Kaleido by Silkie B.

Knitting Designs By Silka Burgoyne

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!

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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

 

Baby Knit – Update! August 19, 2011

I am glad that I have finally finished the baby sweater and hat set for my friend Glenna. They are safely in Glenna’s hand so that she can give them to her god-daughter. Thank you so much for my friend Karen to take the picture for the finished project. I have tons of cute pictures with baby Nia modeling the sweater and hat… but for now.. this is the only picture that I can share.

Do stay tune for more pictures for this project.

 

Tiny Baby Knit July 30, 2011


Back in April, my friend, Glenna, asked me whether I would be able to knit something for her niece(?) whom is expecting a baby in August. I remembered I told her ‘Sure.. I think I can do something if I am not too busy…’ I always love baby stuff… they are so tiny…. so cute…

As July comes to the end, I realized that time indeed flies.. and I remembered I have a baby sweater need to get done sometime in August. I have no idea when the baby is coming, all I know is gonna be a boy. So a couple days ago, I quickly went through my stash of kid friendly yarn and sketched my design for a baby cable pullover.

Here is a pic of my process… spent a few hrs last night to start it.. Now all I need is fast fingers for some speed knitting to get the sweater done.. and better be soon! Need some serious praying.

WIP

 

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!

 

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:
Intermediate

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

Materials:
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)

Gauge:
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!

 

Maneisha is live!

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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!!!