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Kite Tails


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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. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY knit purl decrease (k2tog) increase (yo) buttonholes intarsia seaming GAUGE 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 SUGGESTED YARN 440 yards of Worsted weight PREFERRED BRAND/YARN Stonehedge Fiber Mills' Shepherd's Wool COLORWAY Navy, White, Frosty Blue

Recommended with this pattern

  • 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)
  • US 6 (4 mm) straight or circular needles (or size required to obtain gauge)
  • Or approx 300 yards in MC, 100 yards in CC1, 20 yards in CC2 of worsted weight yarn

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Meg Roke Knits
Meg Roke Knits
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 published in both print and online publications. I love spending my days with my husband and kids. In my very rare spare time, I try to squeeze in any quantity of knitting. I also enjoy gardening, baking, reading and sewing in addition to watching way too much Masterpiece Mystery and old movies.