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.
34” 85 cm approx length unbuttoned
14” 35 cm approx width
14” x 14” 35 cm x 35 cm after seaming
You can read more about the inspiration and design of this pattern here.
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
US 6 (4 mm) straight or circular needles (or size required to obtain gauge)
14 x 14” 35 x35 cm pillow insert
4 medium buttons (5/8 -1”)
Stitch markers (optional)
22 stitches and 27 rows = 4” (10 cm) in colorwork stockinette stitch pattern using size US 6 needles