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After working seven years as a special education teacher, I put teaching aside to stay home with my two young children. Over the last two years I have branched into designing knitwear, and am ...

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Kite Tails

from Meg Roke Knits
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Kite Tails
Kite Tails
Kite Tails
Kite Tails
Kite Tails

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • knit
  • purl
  • decrease (k2tog)
  • increase (yo)
  • buttonholes
  • intarsia
  • seaming

Pattern Description:

My mother is an exceptionally talented quilter. Throughout my childhood I was surrounded by beautiful fabrics, quilts and quilting books. So naturally, as a knitter, I have come to love the look of quilt-inspired knits.

Kite Tails is a pillow cover with a trifold construction and buttons/buttonholes in the back for closure. The front panel features a classic "flying geese" triangle patchwork motif, reminiscent of kite tails, worked in stockinette stitch in two similar tones of color with a contrasting color background. The back panels are knit in two different rib stitch patterns. Four buttonholes are worked into the end of a back panel. The pillow cover is worked flat and the sides are seamed with a generous overlap.


22 stitches and 27 rows = 4" (10 cm) in colorwork stockinette stitch pattern using size US 6 needles

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 14" x 14" (35 cm x 35 cm) after seaming
  • 34" (85 cm) approx length unbuttoned; 14" (35 cm) approx width


  • US 6 (4 mm) straight or circular needles (or size required to obtain gauge)
  • Shepherd's Wool by Stonehedge Fiber Mills (100% Merino wool) 250 yards/ 229 meters, 113 g per skein: 2 skeins in Navy (MC), 1 skein in White (CC1), 1 skein in Frosty Blue (CC2)
  • Or approx 300 yards in MC, 100 yards in CC1, 20 yards in CC2 of worsted weight yarn

You Will Also Need:

  • 14 x 14" (35 x35 cm) pillow insert
  • 4 medium buttons (5/8 -1")
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle
  • Stitch markers (optional)

Suggested yarn:

440 yards of Worsted weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Stonehedge Fiber Mills' Shepherd's Wool


Navy, White, Frosty Blue