Kaleido by Silkie B.

Knitting Designs By Silka Burgoyne

Introducing Ecole Militaire July 5, 2011

Ecole militaire

I would like to introduce my newly published design, Ecole Militaire, for the September Issue of Creative Knitting. I was excited to see that the design has made it to the cover of the magazine. It is a total surprised for me and it made my very stressful morning at work a great relief. Ecole Militaire is probably one of the most complicated design for me but I always wanted to create a double-breasted sweater jacket and I decided to go for it. I have read someone have commented that Ecole Militaire is similar to Veronik Avery’s Military Cardigan and I felt honor to the comparison because I love everything designed by Ms Avery.

Here is the description of the design:

This structured piece does the job fashionably with a military-look, double-breasted construction and meandering cable panels.

Skill Level:

Finished Measurements:
Chest: 36 (40, 44, 48, 52) inches
Length: 26 (27, 28, 29, 30) inches, including collar

Worsted weight yarn (110 yds/ 50g ball): 13 (14, 16, 17,
19) balls black cherry heather #23895 Sample project was completed with Wool of the Andes (100% wool) from Knit Picks.
Size 6 (4mm) set of double-point needles and 40-inch or longer circular needle or size needed to obtain gauge
Size 8 (5mm) set of double-point needles and 40-inch or longer circular needle or size needed to obtain gauge
Stitch markers
Stitch holders
Cable needle
12 or 14 (1 1/4-inch) buttons (depending on size)

20 sts and 38 rows = 4 inches/10cm in Garter St pat with smaller needles (after blocking).
20 sts and 26 rows = 4 inches/10cm in 3/2 Rib pat with smaller needles (after blocking and slightly stretched).
20 sts and 27 rows = 4 inches/10cm in Small Cable pat with larger needles (after blocking).
32 sts and 36 rows = 5 1/2 inches/14cm in Cable Panel with larger needles (after blocking).
To save time, take time to check gauge.

For anyone who is interested in the pattern, please pick up a copy of the Sept. Issue of Creative Knitting and if you question with the pattern, please feel free to drop me a line.

Happy Knitting!


Easy Breezy Shores May 16, 2011

Breeze Shore - Creative Knitting July 2011

Just like the title said, an easy breezy cardigan that is perfect for the warm climate. This is my cardigan design that is currently published in the July 2011 issue of Creative Knitting.

This lightweight cardigan is worked in fine sock yarn with size 4 needles…. it is also mostly seamless.. I said mostly because there are 2 seams to join the shoulder together. The entire cardigan is work in one piece from bottom up till the arm shaping; then the back piece and 2 front pieces are worked separately. The 3rd quarter sleeves are worked from top down and sleeves caps are shaped using short-row after the shoulder seams are joined. The lace border is worked in such a way that is joined to the front side while knitting it. Hence, there is no sewing the border to the cardigan afterward. Of course, it’s up to personal preference to how to work the lace border.

I love minimal design; clean, classic and very practical; so this cardigan in a way is very me. As always, if you have question of the design, feel free to leave me a message.

Happy Knitting!


Behind the Scene action… March 31, 2011

As I was checking out Creative Knitting website late last night, I found an interesting article talking about the preparation for the upcoming July Issue… When the editor talked about how important the photo shoot session is.. I suddently realized that it was a photo shoot for my Lace Trim cardigan design that the photographer was shooting… it made me smile… here is what the article said about the photo shoot…

“When it comes to working on the magazine, the photo shoot is the most dynamic part of the process because it’s during this time that the magazine comes to life. I’m constantly inspired when I observe our photographers setting up the shot so carefully, making sure that the composition and lighting are just right. Our freelance photographer Matt Bowen started working with Creative Knitting magazine a few months ago, and his eye for design and composition is impeccable. In the shot below, you may wonder why Matt is on the floor. In his quirky way, he may tell you he’s multitasking by trying to fit in a little nap between shots, but in reality, he’s a true artist at work. In the shot below, Matt found a way to create the illusion that the glass behind the model appears like sheets of blue water, all without a sign of an outside streetlight or a car in sight!”

so here is the picture that is featured in the article… and now I am anxiously waiting for the magazine to go live in May, 2011 and see the final version of the design.

Lace Trim Cardigan Photo Session


Summer Knits March 30, 2011

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I know that I have been disappeared for awhile.. so what’s going on with me??? The truth is that I am extremely busy at work; hence, I am unwillingly put my knitting needles down for the last 2 months.. Looks like my work schedule is gonna be crazy through the summer.. but I told myself to start designing and knitting again soon.

It’s spring.. so it’s time to work on some warm weather knit. I would like to introduce my Color Block Tank Dress for Creative Knitting special kids Issue… I am excited to see that my design has made it to the cover of the issue.. what a surprised since I normally get a notice before the issue went live if my design has made it to the cover. With this design, it is my 3rd cover.. so I am very excited.

I am going to start working on a series of indie pattern that will features in my blog.. so stay tune!

It’s spring break everywhere.. for those of you are traveling… be safe and have a wonderful spring break! As for me, I am taking sometime off from work to spend time with my family and may be finally catch up with my knitting!



New Year, New Published Designs January 10, 2011

Tuxedo bag-knitscene wr/sp 2011

Tuxedo bag-knitscene wr/sp 2011

eyelet lace pullover - CK March 2011

Although it’s already the middle of Jan, but I would still like to wish everyone a Happy New year. A lot have going on last year in regards to my publications and I am looking forwards to a brand new year. First of All, I would like to introduce 2 published designs for the year 2011.

First up is Eyelet Lace Pullover that was published for Creative Knitting March 2011 Issue. Eyelet lace Pullover is a rather simply design; I wanted to create a pullover that is spring friendly by utilizing 2 very season appropriate colors, cream and sage. The pullover feature eyelet lace stripe in a contract color, deep scoop neckline and 3/4 sleeves. It’s a pullover can be worn casually and for work. The sample was worked in Willow Tweed by Louisa harding.

Second Publication is a delight from me. I have not been designing purses for over 2 years now and this is one of my favourite. I have initially designed the tuxedo bag to match my Ruffles cardigan that was published through Creative Knitting Jan 2011 issue (that made the cover). During my submission last year, 2 different magazines chose to publish one design, CK picked the cardigan and Knitscene chose the purse. I was excited both of them got published.

I am currently busy at work with 2 extremely tight deadlines. Stay tune for my designs in the coming months.



Ruffles Ruffles Everywhere November 9, 2010

I am proudly introducing Ruffles Cardigan for the January 2011 Issue of Creative Knitting. I love this cardigan and the fact that it made its way to the cover of the magazine is overwhelming. Here is some detail about the Ruffles Cardigan.

The Ruffles Cardigan features 3 rows of ruffles on each side of the body along the v-neckline. Ruffles are worked in a lighter weight of the same yarn that is used to work in the main body. There are 2 ways to work the ruffles; you can worked the ruffles seperately and sewn onto the cardigan or worked them by picking up stitches on the surface of the cardigan.

S [M, L, 1X, 2X]

Finished Measurement
Chest: 34 [38, 42, 46, 50] inches
Length: 22 [22.5, 23.25, 23.5, 24] inches
Sleeves Length from Underarm: 12 [12, 12.5, 12.5, 13] inches

21 sts and 28 rows = 4 inches/10 cm in Stockinette St using MC with Size 6 (4.00 mm) needle after pressing.
24 sts and 30 rows = 4 inches/10 cm in Stockinette St using CC with Size 5 (3.75mm) needle after pressing.
26 sts and 30 rows = 4 inches / 10 cm in Twisted rib using MC with size 5 (3.75 mm) needle after pressing

Tahki Yarn – Cotton Classic [100% Mercerized Cotton; 108 yards /100m per 50g skein]. – MC
Tahki Yarn – Cotton Classic Lite [100% Mercerized Cotton; 146 yards /135m per 50g skein]. – CC

A little story about this cardigan.. I initially worked the sample in purple and after the editorial review, the editors decided that they would like the sample in Red instead. Hence, I have knitted the sweater twice… and the cardigan came out beautifully and the finished products made all the late nights all worth it. Also, when I designed the cardigan, I have also designed a matching purse for the cardigan… stay tune for the Winter/Spring 2010/2011 Issue of Knitscene for the preview for my ruffles purse. The new Knitscene issue should be available sometimes next month.

As always, if you have any question about the pattern, feel free to contact me.

Cheers and Happy Knitting!


Covergirl!!! September 21, 2010

Of course I am not talking about myself as a cover girl. I am no model material of course… don’t have the look and the body and the move to be one. However, I am very excited to see my twisted beanie and mitten set made it to the cover of November 2010 Issue of Creative Knitting! It was such an honor and I cannot expressed how excited I am!

I first got the news about the cover from Barb, the editor of CK when I was in the midst of getting ready for my camping trip. Barb would like me to keep it as a secret until the issue goes live… so I kept my excitement and went on to spend time a few days with my family in Pentwater, MI. The weather was perfect, the beach was beautiful and spending quality time with family did help me not to think and talk about the magazine cover.

And now, the magazine has gone live. I have not problem sharing my excitement with all of you. So go ahead.. and grab a copy!


Introducing Braided Cable Top July 20, 2010

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Braided Cable Tank

The pattern for my braided Top Tank/Tunic is available through the July Issue of Creative Knitting. This is a great first project for beginner who would like to venture out from knitting square. The major portion of this tank is work in a around using stockinette st in exception of the top body band and shoulder straps. The body band and shoulder straps are working in chunky braided cable and then attached to the main body piece. This will be a fun project for anyone who would like to explore cable knitting as well.

Size: S [M, L, 1X, 2X]

Finished Measurement:
Chest: 36 [40, 44, 48, 52]

Gauge: 21 sts and 28 rows = 4″/10cm in stockinette st with the piece lightly pressed.

Yarn: Summer Linen by Universal yarns [50% cotton, 50% linen; 126 yards per 50g skeins]

Summer Linen is a great summer yarn for this project. If you would like to substitutes, choose a lite dk weight yarn. I would suggest Tahki Classic Cotton Lite, Panda Silk dk by Crystal palace or cotton Bamboo by classic elite.

Happy Knitting!


Pattern Clarification – Retro Cropped Cardi

As I was reading the pattern from the Creative Knitting March 2010 Issue. I realized that the decrease from from body ribbing to main body need a little bit more explanation. It is mainly my fault for not putting a clear instruction on the pattern. In the magazine, it mentioned to decreaes 4 sts evenly for the body back and 2 sts for the body front while working on the row 1 of cable pattern. If you are more experience knitter, this is easily accomplished to work the dec when working on the pattern; however, it might get a little tricky. Hence I have put 2 other way of doing the decrease in this post.

There is 2 ways to work the decrease from body ribbing to main body:
1) When working on the last row of the ribbing (WS) descrease 4 sts evenly for the body back ribbing and 2 each for both front ribbing.
2) On the next RS row after ribbing, instead of working in cabled fabric pattern, work in stocknette st instead for first 2 rows and work decrease on first RS row. Start working on Row 1 of Cable Fabric pattern on 3rd row.

I have also gotten question about how to go about working the sleeves from top down. The pattern in the magazine was edited such a way that it actually left out some quiet important information for anyone who might be a relatively new to the knitting world and might not be familiar with certain steps. I would like to add more details on how to tackle the sleeves. The sleeves are worked using magic loop method. First, with RS facing up, you will pick up the the number of sts that is specified in the pattern. If you are working on size S, you will pick up 86 sts. To pick up, you will start with the one side of the underarm (back or front) bind off sts first then work your way up. What I normally do is to mark the shoulder position, then divide the total number of sts to 2, so you will know you need to pick up 43 sts on each side of the sleeves. It is important to pick up all BO underarms sts; that is, if you BO 5 sts when shaping the arm while working on the main body pieces, then you would pick up all 5 underarm sts when working on sleeves, then pick up a couple sts, then skip 1 st etc until you reach the center marker; work the same for the other side of the marker.

When shaping the cap, you are working the sleeves as if you are working on a flat piece. To start shaping the cap, the 1st row is actually a WS row because you pick up the sts on the RS. To shape the sleeve, we are using the short row technique. 1) so for the 1 WS row, you will work 58 sts, wrap & turn, 2) then work 30 sts on RS, wrap and turn. 3) On the next WS row, work to the previous wrap st, pick up the wrap and purl the wrap with the st, then wrap the next sts and turn. Repeat step 3 until there is only BO sts left.

To work Wrap&Turn,
1) work to the st you need to wrap, on the RS, bring the yarn to the front, slip the next st as to purl, then bring the yarn to the back, then bring the warp sts back to the left needle and turn and work the WS
2) work to the st you need to wrap, on the WS, bring the yarn to the back, slip the next st as to knit, then bring the yarn to the back, then bring the wrap sts back to the left needle and turn to work the RS

To work the wrapped st
1) WS, slip the wrapped st as to knit, use the left needle tip and pick up the wrap and bring the slip st back to the left needle, purl to the back loop of the slip st and the wrap together
2) RS, slip the wrapped st as to purl, use the left needle tip and pick up the wrap and bring the slip st back to the left needle, knit the slip and wrap together

shape the sleeve cap until only BO sts left on each side, then you will need to work in the round, make sure when working in the round, you are working on the RS. As the pattern for the sleeves, it will match the body, so you will work the pattern into the sleeve cap shaping. The pattern is the mulitiple of 6 sts, and if you are working on size S for example is 86 total sts and it’s not multiple of 6, what i would do is to work the number of sts that can be divide by 6 in pattern, and the rest, i would simple just knit it. Since it’s an overall cable pattern, so there is really no center point of pattern to line up, so the position of the cable is really not that important…

If anyone has any question regarding this pattern, please feel free to contact me!