Shake a Tail Feather Kit by Rachel Illsley

£95.00 - £152.00

We now offer handy kits for this pattern. All kits include enough yarn to make this brilliant pullover, along with a limited edition button badge and a fab project bag to keep it all safe. Happy knitting!  

The Shake a Tail Feather Pullover is designed by the very talented, Rachel Illsley of Unwind Knitwear, a fab indie designer. Click here if you’d like to buy just the pattern, without the yarn.

This kit contains both the yarn you need to make the garment, but please be aware that this kit does not include the pattern. 


John Arbon Textiles Yarnadelic Worsted

Kit includes : 4-7 full skeins of Yarnadelic Worsted in the colour of your choice, plus 1 skein of a contrasting colour. It also includes a limited edition button badge and a handy project bag.

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The Pattern

Shake a Tail Feather is the seventh design in Rachel’s Organics Collection, a series of designs inspired by the natural world or by the work of other artists who are inspired by nature. Just up our street! The inspiration for this design came from the pattern of layered feathers that form the plumage of birds. Rachel told us that the idea for the name of the design came from our own Yarnadelic shades – all inspired by pieces of music. The gorgeous pullover is worked top-down, in the round. After the neckband, short row shaping is incorporated for a great fit. The majority of the yoke features a stranded colourwork pattern.


This garment is graded into sizes XS (S, M, L, XL) (2XL, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL). Recommended positive ease is 4-11” /10-27.5 cm at the chest circumference.

Chest circumference for finished product – 35.25 (38.5, 44.75, 48, 51.25) (54.5, 60.75, 64, 67.25) inches / 88 (96, 112, 120, 128) (136, 152, 160, 168) metres.

Needles and Notions 

  • 4 mm / US size 6 circular needles (to work neckband, cuffs and waistband; varying cable lengths would be helpful)
  • 4.5 mm / US size 7 circular needles (to work yoke, body and sleeves; varying cable lengths would be helpful)
  • 1 marker
  • Scrap yarn
  • Tapestry needle to weave in ends