Kaleido by Silkie B.

Knitting Designs By Silka Burgoyne

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!

 

Flipper Mittens September 1, 2011

                        

Just a couple days ago, I mentioned that my stripy version of convertable mittens will be available in the Interweave Knits Holiday issue… I knew that the issue will be available soon but I did not realize it is going to be that soon. The Knits Gifts issue is now available on sales everywhere!

I love the Interweave Knits Holiday gift issue; the issue always fills with small projects great for holiday gift giving; project such as all kind of winter accessories, little toys and simple sweaters; of course the most important project will be my Flipper Mittens! The pattern is written for kids and the size large will fit a typical 10 years old. But the pattern is easy to adopt to make it into a pair of adult mittens, just need to cast on more stitches and make sure it’s multiple of 4.

If you would like me to give you a suggestion on how to adopt the pattern, feel free to contact me!

 

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!!!

 

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.

 

Introducing Hourglass Lace Socks May 3, 2011

Hourglass Lace Socks

Summer is almost here… time to knit some SOCKS! Well.. you can basically knit socks all year long but a pair of lace socks in the summer would be a fun project. Summer issue of Interweave Knits will be on sales soon and I am excited to be one of the contributor. Let me introduce my Hourglass Lace Socks… for those of you have seen my ‘Bonnie’ fingerless mittens in my previous post or at Ravelry might find this socks design familiar.

Hourglass Lace Socks


The truth is, I have designed both mittens and socks at the same time – around fall last year to be exact. Since the design is inspired by my sister ‘Bonnie’, I wanted to make a pair for her for the holiday and I wanted to showcase the design and the story behind the design in my blog. After finished the fingerless mittens, I have decided to modify the design to work into a pair of lace socks.. and this socks design resulting in the summer publication of Interweave… it’s a honor to be part of the issue.


So here come the details:

Hourglass Lace Socks


Finished Size: 7½” circumference and 8½” long from back of heel to tip of toe; to fit women’s U.S. shoe sizes 8–9. Foot length is adjustable.
Yarn: Cascade Yarns Heritage Quatro (75% superwash wool, 25% nylon; 437 yd [400 m]/100 g): #5668 purple, 1 skein.
Needles: Size 2 (2.75 mm): 29″ circular (cir) or longer for magic-loop method. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge (see Notes).
Notions: Marker (m); cable needle (cn); tapestry needle.
Gauge: 32 sts and 42 rnds = 4″ in patt st.

As always, if you have any question with any of my patterns, feel free to contact me… I try to response as quick as possible.

Cheers!

 

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…