Kaleido by Silkie B.

Knitting Designs By Silka Burgoyne

Introducing Kelsey Gloves and Mitts June 28, 2012

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It has been a while since my last magazine publication, but here is one of them. I have another one coming later ithis fall.

I would like to introduce Kelsey for Knitscene Fall 2012 issue. Kelsey is an opera gloves design that can be customized into a pair of fingerless armwarmers. I would like to provide flexibility to the knitters; hence, the pattern provide 2 versions of Kelsey. If you would like to shorten or lengthen the gloves/mitts, simple subtract/add a repeat of the cable pattern.

I love cables in the winter. I like the structure of the cable and it always give me the cozy feeling. For kelsey, I have chosen to use a large interwined cable panel and pair it with simple ribbing. The ribbing provide the stretch and make the gloves/mitts to stay on the arms and hands better.

Following is some details of Kelsey:
Size 7½” hand circumference, 16″ long (gloves), 13¼” long (mitts)
Yarn Zitron Kimono (54% merino wool, 46% mulberry silk; 328 yd [300 m]/100 g):
• #4018 latte brown, 2 skeins (gloves)
• #4004 wild berries purple, 1 skein (mitts)
Yarn distributed by Skacel
Gauge 36 sts and 38 rnds = 4″ in k2, p1 rib on larger needles
Tools
• Size 1 (2.25 mm) needles (see Notes)
• Size 2 (2.75 mm) needles (see Notes)
• Markers (m)
• Waste yarn
• Cable needle (cn)
• Yarn needle

If you are interested in the pattern of Kelsey, it will be published in Knitscene Fall 2012 issue and will be on newstand July 10 or you can simple go to Knitscene and get a digital copy now. As always, if you have any issue with the pattern, feel free to contact me.

Happy Knitting!!

 

Kaleido by Silkie B – Accessory 2011 eBook April 19, 2012

As I am working on the new Accessory Collection for year 2012. I decided to combine 4 of my accessory patterns that I designed last year and created an eBook. This publication is currently available for sales in Ravelry.com in a discounted price. You can still however buy each individual pattern separately.

Here are the detail of the patterns that included in the collection:

Maneisha

Maneisha is the very first design I have created for my Accessory Collection 2011. Maneisha is a fingerless mittens design that combined Eyelet Cable Rib and a texture stitch. I wanted to create a design that is fun for experienced knitters and also fun for beginner who would like to experience working on cable and lace and using magic loop method.

Hannie
A little cable beanie design for both kids and adult. Please don’t be fooled by the cover, the pattern for this beanie has adult sizing! Hannie features allover double texture cable motif and it is perfect for both gender. Knit in heavy worsted weight or bulky yarn and it will definitely keep you nice and cozy in the winter. Hannie knits up quickly and will be a perfect gift for the holiday.
Serena

Serena is a cable cowl that is a perfect accessory for the cold weather. It is also a perfect gift for someone you love. Work in worsted-weight yarn and features interweave cable panel pair with 6-sts cable rib that is perfect for both gender and kids. Serena is easily customize to fit each individual needs.

Reese

Reese is a cable scarf and Beanie set is for all ages and gender. It’s a prefect gift for anyone or yourself.

Reese Scarf measures 60″ x 8.5” and it can be widen or length depending on personal preference. It can also modified to turn into a cowl. Attached I-cord has applied to all sides of the scarf to prevent the side to roll inward. The attached I-cord also create a nice smooth side edging.

Kaleido by Silkie B – Accessory 2011 is on sales now on Ravelry.com for $10 USD. If you are interested in this collection, simple click on the ‘Buy Now’ Button below and it will bring you to my Ravelry. If you would like to purchase any of the patterns within this collection, simple click on the design image that you like, it will bring you to the individual pattern detail page and you can purchase through there.

Happy Knitting!!

 

Sneak Peak – Kaleido Accessory 2011 November 6, 2011

Like I mentioned in my previous post that I am putting out a collection of Winter Accessories.. and thanks so much to my friend Karen K for a last minute photo session this afternoon and thanks for all the models for the my projects, Eric, Tara, Kimi and myself! Here is sneak peak of the collection. Please note that all the designs are suitable for both gender.

Introduction Serena – A cowl features interweave cable panel with cable rib. It measures 63″ in circumference and 8″ height.

Introduction Hannie – A cable Beanie for the kiddos. Thanks Tara K and Kimi for modeling the Beanie.

Introduction Reese – A scarf and Beanie set. It feature cable Rib with a little variation. I am working on the Mittens for the set. The mittens will be available in the coming week and with 2 different version, one tradition mittens style and one with convertible style. Thanks Eric D for modeling them, it was so last minutes and Eric was in such great sport to help.

I am currently working on the written instruction. All these pattern will be available individually or as a collection. They will be made available via Ravelry. I will keep everyone posted on when it will be available. So stay tune!

 

Back to Basic – convertable Mittens August 28, 2011

Convertable MittensIf you are a knitter and loves to knit kidswear, then you will certainly like Petite Purls. Petite Purls is similar to Knitty but specialize in Kids knitwear. Petite Purls publishes 4 issues a year and fills the issue with trendy and beautiful knitting patterns for kids. Petite Purls also publishes a list of patterns what they call ‘Back to Basics'; the idea of ‘Back to Basics’ is to provide pattern that not only will be great beginner patterns to work from, but also great patterns for those of knitter who want to explore their creative side: a good starting point for colorwork, a decorative stitch pattern, or a border motif. The possibilities are endless.

Stripy versionThis month, Petite Purls, has added my convertable mittens pattern to their ‘Back to Basics’ issue. The design for this basic convertable flap mittens pattern creates a blank canvas for knitters to create their own version of flap mittens. This basic pattern can be easily adopted to create a pair of striped or Fair Isle mittens. Check out my version of the covertable mittens! For those of you would love to have the pattern for the stripe version, check out the upcoming issue of Interweave Gifts which is available very soon!

The pattern for the Basic convertable Mittens is free and available HERE!

Stripe Version

 

Kaleido’s Book of Hands July 11, 2011


I am putting together a collection of my gloves and mittens designs from 2010-2011 into one eBook, tentatively called Kaleido’s Book of Hands. Each of these designs are currently available for sale individually at Ravelry.com.

Kaleido’s Book of Hands will include four designs: Bonnie, Victoria, Misty and Maneisha. You will get a saving on getting this collection eBook than each individual pattern separately. I am still working on the format of the ebook and it will make available at Ravelry.com once I have done the editing.

Stay tune!

 

Maneisha is live! July 5, 2011

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After all the delay, the pattern for my first design for my Accessory Collection, 2011, Maneisha, has completed and live at Ravelry.com. For the Accessory Collection, 2011, I wanted to create a collection that is functional and with different skill levels for all knitters. Maneisha is a fingerless mittens design that combined Eyelet Cable Rib and a texture stitch… I wanted to create a design that is fun for experienced knitters and also fun for beginner who would like to experience basic cable and lace knitting and also using magic loop method.

Here is the basic information about Maneisha:

SIZE
One Size fit most

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Arm Circumference: 7.5 inches without stretch
Length: Can be varies depending on each individual preference

MATERIALS
Yarn: tern by Quince & Co. (75% American Wool, 25% Silk; 221 yd [202m]/50 g)
Back Bay (148); 1 skein

NOTE: Substitute tern with any fine yarn that maintains the same gauge.

RECOMMENDED NEEDLE SIZES
Ribbing and Hand – Size 1 (2.25 mm): 29 circular (cir) needle or longer for magic loop method. Adjust needle sizes to obtain the correct gauge.
Wrist – Size 2 (2.75 mm): 29 circular (cir) or longer for magic loop method. Adjust needle sizes to obtain the correct gauge.

NOTE: If you prefer using dpn, please substitute the same size as the circular needle

NOTIONS
2 Waste yarn or a spare pair of circular needle, 2 stitch markers, Tapestry needle

GAUGE
32 sts and 35 rows = 4 inches in Eyelet Cable Rib st with Size 2(2.75 mm) needle
26 sts and 40 rows = 4 inches in Dot Stitch with Size 1 (2.25 mm) needle
34 sts and 40 rows = 4 inches in Twisted Ribbing Stitch with Size 1 (2.25 mm) needle

The pattern include detailed instruction, chart and instruction on magic loop method.

A special thanks to my friend, Suzanne, at Sphotoart for taking pictures for my design.

As always, if you have any question, please feel free to contact me.

If you would like to purchase this pattern, simple clicks here:

Happy Knitting!!!

 

Maneisha – A preview June 6, 2011

Introducting Maneisha – First Design for Kaleido Accessory 2011

Maneisha

 

A yarn called ‘tern’ May 18, 2011


‘tern’ is a fine weight yarn from Quinco & Co. that consists of 75% American Wool and 25% Silk, and ‘tern’ is my favorite fine weight yarn for the moment. ‘tern’ comes in 12 colors and I love the subtleness of the each color… and to me the best part of this yarn is how easy it is to work with and the way it showcases different stitches.

I leave you now with a couple swatches that I made with ‘tern’ and a little preview on what’s coming for my Accessory Collection 2011 that hopefully will be available by this Fall.

So what projects will I be using these swatches? Gloves? Socks? Cowl? Hat? I would love to keep it a secret for now.

A big ‘Thank You’ to Suzanne from SP Photoart for taking the pictures.

 

A Close Call… April 23, 2011

Like I said in my previous post that I have not knitted anything for the past couple of months… so last week, I have decided that I should start looking at submitting design again and back to my knitting self… what I am not sure at this moment is to whether I should concentrate on publish pattern on the online magazine or on actual Magazine or just published my design as idie pattern for my own site….

Anyhow, last week, I decided to start with something small… so I naturally decided on a pair of fingerless mittens.. as for yarn.. looking through my stash… I have a few skeins of tern by Quince and Co. already winded in varies color… so I chose one of the more subtle color and cast on… as for the design, I decided to choose a combination of eyelet cable and texture stitch.. the eyelet cable stitch will be featured in the arm and wrist area, eyelet rib as the divider, and the hand potion will feature a simple texture stitch…. After I finished the first fingerless mitten, I am loving the outcome of the design so much that I went ahead and work on the second mitten.. It might sound strange that I said ‘I went ahead and work on the second mitten’.. often time when I work on a submission, I will only work on a sample, so it is not unusual for me not to actually finish a pair of mittens or socks… in fact I have quite a few single mitten or sock laying around… Anyhow, as I was working on my second mitten, I suddenly realized that I might run out of yarn. For a designer, you should always calculate the amount of yarn needed for a project before starting to knit… so what happened to me then? That idea of running out of yarn did not even come across my mind… what a shame…

As I go further along with my second mitten, I saw the ball of yarn kept getting smaller and smaller.. it alarmed me. I just prayed that I would have enough yarn to finish it. I have a few idea in my head of course just in case if I ran out of yarn.. such as potentially work in a alternate color to create a stripe pattern for the upper potion etc… fortunately, I made it through… I finished my second mitten with less than a yard of yarn to spare… that’s a close call…..

Now my new fingerless mittens design has finished.. I just need to think a nice name for it.

I am not sure at this point in what I am going to do with this design.. so for now, I will not be posting any picture at this moment. All I can say is that I am extremely delighted with the result and loving the color and the yarn. Now I just need to create a matching cowl to go along with the mittens… it will be a nice set for the upcoming fall and winter season…

 

Misty Gloves – A new design December 25, 2010

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Photograph by: Karen K. Modeled by: Silka B.

Let me introduce my new gloves design – Misty.

I love lace gloves that work in skinny yarn in the winter. I want to keep my hands warm but not feeling bulky at the same time. I also wanted a pair of gloves that can dress up to go to a formal event or down to have a stroll in the park. Therefore, I decided to choose a very lace motif and pair the design with a unique yarn that made from merino wool and milk fiber. The name ‘Misty’ came to me because of the color of the yarn. ‘Blue Notes’ is the name of the color and was hand-dyed and spinned by my friend Lindsey who is the owner of Waterloo Wools. This blue/grey/tan color combination remained me of the cloudy and misty sky in the winter.

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Arm Circumference: 7 inches without stretch
Length: Varies depending on each individual preference

MATERIALS
[MC] Bayfield by Waterloo Wools [80% Merino Wool, 20% Milk Fiber; 420yd per 100g skein]; color: Blue Notes: 1 skein

NOTE: Substitute Bayfield with any sock yarn that maintains the same gauge.

RECOMMENDED NEEDLE SIZES
Gloves Body: One 29 inches or longer US 1 2.25 mm circular needles for magic loop method or size to obtain the gauge
Ribbing: One 29 inches or longer US 2 2.50 mm circular needles for magic loop method or size to obtain the gauge
NOTE: If you prefer using dpn, please substitute the same size as the circular needle

PATTERN NOTES1. The pattern of Misty is written in the assumption of using magic loop method. Hence, the pattern will refer sts in 2 groups – group 1 and 2.
2. Although Misty can be work using the dpn, but since the nature of the lace panel, magic loop method will be the preferred method.
3. Both left and right hand gloves are worked the same way; hence, only 1 instruction is given.
4. When working on thumb increase, always increase at the beginning on group 1 and the end on group 2. Refer to Chart 2 for group 1 sts and chart 3 for group 2 sts.
5. Always work the increase sts in purl.
6. Because each individual’s fingers are unique, so measures each fingers before working on the gloves.

The pattern pdf includes detailed written instruction, magic loop tutorial and detail supporting charts for the lace panel and thumb shaping.

To buy the pattern via Ravelry, simple click the button below:

Happy Knitting!

 

 
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