with soft sweaters, durable bags, cozy mittens, and more! With New England Knits, you’ll have everything you need for a perfect new England-inspired wardrobe.


Knitting Daily TV is an exciting needle crafts how-to program on public television covering everything from knitting and crochet to stitching, felting, and spinning. The show guides viewers in learning to make fun yet smart one-of-a-kind designs using the latest products in yarn and fiber. Download free patterns, meet trendsetting knit and crochet designers, and improve or learn new skills and techniques.

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sparkle1711 wrote
on Jul 19, 2014 6:54 PM

Hello, I knitted this skirt, thanks very much for the pattern. A couple of comments however: I found that the herringbone pattern only worked with 199 stitches not the patterns 197 stitches. The ends of the skirt (and the lace pattern) are curling a lot! Hopefully this will iron out :) lastly I started the buttons just a touch lower down as 24 stitches before the first button seemed like a lot to me. Thanks again!

NaomiG@4 wrote
on Jun 20, 2014 3:41 PM

Downloaded the pattern for the Chelsea Skirt, thank you very much. 

Can someone help me to understand what RLI means in these instructions:


Stitch Guide: herringbone pattern
(multiple of 7 sts + 1)

ROWS 1 and 3: (WS) Purl.
ROW 2: *K2tog, k2, RLI (see Glossary), k2; rep
from * to last st, k1.
ROW 4: K1, *k2, RLI, k2, k2tog; rep from * to
Rep Rows 1–4 for patt.


Thank you,


schottenfeld wrote
on Feb 19, 2014 6:55 PM

Ok, so I think I figured out what the problem is with the Herringbone pattern.  All of the instructions that I have read about the RLI (right lifted increase) treat the next stitch as it's own thing just like when you are making a YO.  When you read this pattern all the stitch counts are thrown off because the K2tog is counted as 2 stitches, not one, bringing the stitch repeat to 7 when it would actually be 6.  To compensate I have just been doing a K3 (the "daughter" stitch from the RLI plus the K2).  

So the pattern repeat for row 2 would be more like:

  decrease, knit 2, increase, knit 3

that brings it to 7 stitches and it seems to be working out fine. 

I hope I have cleared this up rather than making it more confusing.

schottenfeld wrote
on Feb 19, 2014 6:29 PM

I have a big question about the herringbone pattern.  I am new to lifted increases.  When I do the RLI, do I count the daughter stitch as part of the RLI?  I am only ending up with a 6 stitch repeat instead of 7 if I count the daughter stitch as part of the K2.   Please help

mega37 wrote
on Jan 16, 2012 10:58 PM

Is this supposed to happen? I have ripped it out 4 times and meticulously followed pattern, i.e. no dropped sts. How many sts does it end up with at the end?

mega37 wrote
on Jan 16, 2012 10:53 PM

So I cast on 107 sts, I purl row 1, then knit row 2 in pattern, and at the end I have one less stitch. I assume that this is because as per the pattern, one more decrease than RLI is performed. But then every 4 rows, when I do row 2 in pattern, I lose another stitch.... When does it come back, and how does this not end up quickly narrowing the piece to beyond fitting? HELP!

on Jan 7, 2012 3:02 AM

Hello, unfortunately, PDF-file "Chelsea Skirt" damaged and don't open.

Help, please! Can you send this pattern on e-mail?

Many-many thanks!




RenataH wrote
on May 17, 2010 2:53 PM

RL1 is the Right Lift Increase - With the tip of your right needle, lift the st under the st on your left needle, place it on the left needle and knit (or purl) it.

DevoZ wrote
on Apr 4, 2010 8:47 AM

Does anyone know where I can find the term RL1, there is no glossary in the pattern. thanks, Devo