Kaleido by Silkie B.

Knitting Designs By Silka Burgoyne

Knit Gloves – Free eBook March 1, 2012

For those of you who loves to knit gloves and mittens, you might be interested in this eBook features 7 wonderful and unique patterns that was previously published in the magazine. One of my design, ‘Lace and Twists Gloves’, was previously featured in the Interweave Gifts, 2009 publication, is included in this eBook. This eBook is absolutely free to download, simple click on the image to get your free Copy!

Here is the detail of these wonderful patterns, these image and description are from http://www.knittingdaily.com:

Lace and Twist Gloves by Silka Burgoyne

This glove knitting pattern forms with a frame of a simple cable in columns of lace. Sock yarn with a blend of wool and bamboo was selected for finesse and refinement to create decadent knit gloves. The perfect luxurious gift for yourself or a loved one, this knit gloves pattern is one you are sure to turn to again and again.

Layered Turkish Gloves by Mari Lynn Patrick

Mari Lynn designed these ambidextrous knitted gloves to work with equal comfort on either hand. Worn together or alone, both the knit gloves and undergloves are rich and beautiful. The solid-colored undergloves are a dramatic “opera” length, while the over-gloves incorporate stunning Turkish patterning. This Turkish sock pattern is interpreted with varying background coloration and is complemented with the simpler colorwork on the palm and glove.

Uncommon Gardening Gloves by Donna Druchunas

Donna looked in vain for gardening gloves with a comfortable fit, so being the adventurous knitter she is, she tried knitting a pair for herself. She used a washable cotton yarn blended with stretchy elastic to make her knitted gloves snug and flexible. The easy-to-knit side gussets allow lots of room for flexing thumbs, and are quite the ingenious feature of this knit gloves pattern. These gloves are definitely practical, but the lace pattern at the cuff makes them good enough for wearing out and about (after washing of course).

Two Color Norwegian Gloves by Nancy Bush

These knit gloves were inspired by a pair with similar patterning in the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum in Decorah, Iowa. Worked in the round, these knitted gloves are made warmer with two layers of yarn, resulting from the intricate two-color patterning. Although the pattern and shaping makes this a challenging project, the end result is work the effort. Knit some tradition into your wardrobe when you claim your free knitting patterns for gloves collection!

Motley Mitts by Lisa Shroyer

The distinctive coloration of projects worked in variegated yarns always has that “handknitted” look (not a bad thing). So Lisa decided to celebrate the knit stitch with a simple mitten knitting pattern. A chunky two-ply with very short color runs is worked in rows of stockinette, forming a subtle hourglass shape with short rows. This hourglass folds over the hand and wrist and is seamed up one side, creating knitted mittens with a tailored fit. The short-rows in the fingerless mittens knitting pattern are very basic and easy to follow making this a good project for practicing this shaping technique.

Winter Twilight Mitts by Laura Rintala

This fingerless gloves knitting pattern was inspired by a purple overcast sky showing through the black silhouettes of winter trees. Originally, Laura planned to make the knit mittens two at a time but the tension of the stitches didn’t work with the soft cashmere yarn. So instead, she slipped them onto bamboo DPNs and worked them up separately. Thankfully, the luxurious feel of the yarn made these knit fingerless gloves sheer indulgence to work separately.

Mittens, Interrupted by Eunny Jang

Another study of the use of variegated yarns in knitted mittens, this mitten knitting pattern is the perfect simple design for knitters of all levels. Paired with a dark solid, a bright yarn and woven-look slip-stitch gussy up this truly easy knit. With only two pattern rows and no hand shaping, you can have this design started and finished in no time.

Happy Knitting!!
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HaPpY nEw YeAr! January 4, 2012

Happy New Year everyone!!!!!!  I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday with friends and family. As for me, my dear sister Bonnie and her family spent the holiday at my house… It was wonderful time to catch up with each other.

I have just realized that it’s really been awhile since my last post… say at least a couple of months. The truth is that I have been so busy at work that I have unfortunately put my needles on hold for majority part of last year. I did however manage to knit 4 pairs of Maneisha in a slight variation from my original design for my daughter’s dance teachers for the holiday. It’s such a fun pattern to knit if you have not check it out already.

So what have I been up to lately. Well, I will be busy this month to finish up a couple pairs of gloves for the Fall 2012 magazine publication and that will most likely be the only design that I will have for publication this year. I will be providing 2 versions of my design; convertible and full gloves version as you see below.  Thank you Suzanne at SP Photoart for taking the wonderful pictures and Amy for being the model. The sample of the convertible version was worked using one of my favorite yarn tern from Quince & Co in color sea grass; whereas the full gloves version was worked using a hand-dyed yarn from my friend Lindsey of  Waterloo Wools.

After I finish my commitment to the magazine later this month, I will start my big project of this year. You might be wondering what my big project is. Well I will finally start to work on my very first kids collection.  I actually have started the project last year; a couple of designs has finished but missing the actual written patterns; some of the design has swatches and most of the collection will be worked this year. My kids collection will feature knitwear and accessories from the little tiny to teen. It’s a very ambitious project but I am sure it will be a lot of fun!

First of all, I would like to introducing my first design for the collection – Taylor.

Taylor is a cap and sweater set for a baby; the pattern will be available from size 6 mos to 4 years. I designed this set for my friend, Glenna’s god-daughter who has given birth to a baby boy this past August. Taylor features celtic cable as the main center motif and I paired the cable with variation of cable rib. I have so much fun designing and knitting the Taylor set this summer and is very excited to include this design as part of my kids collection. A special thanks to my friend Karen K for taking the picture and have her baby girl Nia as the model.

Another design for the collection is Isaac. Isaac is an unisex cable cardigan design for your boy or girl. I designed this sweater with my son Isaac in mind. I don’t normally like to mix colors but with this particular design, I actually decided to play with colors. I love cable for winter sweater and it’s not surprising for me to incorporate cable into this sweater design. Isaac also features mock turtleneck and button enclosure. There is no buttonhole on the body band; hence the possible for the front enclosure is versatile depending on individual preference. The pattern for Isaac will be available from 4 to 10 years old.

I will keep updating on my collection throughout the year… so stay tune!


 

Introducing Reese November 17, 2011


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

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.

Reese Beanie has 2 sizes. Small size for kids and Large size for adult.

General Information about Reese:

SIZE
Scarf: One Size
Beanie S(Kid). L (Adult)

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Scarf: 60 x 8.5”
Beanie: Circumference: 16 (18) inches after pressing without stretch
Height: 7.5 (8.5) inches tall

MATERIALS
Yarn: Rustic Tweed by Queensland Collection (63% Wool, 27% Alpaca, 7% Acrylic, 3% Viscose; 278 yd /100 g) Color: Medium Olive (912); 2 skeins.

NOTE: Substitute Rustic Tweed with any dk weight yarn that maintains the same gauge. In addition, depending on the length of the scarf, you might need more yardage of yarn.

RECOMMENDED NEEDLE SIZES
Scarf: A set of Size 6 (4.00 mm) needle or 32 inches circular (cir).

Beanie:
Ribbing: A 16” size 3 (3.50 mm) circular needle or a set of size 3 (3.50 mm) dpn
Beanie Body: A 16” szie 6 (4.00 mm) circular needle or a set of size 6 (4.00 mm) dpn
A 29” size 6 (4.00 mm) circular needle for crown shaping using magic loop method.

The pattern includes detail written instruction, tutorial for magic loop method and attached i-cord, and all charts.

If anyone is interested in the pattern, it is now available at Ravelry.com.

Happy Knitting!!!

 

Introducing Hannie November 9, 2011

Introducing Hannie – A little 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 bulky yarn and it will definitely keep you warm and cozy in this winter. Hannie knits up quickly and will be a perfect gift for the holiday.

Detail of the project:

SIZE
S/L (for kids) M/L (most teen and adult)

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Circumference: 17 (19.5) inches after pressing without stretch
Height: 7.5 (8.5) inches tall without pompom.

MATERIALS
Yarn: Osprey by quince & co. (100% Wool, 25%; 170 yd [155 m] /100 g) Color: Rosa Rugosa; 1 (2) skein(s).

NOTE: Substitute Osprey with any heavy worsted weight or bulky yarn that maintains the same gauge.

RECOMMENDED NEEDLE SIZES
Ribbing Body – Size 8 (5.00 mm): 16 inches circular (cir). Adjust needle sizes to obtain the correct gauge.
Beanie Body – Size 10.5 (6.50 mm): 16 inches circular (cir). Adjust needle sizes to obtain the correct gauge.
A set of size 10.5 (6.50 mm) dpn or a 29” or longer circular knitting for crown shaping using magic loop method.

NOTIONS
stitch markers, Tapestry needle

GAUGE
14 sts and 22 rows = 4 inches in Stockinette st with Size 10.5 (6.50 mm) needle after pressing
16 sts and 24 rows = 4 inches in Beanie Ribbing using Size 8 (5.00 mm) needle after pressing

The pattern include written instruction and charts for the beanie body and crown shaping for both sizes. The pattern is now available in Ravelry.

Happy Knitting!!

 

Introducing Serena November 7, 2011

I would like to introduce Serena – Another design for my Accessory Collection 2011 along with Maneisha. Serena is a cable cowl that is a perfect accessory for the cold weather. It is also a perfect gift for someone you love during the holiday season. Work in worsted-weight yarn and features interweave cable panel pair with 6-sts cable rib that is perfect for both gender.

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Circumference: Approximately 63 inches after pressing
Height: 8 inches tall but can be varies depending on each individual preference.

MATERIALS
Yarn: Worsted Weight Yarn – 390 yards minimum for size stated above; more yardage will be required for a taller and wider cowl.
Sample was worked in Blackstone Tweed by Berroco (65% Wool, 25% Superkid mohair, 10% Angora Rabbit Hair ; 130 yd /50 g) Color: Rhubarb (2642); 3 skeins

RECOMMENDED NEEDLE SIZES
Ribbing – Size 7 (4.50 mm): 46 inches circular (cir) needle. Adjust needle sizes to obtain the correct gauge.
Main Body – Size 8 (5.00 mm): 46 inches circular (cir) or longer. Adjust needle sizes to obtain the correct gauge.

NOTIONS
14 stitch markers, Tapestry needle

GAUGE
18 sts and 24 rows = 4 inches in Stockinette st with Size 7 (4.50 mm) needle
50 sts and 24 rows = 9 x 4 inches in 1 set of Interweave Cable Panel and 6 sts Cable Panel with Size 8 (5.00 mm) needle

Note: If the gauge does not match exactly like it stated in this pattern is not that important. A circumference of the cowl is very much depending a personal preference.

The pattern is available in PDF format and pattern included the detailed instruction and chart for the Interweave Cable Panel and 6-sts Cable Panel.

If you are interested in Serena, the pattern is now available via Ravelry. To View More pictures of Serena, Simply clicks on the image above.

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!

 

Hello there?!? November 3, 2011

Just want to drop a quick notes on what’s going on with me lately… I know I have been very quiet…. Not only because I am very busy at work and at home, but also very busy getting some knitting completed. Yes, I am putting out my winter accessory design collection, 2011/2012… The collection will features cowl, beanie, scarf and mittens… The collection will features different weight yarn and for all ages and gender… just in time for winter and holiday knitting. I would also include my previous design ‘Maneisha’ as part of the collection.

I am having pictures taken this weekend and hopefully, I can share them very soon and the patterns will be available sometime next week. Each pattern will be available individually or as a collection. So stay tune for more information!